REC Supports Local Clinic
Oct. 10, 2016
With help from a LEARN (Literacy, Education and Rural Networking) grant provided by REC, the Free Medical Clinic of Northern Shenandoah Valley will be able to expand their Project FIRST program. The program provides free screenings for risk factors of certain chronic conditions.
"The free medical clinic would not be here if not for generous companies like REC," said Stefan Lawson, director of the clinic. "In our area we serve 25,000 people who don't have access to health care and we are the only safety net organization in this area. It's a crucial service we provide and it's all made possible by generous donors."
Screenings usually occur two or three times a month on a Friday or Saturday. The Free Medical Clinic travels to grocery stores, libraries, county fairs, and family day events. The goal of Project FIRST is to get out in the community and screen as many people as possible rather than waiting for them to come to the clinic.
"As a local company, REC is committed to helping our communities. Most people know REC provides electric service, but as a cooperative, 'service' means more than just keeping the lights on. In fact, 'Concern for Community' is one of the seven Cooperative Principles, and this is just one of many ways we demonstrate and act on that concern," said Matt Faulconer, REC's manager of external affairs. "It's very rewarding to see the positive results of the projects that have received funding through the LEARN grant program over the last two decades, and we know this year's recipients will put the funds to great use."
REC provides electric service to over 161,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Justin Cruise (right) presents Stefan Lawson (left) with a celebratory check representing funding provided to the Free Medical Clinic of Northern Shenandoah Valley.