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JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative distributed more than $333,000 to 373 civic and charitable organizations in its service area as part of its employee-driven United Charities program.

“United Charities is a great program because it allows PEC employees to give back to their neighbors, communities and favorite charitable organizations,” said Bobby Bryant, chairman for United Charities and PEC training instructor.

Money from the program comes from volunteer employee payroll deductions and a corporate match.

Each spring, contributing employees allot funds to organizations and charities of their choosing. Organizations receiving donations include libraries, churches, health and education programs, family and youth programs, animal services, volunteer fire departments and emergency medical services.

“This is huge for us,” said Beverly Seffel, director of community relations for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas. “The average stay for families at the house is eight days. With donations like this, we are able to waive fees for those families.”

For more about United Charities, visit www.pec.coop.