One of Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative’s (CVEC) most unique and exciting community programs is the CoBank Sharing Success grant program. Aimed at supporting local communities and projects, the grant is made possible by CVEC’s governing board of directors, in partnership with CoBank – a national nonprofit cooperative bank owned by the rural American cooperatives it services.
CVEC, Northeast Missouri Electric Power (NEP) and CoBank recently partnered again to fund a project right here in our territory through the Sharing Success grant program and the Northeast Power Partnering Request program. CVEC is thrilled to be able to help the Monroe County Little League as they work to renovate the Little League baseball field in Albia with a donation of $20,000.
“Rural communities and cooperatives like Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative are fortunate to have the generous support of CoBank and Northeast Power,” says Tod Faris, CVEC Economic Development and Community Relations Manager. “We are thankful for the contributions, which enable us to help make our communities a better place to live, work and play.”
The Monroe County Little League program believes in the power of youth baseball to teach life lessons that build stronger individuals and communities. Monroe County Little League provides opportunities for all children to have a meaningful experience. All league personnel, including the elected board members and officers, and each of the managers, coaches, umpires, field workers are volunteers committed to providing a Little League program to the youth of our community.
“Supporting the Monroe County Little League Program and their renovation project is a powerful way to make a lasting impact on the lives of children and families in our cooperative community”, said CVEC CEO/General Manager Troy Amoss. “CVEC is excited to help fund the renovations of our community Little League field as our efforts can help ensure many generations to come will be able to experience and use the facility.”
Together CVEC, CoBank, Northeast Power and the community are striving to meet the National Little League Association’s mission of “One Team. One Little League”.
"On behalf of Monroe County Little League, we would like to express a huge heartfelt thank you to CVEC, Northeast Power and CoBank for the opportunity to be the recipient of this grant. The funds have been vital to the total renovation project of our Little League facilities. We are biased towards baseball, but this is so much bigger than baseball for our community. Our field and little league generally influence about 25% to 30% of each graduating class in the Albia area. It is often their first experience in organized sports, where they learn leadership, teamwork, and responsibly, while also making some of their fondest childhood memories right here on this field. We are thankful to have the funds provided by the grant to finalize all new field lighting, a new grandstand system, new dugouts and press box construction along with the field having an all new fence system and sod infield. It is truly appreciated and will make this field a pleasure for the players of today and for many years to come." - Monroe County Little League President Travis Patton