Blue Ridge Electric foundation awards community grants



Article Published: Jan. 23 | Modified: Jan. 23
Blue Ridge Electric foundation awards community grants

The Blue Ridge Electric Members Foundation recently presented $37,500 in grants to area agencies. Pictured are, from left, Rob Hudspeth, Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation; Joy Coffey, Blue Ridge Electric Board of Directors, Tom Trexler, Blue Ridge Electric Board of Directors; Grey Scheer, Blue Ridge Electric Director of Community Relations; Mark Baumgardner, Blue Ridge Members Foundation; Melissa Selby, Community Care Clinic; Richard Sparks, Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation; Becky Fowler, Eagle Rock Ministries; Terry Cole, Casting Bread Food Pantry; Kris Fowler, Eagle Rock Ministries; Crystal Kelly, Children's Council of Watauga County; Becka Saunders and Rebecca Moore, High Country Women's Fund; and Susan Jones, Blue Ridge Electric Watauga District Manager.

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Watauga County citizens are expected to benefit from grants totaling $37,500, which were awarded recently from the Blue Ridge Electric Members Foundation to local helping agencies.

A total of $91,000 to help 18 different organizations across the Blue Ridge service area was awarded in the foundation’s current grant cycle.

Local organizations receiving grants include:

Community Care Clinic, $2,500, to support the Health Education Project, which provides local citizens with assistance to improve their health in areas, such as smoking cessation, diabetes avoidance and care, and the need for exercise.

High Country Women’s Fund, $2,500, to support childcare services for local children of women currently working to earn their high school diploma through the GED (certificate of high school equivalency) process to improve their employment opportunities.

Casting Bread Food Pantry, $2,500, to support the organization’s ability to provide food for families in need and to support an initiative designed to enhance the nutritional impact of that service.
Eagle Rock Ministries, $2,500, to support the High Country Toy Run, a project to purchase items for less fortunate children at Christmas.

Children’s Council of Watauga County, $2,500, to continue weekly support groups for single parents and parents in recovery, GED classes with free childcare, resource library for families, childbirth classes and other community projects.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation, $25,000, an Impact Grant awarded to help fund the capital campaign to construct a post-acute care facility, called “Chestnut Ridge,” to replace the current Blowing Rock Hospital.

Community grant funding decisions are made by a foundation advisory committee, comprised of 12 volunteer representatives from the Blue Ridge Electric service districts. Non-profit agencies that serve residents in Blue Ridge Electric’s service area are eligible to apply for grants.

Anyone with questions about the foundation, or agencies interested in applying for grants, may contact Grey Scheer, community relations director, at (828) 264-8894 or (gscheer@blueridgeemc.com)

For more information, visit http://www.blueridgeemc.com.

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