Jan 29, 2013 12:35 PM by Faye DeHoff

Trico Electric issues grants to local agencies

MARANA - Trico Electric Cooperative, a not-for-profit electric cooperative, has awarded $45,000 to several local agencies providing critical services to those most in need in our community.

Trico gave the United Way $5,000 to further the agency's mission of providing assistance and services to Southern Arizonan's in need. This $5,000 donation was matched by Co-Bank, one of Trico's lenders.

Bruce Ayers, Resource Development Director at the United Way, said "I am very excited about the future of Trico and United Way, and the even greater differences we can make together for children, families, and seniors in Southern Arizona."

Trico gave another $40,000 to five area non-profits as part of its annual POWER Grants program. The program, which stands for 'Providing Opportunities with Effective Resources', gives grants up to $10,000 to individual agencies. This year, five agencies were selected:

·Altar Valley School District, $10,000 POWER Grant
The POWER Grant will be used to fund the Altar Valley Family Assistance Program, which provides winter jackets, clothing, food, and toiletries for district children, grades K-8.

·Aviva Children's Services, $5,000 POWER Grant
POWER Grant monies will be used for the Abused Children's Fund, which provides basic resources for children in the care of Child Protective Services in the Marana area.

·Marana Community Food Bank, $5,000 POWER Grant
POWER Grant funds will be used to purchase peanut butter for food boxes.

·Marana Unified School District, $10,000 POWER Grant POWER Pack program.
POWER Grant monies will help fund the POWER Pack program, which provides backpacks of food for the weekend for children in need at Picture Rocks, Estes and Roadrunner Elementary Schools.

·United Community Health Center, $10,000 POWER Grant
POWER Grant funds will be used to provide dental care to children in need in the Arivaca, Green Valley, Sahuarita, Sopori, and Three Points areas.

Trico CEO Vin Nitido said commitment to community is one of Trico's highest priorities. "Trico is committed to the communities we serve, and wish to help in any way we can. We believe the POWER Grant program and the United Way campaign are a vital component of Trico's culture and operations."

Each year, Trico employees select the funding focus for the POWER Grant program. Details on the 2014 POWER Grant will be available this fall at:
www.trico.coop .

Trico Electric Cooperative, Inc., is a not-for-profit electric cooperative serving more than 38,000 customers in northwest Tucson, Marana, Corona de Tucson, Sahuarita, Green Valley, Three Points and Arivaca. Trico is owned by the people it serves.


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