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In June, Medina EC awarded $5,500 in grants to area organizations through the Community Empowerment Program to encourage community and economic development throughout the 17 counties served by the cooperative.
The program focuses on projects that encourage economic diversity, contribute to community health and development, and improve the quality or quantity of services essential for the development of viable communities.
The CEP committee decided on the following awards:
El Progreso Memorial Library: $1,250
Uvalde | The grant will be used to purchase a professional grade laminator as part of the library’s Business Services Program and will be available to teachers, students, library patrons and other nonprofits and civic organizations.
Dilley Public Library: $1,250
Dilley | The library will use the grant to purchase STEM-related kits and tablets to help teach children in the community about robotics, coding and programing through experiential learning.
Saint Louis Catholic School: $1,250
Castroville | The school will use the grant to purchase a filtered water bottle filling station to educate its students on being both health- and environmentally-conscious.
Boys and Girls Club: $1,250
Laredo | The grant will be used to ensure improvements to the club’s three gyms, including new rims and backboards that are needed to replace old ones. The gyms are used year-round by thousands of children throughout the city of Laredo
Little Lady Mavs: $500
Pearsall | The award will help fund the team’s participation in the Showcase Softball Tournament. The team hopes that by partaking in the opportunity, it will earn some of its players the opportunity to play softball at the college level.
Medina EC CEO Mark Rollans said, “Beyond providing safe, reliable electricity, it’s important as a cooperative to make a difference in our service area. These organizations play a vital role in helping to educate the communities we serve so that they grow and prosper.”
Medina EC is proud to include these organizations in the more than $62,400 in grants awarded to nonprofits and local governments since the CEP program was started in 2015.
For more information visit MedinaEC.org/Grant.