Community Connection Fund announces recipients

Staff report

ST. MARYS — Members of Midwest Electric recently donated $11,300 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 $931,633 to 765 area projects.

The latest recipients are:

• Equestrian Therapy Program, Cridersville, $2,000 to sponsor riders.

• United Way of Van Wert County, $1,000 to sponsor the 2-1-1 information hotline.

• Osgood Volunteer Fire Department, $750 to buy a 4-gas detector.

• Van Wert 4-H Exchange Club, $750 to refurbish lighting displays for the annual Holiday Light Show at the fairgrounds.

• Coleman Behavioral Health, Lima, $600 to support the FACT program which helps people with criminal records overcome barriers to obtaining employment.

• Breaking Bread Community Meal, St. Marys, $600 to purchase food for the free weekly meal program.

• Miracle Meal, Wapakoneta, $500 to purchase toys and gifts for the annual Christmas program.

• Franklin Township, Mercer County, $500 to plant pollinators for bees and milkweeds for butterflies and for bike path maintenance.

• Family Promise of Lima-Allen County, $500 for a laptop computer for the case manager serving homeless families.

• Delphos Community Christmas Project, $500 to buy clothing, toys and food for area children.

• ARC of Allen County, $500 to purchase a handicap accessible golf cart to transport children around camp.

• Cancer Association of Mercer County, $500 for a bulletin board and a literature rack.

• The Gospel Singing Tent, $500 to sponsor talent for the Allen County Fair.

• Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY), Lima, $500 for play, art and sensory driven therapy supplies.

• Boy Scouts, Old Sycamore District, $500 for the annual “lock-in” program.

• CALL Ministries, Celina, $500 to support the Mercer County Backpack Program which gives a bag of food every Friday to qualifying children.

• Children’s Hometown Holiday, Wapakoneta, $300 to help fund the ice skating rink for this year’s Christmas celebration event.

• St. Marys Middle School physical education class, $300 for strapless heart monitors for fitness education.

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