Asheboro, NC - On August 1, the People Helping the People (PHP) Board of Directors announced awards totaling $20,000 in community grants to benefit charitable nonprofits in Randolph Electric’s five-county service area.
“For eight years, People Helping People has given back to communities in Randolph, Chatham, Moore, Montgomery and Alamance Counties through the Sharing Success grant program,” said REMC Communications and Public Affairs Manager Nicole Arnold. “The board is excited to announce these awards, which represent a significant investment in the organizations that help our members.”
The board of directors for PHP, a nonprofit program of Randolph EMC, awards grants that contribute to one or more of three focus areas: the health and well-being of individuals, financial support for income-challenged families or educational advancement through enriching learning opportunities. The following sixteen recipient organizations demonstrate a mission aligning with these goals.
Randolph Senior Adults Association: $1,000 for family caregiver support supplies.
Spirit Horse Ranch Education Center: $1,200 for need-based scholarships for children to attend a summer program that provides a unique, outdoor learning environment centered around therapeutic interaction with horses.
Sandhills Coalition: $1,000 to support the food pantry to feed the hungry of Moore County.
Habitat for Humanity of Randolph County: $1,000 to assist with home building costs for a young woman who has been saving to attain the dream of homeownership.
Boys and Girls Club of the Sandhills: $1,000 to fund Summer Brain Gain, a STEM and literacy program that fights against learning loss.
Communities in Schools of Montgomery County: $2,000 to purchase school supplies for the Backpack Pals program.
Jordan Memorial United Methodist Church: $1,100 for Back to School Bash, an event open to the public in which students receive backpacks filled with school supplies.
West Chatham Food Pantry: $2,000 to support the food pantry to feed the hungry of Chatham County.
Arts Council of Moore County: $2,000 to provide arts education at Carthage Elementary, Elise Middle, North Moore High, Westmoore Elementary and Robbins Elementary Schools.
Three Rivers Land Trust: $500 to fund outdoor park infrastructure improvements.
Sandhills Student Assistance: $1,000 to purchase food, clothing, and hygiene items for at-risk students in Moore County schools.
Montgomery Community College Foundation: $2,000 to purchase meals for the hungry of Montgomery County at the college’s annual day of service.
Drug-Free Moore County: $1,000 to support drug prevention services in northern Moore County.
Grace Given: $1,000 to support the purchase of a mobile shower unit for the homeless in Randolph County.
Seagrove Elementary PTO: $700 to replenish Clothes Closet supplies of shoes, clothing and undergarments for students in need.
Chatham Literacy Council: $1,500 to provide instructional materials for Transforming Lives, an English for Speakers of Other Languages program that helps adult learners improve their job opportunities and become self-sufficient members of their communities.
Randolph EMC partners with CoBank, a cooperative lender, to fund the Community Grants initiative. Through its Sharing Success program, CoBank awarded $10,000 to People Helping People earlier this year. Randolph EMC then matched this donation to fund its Community Grants program. The PHP Board of Directors oversees the grant-awarding process. Since 2015, Randolph EMC’s PHP program has invested $106,700 in Community Grants.