TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The recipients of Trico's 2014 POWER Grants were announced today.
Five area nonprofits received the grants – Marana Unified School District, United Community Health Center and the Sahuarita Food Bank each received $10,000, while the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson and Youth on Their Own each received $5,000.
"As a cooperative, Trico's commitment first and foremost is its Members and the community," said Vin Nitido, Trico's CEO, in a recent release. "The POWER Grant program is one of the many ways we try to help. By assisting these non-profit organizations with POWER Grants funds, we're able to make a bigger impact in the community and reach out to help those most in need."
MUSD will fund their POWER Pack Program, which provides backpacks of food to students in need at Picture Rocks, Desert Winds, Estes and Roadrunner Elementary Schools.
United Community Health Center will fund emergency dental services to children in need in Arivaca, Green Valley, Sahuarita, Sopori and Three Points.
Sahuarita Food Bank will also fund a backpack food program for at risk students in Sahuarita, Green Valley and the surrounding areas.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson funds will provide snacks for the Pascua Yaqui clubhouse.
Youth On Their Own will use the funds to supplement its Emergency Needs fund that helps homeless and at-risk students with rent, utility, clothing and food assistance.
Each year, the Providing Opportunities with Effective Resources (POWER) Grant program awards grants up to $10,000 to individual agencies. Trico employees select the funding focus each year and a volunteer committee of employees makes the final selections.
Details on the 2015 POWER Grant will be available this fall at www.trico.coop.