NORTH BALTIMORE — On Feb. 12, the Board of Trustees for the Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative Community Trust Fund presented $18,418 in first-quarter grants to seven local non-profit organizations. HWEC Community Trust Fund Board Chairman Daniel Branson presented the checks in a special ceremony at the Hancock-Wood corporate headquarters.

Ada Public Library received $925 for summer reading program materials; Hancock County Educational Service Center was awarded $2,996 toward updating program curriculum; Hancock County Firefighters Association received $3,735 toward emergency management accountability equipment; North Baltimore Schools was granted $2,400 for iPads and apps for disabled children; Riverdale Elementary School was granted $1,517 toward new Accelerated Reader Program materials; Special Kids Therapy received $5,000 toward grants and scholarships; and Van Buren Elementary was awarded $1,844 to purchase reading books.

The HWEC Community Trust Fund board is comprised of HWEC member volunteers, who meet quarterly to evaluate grant requests. Grants are awarded to fund a variety of needs in the communities Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative serves.