Local Organizations Benefit from Generosity of REC Members

Oct. 2, 2017

Over 16,000 members of REC voluntarily participate in The Power of Change, a program through which the Cooperative rounds up electric bills to the nearest whole dollar, with the extra change used to support community efforts. A volunteer board of directors then evaluates applications for funding and disburses funds back into the REC community. A total of $52,170 was awarded to the following twelve organizations for their community-focused efforts:

"Thousands of small monthly donations to The Power of Change combine to make a big difference," said Sterling F. Schoonover, REC's manager of member services. "Participating REC members gave more than $50,000 over the past few months. That's a powerful amount of money which is now being used by some outstanding organizations to make a positive change in their communities."

Members can sign up by visiting thepowerofchange.org, calling 800-552-3904, or enrolling through their MyREC SmartHub app. Once enrolled, the extra change from their electric bill will be dedicated to charitable causes. Organizations seeking funding will be able to access applications during the next application period beginning January 8, 2018.

  • 516 Project to construct ramp access to homes for the disabled - Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Virginia, Madison Club for after-school education programs for youth at and/or below poverty level - Madison, Va.
  • Drive Smart Virginia to provide interactive traffic safety activities at high schools in REC�s service area - Richmond, Va.
  • Fredericksburg Counseling Services to increase the number of student intern counselors - Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Girls on the Run Piedmont to provide coaches with first aid kits and CPR training - Warrenton, Va.
  • Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services to provide medical, mental health and dental services to low-income residents - Goochland, Va.
  • Orange Free Clinic to provide medical assistance to medically uninsured residents suffering from Type I & Type II diabetes - Orange, Va.
  • Rappahannock Refuge to support the Child Services Program for children living in the organization's rapid rehousing locations - Fredericksburg, Va.
  • St. Jude of Massaponax, Knights of Columbus Council #13599 to purchase food for needy families - Spotsylvania, Va.
  • St. Luke Community Clinic to provide dental care to low income and uninsured residents of Warren County - Front Royal, Va.
  • Service Dogs of Virginia to provide advanced training and veterinary care, food, equipment and transportation for service dogs -Charlottesville, Va.
  • Windmore Foundation for the Arts to support theater scene vignettes on drug and alcohol abuse followed by a town hall symposium - Culpeper, Va.

REC provides electric service to over 164,000 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


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