Since the beginning of COVID-19, Blue Ridge Energy made the decision to suspend disconnects, waive late fees and offer special payment plans to assist our members and customers during this difficult time. While the decision had already been made to extend these special circumstances until August, Gov. Cooper issued a new Executive Order 142 on May 30 outlining the same timeline. We encourage everyone (including Flexpay members) to continue paying your energy bill to avoid a large balance at the end of this crisis. Call us at 1-800-451-5474 to set up a special payment plan.

2019 Grant Recipients

Alleghany

  • Alleghany County Group Homes - $8,500 to update lighting in the main day facility to energy efficient LED lighting;
  • Alleghany Wellness Center - $4,000 to expand training programs to stay current with wellness trends to keep clients more active and interested in bettering their health;
  • Blue Ridge Developmental Day - $10,000 to support food distribution to those in need;
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation – $10,000 to support the upgrade and reopening of the Bluffs Restaurant at Doughton Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Solid Rock Food Closet – $5,000 to support food distribution to at-risk children in Alleghany County.
Alleghany grant recipients

Ashe

  • Pond Mountain Volunteer Fire & Rescue - $11,000 to assist in the purchase of a set of hydraulic rescue extrication tools;
  • Ashe Medication Assistance Program - $15,000 to support the free medication program for patients who are uninsured or underinsured;
  • Ashe Really Cares - $2,000 to support food distribution to those in need;
  • Shoes For Kids - $10,000 to help purchase quality shoes for closets in 14 Ashe County locations;
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina – $10,000 to help fund the implementation of a software data tracking program designed to better serve the needs of the communities in 18 counties of Northwest North Carolina.
Ashe grant recipients

Caldwell

  • Caldwell County Yokefellow, Inc. - $9,000 to assist in the relocation of the loading dock at the new Yokefellow service center;
  • Helping Hands Clinic - $4,000 to help continue funding the needed medication and lab services at the clinic;
  • Caldwell Senior Center – $3,500 to support the ongoing program of Medicare counseling and enrollments;
  • Caldwell Memorial Hospital Foundation - $3,000 to assist in the purchase of safety furnishings and equipment for the designated adolescent secure holding suite in the newly expanded Emergency Department;
  • The Caldwell House - $3,000 to help update the residents’ kitchen and to purchase a commercial washer and dryer;
  • Kings Creek Volunteer Fire Department - $2,856 to upgrade the emergency management radio system; 
  • Patterson School Foundation - $9,000 to upgrade the electrical system in the Palmyra Hall building which will be used to host community events;
  • Town of Hudson/HUB - $9,000 to aid in transforming the Hudson Uptown Building (HUB) into HUB Station that will serve as a business and art development center;
  • Caldwell Opportunities, Inc. - $2,500 to help build a sheltered outdoor area for clients;
  • South Caldwell Christian Ministries - $2,500 to help purchase food for mobile pantries that operate once a month to take food to churches and schools. 
Caldwell grant recipients

Watauga

  • Boone Area Cyclists - $2,000 to help purchase equipment for volunteers to create more beginner and intermediate mountain bike trails in Rocky Knob Park;
  • Children’s Council of Watauga County - $5,000 to support the many family programs offered such as family literacy, parenting classes, teen parenting program as well as other programs that support families in time of need;
  • Community Care Clinic - $3,000 to support behavioral health services;
  • Hospitality House of Northwest North Carolina - $5,000 to support the WeCAN program that provides critical homeless prevention and crisis assistance services for low income families;
  • Hunger & Health Coalition – $5,000 to help purchase reusable grocery bags for the food pantry program;
  • LIFE Village, Inc. - $7,500 in funding to help an inclusive residential community for adults with autism and their related challenges live as independently as possible;
  • Mountain Alliance - $3,000 to support the “School’s Out” after school program at Watauga High School that helps students with academic support, free snacks and school supplies;
  • OASIS, Inc. - $2,000 to help fund the client utility assistance program;
  • Reaching Avery Ministries - $2,000 to support the emergency food program;
  • Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding Center - $4,644 to assist the facility in offering free therapeutic riding/equine facilitated learning for accepted clients.
Watauga grant recipients