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The Luling Foundation receives grant from Bluebonnet and LCRA

0807
 2013


From left: Jeremy Zaborowski (LCRA), Rick Arnic (LCRA), Lori Berger (LCRA Board Member), Michael Kuck, Gary Dickenson, Alton Williams, Steve Breitschopf, Craig Hines, William Jones, Joyce Buckner (Bluebonnet), Jim Wundt, Karen Rankin, Milton Shaw (Bluebonnet Board Member) and Bonnie Dredla.

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative and the Lower Colorado River Authority awarded the Luling Foundation a $10,704 community development grant, which allowed the foundation to install a large industrial fan, a permanent projector and a large projection screen.

The Luling Foundation is a nonprofit agriculture demonstration farm that educates young people about diversity in agriculture to improve the lives of farm and ranch families.

“The grant has helped us improve the comfort level and functionality of the most important building we use to conduct youth and adult educational programs, hold an annual cattle sale and maintain farm vehicles and equipment,” said Luling Foundation Manager Michael Kuck. “The ventilation improvements have already been used daily during a week-long Farm Camp for kids held at the barn mid-July. The facility is the focal point and the heart of our service to the community.”

The demonstration barn additions helped round out a list of upgrades to the facility, including completion of a concrete floor, upgraded lighting and walls and a remodeled bathroom.

The Luling Foundation has received previous CDPP grants, including one to construct a rainwater-harvesting demonstration system for the primary purpose of public education. The project also enhanced the facility’s water system by providing additional sources of water that can be used during an extended power outage or emergency.
This community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA’s 43 wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of the largest electric cooperatives in Texas and has been serving its members since 1939. Bluebonnet serves more than 83,000 meters and owns and maintains 11,000 miles of power lines, located across more than 3,800 square miles within 14 Central Texas counties. Bluebonnet’s service area stretches from Travis County to Washington County, and from Milam County down to Gonzales County. 

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