Friday, September 13, 2013
Wauchula, Fla. — Three local charitable projects have collectively received over $34,000 from Operation Round Up, the charitable foundation of Peace River Electric Cooperative (PRECO), headquartered in Wauchula, FL. These funds will benefit recipients in three central Florida counties.
Meals on Wheels PLUS: Food
Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee received a grant of $4,320 to help establish a mobile food giveaway program. This will benefit low-income families by bringing a food truck into local Manatee neighborhoods. With corporate sponsors and volunteers, Meals on Wheels PLUS hopes to expand the reach of this valuable food program.
Hardee Bridge of Hope: Medical
Hardee Bridge of Hope, Wauchula, was awarded $20,000 for their Injured Warrior Fund. In 2010, Nick Battles was severely injured in a training exercise on the last day of Marine boot camp, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. Bridge of Hope is renovating his father’s house in order to make it possible for this 21 year old to leave a Brandon-based handicap facility to recuperate at home. This grant will fund all the wiring and equipment needed to install a backup generator for Nick’s special air-filled mattress.
First Baptist Church-Ft. Ogden: Shelter
This project came to life when a sharp-eyed member of First Baptist Church-Fort Ogden, Arcadia, spotted an elderly couple attempting to repair their home’s roof. Mrs. Patterson, who is in her late 80s, was holding a nail with a pair of pliers, while Mr. Patterson, who is 91 years old and legally blind, was attempting to drive it with a hammer. The church got involved and discovered the couple’s home was desperately in need of a new roof, insulation, dry wall, flooring, windows and more. Church volunteers are providing all of the labor needed for this renovation project. Operation Round Up granted $10,000 for materials, which are being provided at cost by a host of local businesses.
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.
For more information on PRECO’s Operation Round Up program visit www.preco.coop.
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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 more than 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.