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Medina Electric Cooperative granted $5,500 to area organizations through the Community Empowerment Program last month, in an effort to encourage community and economic development throughout the 17 counties served by the cooperative.
The Community Empowerment Program focuses on projects that encourage economic diversity; contribute to community health and development and improve the quality or quantity of services essential for the development of viable communities.
Cotulla’s Alexander Memorial Library was among the eight recipients of the funding.
The library will use the $500 grant to purchase new furniture for the public to use including computer tables on the main floor and a bookcase for its growing children’s section.
Grants were also awarded to the Camp Wood Public Library, $800. The grant will be used to help the library fund interior security cameras to help monitor activities in the library and safeguard the library’s assets;
The Charlotte Public Library, $1,000. The library will use the grant to purchase DEAR Little Free Libraries, or book-sharing boxes, to be strategically placed around Charlotte to provide free reading material and to promote reading to all ages;
The Devine Food Pantry, $500. The grant will assist in the purchase and installation of security cameras inside and outside of the food pantry to protect the goods within;
Literacy Volunteers of Laredo, $1,200. The grant will fund an innovative printer and its accessories to print resources for the program’s digital literacy courses. It will also allow the program to pilot other courses in the future;
Nuevos Horizontes de Starr County (Rio Grande City), $500. The grant will help the organization purchase new outdoor seating to create an outdoor classroom and recreation area for students;
South Texas Empowerment of Women (Rio Grande City), $500. The grant will be used to purchase and install outdoor lighting for the facility;
Texas Ramp Project (Richardson/San Antonio), $500. The grant will be used to purchase lumber and materials for two average-length wheelchair ramps which will be built in MEC’s service area.
“Beyond providing safe, reliable electricity, it’s important as a cooperative to make a difference in our service area,” MEC’s CEO Mark Rollans said. “These organizations play a vital role in the communities we serve so that they grow and prosper.
“MEC is proud to include these organizations in the more than $67,500 in grants to non-profits and governments since the program was started in 2015.”
Medina Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative that provides service to more than 32,000 meters across nearly 11,000 square miles in 17 South Texas counties.