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Hancock-Wood Electric Co-op’s Operation Round Up Board grants $12,150 in awards to local organizations PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 22 August 2013 09:00
NORTH BALTIMORE - The board of trustees of the Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, Inc., a nonprofit, member-owned electric utility serving 12,900 accounts in 10 Northwest Ohio counties, announces it recently awarded more than $12,000 in third-quarter grants to local organizations through its Operation Round Up  program.
The ORU Board, separate from the HWEC Board, distributed funds to six local not-for-profit organizations. ORU Chairman Daniel Branson presented the individual awards in a special ceremony held on Aug. 9, at the Hancock-Wood corporate headquarters.
The ORU board is comprised of HWEC member volunteers, who meet quarterly to evaluate grant requests to fund a variety of needs in local communities.
The funding is garnered through these member efforts to round up their monthly electric bills to the nearest dollar.
Hancock-Wood CEO and President George Walton was present at the grant awards ceremony and said, "Since its inauguration in 2008, ORU has granted $288,808.65 in funding for worthy projects requested by local organizations. Our co-op members are committed to concern for the community, one of our core principles."
Independent Living received $3,000 for program funding; North Baltimore Food Assistance was awarded $2,500 toward food distribution; American Red Cross was granted $2,500 for disaster assistance; Hancock Historical Museum was granted $2,500 toward an Underground Railroad exhibit; Fostoria Rail Preservation Society received $1,000 to repaint a Rail Depot, and Liberty Township Fire Department received $650 for emergency electrical power detectors.
This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, established in April 1938.  
The co-op serves portions of Hancock, Wood, Allen, Erie, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca and Wyandot counties.  Throughout the cooperative's history, HWEC has supported local causes through charitable contributions, volunteerism and other activities to make a positive impact on quality of life within the communities it serves.

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