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How POWER Grants Impact Community

December 9, 2022

At Trico, we believe that connection powers our purpose. This connection brings us together as a community – with the understanding that we can do more together than we could do by ourselves.

One way we support our Members and the communities we serve is through The Trico Electric Charitable Trust (Trust). Since 1996, the Trust has donated over $900,000 to local community organizations, schools, veteran’s groups, first responders, and food banks.

In 2022, the Trust awarded $70,000 in POWER Grants to non-profits providing critical services in southern Arizona. Those grants would not be possible without contributions from our Members who participate in Operation Round Up (ORU), so we thank those Members who choose to “round up” their monthly bill payment to the next dollar.

The Arivaca Human Resource Group, which provides daily meals and emergency food boxes to clients within the community, received a $5,200 POWER Grant in the spring. The organization wanted to purchase a small walk-in refrigeration unit along with shelving from the Sahuarita Food Bank but could not afford it. With help from our lender CoBank, which matched Trico’s grant, they were able to purchase the refrigeration and freezer unit.

“This is something we have desperately needed in order to store food we use for the daily meals we serve and for the emergency food boxes we provide for our community members in need,” President Rick Vogel said.

See the graphic at right for more ways the Trust is helping the communities that Trico serves.

Why contribute to Operation Round Up?

For less than $1 per month, you can make a difference in the community. ORU is an easy way to give back to your community because all donations stay local. The most you will donate is about $12 a year, and your donations are tax deductible.

Sign up by December 31, 2022 for a chance to win a $100 bill credit. Visit or call us at 520‑744‑2944.

How POWER Grants are making a difference in our community:


The Arizona Burn Foundation, which received a $7,400 POWER Grant, partners with local fire departments to install free smoke alarms in low-income and high-risk areas across Arizona to keep communities safe. “Your kindness means so much to parents, caregivers, burn survivors and children in the burn community.” —Catherine Sebesta.


The YOTO Program received $2,500 to provide basic needs, financial assistance, guidance, and support services to Tucson/Pima County’s students experiencing homelessness with the goal of high school graduation. “Every day I meet kids whose lives are better because of the generosity of organizations like yours. They have a fighting chance to finish high school and plan for the future because you showed them that you believe they can succeed.” – Fred Rodriguez, Youth On Their Own


The organization received $5,000 to provide a cooling center for women experiencing homelessness during the extreme heat. “Your donation will have a transformative impact on the lives of the women we serve. Contributions like yours, make an immeasurable difference and open up a path to a sustainable existence for our guests. Thank you for taking on this vital and rewarding work with us.” – Jean Fedigan, Sister Jose Women’s Center


The Green Valley nonprofit received a $2,500 grant to provide transportation to senior citizens going to medical appointments. “Since Friends In Deed operates entirely on donations, we are very appreciative of your generosity. These funds will be helpful in assisting with operations of our Transportation Program, which provides rides to Green Valley seniors to medical appointments, including the expenses of operating our wheelchair vans for those who require a wheelchair trip. Thank you for your generosity.” —Jan Morgan, Operations Manager at Friends In Deed.


The organization received an $8,500 POWER Grant and used the funds to repair a swing bridge, install a fence around the playground and to purchase physical education equipment at San Fernando Elementary School in Sasabe. “This makes their playground equipment usable again. It’s nice to know the students at San Fernando are safe on the playground.” —Michelle Davis, Grant Coordinator


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