The 4-County Foundation has recently made awards to several area organizations.
Those receiving grants include: Starkville Pregnancy Center ($1,000 for a purity program), East Oktibbeha Volunteer Fire Department ($5,700 for a self-contained breathing apparatus), Columbus Arts Council ($2,500 for the Young People’s Artist Series), East Webster High School Band ($3,000 for uniforms), West Central Clay Volunteer Fire Department ($4,410 for the purchase of rescue and firefighting gear), Last House on the Block – a sober living home for men ($5,000 to purchase a used truck to help in their mission), North Mississippi chapter of the American Red Cross ($5,000 to assist with victims of natural disasters and other emergencies in six of 4-County’s service counties), Mission Camp Macon at Lake Forest Ranch ($2,000 to assist with Christian fellowship activities and a week of camp), and Starkville Bridges out of Poverty ($3,000 to educate poverty-stricken families to break the cycle of poverty).
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4-County believes in helping the communities it serves. That’s why the cooperative launched the 4-County Foundation, a community service program. Beginning in February, 4-County members’ utility bills were “rounded up” to the nearest dollar – a $68.65 bill, for example, becomes $69. Now, at the most, that’s around only an extra $12 per year per member (an average of about $6 per year per member). However, when you multiply those contributions by the thousands of member participants, that’s a lot of pennies!