Co-op awards more than $20,000 to local organizations

Many local organizations are excited to positively impact our communities when the opportunity presents itself.  At Roanoke Electric Cooperative, part of our mission is to create those opportunities within the communities we serve.

For those efforts, Roanoke has allocated $20,867 to support eight community initiatives as part of its Operation RoundUp program.  At its recent quarterly meeting, the co-op's Care Trust Board designated charitable grants to the following local organizations:

  • Relay for Life of Bertie County (Aulander): Awarded $700.00 for their annual Cancer Survivor reception and survivor recognition gifts
  • Kelford Vol Fire Dept. (Kelford): Awarded $5,000.00 to purchase communications equipment for emergency services.
  • Roanoke Rapids Public Library (Roanoke Rapids): Awarded $300.00 to purchase 20 kits for students at their upcoming summer reading workshop.
  • Bertie Co YMCA (Windsor): Awarded 1,300.00 to purchase program supplies for the 9-week “Camp Happy” summer camp. Items include sanitizing supplies to ensure that the summer camp is as safe as possible for the children of Bertie County.
  • Blue Jay Vol Fire Dept. (Windsor): Awarded $4,995.00 to purchase new safety gear and boots for their firefighters.
  • Como Vol Fire Dept. (Como): Awarded $2,370.00 to purchase two sets of mobile turnout gear lockers to make access to their gear lockers easier for firefighters.
  • Northampton County Local Government (Jackson): Awarded $1,220.00 to help rehabilitate the W.S. Creecy School into a usable facility for recreation and business incubation.
  • Bertie County Hive House (Lewiston): Awarded $4,982.00 to purchase 18 touch screen chrome books. The chrome books will be used to provide services for special needs students at the Bertie Hive House Lewiston Woodville Educational Vitality Center's Lego Mentoring Afterschool Mentoring / Tutorial Program.

Grants from this charitable program have helped local nonprofits for years, aiding in expanding economic development and meeting the community's health, safety, educational or recreational needs.

“We truly believe in giving back to the community," said Patrice Jordan, the co-op's community relations and engagement coordinator.  "After all, we were created by the community, and we want to continue to invest in initiatives that will help our region thrive.  Through the charitable donations of our membership, we provide meaningful assistance for local organizations that make life better in northeastern North Carolina."

For more information about participating in Operation RoundUp, please call 252- 209-2236 or visit our Operation RoundUp page.