Ten Power Up™ Grants Awarded
GVEC’s Power Up community grant program continues to grow, with ten more nonprofit organizations receiving approximately $149,796 during the second grant distribution cycle for 2019. These grants, which provide funding assistance for community projects, are made possible by the generous donations of Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative members supporting the charitable Power Up program.
Since the first grant distribution in 2012, more than $2.4 million in grants have helped fund 157 projects benefitting GVEC members and their communities. These projects range from the purchase of life-saving equipment for first responders and medical facilities to the renovation of local museums, parks, historic places and community meeting spaces.
2019 Cycle 2 Power Up Grant Recipients
Grants awarded in the most recent round of distributions include: $20,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Dewitt County, Cuero, for the purchase of new AC units and a water fountain; $10,000 to City of Seguin Main Street for the Downtown Historic District Beautification project; $16,265.40 to the City of Waelder Police Department for patrol vehicle equipment replacement; $14,816 to Goliad Main Street for downtown lighting; $5,714.86 to the Jane Yelvington McCallum Public Library, La Vernia, for the library project; $3,000 to Lord’s Little Angels, Inc. daycare center, Yoakum, for playground equipment; $20,000 to McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department for vehicle rescue extrication tools; $20,000 to the Moulton Fire Department to go towards a new fire station; $20,000 to the Moulton Police Department to help purchase a new patrol vehicle; and $20,000 to the Nordheim Volunteer Fire Company, for the purchase of a LED message center.
Applying for a Power Up Grant
“Applying for a Power Up grant is becoming more competitive as an increasing number of organizations learn about the program,” says Shari Johnson, GVEC representative. “We receive applications for many worthwhile projects but can only select a few each distribution cycle. If you didn’t receive a grant this time around, don’t be discouraged. We urge you to apply again and to come by or call anytime. We have staff members here to answer your questions and assist with the application process—they’ll do everything possible to assure you submit a well-prepared packet.”
The next application deadline for the Power Up community grant program is February 15, 2020. For program qualifications and an application, visit gvec.org, or call 800.223.4832 for assistance. Grant applications are also available at GVEC’s five area offices.
The Boys & Girls Club of DeWitt County accepts a GVEC Powre Up grant for $20,000. The grant will go toward the purchase of new AC systems and a water fountain for their facility. Pictrured standing, L to R: Board President John Fuqua, Treasurer Natalie Carson, board member Nancy Langhoff, GVEC Board Member David Warzecha, Unit Director Annemarie Leslie-Mees,Vice President Laurie Pokluda, Secretary Haley Cowey, Executive Director Megan Boehl, staff members Avarie Gamez, Vanessa Melgoza and John Rodriguez; kneeling on the ends, L to R: staff members Ryan Gonzales and Gage Hanaelka; others kneeling and sitting: Boys & Girls Club members.
Goliad Main Street and others accept a GVEC Power Up grant for $14,816. This grant will be used for downtown lighting. Pictured, in no particular order, are: Pat Morales, Erica Pedeville, Keli Miller, Mindy Sullivan, Ida Hernandez, Peggy Cowey, Christiana Shelton, Linda Rodriguez, Mayor Trudia Preston, Mayor Pro-Tem Luis Rodriguez, Councilwoman Robin Alaniz, City Secretary Kandi Hubert, Commissioner Alonzo Morales, Commissioner Kenneth Edwards, Emma Soto, Dwight Briney, GISD Superintendent Dave Plymale, GVEC Representative Christine Presley, GVEC Representative Shari Johnson and GVEC Representative Carolyn Morrow.
The Jane Yelvingtion McCallum Public Library, La Vernia’s first public library, accepts a GVEC Power Up grant for $5,714.86. The library will use its grant to purchase child and family-friendly materials as well as other items needed to develop the new facility. Pictured L to R: Wilson County Judge Dickie Jackson, Librarian Nicki Stohr, City of La Vernia representative Ashley Ritchey, GVEC representative Kasie Tankersley, GVEC Power Up Review Committee member Elaine Stephens and GVEC representative Carolyn Morrow.
Lord’s Little Angels (LLA), Inc. daycare center, Yoakum, accepts a GVEC Power Up grant for $3,000. The grant will be used to purchase new playground equipment. Pictured in no particular order: LLA caregivers and employees LeAnn Ponton, Deborah Guerrero, Manesha Brooks, Alice Baker, Jade Britton, Keontae Mathis, Elisa Arriaga, Morgan Lenzy, Savanah Salazar and Kayla Rosales; LLA Board Secretary Cindy Goodrich; Holy Cross Lutheran Church Pastor Alsen Wenzel and Susan Wenzel; GVEC representative Carolyn Morrow; and some of the children enrolled at LLA.
The McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) accepts a GVEC Power Up grant for $20,000. The grant will be used in the purchase of newer, higher powered vehicle rescue extrication tools. Pictured, in no particular order: John Blake, Brandon Bogisch, Jo Ann Bogisch, Beverly Bonkowski, Mike Bowser, B. J. Chambers, Jim Craver, Chuck Hoagland, Wyatt Hubbard, Erik Johnson, Marilyn Marshall, Ray Salas, Brian Soefje, Phil Vasile, Mike Wiedner, Michael Wilkinson, MVFD President Jawad Sheikh, Fire Chief Tim Bogisch, Assistant Fire Chief Ray A. Salas, GVEC Power Up Review Committee members Steve Tschoepe and Rhonda Williams, GVEC Board Vice President Melvin Strey, GVEC Board members Mark Roberts and Joe Castilleja, and GVEC Representative Shari Johnson.
The Moulton Fire Department accepts a GVEC Power Up grant for $20,000 to help towards the construction of a new fire station. Pictured with GVEC Representative Christine Presley are Fire Chief Tim Koncaba and members of the Moulton Fire Department.
Pictured along with citizens of Moulton, accepting a GVEC Power Up grant for $20,000 awarded to the Moulton Police Department for the purchase of a new patrol vehicle, in no particular order are: Police Chief Michell Bennet, Officer Daniel Beyer, Officer Perry Kram, Officer Raul Diaz, Terri Furrh (dauther of fallen Officer David Furrh), Moulton ISD Superintendent Todd Grandjean, City Administrator Luann Rogers, Lions Club President Craig Hughes, South Star Bank representative, Community Bank representative, Power Up Board Member Denise Langston, GVEC Representative Carolyn Morrow and GVEC Representative Shari Johnson.
The Nordheim Volunteer Fire Department (NVFD) accepts a GVEC Power Up grant for $20,000 for the purchace of a LED message center. Pictured in no particular order are: NVFD members Larry Hale, Roberta Hale, Gary Stehling, Bettie Stehling, Steven Caves, Mitchell Saunders, Regan Saunders, Ron Jennings, Gilbert Pargmann, Mary Pargmann, Connie Buessing, Linda Baucum and Ronnie Pfeifer; NVFD President Billy Fisher; NVFD Vice President Larry Baucum; NVFD Fire Chief Derrick Green; Nordheim ISD Superintendent Kevin Wilson; Nordheim ISD School Board Trustee Pam Remmers; Nordheim Shooting Club Representative Ronda Voelkel; City Councilman Joey Gonzales; City Mayor Pro Tem and NVFD Member Rene Garcia; City Mayor Kathy Payne; and GVEC Board Member David Warzecha.
The City of Seguin-Main Street organization accepts a GVEC Power Up grant for $10,000. This grant will be used for completion of the Downtown Historic District Beautification project. Pictured, L to R: City of Seguin-Main Street Advisory Board members Natalie Jones, Gregg Woodall, Dana Hall, GVEC Representative Shari Johnson, GVEC Board Member Shawn Martinez, City of Seguin-Main Street and CVB Director Kyle Kramm, Power Up Review Committee members Steve Tschoepe, Heath Anders, Isabel Lara and Daniel Solis.
The City of Waelder Police Department accepts a GVEC Power Up grant for $16,265.40. This grant will be used to purchase new equipment for patrol vehicles, such as in-car computers and electronic control devices. Pictured L to R: GVEC Board Member Henry “Bubba” Schmidt Jr., Lieutenant Eric Jones, City Manager Steven McKay, GVEC Representative Shari Johnson and GVEC Representative Carolyn Morrow.