The Power of Change: Supporting Seniors, Veterans, Low-Income Residents, among others in need
Tuesday | May 28, 2024

REC believes in giving back to the communities it serves. That’s why it proudly coordinates a program called The Power of Change in which more than 33,000 members contribute to make a positive difference for those in need. 

This spring, The Power of Change awarded more than $106,000 in grants. Congratulations to the following recipients!

Italia Performing Arts Institute (Winchester) received $550 to support the ArteInMovimento residency workshop for youth. 

The Journey Home Inc (Mineral) received $1,500 to provide transitional housing guests with internet access to search for employment opportunities. 

Verdun Adventure Bound (Rixeyville) received $1,975 for specialized adaptive-boating supplies for those with disabilities attending summer camp.

Access Independence (Winchester) received $2,000 to support the Fall Ramp Up, which provides wheelchair ramps and other mobility assistance for those with disabilities. 

Madison Emergency Services Association received $2,000 to provide carts for the Complete Client Choice food pantry project that serves food insecure neighbors in need. 

Fauquier FISH (Warrenton) received $2,460 to support the food pantry’s Delicious Affordable Simple and Healthy meals Program serving food insecure families.

LTLL Global Ministries Inc - Harvest Outreach Ministries (Front Royal) received $2,460 to support its mobile food pantry for low-income families.

Moments of Hope Outreach Inc. (Hanover) received $2,460 to assist with its pantry truck donation pick-ups that provide food assistance to those living in homelessness or poverty.

New Vision Kingdom of God Ministries (Fredericksburg) received $2,460 to support its Healthy Pantry Initiative equipment upgrades to better serve food insecure families and individuals. 

Holly’s Heart Foundation (Mechanicsville) received $2,500 to support the Heartbeats for Heroes initiative outreach to organ donor families. 

St. Luke Community Clinic (Front Royal) received $3,000 for supplies to the St. Luke Dental Clinic that serves low-income uninsured individuals.

Arte Libre VA, Inc. (Winchester) received $3,000 for its Beat the Odds® Workshop Series, an arts-based intervention program that builds core social-emotional strengths among marginalized and underserved youth and families. 

The Culpeper Literacy Council received $3,000 to assist with a technology update of laptops, projectors and other screens. 

Brain Injury Services (Fredericksburg) received $3,300 to provide virtual conferencing technology services for children, adults, families and caregivers coping with brain injuries.  

Child Health Partnership Inc (Charlottesville) received $3,500 to provide home safety, health and education supplies to low-income families of Louisa and Albemarle counties.

Culpeper Wellness Foundation received $3,500 for the Powell Wellness Center Boxing for Hope—Rock Steady Boxing program that assists those with Parkinson’s Disease. 

Family Futures (Rappahannock County) received $3,500 for their MyFuture program that teaches young children to learn, earn and save. It also establishes custodial savings accounts for them. 

Skyline Cap Inc. (Madison) received $3,500 to provide safety items to their Safety Advances Family Empowerment program for at-risk children.

Pony Partners (Louisa) received $4,287.51 for the Round Pen Project that aims to strengthen veterans and their families by providing therapeutic equine connections.

Empowerhouse (Fredericksburg) received $5,000 to the Client Crisis Assistance program, which provides victims of domestic violence with emergency shelter and secure housing. 

Godfrey Miller Home Inc (Winchester) received $5,000 for its Congregate Affordable Meal Program for older adults with limited financial resources.

Operation First Response Inc. (Culpeper) received $5,000 toward its Family Assistance Program, which provides active-duty service members, disabled veterans, Gold Star families and first-responders with emergency financial aid.

Orange County Free Clinic received $5,000 for its Mental Health Counseling Services to provide medication and supplies to low-income patients. 

Servants at Work Inc Virginia (Fredericksburg) received $5,000 to assist with building wheelchair ramps for low-income individuals with long-term disabilities. 

The Winchester Rescue Mission received $5,000 to assist with providing emergency shelter beds for the new Valley Avenue homeless facility.

The Hub of Hope Inc. (Fredericksburg) received $5,000 for its Food 2 Go Program for low-income seniors, children, and families of the Fredericksburg greater region.

Wesley Housing Development Corporation of Northern Virginia, which serves Frederick County, received $5,000 to assist with housing stabilization services for low-income seniors. 

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum (Winchester) received $5,250 toward its Virtual Camps with Special Love serving children with cancer and their families. 

Louisa County Rescue Squad received $10,000 to implement the integration of PulsePoint Louisa, which is aimed at creating a citizen network of CPR-certified responders who can assist individuals before EMS can arrive.

How The Power of Change Works

  • The Power of Change allows Cooperative members to give voluntarily to support nonprofits that do so much for those in need. 
  • Most participants simply round up their electric bills to the next whole dollar, but gifts can also be a set monthly amount or a one-time donation. 
  • Twice a year, donations from The Power of Change are made available to 501(c)(3) nonprofits in our communities.  

Learn more about The Power of Change at  


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