Uvalde resident Jesus Ibarra benefited from a grant provided through Medina Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up program, which aims to help community members in need with donations throughout the year.
In June, Ibarra received $500 to offset medical bills following a stroke he had in December 2018.
Operation Round Up is funded by the generosity of Medina Electric Cooperative members who opt to have their electric bills rounded up to the next whole dollar, by employees who donate through payroll deduction and by donations from individuals or organizations straight to the program.
Applications to apply for ORU funds or to donate can by found at MedinaEC.org/ORU. The ORU committee is made up of Medina Electric Cooperative members who review applications for various needs.
Donations have gone to helping families who have lost everything in home fires, people battling cancer, children attending therapies, and help for catastrophic events.
The next application deadline is Aug. 2.
Applications do not need to be a co-op member to be considered for a donation but must live within the 17-county service area.
Also in June, Frank Hooker of Devine received $2,500 to help with medical bills incurred after an accident resulted in him being airlifted, which his insurance did not cover.
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