Mar 27, 2017
Operation Round Up Grants Awarded
In November of 2016, the Board of Directors of Macon Electric Cooperative adopted a program called Operation Round Up. This program allows MEC members to donate money to help local non-profit organizations that support or provide services to members of Macon Electric Cooperative. This concept reinforces the seventh cooperative principle of concern for community. As a cooperative, members can work together to give back to their communities and support each other.
In December of 2017, the Macon Electric Foundation was formed. The purpose of this foundation is to keep monies raised from the Operation Round Up program separate from MEC’s accounts and to allocate the funds collected to local non-profit organizations. The Foundation is comprised of a nine-member, volunteer board of directors. These directors met in March of 2017 to review applications and select the first set of awards to be given to local non-profits.
An award of $470 was granted to the Macon Elementary School Special Education program to purchase NeoRok stools, Body Sox, and no-latex therapy bands for the students. The Macon, Bevier, Atlanta, and Clarence Baseball Associations were granted $1,000 to assist in purchasing pitching mounds for the ball fields. The Black Diamond Preservation Association was granted $200 to help with restoration expenses for the old Congregational Church in Bevier. An award of $500 was granted to the Chariton County Health Center to assist in purchasing a pilot audiometer, which is used for hearing testing for local students. The Salisbury FFA Chapter was awarded $600 to purchase a BBQ grill for their Food for America project. Shoes from the Heart was awarded $250 to assist in purchasing shoes for children in our communities. Finally, the South Shelby P.R.I.D.E. organization was awarded $100 to help with expenses for the South Shelby after-prom party.
A grand total of $3,120 was awarded this quarter. Organizations can apply for a Macon Electric Foundation grant by submitting an application to the Macon Electric Cooperative office prior to the due date for each quarter. Second quarter applications are due on June 22, 2017. Interested organizations can visit MEC’s website for more information: www.maconelectric.com/macon-electric-foundation.
In addition to community grants, the Foundation also awards 8 $1,000 scholarships to local high school seniors each year. This application deadline has closed for 2017.
MEC Members can help give back to their communities by signing up for Operation Round Up. Members can register online atwww.maconelectric.com/operation-round-up, or contact the MEC office at (660) 385-3157.
“Participating in Operation Round Up is a simple and easy way to give back,” commented Todd Schroeder, General Manager of Macon Electric Cooperative. “MEC is proud to offer this option to members so that their small change can make a big difference for their communities.”
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