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  Sister Jerome's Poor Receives $5000Grant  
  VEC Sponsors Student:   November 20, 2014 Edition  
     Sister Jerome’s Poor, a program dedicated to helping working families and college bound students in financial need, graciously announces that Valley Electric Consolidated, Inc. has awarded a $5,000 grant to Sister Jerome’s Poor to sponsor a bright city college student. VEC will also provide mentoring for the student. As sponsor advisor, Tricia Ferry of the VEC team will mentor the selected student, Brianna Spatafore, who will graduate from Easter Gateway Community College in June 2015, and will then continue her program in elementary education at Youngstown State University. The check for sponsorship was presented to Sister Jerome Corcoran at the VEC Global Training Center The grant represents the core values which Rex Ferry, President and CEO, promotes: “Faith, Family, and Community, building for generations to come. Brianna is one of 12 high school graduates who are carefully selected and they have four requirements that they have to meet: they must keep up their grades, they must hold down a part-time job, they must obey school regulations, and they must manage their money well. Students are carefully selected and the goal for these students must be clear, graduation. Students are given cards, not cash, for gas, food, clothing and other needs. Pictured: Brianna Spatafore, the recipient, her mother, Darla Scott, Jim Bluedorn, President of VEC Community Fund, members of the VEC staff, Sister Jerome Corcoran, volunteer director of Sister Jerome’s Poor, and Sister Mary Dunn, volunteer mentor. “Only through education, college or the trades, can we help city youth earn a better salary and a better life”, expressed by Sister Jerome. Sister Jerome’s Poor is making a serious effort to help these selected city kids. This effort costs $5,000 per student, per year. For more information or to join in helping these deserving kids with a donation, visit or call 330-792-7636.
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