Thanks to a partnership between Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) and one of its lenders, CoBank, the vision of a new shelter is getting closer to reality. CoBank's "Sharing Success" program offers matching grants that can be accessed by electric cooperatives to assist qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

Recognizing the new animal shelter as a need in the community, DREMC completed the process of applying for the grant and was subsequently awarded $2,000, to be combined with the co-op's donation of $2,000, bringing the total financial commitment to $4,000. This is the second grant DREMC has applied for in the past year. The first was awarded to Argie Cooper Public Library in Shelbyville.

Gail Castle, development officer for the Franklin County Humane Society, said the DREMC-CoBank donation will bring the animal shelter fund-raising total to $370,000, well over half of the goal. "We are extremely excited about our new facility. Our main focus will be on educating the public about spaying and neutering. We hope to be able to increase our capacity by 50 percent," said Castle. The new 4,000-square-foot facility will be located on Hwy. 127 (AEDC Road), easily accessible to Franklin County residents.

"One of the seven cooperative principles is concern for community. Both DREMC and CoBank recognize the important role this facility plays in Franklin County," said Michael Watson, DREMC president and CEO.
CoBank President and CEO Robert Engel added,"Throughout rural America, cooperatives like DREMC are working not only to provide value to their members but to improve the quality of life in their local communities."

Gail Castle (center) receives $4,000 for the Franklin County Humane Society from DREMC and CoBank. Presenting the gift are (from left) CoBank vice president Bill LaDuca, and DREMC's Patrick Hannah, Michael Watson and Shelia Roark.