Sprout growing on money pile of glass jar bankRoanoke Economic Development, Inc., also known as The Roanoke Center, is a nonprofit 501(c)3 affiliate of Roanoke Electric Cooperative. The Center is a self-supporting organization that is funded separately and independently from the Co-op. The Roanoke Center and Center programs are funded through foundation grants, program partner donations and the tax-deductible contributions of the businesses and individuals served by the Center and whose lives and communities the Center programs work to improve.

Through your generosity, your donation will ensure The Roanoke Center continues to advance its mission of enhancing your quality of life, that of your family and neighbors and the communities in which we all live and work. Simply put: YOU are our mission. Please consider donating today so that we may continue to serve you!

When donating, please specify which of the TRC program(s) you would like your contribution to support. You may donate by clicking the link at end of this website page, but first please learn more about the programs you may choose to support and what your generosity can do for those in our community who are most in need of your help.

The Roanoke Center Causes

Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Project
The Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Project works to restore and conserve threatened forest land in Roanoke Electric’s service area by increasing forest-owner income and land asset values. The project engages youth and young adults in learning what they need to know to advance sustainable forestry on their family lands and provides role models, mentoring and internship opportunities to begin cultivating future natural resource professionals.

Donations may be made directly to the Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Project tab of this website, or by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. There are also mail-in options listed at the bottom of this page, instructing that your donation is in support of the Forestry Project.

Community Solar Low Income Assistance Program
Nearly 30 percent of Roanoke Electric Co-op member-owner households have an income of less than $25,000 a year. Many of these households in our community struggle with paying the monthly power bill. The co-op, working through The Roanoke Center, has created a community solar low-income assistance tiered sponsorship program via its Roanoke SolarShare initiative to help member-owners facing financial hardship. At the first tier, known as the Ambassador level, co-op residential and commercial member-owners can make a one-time donation and/or support a fellow member-owner household in need by paying the monthly $20 subscription fee for a block of ten panels and donating the value of the solar output. The solar output, estimated to be $19.80 monthly will be credited on a qualifying household’s monthly utility bill to support health and safety repairs for participants in the co-op’s Upgrade to $ave home energy efficiency program.

The following sponsorship levels are available to help provide assistance through Roanoke SolarShare:

  • Ambassador: the subscriber pays the monthly $20 subscription fee and donates the value of the solar electricity output to a low-income member. The low-income member-owner will have no subscription fee and instead will see the credit for the output of the 10 solar panel as a monthly reduction on their utility bill anticipated to be $19.80 and ascribed to the Roanoke SolarShare low-income community solar project.
  • Leader: provides for the opportunity for business and nonprofits to provide a one-time or annual contribution of larger amounts to support to Roanoke EC’s low-income member-owners through 2034.
  • Contributor (individual or business) may provide a tax-deductible donation of $20 or more to provide a one-time $19.82 credit to a co-op member-owner’s utility bill. Contributor donations will be bundled with other contributors for home health and safety repairs necessary in order for the co-op to make the Upgrade to $ave energy efficiency upgrades to the home that will result in longer-term savings for the member-owner.

The following table illustrates the financial hardship assistance participation levels, monthly investment cost and resulting financial savings for the participating member-owner in need of assistance:

Roanoke SolarShare Participation Levels


Number of panels


Cost to Roanoke SolarShare Supporter


Approx. Monthly Benefit to SolarShare Supporter


Monthly benefit to one member-owner SolarShare participant identified as being in need of financial assistance






$20/mo. (one year minimum)

$240 annually

n/a $19.82

One-year contribution to support solar access and improve energy efficiency of member in need = $238









$238 – $214 annually for health & safety repairs to support home energy efficiency savings in low-income households through 2034


1 or more


$20 or greater


*Window cling or yard sign


Bundled with other contributors to reduce utility bills for member-owners in need


*all Ambassadors, Benefactors, Leaders & Contributors will be recognized for their contributions to support low-income member-owners’ energy efficiency enhancement.

The Roanoke Center general community activities

If you don’t want to choose a specific program, you may elect to have us choose the area where your funds are most needed at the time of your donation. Support the full range of citizen support and community economic development activities that the nonprofit Roanoke Center provides to build strong, healthy and sustainable communities in our region. We will ensure your contribution is applied where it can make the biggest difference right away.

The Roanoke Center also is proud to host a Blessing Box for the Purple Angel Foundation, a charitable food and clothing pantry. Members of the community are encouraged to “take what you need, and leave what you can.”

Thank you for your support! We are grateful for you and it is our privilege and honor to serve you and your community.

Thank you for your generosity and commitment.