SUPPLY, N.C. (October 9, 2018) – Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) has designated two local nonprofits as recipients of a matching grant opportunity through CoBank.
BEMC presented checks totaling $100,000 to representatives from Columbus County Disaster Response, Inc. and Brunswick Family Assistance, each receiving $50,000 in funding for hurricane relief. Both organizations operate at a capacity to serve thousands of people affected by the recent storm and whose work includes mid- to long-term relief and emergency aid.
“Our members were hit hard. Communities continue to clear mountains of debris and start their lives over and that takes resources,” says Don Hughes, General Manager and CEO of BEMC. “The decision to help was simple; the challenge was how to help the most people and maximize the impact of our contributions. The opportunity to team up with CoBank and help on a greater scale was too valuable to pass up.”
Based in Denver, Co., CoBank is a cooperative bank that serves rural infrastructure providers and recently offered a matching grant program to CoBank customers designated for Hurricane Florence relief.
Hughes continued, “Our partnership with CoBank effectively doubled our dollars to help members in need. As we head into fall and winter, it’s vital that peoples’ homes are repaired before colder weather hits.”
BEMC is a locally owned and operated not-for-profit corporation. It is the second largest electric cooperative in North Carolina and serves nearly 97,000 member locations in Brunswick, Columbus, and parts of Bladen and Robeson counties. Founded in 1939, BEMC has a longstanding commitment to the communities it serves, providing support for a wide variety of activities that contribute to the quality of life for all citizens.