This year, the Washington, D.C., Youth Tour turned 50. In celebration, it was announced that the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), which jointly sponsors the trip with local cooperatives such as Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives (IAEC) and ECI REC, partnered with Points of Light, the world’s largest non-profit organization focused on volunteerism and service. The partnership was officially launched during the Youth Tour in June.
|Caitlin Kruckenberg on the 2014 Youth Tour|
NRECA and Points of Light’s own youth program, generationOn, will work together to provide Youth Tour participants with tools and resources to further their service work and create new opportunities for participants to design, promote, and implement local service projects. This includes a grant program—2014 Youth Tour participants had the opportunity to apply for $500 grants to support their service work. There was one grant available for a student in each state participating in the Youth Tour.
The winner of Iowa’s grant was Caitlin Kruckenberg, who was sponsored by ECI REC on the 2014 Youth Tour. A Garrison native and senior at Vinton-Shellsburg High School, Caitlin’s grant went to further her work with her local chapter of Project Linus, an organization that makes and donates blankets to children in hospitals, shelters, and social service agencies. The $500 grant was matched by IAEC, which will donate the money to Project Linus in honor of Caitlin’s work.
“Everyone at ECI REC and IAEC congratulates Caitlin,” said Steve Marlow, CEO of ECI REC. “We are proud of her commitment to her local community and we are thrilled at the opportunity IAEC has to extend support to a great organization like Project Linus.”