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Southside Electric Cooperative and CoBank Donate Matching Gifts to Madeline’s House



CONTACT: Frank Harris
(800) 552 2118


CREWE – Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) staff recently joined representatives from Madeline’s House, a domestic violence safe house which serves 12 counties in southern Virginia, to award the regional non-profit organization a matching gift totaling $10,000. Through a joint effort, SEC and cooperative financial partner CoBank were pleased to announce the contributions which will benefit the safe house operated by Southside Center for Violence Prevention.

"We are proud to support Madeline’s House and we’re thankful for the work they’re able to do throughout Southside Virginia. There’s really nothing more important than protecting those most vulnerable in our communities, and we know these funds will help ensure a safe environment for victims of domestic violence," noted Jeff Edwards, SEC president & CEO.

Emily Marshall of Blackstone, the 8-year executive director of Madeline’s House, was joined for the check presentation at SEC’s headquarters by Christine Hasbrouck, a member of the Madeline’s House board of directors. Hasbrouck, a newer member of the board, has volunteered for the past 5 years at Madeline’s House and owns Grey Swan Bed & Breakfast in Blackstone.

"We’re so thankful for this generous donation and we thank SEC and CoBank for their cooperation in making this happen. We exist because of the efforts of responsible community organizations like Southside Electric, and we’re so grateful for their support," remarked Marshall.

Also representing SEC at the event was Jean Morris, the co-op’s manager of human resources, who will be working with Madeline’s House to expand possible volunteer opportunities for SEC employees. "Partnerships like this are exactly why co-ops exist, and we look forward to continuing this relationship in the future," added Morris.

Following an initial contribution of $5,000, SEC approached CoBank, a cooperative lending institution that serves rural areas across the United States, to match its donation. As a collaborative effort to fund causes of great importance in the communities where they serve, CoBank’s "Sharing Success" matching grant program afforded SEC the opportunity to secure an additional $5,000 to support Madeline’s House.

Founded 14 years ago following the tragic 1998 death of Madeline Gearheart-Mitchell of Farmville, Madeline’s House provides comprehensive services for individuals and families experiencing domestic and sexual abuse. The non-profit is dependent upon support from local sources such as civic groups, religious groups, businesses, private citizens and grants, generating donations through various community fundraising events held throughout the year.

Madeline’s House has established ten satellite offices throughout its 12 county service area. This outreach initiative will enable victims of domestic and sexual violence in this predominantly rural area to have easier access to critical services. Future plans are to have at least one satellite office in all 12 counties. Among services offered at these satellite offices are: personal case management and individual supportive counseling, safety planning, victim / court advocacy, assistance with obtaining protective orders and document recovery, life skills assessment and training options, assistance with job and house searches, assistance in seeking appropriate legal and medical counsel, information and referral assistance, and arrangements for sheltering if needed. All services are offered free of charge.

In addition to this new outreach effort, presentations and workshops remain available to community and professional groups. Madeline’s House staff are trained and certified in many areas related to domestic and sexual violence. For more information about Madeline’s House, please visit

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For additional information contact Franklin D. Harris, SEC Manager of Public & Member Relations at 1-800-552-2118; extension 3211, or by e-mail: