Thursday, November 1, 2012 Wauchula, Fla. — A Hardee County group home operated by Sunrise Community, Lakeland, FL, recently received $7,000 from Peace River Electric Cooperative’s “Operation Round Up” charitable foundation to create an accessible patio area and purchase a wheelchair swing.
The home’s two women and three men, ages 18 to 23, are severely physically challenged and wheelchair bound due to cerebral palsy. This project will provide shade and shelter for these residents to enjoy outdoor activities in safety.
“The individuals at the Sunrise home love to sit outside and enjoy the outdoors, however, they could not stay out for long periods of time as there was no protection from the elements,” explains Mary Ellen Bate, area director. “Thanks to Peace River Electric’s Operation Round Up they will be able to stay out longer and enjoy recreational activities, as well as relaxing in their own back yard!”
Sunrise Community of Polk County is a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide support and services for people with developmental disabilities to enable them to live valued lives in the community. The organization operates facilities in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia.
Operation Round Up is a program made possible by the generosity of Peace River Electric Cooperative’s member-consumers. Funds are raised for local individuals and charitable organizations by ‘rounding up’ monthly energy bills, on a voluntary basis, to the next dollar. The foundation accepts grant applications for needs relating to food, shelter, medical, clothing and the environment.
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Peace River Electric Cooperative (PRECO), a Touchstone Energy® distribution electric cooperative headquartered in Wauchula, Florida, provides electric service and energy solutions to nearly 35,000 member/consumers in 10 Florida counties in central Florida: Brevard, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Manatee, Osceola, Polk and Sarasota Counties. Through almost 4,000 miles of power lines, the electric cooperative has been in business since 1940 as a member-owned, not-for-profit organization.