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YVEA Caring Consumers program gives out $16,000 in grants

Michael Schrantz

— As part of its Caring Consumers program, Yampa Valley Electric Association recently awarded $16,000 to 17 community projects.

The Caring Consumers program allows customers to elect to have their bills rounded up to the next dollar and those extra cents put in a fund that awards grants twice per year.

For the grant period that ended in May, more than 30 organizations applied to fund projects totaling $49,000. Of those 30 applications, the Caring Consumers board, which is separate from the YVEA board, chose 17 projects collectively totaling about $16,000.

The applications have to be for specific projects or needs rather than going into general operating expenses, YVEA marketing coordinator Tammi McKenzie said.

The next application deadline for the program is Oct. 15, according to McKenzie.

More information about the project and how to apply is available on the YVEA website at http://www.yvea.com/content/caring-consumers-program.

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The Caring Consumers board includes: Tom Fox, of Steamboat Springs; Betse Grassby, of Steamboat Springs; Winnie DelliQuadri, of Steamboat Springs; Kathy Powell, of Craig; Rebecca Wattles, of Hayden; and YVEA President and General Manager Diane Johnson.

More YVEA customers participating in the program means more funds available for Yampa Valley organizations. The average cost for customers is about $6 per year.

YVEA members can participate by checking the box for Caring Consumers on their bills or by calling YVEA at 970-879-1160.

"It's a pretty simple thing to do that helps everyone," McKenzie said about how the program can impact organizations and foundations in the community.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz

Grant recipients

Name of group: project

Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition Inc.: Yampa Valley Crane Festival

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, Moffat County: Projects to support healthy, positive lifestyle choices as alternatives to substance abuse for youth

Hayden Valley Elementary: Home literacy program — Motherread/Fatherread

Heeling Friends: Therapy services for YVMC, Doak Walker House and YVRA

LIFT-UP of Routt County: New tables needed for center

Moffat County Search and Rescue: 12,000-pound winch with cradle and recover accessories

Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services: Developmental support program for 3- to 5-year-olds

Partners in Routt County: Senior Partner Appreciation Plan

Routt County Council on Aging: Nutritional and transportation program

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide: Program to promote anti-bullying/suicide prevention

Ridgeview Elementary: Outdoor science education trips

South Routt Elementary: Literacy Carnival

Steamboat Art Museum: Sketchbook program for children

Strawberry Park Elementary: English Language Learner program

Yampatika: Discovery Box to educate children and adults about moose

Yampa Valley Autism Program: Community Cultivation Program