In June, Medina EC granted $5,500 to area organizations through the Community Empowerment Program to encourage community and economic development throughout the 17 counties served by the cooperative.
The Community Empowerment Program focuses on projects that:
- Encourage economic diversity
- Contribute to community health and development
- Improve the quality or quantity of services essential for the development of viable communities
The CEP committee decided on the following awards:
- $1,250 – El Progreso Memorial Library (Uvalde)
The grant will purchase a professional grade laminator as part of the library’s Business Service Program and will be available to teachers, students, library patrons and other non-profits or civic organizations.
- $1,250 – Dilley Public Library
The grant will purchase STEM related kits and tablets to help teach children in the community about robotics, coding and programing through experiential learning.
- $1,250 – Saint Louis Catholic School (Castroville)
The school will use the grant to purchase a filtered water bottle filling station to educate its students to be both health and environmentally conscience.
- $1,250 – Boys & Girls Club of Laredo
The project ensures improvements to the three club 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.
- $500 – Lil Lady Mavs (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’s 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 both grow and prosper.”
Medina EC is proud to include these organizations in the more than $62,400 in grants to different non-profits and local governments since the CEP program was started in 2015.
For more information visit MedinaEC.org/Grant.