SUPPLY, NC, April 16, 2018 – – Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) recognized 39 community organizations at a recent check presentation at the cooperative’s headquarters.
Community Grants totaling $48,424 will fund projects serving members in both Brunswick and Columbus counties.
“This year’s recipients cover a broad spectrum of valuable community programs,” said Don Hughes, General Manager and CEO of BEMC. “With so many worthy projects to consider, the review process is always a challenge. These grants will be used in our communities to help people of all ages; children and young families as well as those dealing with health issues, the underserved, and our senior citizens.”
Now in its 16th year, BEMC’s Community Grants program has awarded more than $500,000 to local groups that provide family service programs, civic and community programs, cultural and arts programs, emergency services and community development activities. Since inception, the grants have helped hundreds of projects benefiting citizens throughout the electric cooperative’s service area. All funding is the direct result of items sold at the co-op’s equipment auction held at its annual membership meeting in September.
Hughes noted, “The Community Grants program is a very visible part of BEMC’s ongoing commitment to serving our community. It makes a positive impact alongside our Bright Ideas educational grants for educators, the Warm Homes, Warm Hearts community heating assistance campaign and our support for many other community efforts and events. BEMC Community Grants are another way we recognize the important work done by so many community groups each year.”
To learn more about the cooperative and how organizations can apply for BEMC Community Grants, please visit www.bemc.org.
About Brunswick Electric (BEMC):
BEMC is a locally owned and operated not-for-profit corporation. It is the second largest electric cooperative in North Carolina, serving nearly 94,000 member locations in Brunswick, Columbus, and small parts of Bladen and Robeson counties. 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.
ATTACHMENTS: Photo and list of all organizations that received 2018 Community Grants from BEMC.
CAPTION: BEMC Board of Directors awarded $48,424 in Community Grants to members representing 39 local community organizations from Columbus and Brunswick counties at Brunswick Electric headquarters in Supply.