Midwest donations
Midwest donations
ST. MARYS — Midwest Electric recently donated $11,500 to 7 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 $1,182,914 to 984 local charitable causes since 1998.

The latest recipients of grants include:

— JTD Hospital Foundation, Auglaize County; $2,500 for iScreen Vision technology for pediatric vision screening

— Andrews House of Hope, Allen County; $2,000 for their faith-based recovery house for women

— New Knoxville Historical Society, Auglaize County; $2,000 to restore the exterior of their 1845 log cabin

— Family Care Options, Inc., Mercer County; $2,000 for a ceiling lift to move clients safely

— Crossroads Crisis Center, Allen County; $1,500 to support victims of domestic violence

— Mercer County Aktion Club; $1,000 for their scholarship fund and materials for service projects

— United Way of Greater Lima, Allen County; $500 to help people with food, housing, health care, and utilities, including senior citizens.

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.

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.