SPEC partnered with CoBank to give STCH the $10,000 donation. CoBank, a cooperative bank that serves industries in rural America such as electricity providers, launched a multi-million matching grant program in 2012. The “Sharing Success” program benefits co-ops and charitable groups they support throughout rural America.
Ron Hughes, the general manager of SPEC, contacted CoBank about making the Children’s Home a grant recipient in 2013. STCH has been a member of the Co-op since 1952, and the faith-based organization has a stellar reputation for its good work within the community.
“Our Sharing Success program is rooted in longstanding cooperative principles, including concern for community and cooperation among cooperatives,” said Robert B. Engel, CoBank’s chief executive officer. “We’re delighted to be partnering with so many of our customers, including San Patricio Electric Cooperative, to support a wide variety of worthy causes across rural America.”
The Children’s Home is a debt-free organization supported entirely through private donations, and it provides all services without cost. Some of those services include:
• Homes for children who need care.
• Homes for families for single moms and their children.
• Family counseling services for individuals, couples and families.
• Christian women’s job corps training.
• International ministry to children and families in the Dominican Republic.
“The money received from San Patricio Electric will be used to provide for the daily needs of children and families such as food, clothing, household supplies and much more as lives are impacted every day,” said Kyle Luke, vice president of development and communications for the South Texas Children’s Home. “Children and families in Texas and around the world will benefit from this generous gift.”
Hughes said the Children’s Home was a worthy recipient of this donation and the Co-op’s board of directors quickly agreed when he suggested they reach out to CoBank and take advantage of the “Sharing Success” program.
“San Patricio Electric has been serving our members and their communities since 1938,” Hughes said. “In all that time, we’ve seen a lot of organizations help make this region of Texas a better place to live. It’s hard to think of any group more committed to improving the lives of the people in this community than the South Texas Children’s Home.”
Anyone interested in making a donation to the STCH may contact Luke at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 361-375-2417. Donors may also support the organization online at www.stchm.org/donate.