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Top: Wright County Children's Home Executive Director Rebecca
Baker (left) and Assistant Administrator Candi Wilhite accept an award
from past Se-Ma-No Electric Foundation President Bruce Denney.
Center: Members of Wright County 4-H's shooting sports team won
a grant earlier this year to help with tournament and practice costs.
Bottom: A nurse at Pregnancy Resource Center of Mountain Grove
tests the ultrasound machine.
companies, refinish and repair furniture for the public,
make and sell fire starters and run a lawn service in the
Mountain Grove area. Manager LaDonna Kennedy says the
organization tries to be as self-sufficient as possible, raising funds through pancake breakfasts, chili suppers and
auctions, but Se-Ma-No's grants provide a big boost.
"We're a nonprofit, and we struggle just like everyone
else to make ends meet at the end of the month," says
LaDonna. She says that over the years, grants from the
cooperative have helped Unique Services replace a riding
mower for its lawn service crew. More recently, Unique
Services showed their appreciation for employees by taking
them on a trip to Branson where they competed in track
events, took in a music show and went to dinner. "It's a
milestone for us," LaDonna adds of the grant. "Without it,
we wouldn't be able to afford anything like that at all."
Wright County 4-H's shotgun sports team also benefits
from experiences shooters wouldn't otherwise be able to
afford, if not for the foundation. Teaching youth safe, accurate shooting and sportsmanship - even for a small
team of a half-dozen shooters - comes with a big price tag
considering the costs of ammunition and tournament fees.
"It can be an expensive sport," says Denise Odom, board
member of Top of the Ozarks Shooting Range and shooting sports coordinator for Wright County 4-H. "They shoot
anywhere between 300 and 400 rounds a week just practicing. The registration fees run from $30 to $120, depending on if they're shooting skeet, trap or sporting clays."
In the Seymour R-2 School District, the foundation
is a key contributor to the Care to Learn program,
which assists kids in need with health, hunger and
hygiene items. School Liaison Erika Lansdown says the
organization's backpack program sends more than 100
kids home with enough food to last them the weekend. For
the past three years, Care to Learn's efforts used awards to
help fill food bags, schedule eye exams and purchase new
shoes for students whose family can't afford to buy them.
"That's where we get most of our support, and it's been
even more important this year with our fundraising events
being cancelled due to COVID-19," Erika says. "And the
need isn't disappearing, unfortunately."
Whether the foundation's awards go toward helping
school kids afford a badly needed pair of glasses, a young
mother to see her baby for the first time or a senior find
their next meal, each effort is as important to Se-Ma-No as
keeping the lights on and the power flowing. Through the
efforts of the co-op and its membership, Kevin says, the
cooperative principle of Concern for Community is fulfilled.
"To me, that sums it up," Kevin says. "That's the motto
of a co-op: We're supposed to be active and engaged within
the community. That's part of our history."
For more information on the Se-Ma-No Electric Foundation
visit www.semano.com/foundation or call 417-924-3291.

photo courtesy Se-Ma-No Electric Cooperative

photo courtesy Top of the Ozarks Shooting Range

photo courtesy Pregnancy Resource Center of Mountain Grove

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