$10,000 Awarded to Local Nonprofits
Randolph Electric Membership Corporation’s People Helping People (PHP) program recently awarded $10,000 in grant funds to local nonprofit agencies serving Randolph, Moore, Montgomery, and Chatham counties. The following eight qualifying organizations received funding to implement programs or purchase needed equipment to facilitate programs that will help make a positive impact in the communities where Randolph EMC member-owners reside:
- Adventures Beyond Classrooms (ABC) - $2,000
- Jordan Memorial Church: IMPACT Ramsuer - $2,000
- Moore County Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 966 - $500
- Moore Free and Charitable Clinic - $1,500
- Randolph County Toys for Tots - $500
- Randolph-Asheboro YMCA - $500
- Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care - $1,500
- West Chatham Food Pantry - $1,500
The Community Grants Program is a special project of PHP, made possible because of its partnership with cooperative lender CoBank. For the 2017 calendar year, CoBank awarded $5,000 to PHP as part of its Sharing Success Matching Grant Program. Sharing Success was started in 2012 as a way to give back to co-ops and the nonprofits they support. Under the program, CoBank allocates $3 million annually to match cooperatives’ charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations in their local communities, up to $5,000 per co-op.
With Randolph EMC’s $5,000 contribution combined with CoBank’s $5,000 match, People Helping People was able to extend its charitable reach into the community with $10,000 for nonprofit agencies for the third year in a row.
People Helping People (PHP) is a nonprofit program that gives Randolph EMC members a unique opportunity to help others by “rounding up” their monthly electric bills to the nearest dollar. The extra change that these members contribute goes into the PHP account, which is used to fund requests for assistance from other members in need of financial help because of circumstances outside of their control. The money that members contribute from their bills is not used in the community grants program.
Members who are interested in contributing to PHP or those who wish to apply for PHP assistance should contact Kathleen Duckworth at (336) 625-5177.