Midwest Electric donates $16,050 to groups

Staff report

ST. MARYS — Members of Midwest Electric recently donated $16,050 to 18 west-central Ohio charities and community projects through the cooperative’s Community Connection Fund.

Since the program started in 1998, the Midwest Electric Community Connection Fund has provided $920,333 to 747 area projects.

The latest recipients are:

• American Red Cross – West Central Ohio, $2,000 to provide aid for local families impacted by emergencies.

• Ohio City Warrior Trail, $1,500 to build a shelter house near the trail.

• House of Hope, Celina, $1,500 for materials to help build a men’s drug recovery home.

• Mercer County Emergency Response Volunteers, $1,500 to buy an AED kit and trailer power pack.

• Rally Point Youth Center, Lima, $1,000 to support a summer camp program.

• Truth for Youth (Guiding Light Ministries), Elida, $1,000 to buy a computer and printer for the women’s shelter.

• Van Wert County Master Gardeners, $1,000 for maintenance at the children’s garden.

• Auglaize County 4-H Shooting Sports, $1,000 for shooting jackets and vests, and archery targets.

• Big Brothers & Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize and Van Wert counties, $1,000 to renovate a room at the office into a rec room.

• Coleman Behavioral Health, Lima, $1,000 for a computer and printer for the wellness and recovery support center.

• Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Van Wert, $750 to support the 2016-17 Speaker Series.

• Mercy Unlimited, Wapakoneta, $600 to buy anti-fatigue mats for the donation processing center.

• Van Wert County Fair, $500 to support talent for the gospel singing tent.

• Cozy Cabin Quilt Club, St. Marys, $500 to buy fleece and fabrics to make hats and quilts for cancer patients.

• Auglaize County Fair, $500 to support talent for the gospel singing tent.

• Lock One Community Arts, New Bremen, $350 to help fund the children’s theater production for area students.

• Mercer County Job and Family Services, $250 to support the child abuse/neglect prevention program.

• Wapakoneta Post Prom Committee, $100 for prizes and other items for the post prom event.

The Midwest Electric Community Connection Fund is a voluntary charitable program. Participating members’ monthly electric bills are rounded up to the next dollar, with the additional pennies deposited in the Fund.

A Board of Trustees, composed of cooperative members and separate from the Midwest Electric Board of Trustees, oversees the application and allocation process. Individuals or organizations can obtain an application by contacting Midwest Electric, at 419-394-4110 or 1-800-962-3830.

Staff report