Macon Electric Foundation Awards Grant to Mark Twain Chapter of Quail Forever
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.
The Macon Electric Foundation was formed for the purpose of working collaboratively to allocate the funds collected from Operation Round Up to local community events and projects. The Foundation is comprised of a nine-member, volunteer board of directors. These directors meet quarterly to review and select grant applications from local non-profit organizations.
A grant in the amount of $500 was awarded to the Mark Twain Chapter of Quail Forever to assist in purchasing supplies for their Youth and New Hunter Dove Hunt program. Through this program, the organization trains approximately 60 youth and new hunters in field safety, dove biology, dove hunting technique and much more. The event is completely free to all participants and all are provided with shotgun shells, clay pigeons, pellet gun shooting, dove cleaning, a t-shirt, food and drinks
“The Foundation board is happy to be able to award the Mark Twain Chapter of Quail Forever with this grant to help teach young people about the importance of conservation practices and hunting safety, as well as get them outdoors,” said Roxie Stoneburner, Macon Electric Foundation vice president.
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. Third quarter applications are due on October 13, 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 scholarships to local high school seniors each year. Stay tuned for more information regarding the Macon Electric Foundation senior scholarships.
MEC Members can help give back to their communities by signing up for Operation Round Up. This program encourages members to voluntarily round-up their electric bill each month to the nearest dollar, with the extra change going to the Foundation for their grants and scholarships. On average, a member would donate approximately fifty cents each month. Members can register online at www.maconelectric.com/operation-round-up, or contact the MEC office at (660) 385-3157.