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Hendricks Power Cooperative

Sycamore ServicesHendricks Power Cooperative has awarded Sycamore Services, Inc. $2,000 to purchase three Energy Star® rated refrigerators for their facility in Danville, Indiana.  The donation followed an energy audit performed by Energy Advisors Gregg Wright and Steve Hite earlier this year.  Sycamore Services works with local businesses to provide opportunities for adults with disabilities.


RELITE Retreat Warsaw Indiana

In 2008, RELITE facilitators suggested turning a team building activity for participants into a community service project.  Participants were given the task of assembling children’s bikes to demonstrate communication and team building skills.  Once the bikes were completed, they were presented to a family in need living in the Jasper County REMC service area.

As a result of the overwhelming success of the 2008 project, the 2009 facilitators voted to continue the tradition during a recent retreat in Warsaw, Indiana.  Facilitators Melody Ramey (Whitewater Valley REMC), Ray Burns (Noble REMC),  Jessica Shelton (Clark Co REMC), Jack Kellems (Miami-Cass REMC), and Devra Garcia (Northeastern REMC) worked with Housing Opportunities of Warsaw to identify two local families who would benefit from the installation of energy efficient measures in their homes.   Both homes were located in the Sellers Lake area of Kosciusko County.

Despite rainy weather and soggy conditions, 23 participants and seven facilitators made their way to the homes armed with compact fluorescent bulbs, weather stripping, caulk, outlet gaskets, and other energy efficient items.  Once the installation was complete, homeowners Kelse & Mazie Harris and Ed & Sue Peterson received yet another surprise.  Each couple was given a $250 Wal-Mart gift card to assist with purchasing household necessities and groceries.   Energy efficient products were generously donated by Service Concepts, Whitewater Valley REMC and Kosciusko REMC.  The gift cards were courtesy of the RELITE program and the retreat planning team.  

The next RELITE retreat will be held on June 25 & 26 at the Abe Martin Lodge in the Brown County State Park, Nashville, Indiana.

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