Caring for community is a core principle of all cooperatives, and, at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, that means giving back to groups that do so much to take care of those in need.

Each year, REC awards grants to support emergency services, education and community groups that give back. The grants are meant to supplement, but not replace, state, local or other sources of funding for specific projects.

REC is proud to announce the following organizations were awarded Community Grants in 2021:

I Can 2 Incorporated received $5,000 to support their cooking and baking program. I Can 2 trains and employs people with disabilities to help them find the career of their dreams.

Feeding Green Inc. – The Food Pantry of Greene County received $5,000 to support the Backpack Program as we seek to keep pace with the increased need of providing food to families with children.

Goochland Education Foundation received $2,000 to purchase materials and supplies for at-risk preschool children to develop necessary reading and math skills for preparation for entering kindergarten. The Foundation’s targeted goal is to reach literacy and numeracy skills at grade level by third grade.

Louisa County Animal Response received $2,000 to purchase equipment and supplies for citizens’ Pet First Aid/CPR Training workshops.

Orange County Public Schools received $2,000 to provide hands-on opportunities supporting science curricula in electrical circuitry while providing exposure to electrical engineering, design and trade work.

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Inc. received $2,000 to purchase a lifting system to allow for safe and efficient movement of fall patients.

“Giving back to the community is important to REC,” said Casey Hollins, Managing Director – Communications and Public Relations. “Our annual Community Grant program is a great way to support organizations making a positive impact in the communities we work and live.”

—Report by Casey Hollins, Managing Director – Communications and Public Relations, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative