PEC awards more than $35,000 in grants to local nonprofits

Members make grants possible through co-op's Power of Change Program

JOHNSON CITY, Texas — Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) is proud to award more than $35,000 in community grants to eight deserving nonprofits in the cooperative’s service territory.

Every spring and fall, PEC awards up to $5,000 in grants to each eligible nonprofit organization to fund projects in our service territory and surrounding communities.
These important grants are made possible through the generosity of PEC members enrolled in our Power of Change Program. Members who enroll in the program can opt to round up their electric bills to the nearest dollar for charity or make a one-time donation.
“It’s amazing to see what our cooperative can do when we band together to make positive change,” PEC Community Relations Manager Caroline Tinsley Porter said. “The beauty of PEC’s Power of Change Program is that by giving — even just a little by rounding up your bill each month — we can make a tremendous impact together in our communities. We’re thrilled to provide grants to these deserving nonprofits to support their important missions.”

Since 2016, PEC has provided more than $300,000 in funding to more than 74 nonprofits. Want to help? For less than $1 a month, you can make a difference. Learn more and join PEC’s Power of Change today!

Spring 2022 PEC Power of Change Grant Recipients

  • Friends of the Bertram Library received $5,000 to fund a new study bar for the library. It will include free Wi-Fi for community members and students so they can have a safe, reliable place to study.
  • Lampasas Mission will use its grant of $4,700 to purchase new commercial refrigerators for the food pantry. The mission provides food, clothing, household items, and guidance to those in need.
  • Highland Lakes Canine Rescue received a grant of $3,400 to fund new energy efficient lighting and programmable thermostats. The upgrades will help the rescue save money, which they can now reinvest in pet care.
  • New Braunfels Christian Ministries provides vital care to communities. The nonprofit received $3,400 to purchase an electrocardiogram and ophthalmoscopes to keep local hearts and eyes healthy.
  • Edwards County EMS received a $5,000 grant to help update technology and improve a bunk room for paramedics to rest more comfortably.
  • CommuniCare Hays County will use its grant of $5,000 to purchase earbuds that provide live translation in more than 35 languages. This provides an important resource because as much as 25% of Hays County speaks a language other than English.
  • Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation received $4,000 to purchase Energy Star kitchen appliances. These new appliances will be used in the nonprofit’s Skills for Enhancing Lifelong Fulfillment (SELF) program that teaches adult students with disabilities the skills to live independently.
  • Commemorative Air Force, Central Texas Wing will use its grant of $5,000 to fund a new energy-efficient HVAC upgrade for the nonprofit’s briefing and lecture hangar.

You can help support local nonprofits by rounding up your bill through PEC’s Power of Change Program. Learn more and enroll today at

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