PEC awards record $30,000 in community grants

Grants support nonprofits that strengthen PEC communities

Since PEC’s Community Grants program launched in 2016, we’ve helped 41 area nonprofits fulfill their missions by distributing more than $166,000 in funding.

These grants are funded exclusively by the generosity of PEC members through our Power of Change program, which allows members to round up their electric bill to the nearest dollar for charity.

This fall, PEC is proud to announce it awarded $30,000 to six deserving organizations — the most ever awarded in a single cycle. During the Dec. 5 reception, PEC Community Relations Coordinator Caroline Tinsley Porter thanked the nonprofits for their work serving our members.

“You are what makes our community strong,” she said. “Thank you for following your passions, for your commitment to service, and for making the Hill Country a unique and better place.”

Lil Serafine serves as executive director of the Austin Steam Train Association, and said grants like these are critical to their mission. “It is an honor and privilege to have PEC and its members support this high priority restoration project,” she said.

At PEC, this never-ending commitment to our members is the backbone of our organization and is built into our cooperative principles.

Learn more about the nonprofits benefitting from PEC’s Community Grants and the projects these funds will make possible:

Austin Steam Train Association
Power car restoration project

Blanco County Emergency Services Auxiliary
Computer-aided dispatching software

Blanco Good Samaritan Center
Energy-efficient lighting and insulating

CASA of Central Texas
New training and support center in San Marcos

Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center
IT equipment and infrastructure improvements

Kempner Volunteer Fire Department
New volunteer EMS branch