REC Partners with Member-Owners to Improve Communities
Wednesday | May 11, 2022

REC is more than just an electricity provider. Our employees live in the communities we serve. Their children attend local schools. And together we all want the best for those around us. 

“That’s why REC offers The Power of Change program,” said Casey Hollins, Managing Director – Communications and Public Relations. “This allows members like you to give voluntarily to support nonprofits that do so much for those in need. Their financial impact fuels important projects in their community.” 

Gifts can be a set monthly amount, a one-time donation or members can round up their bill to the next whole dollar. 

Twice a year the donations from The Power of Change are made available to nonprofit, charitable organizations across REC’s service territory. These funds are invested back into our communities. 

This spring, The Power of Change awarded more than $93,000 in funding to support 23 nonprofits. 

The Power of Change Spring 2022 recipients are: 

Pony Partners of Louisa County, which serves the counties of Louisa, Orange, Spotsylvania, Caroline, Hanover and Albemarle, received $932 to assist with a new Pony Hugs programming. The group provides equine therapeutic services using miniature horses at the homes of medically ill children who cannot travel for animal therapy. 

Holly’s Heart Foundation, which serves the counties of Stafford and Caroline, received $1,000 for the Heartbeats for Heroes project. The funds will help organ donor families keep the memory of their loved ones alive through Build-A-Bear keepsake bears. 

The Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter, which serves the counties of Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah and Warren, received $1,400 to provide new blankets for the shelter through their blanket replacement program. 

Cars Changing Lives, which serves the counties of Clarke, Frederick and Shenandoah, received $1,800 to assist with repair costs of vehicles that are used free of charge by those in need of transportation to work, school and medical appointments. 

Quickstart Tennis of Central VA, which serves the counties of Greene, Madison, Culpeper, Rappahannock, Orange and Louisa, received $2,200 to establish a Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library chapter in Greene. This book-gifting program supports families with children from birth to age 5. 

Louisa County Historical Society received $2,500 to provide pilot-year assistance for the African American History Program. This will include collecting and digitizing oral histories and outreach activities. 

Madison County Education Foundation received $2,612.12 to provide Camp Unakite materials and supplies for STEM educational summer programs, which are open to elementary and middle school children. 

TAGGED, which serves the counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, Culpeper, Orange and Essex, received $3,000 to provide Build-A-Dream scholarships to youth in foster care. The program ensures experiences, resources and tools that support transitional independence and future career goals. 

Virginia Search and Rescue Dog Association received $3,099.47 to provide personal flotation devices to members. This will ensure searcher safety during water-recovery missions and training activities. 

Front Royal Women’s Resource Center, which serves the counties of Warren, Rappahannock and Frederick, received $3,070 to provide laptops and software to host hybrid and virtual wellness webinars for women in the community. 

Virginia Repertory Theater of the Richmond Area received $4,000 to provide child-abuse-prevention programming and black-history programming for low-income elementary school classrooms. 

Empowerhouse, which serves the counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford and Caroline, received $5,000 to support the Client Crisis Assistance project. The program ensures emergency shelter and secure housing for women and children impacted by domestic violence. 

Skyline CAP Inc., which serves the counties of Greene, Madison and Orange, received $5,000 to provide assistance to the Emergency Home Repair Program for low-income homeowners. The program works to ensure safe, healthy and accessible living conditions. 

St. Luke Community Clinic of Front Royal, which serves Warren County, received $5,000 to support the St. Luke Dental clinic, which offers oral healthcare for low-income and uninsured residents. 

Stanardsville United Methodist Church of Greene County received $5,000 to provide food and meal containers for the Tuesday’s Table of Greene weekly feeding ministry. 

The Bridge Community Church, which serves the counties of Fauquier, Rappahannock and Culpeper, received $5,000 to purchase food and supplies for their emergency response personnel during a prolonged and critical crisis event such as a fire or disaster. 

Fluvanna-Louisa Housing Foundation received $5,000 to support the Essential Home Repair Program, which provides recipients with low re-payment terms on essential home repair loans. 

Orange County Free Clinic received $5,000 to provide support to the Diabetic Patient Care and Management program for low-income and uninsured individuals. 

New Eve Ministries of Winchester, which serves the counties of Frederick, Warren, Shenandoah, Clarke and Page, received $5,600 to provide HVAC replacement assistance for the New Eve Maternity Home, a shelter for homeless and pregnant women. 

The Cornertone Community Development Center, which serves the counties of King William, King & Queen, Essex, Caroline and Hanover, received $6,000 to provide increased storage space and a work area for the CornerStone Food Program. 

Public Safety Foundation of Greene County received $6,500 to help with the purchase of a swift-water rescue craft for emergency responders. 

Ruckersville Volunteer Fire Department Inc. of Greene County received $6,860 to purchase and install equipment to modernize the firefighter gear lockers to improve conditions and response time. 

Godfrey Miller Home Inc. of Frederick County received $7,500 to support the Congregate Affordable Meal Program, which services older adults with limited financial means. 


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