A decade ago, Blue Ridge Energy’s vision for a better future for the members and communities it serves led to the founding of the cooperative’s Members Foundation.
As the Foundation commemorates its 10-year anniversary, it’s also celebrating exceeding the $1 million giving mark after awarding the community grants listed on the next page. The Members Foundation is also quickly approaching another milestone with $3 million in total assistance including helping members and families stay warm in the winter with heating bill assistance.
This would not have been possible if it weren’t for you, our members, and the success of the cooperative’s subsidiaries.
Thanks go to our members who generously round up their monthly electric bills or donate larger amounts of their choice to Operation Round Up®. Some even donate their annual capital credits refunds and you’ll see this year’s opportunity to do so on the cover
wrap of this issue of Carolina Country magazine. Also contributing up to $50,000 annually to the Foundation from their profits is the cooperative’s Propane and Fuels and RidgeLink Telecommunications subsidiaries.
Members also help guide the Foundation. A Foundation Advisory Committee, made up of volunteer members, reviews applications annually and makes grant recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Directors for funding approval.
While crisis heating assistance remains a cornerstone of Foundation support, improving local quality of life across our service area is being achieved through funding for Foundation grants in the areas of health and wellness, education and youth, environmental enhancement, as well as economic and community development.
As we celebrate our 10-year anniversary and giving milestones, we want to take this opportunity to thank you, the members, who generously give to Operation Round Up as well as those who use our propane and fuels services or purchase hearth and home products from our showrooms. Working together, your Members Foundation is helping improve the quality of life in our area and serving others in need of a helping hand!
If you would like to join Operation Round Up to help the Members Foundation improve local quality of life and provide crisis heating assistance, please call a local Blue Ridge Energy office or sign up online.
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Learn more about the Blue Ridge Electric Members Foundation at BlueRidgeEnergy.com.