Midwest Electric members donate $14,419 to area charities

Staff report

ST. MARYS — Members of Midwest Electric recently donated $14,419 to 16 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:

• St. Marys Middle School health class, $1,519 to buy baby infant simulators and software.

• American Township Fire Department, $1,500 to purchase a rescue drone.

• Kiwanis Club of Delphos, $1,500 towards the splash pad at the city swimming pool.

• Mercer County Council on Aging, $1,500 to upgrade to a digital radio communications system.

• West Ohio Food Bank, $1,250 to buy infrared temperature devices for food safety.

• Family Care Options, Celina, $1,000 to build a wheelchair accessible exit.

• Lima’s Samaritan House, $1,000 to help with restroom and building updates.

• Grand Lake Christian School, $800 to purchase laptop computers for students.

• St. Anthony Dinner Theater, Ft. Recovery, $750 to help build a handicap bathroom for a local family.

• Resource and Opportunity Center, St. Marys, $700 to buy materials for a budgeting class for low income families.

• YMCA of Van Wert County, $500 to support senior citizen programs.

• Mercer County Fairgrounds, $500 towards a new building on the fairgrounds.

• Lima Symphony Orchestra, $500 for the Young People’s Concert.

• Delphos Senior Citizens, $500 for the Matter of Balance fall prevention program.

• Lima Allen County Neighborhoods in Partnership, $500 to help install a heating unit in the garage.

• Sugar Creek Township Park, $400 to seal the blacktop tennis courts and basketball court.

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