Navarro County Electric Cooperative and its customers are lending a helping hand to local agencies and non-profit organizations.

Through its Operation Round Up program NCEC has awarded grants to nine organizations and 40 fire departments totaling $45,500.

According to Navarro’s website, Operation Round-Up gathers voluntary contributions from participating co-op consumers by “rounding up” their monthly bills to the next dollar.

The average donation per home amounts to $6 each year and it is distributed to worthy charitable causes in the service area.

Meals-on-Wheels

One of the organizations receiving a grant from this program is Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties. The organization serves meals to 750 people each day that are delivered by volunteers.

Volunteers serve a lunchtime meal to clients five days a week. When meals are delivered on Friday some clients have two weekend meals delivered that can be refrigerated. In cases where weekend meals can’t be delivered early arrangements are made with family members or friends to check in with clients to help with providing meals.

The $3,000 grant will go toward providing breakfast four days a week.

“These funds are going to be specifically used for our breakfast program. Right now I think that it is about 60 percent of our clients that are receiving breakfast. These meals are totally funded, completely by local monies. That is why the co-op money is so important to us,” executive director Vinsen Faris said.

“We are approaching our 35th anniversary overall. We started services in 1977 and we have been serving Ellis County since 2001. We are very fortunate and very blessed for all of the community support that we have like Navarro County Electric Cooperative,”  Vinsen added.

People who are interested in making a donation or volunteering for Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties can go to www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org or call 972-351-9943.

Daniel’s Den

The cooperative will also be helping Daniel’s Den Ministries of Ellis County through a grant of $4,500.

Due to the recent economic downturn Daniel’s Den was scheduled to receive state and federal funding totaling $74,000, however funding was cut by $36,000.

This reduction in combined funding represented a 65 percent cut in income. Daniel’s Den, which has been in operation since 1996, began a transitional housing program six years ago.

Transitional housing is temporary housing for people who have lost their homes through circumstances such as foreclosure or job loss. The organization also provides emergency assistance by helping to provide a bus ticket, so that a person can stay with family members.

Daniel’s Den executive director Joy Ranton said this grant would allow the organization to continue the transitional housing throughout the end of the year. Ranton also would like to thank the United Way of West Ellis County and the many different individuals who have donated generously to help make up for the cut in funding.

For further information or to give financial support to Daniel’s Den, contact Ranton at 972-938-0103.

Area fire

department grants

Grants in the amount of $500 each from the Operation Round Up program were awarded to fire department in Ellis County.

These included Alma, Telico, Italy, Palmer, Bardwell, Ferris, Garrett, Avalon and Red Oak.

Applications for grants can be downloaded at www.navarroec.com or can be requested by phone or in person.

The deadline for applications for the next disbursement is Nov. 25.

Contact Andrew at andrew.branca@wninews.com or 469-517-1451.