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Empowering Our Communities for Growth

Community Empowerment Program awards $11,933 to area organizations

Our Communities are growing. There is no doubt about that-growing populations and growing organizations. Medina EC’s Community Empowerment Program was designed to support the health and development of the community and improve the quality and/or quantity of services provided by awarding grants for capital projects. For the third year in a row, Medina EC has awarded grants to various organizations across our service territory.

The following organizations received funding through the program this year:

Devine Food Pantry (Devine): $2,125

Funds will help the food pantry purchase a storage and maintenance area for lawn equipment.

Uvalde County Hospital Authority (Uvalde): $2,308

Funds will go towards the purchase of a Cuddle Cot for the Women’s and Newborns’ Center. The Cuddle Cot cools and preserves a stillborn baby, which allows the baby to remain with the family longer, providing the time they want with their loved one.

El Progreso Memorial Library (Uvalde): $2,500

Funds will be used for the replacement of the central heating and air conditioning system.

Medina County Hospital District (Hondo): $2,500

Funds will help to purchase a new recumbent bike for the physical therapy department. This bike provides bi-directional resistance, which is especially helpful when treating orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.

Sunshine Daycare Center (Pearsall): $2,500

Funds will go toward the purchase of new playground equipment for the licensed, nonprofit daycare center that operates out of the First United Methodist Church of Pearsall. The daycare has approximately 60 kids and infants in their program.

The Community Empowerment Program is funded by unclaimed capital credits and must be approved by the board annually. When capital credits remain unclaimed for three years, they are given to the State of Texas. The state can give a portion of that money back to the cooperative, and the cooperative can use it to fund economic development activities, scholarships and energy-efficiency projects. To learn more about the Community Empowerment Program, visit