The Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative has awarded more than $15,000 in grants to area organizations, the co-op announced in a news release.

The first cycle of its 2020 Operation Round Up charitable giving program awarded funds on Jan. 29 to recipients in Winchester/Frederick and the counties of Augusta, Page, Rockingham and Shenandoah.

Local recipients are:

  • Family Promise – For H.U.S.H. (Help Us Stabilize Housing), an ongoing project that supports and assists families as they work on becoming stable and self-supportive again.
  • Shenandoah County Health Ministries Coalition – To support funding of the services of Faith Community Nursing, which provides ministry and promotes holistic health to many members of small, rural churches with aging populations.
  • St. John Bosco Outreach Program – To provide financial aid for utilities, rent, medicine, food and lodging. More than 1,000 needy families are in the database.
  • Gore Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co. – Toward the purchase of a new heart monitor/defibrillator.
  • Highland Food Pantry – To supplement the emergency financial aid budget to provide food and other assistance in need and to engage the community in the fight to end hunger.
  • Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum – To enhance the Native American Longhouse of the Eastern Woodlands exhibit, such as adding costumes, pretend food items and a make-believe fire pit.
  • Sinclair Health Clinic – To support and deliver quality health care services to low-income residents.
  • Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter – To help cover medical expenses incurred by volunteer nurses, EMTs and certified nursing assistants who provide basic care.
  • Winchester Education Foundation – Toward the Emil & Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center, which will train and equip youth and adults to meet the demands of the regional job market. It is scheduled to open in 2021.

The Operation Round Up committee has nine members and one cooperative employee who “review grant applications from nonprofits, schools and civic organizations, awarding those it feels are most deserving of financial support.” the release states.

“Funds for Operation Round Up come from all co-op members who voluntarily choose to round up their monthly bills to the nearest even dollar.”

Since its launch in fall 2017, Operation Round Up has given about $70,000 in contributions.

For more information, visit Applications for the next grant cycle are due on June 17.