REC's The Power of Change Benefits Area Nonprofits, Charities

December 04, 2018

Fredericksburg, Va. - Veterans will have access to free dental care and residents in need will receive emergency assistance, thanks to the generosity of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) consumer-owners. REC’s The Power of Change recently awarded funding totaling $29,050 to those and other organizations making a positive difference throughout the REC service area.

Through The Power of Change, over 21,000 REC consumer-owners either round up their bill to the next whole dollar, make a one-time donation or give a set monthly amount. Those donations are then awarded to non-profits and charitable groups throughout the communities REC serves.

Recent recipients of The Power of Change funding include:

  • People Helping People of Fauquier County received $6,000 to provide emergency financial assistance to county residents in need due to loss of a job, medical issues or a death in the family, among other issues.
  • The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education received $10,000 so children in Hanover County can participate in a children’s theater program next year.
  • The Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic awarded $5,000 to provide free dental care to low-income Virginia veterans in the Culpeper and Orange county areas.
  • The Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville received $2,050 to support an ArtMobile/moving exhibit to bring collections of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to students and senior citizens in the Blue Ridge region.
  • The Honor Flight/Top of Virginia was awarded $5,000 to transport World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit and reflect at those memorials.
  • The Front Royal Oratorio Society received $1,000 to purchase music scores to allow the group to provide four free public performances.

“These small monthly contributions by REC members mean so much to these organizations,” said Matt Faulconer, manager of External Affairs. REC members who would like to help make a difference in their communities can learn more at thepowerofchange.org. Gifts can be a set monthly amount, a one-time donation or members can round up their bill to the next whole dollar.

REC provides electric service to over 167,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 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, Instagram, and YouTube.