Community Connection Fund hits $1 million mark

The Midwest Electric Community Connection Fund has hit the $1 million mark in donations to area causes. The program started in 1998 and has provided $1,018,439 to 838 area projects.
“This program is entirely member-driven, so the credit goes to our members,” said CEO Matt Berry. 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.
The latest recipients are:
• Knights of Columbus, St. Marys, $2,000 towards a mobile ultrasound machine.
• ARC of Allen County, $1,500 for a new roof at the arts building at Camp Robin Rogers.
• Mobility Foundation, Lima, $1,250 to support the Stay Active & Independent for Life program for area elderly.
• Delphos Canal Commission, $1,000 to help with construction repairs to their building.
• Ft. Recovery High School, $1,000 for a program to educate students on the dangers of distracted driving.
• Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, $1,000 for a prostate screening program.
• Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth of Ohio (SAFY), Lima, $1,000 to buy therapeutic supplies.
• Celina Elementary School, $1,000 for equipment for a sensory room for students with sensory processing disorder.
• Auglaize County Public District Library, $1,000 to help with remodeling and equipment expense.
• Big Brothers/Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize, Van Wert, $750 for office equipment and a laptop computer.
• Van Wert County Council on Aging, $500 to help fund an automated door system.
• Cancer Association of Auglaize County, $500 for new computer equipment.
Individuals or organizations can obtain an application by contacting Midwest Electric, at 419-394-4110 or 1-800-962-3830.

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