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 awarded the following:
- Alexander Memorial Library (Cotulla) – $500
The grant will be used to purchase new furniture for the public to use including computer tables on the main floor and a bookcase for the growing children’s section.
- Camp Wood Public Library – $800
The grant will be used to help the library fund interior security cameras to help monitor activities in the library and safeguard the library’s assets.
- Charlotte Public Library – $1,000
The library will use the grant to purchase DEAR Little Free Libraries, or book-sharing boxes, to be strategically placed around Charlotte to provide free reading material and to promote reading to all ages.
- Devine Food Pantry – $500
The grant will assist in the purchase and installation of security cameras inside and outside of the food pantry to protect the goods within.
- Literacy Volunteers of Laredo – $1,200
The grant will fund an innovative printer and its accessories to print resources for the program’s digital literacy courses. It will also allow the program to pilot other courses in the future.
- Nuevos Horizontes de Starr County (Rio Grande City) – $500
The grant will help the organization purchase new outdoor seating to create an outdoor classroom and recreation area for students.
- South Texas Empowerment of Women (Rio Grande City) – $500
The grant will be used to purchase and install outdoor lighting for the facility.
- Texas Ramp Project (Richardson/San Antonio) – $500
The grant will be used to purchase lumber and materials for two average-length wheelchair ramps which will be built in Medina EC’s service area.
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 the communities we serve so that they grow and prosper.”
Medina EC is proud to include these organizations in the more than $67,500 in grants to different non-profits and local governments since the CEP program was started in 2015.