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Midwest Electric members donate $15275 to 11 local causes – Times Bulletin

ST. MARYS — Midwest Electric recently donated $15,275 to 11 west-central Ohio charities and community projects through the cooperative’s Community Connection Fund.
Thanks to the 89% of members who round up their electric bill and donate to this fund, Midwest Electric has provided $1,287,469 to 1073 local charitable causes since 1998.
The latest recipients of grants include:
Delphos Community Christmas Project – $750 to provide a happy Christmas for needy children living in the Delphos school district
Invincible Fire Company – $3,600 to purchase MARCS pagers
American Township Fire Department – $2,975 to purchase MARCS pagers
New Bremen Blanketeers – $300 to purchase material to make blankets for Everheart Hospice
District 8 Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) – $650 to purchase FCA Bibles for High and Middle School students in west central Ohio
Wapakoneta High School After Prom – $200 to provide a safe after-prom for high school students
Marathon XI: Tri Star Eternal Scholarships – $1,000 for the endowed scholarship fund for Tri Star students
Mercer County Fairgrounds – $2,500 to build a shelter house on the fairgrounds
The Recovery Arts Council – $800 to purchase tables and chairs for the opera house
YWCA of Van Wert County – $1,500 to purchase needed supplies for those living in their shelter
Van Wert Middle School – Cougar leader program – $1,000 to purchase furniture for an outdoor learning space in the enclosed courtyard
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.
New Members Join the Community Connection Board
The following Midwest Electric members were selected for the Community Connection Fund board: Sharon Solano, Auglaize County; Karen Heinrichs, Mercer County; and Jim Link, Allen/Putnam County.
The board thanks the following members for the valuable service they’ve provided to the Midwest Electric Community Connection Fund Board over the past three years: Charles Gamble, Auglaize County; Michelle Clune, Mercer County; and Robert Gaberdiel, Allen/Putnam County.
Other Midwest Electric members currently serving on the Community Connection Fund board are Steve Butcher, Allen/Putnam County; Scott Snethkamp, Auglaize/Shelby County; Beverlee Profit, Van Wert County; Jeremy Monroe, Auglaize County; John Miller, Mercer County; and L.J. Bertke, Mercer County.
Individuals or organizations can obtain an application by contacting Midwest Electric at 1-800-962-3830 or visiting midwestrec.com/community-connection-fund.
Based in St. Marys, Midwest Electric is the not-for-profit, customer-owned electric cooperative serving 11,000 homes, farms, and businesses in Allen, Auglaize, Mercer, Van Wert, Shelby, Putnam, and Darke counties. To learn more, visit www.midwestrec.com.
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