LCRA, City of Cuero award $23,410 grant to Boys and Girls Club of DeWitt County
Club to get new heating/air-conditioning system for World War II-era building
May 13, 2020
CUERO, Texas – A $23,410 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of Cuero will help upgrade the aging heating and air-conditioning system at the Boys and Girls Club of DeWitt County, which provides after-school and summer programs for area children and offers a meeting place for other civic groups.
The grant will be paired with matching funds of $35,179 from the club, which leases a city-owned, World War II-era building that is close to both Cuero High School and Cuero Municipal Park. With the money, the club will be able to replace the majority of its heating and cooling system, including two units that cool the club’s largest room, which serves as a study hall, dining room and recreation area.
Megan Boehl, executive director of the club, said the grant also will pay for a new unit that will heat and cool the building’s kitchen. She said the new energy-efficient heat pumps will lower the club’s costs and make the building more attractive to other civic groups looking for a public space to hold events.
“We are always open to other people coming in and using the space,” Boehl said. “There are a lot of great public spaces in Cuero, but we want people to know that they are welcome to come here, too.”
The Boys and Girls Club of DeWitt County generally welcomes 85 to 100 children a day for its after-school programs, Boehl said, and the number of children participating in club activities rises in the summer.
“The kids come here to get help with their homework, get a snack or a hot meal,” she said. “We strive to give them a safe place to be, and by making these renovations, we’re making the space better for those who need us the most. We didn’t have the money to outright replace these air-conditioning units, and that’s why these grants are so vital for us. When you have 80 kids or more here in the summer, it gets pretty hot.”
Boehl said along with educational instruction in math, science and other subjects, the club will be adding a program about the importance of energy conservation and how it ties into the club’s new upgrades.
“We really want to make this a teachable moment, discussing conserving energy and how these new units can help us do that,” she said.
The community grant is one of 28 grants awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s wholesale electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. The City of Cuero is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.
Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted July 1-31. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to fulfilling our mission to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 and receives no state appropriations. For more information, visit lcra.org.