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SEC, banking partner make contributions to Frannie’s House


CONTACT: Allan Sharrett
V.P., Public & Member Relations
(800) 552-2118, ext. 3211

CREWE, Va – Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC), in partnership with cooperatively-owned financial institution CoBank, recently made a $5,000 donation to Frannie’s House, a YWCA domestic violence shelter in Altavista that serves victims of domestic violence across Central Virginia. The contribution was made possible with SEC’s successful application of a matching grant through CoBank’s Sharing Success program.

Mike Lobue, a member SEC’s Board of Directors, presented the donation to Caroline Hudson, executive director of the YWCA of Central Virginia, along with Angela Davis, Frannie’s House manager, at SEC’s Altavista office.

“SEC is pleased to support Frannie’s House, which has provided shelter and important services to area women and children for five years. Sadly, domestic violence is a continuing problem in our society, and places like Frannie’s House provide a safe bridge to recovery and success,” said Jeff Edwards, SEC’s president & CEO.

Lobue, who represents members in Bedford, Campbell and Pittsylvania counties, said the community has long supported Frannie’s House. The shelter began with members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Altavista and grew to fruition with the support of other churches, community groups, businesses and individuals. Frannie’s House opened in July 2010.

“The Altavista community saw the need for a safe haven like Frannie’s House and donated time, dollars and work to make it happen,” Lobue noted. “I’m excited that SEC is contributing to this worthy effort and that CoBank is joining with us, doubling the donation.”

“The community has proven to be a tremendous support to what we do here. We could not do it without the community support,” added Davis.

Frannie’s House, named after longtime St. Peter’s member and community leader Frances Lane, has served more than 220 women and children since opening. The program also supports abused men. Clients come from Campbell, Pittsylvania, Bedford, Amherst and other surrounding counties and cities. Besides offering a safe place to stay, Frannie’s House provides meals, clothing and referrals to other helping agencies. The shelter is part of the YWCA of Central Virginia’s Domestic Violence Prevention Center, which also includes a Lynchburg shelter, court advocacy services, 24-hour hotline and community awareness presentations about domestic violence.

“We are very thankful and blessed to have this support,” said Hudson, noting the YWCA has seen some recent funding cuts. “It really means a lot to us and to the women and children we serve.”

The $5,000 donation will be used for operating expenses, including food, personal items, prescriptions and transportation.

Earlier this year, SEC also made a $5,000 donation to Madeline’s House, a domestic violence shelter based in Nottoway County.

Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) is a not-for-profit, member-owned energy provider that serves over 55,000 homes, farms and businesses in portions of 18 counties in central and southern Virginia. Headquartered in Crewe, SEC has district offices in Altavista, Crewe, Dinwiddie and Powhatan. For more information, visit

CoBank, a national cooperative bank headquartered outside of Denver, provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states.  Its donation to the YWCA’s Frannie’s House shelter came through its Sharing Success matching grant program, which is designed to celebrate the important role its customers play in their communities.


Mike Lobue, center, a member of the Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) Board of Directors, presents a $5,000 check to Frannie’s House representatives, Caroline Hudson, right, executive director of the YWCA of Central Virginia, and Angela Davis, manager of the Altavista domestic violence shelter, Friday afternoon at SEC’s Altavista office. SEC and banking partner CoBank made the donation. Frannie’s House, which opened in 2010 and is part of the YWCA’s Domestic Violence Prevention Center, serves victims of domestic violence across Central Virginia.