Midwest members donate $11,165 to area charities

Staff report

ST. MARYS — Members of Midwest Electric recently donated $11,165 to 13 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 $942,798 to 778 area projects.

The latest recipients are:

• OSU Extension, Allen County Master Gardener Volunteer Program, $2,275 to upgrade the security camera system in the Children’s Garden.

• Foundations Behavioral Health Services, Celina, $1,700 to sponsor a mini-STAR retreat (Students Teaching About Resistance) for Mercer County 4th and 5th grade students to learn about substance abuse prevention.

• Crime Victim Services, Elder Victim Ministry, Lima, $1,200 to train volunteers for the Elder Victim Ministry, which helps abused, neglected and exploited adults age 60 and over.

• VFW Post 6772 Clown Unit, Spencerville, $1,000 to buy balloons that are used and given away at various events throughout the year.

• Shanes Crossing Historical Society, Rockford, $1,000 towards a Veterans Memorial in conjunction with Rockford’s bicentennial in 2020.

• St. Marys City Schools, $750 to provide emergency “Go Kits” in classrooms for dealing with injuries during disasters or other events.

• Van Wert County Veterans Service Office, $500 to support an addition to the county Veterans Chapel and its military photo album.

• Cancer Association of Auglaize County, $500 to help with hotel bills for clients undergoing cancer treatments.

• Miami Erie Canal Corridor Association, New Bremen, $500 to replace the office computer and printer.

• Van Wert County DARE, $500 to support the annual DARE camp for youth.

• Van Wert County Fair, $500 to support the gospel tent at the county fair.

• Auglaize County Educational Service Center’s Project Independence, $490 for work task boxes to train students in the autism high school and transition classroom on how to perform basic work task skills.

• Mercer County Educational Service Center, $250 for a LEGO education program for the multiple disabilities classroom.

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 800-962-3830.

Staff report