Commitment to community is a core value for cooperatives around the world. In a demonstration of that dedication, Washington Electric Cooperative is pleased to announce a $10,000 contribution to the gym renovation project at the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County.
The Boys and Girls Club is a haven for more than 100 local children, providing care and educational support after school and on non-school days. Every facet of the organization’s work helps ensure that its members are on track to graduate from high school with a plan for their future, tools to live a healthy lifestyle, and the traits of good character and citizenship.
The gymnasium will provide the children a safe place to play, be physically active, and learn essential life skills. Renovations include a 3,900 square foot gym as well as a fitness room, community room, kitchen, laundry room, locker room, and restrooms. The project’s initial phase covered construction and renovation. Washington Electric’s contribution will support phase two, which includes kitchen and laundry appliances, bleachers, a scoreboard, and sound system. The donation is supported by a 50-percent matching Site and Community Assistance grant from Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives.
“Washington Electric Cooperative’s contribution to phase two of this project allows us to buy the most efficient appliances for the concession stand and laundry room,” said Rebecca Johnson, Boys and Girls Club executive director. “In the long run, this will increase the value of their donation through efficiency savings. The youth and staff will be able to use these appliances for the club and for community events.”
In addition to the club’s programming, the gymnasium will also be available to the community for conferences, fitness classes, party rentals, and more.
“Washington Electric believes deeply in supporting the communities we serve,” said Jennifer Greene, director of marketing and member services. “We are excited to support a project that will have a lasting effect on individual lives as well as overall community health and stability.”