PHP Board Announces Community Grant Winners

Asheboro, NC, August 12, 2020 – Today the People Helping People (PHP) Board of Directors announced awards totaling $15,000 in Community Grants to benefit charitable nonprofits in Randolph, Chatham, Moore, Montgomery, and Alamance Counties. 

“For six years, People Helping People has given back to the community through this grant program.  This year with the pandemic, the grants are especially important,” said Randolph EMC Communications and Public Affairs Manager Nicole Arnold.  “Through the grants we can reach the most vulnerable within the Randolph Electric service area.”

The board of directors for PHP, a nonprofit program of Randolph EMC, awards grants in the fields of health and well-being of individuals, financial support for income-challenged families, and education advancement through enriching learning opportunities.

This year the following agencies received support:  Randolph Senior Adults Association, Habitat for Humanity of Randolph County, the Montgomery Community College Foundation, Our Daily Bread Kitchen, Robbins Area Christian Ministries, Southern Alamance Family Empowerment, Victory Baptist Church Child Development Center, and Spirit Horse Ranch Education Center.  Each of these organizations provides food, shelter or educational services for families and individuals.

Community Grants History

This is the sixth year that Randolph EMC has partnered with CoBank, a cooperative lender, to fund the Community Grants initiative.  Through its Sharing Success program, CoBank awarded $7,500 to People Helping People. Randolph EMC matches this donation annually to fund its Community Grants program.  The PHP Board of Directors then oversees the grant awarding process. Since 2015, Randolph EMC’s PHP program has invested $81,700 in Community Grants.

People Helping People Overview

The People Helping People program also fulfills its charitable mission by providing individual awards to members who have been referred to Randolph EMC.  Coinciding with the Community Grants announcement, the PHP Board of Directors also distributed $3,600 to members facing financial hardship. 

Members referred these awardees due to their challenges with cancer, unemployment, healthcare bills, or some other catastrophic cost.  When Randolph EMC members contribute to the PHP fund by rounding up their bills to the nearest dollar, they know that one hundred percent of their “spare change” donation goes toward improving the lives of others.