Greene County Christian Action Resource Center installs solar panels
Special to the Jefferson Herald
Early in 2022, the Greene County Christian Action Resource Center applied for a grant from the Greene County Community Foundation (GCCF) to install solar panels on the food pantryfacility. The GCCF board approved to fund the project with an award of $32,227.
Finally, a dream of tapping the sun for electricity is coming to pass. The solar panels were installed on Sept, 28, and with just a few more steps to finish the project, the Greene County ARC will soon be saving $600 per month in utility costs.
“Those extra funds can be used to buy food for those in need rather than pay for electricity,” Shirley Haupert said.
GCCF board members were thrilled with the project because it was funded by using monies from the Greene County Community Foundation’s Endowment accounts. The GCCF endowment has been growing, in part, from donations made from community members over the years.
Currently, the endowment accounts have a balance of more than $1.3 million. From those funds, the board can use up to 5 percent each year to fund projects that benefit Greene County. This year, the Alice Walters Estate was a large donor to the endowment. As the foundation’s slogan says, these funds will serve Greene County “for good, forever.”