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ST. MARYS - Members of Midwest Electric recently donated $13,550 to 13 west-central Ohio charities and community projects through the cooperative's Community Connection Fund.

Since the program began in 1998, the Midwest Electric Community Connection Fund has provided $741,513 to 564 area projects.

The recent fund recipients include the following:

• Mendon-Union Fire Department, $2,000 to buy additional fire hose for a new fire truck.

• Safe Harbor Homeless and Runaway Youth Shelter, Lima, $1,500 for a new air conditioning unit.

• Auglaize County ESC Preschool, $1,500 for iPads and educational apps.

• Celina City Schools, $1,500 for iPads and educational apps for the English Language Learner department.

• Ft. Recovery Elementary School, $1,500 for a math computer program for intervention students.

• Family Life Center of Auglaize County, $1,000 for ultrasound supplies.

• Auglaize County Council on Aging, $1,000 for weather alert radios for area elderly.

• Mercer County ESC, $1,000 for iPads and educational apps.

• Parkway Local Schools, $750 for books for special education students.

• Bath Township Fire Department, $750 for a laptop computer.

• Auglaize County ESC, $500 for communication devices for the autism unit.

• Challenged Champions Equestrian Center, Ottawa, $300 for a sound system for the indoor arena.

• Waynestock Christian Concert, St. Marys, $250 to help with concert.

The Midwest Electric Community Connection Fund is a voluntary charitable program. Participating members' monthly electric bills are rounded up to the next dollar, with the additional pennies deposited in the Fund.

A Board of Trustees, composed of cooperative members and separate from the Midwest Electric Board of Trustees, oversees the application and allocation process.

Individuals or organizations can obtain an application by contacting Midwest Electric, at (419) 394-4110 or 1-800-962-3830.