Trico Electric Cooperative CEO & GM Brian Heithoff presents Cynthia Ruich of the Marana Unified School District Food and Clothing Bank with a $5,000 check from the Trico Electric Charitable Trust. MUSD was one of nine non-profit organizations to receive a POWER Grant this spring. The money will be used to provide students and their families in need with non-perishable food, clothing, toiletries, small household items and community resources.

Trico Electric Cooperative has awarded a total of $35,000 to nine non-profit organizations providing critical services in southern Arizona. The grants are part of Trico’s POWER Grants program and are awarded twice a year to charities throughout southern Arizona.

Non-profits are selected through an application process and reviewed by a seven-person committee made up of Trico employees, employee-members, and Board Members.

Receiving a grant of $5,200 was Arivaca Coordinating Council-Arivaca Human Resource Group, Inc. Receiving grants of $5,000 each were Arivaca Fire District Auxiliary, Ayuda Smiles, Inc. dba Smiles for Veterans, Sister Jose Women’s Center and Marana Unified School District (MUSD) Food and Clothing Bank. Angel Heart Pajama Project received a $3,000 grant. Receiving grants of $2,500 each were Friends in Deed, Inc. and Youth On Their Own. Receiving a grant of $1,800 was the Mt. Lemmon Firefighters Foundation. Bayer Marana Greenhouse also partnered with Trico. Bayer donated $500 to the Trico Electric Foundation, requesting that the money be given to the MUSD Food and Clothing Bank.

Since 2008, the POWER Grant program has awarded $735,000 in grants. For more information or to apply go to

“As a cooperative, Trico is dedicated to serving its Members and our community. We have been a part of these communities for over 75-years, and our Power Grants program is one of the many ways we help to make a positive difference.” Brian Heithoff -Trico CEO/General Manager.

Trico Electric Cooperative, Inc., is a not-for-profit electric cooperative serving more than 45,000 customers in Marana, Corona de Tucson, SaddleBrooke, Mt. Lemmon, Sahuarita, Green Valley, Three Points and Arivaca. Formed in 1945, Trico is owned by the people it serves.

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