Crosswinds Youth Services Receives $2,500 Grant

Posted: March 15, 2017 at 7:00 am

Peace River Electric Cooperative’s charitable foundation, Operation Round Up, recently granted $2,500 to help Crosswinds Youth Services, Cocoa, Fla., provide meals for children in their care.

Crosswinds operates a runaway and crisis shelter for youth, ages 12 to 17 years old. For over 40 years, Crosswinds has been a safety net for youth and families in Brevard County, who have nowhere else to turn for help with homelessness, abuse or family instability.

“Funding from Operation Round Up will help Crosswinds ensure that children receive a healthy evening meal and snacks in a welcoming family-style environment,” explains Jan Lokay, Crosswinds CEO. “This grant will also serve as a match to draw down additional funding, thereby helping further long-range sustainability.”

“Last year, Crosswinds helped more than 3,000 young people overcome challenges and crises,” shares Lokay. “Youth may come to us on their own, be brought by parents or police, referred by an agency or found on the streets by our Street Outreach Team.”

Funding for Operation Round Up is made possible through the generosity of Peace River Electric’s member-consumers who voluntarily allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next dollar for charitable purposes.

To learn more about Crosswinds, visit For more information about Operation Round Up or to download an application, visit online.

Peace River Electric Cooperative (PRECO), a Touchstone Energy® distribution electric cooperative headquartered in Wauchula, Florida, provides electric service and energy solutions to more than 40,000 member-consumers in 10 Florida counties in central Florida: Brevard, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Manatee, Osceola, Polk and Sarasota Counties.Through almost 4,000 miles of power lines, the electric cooperative has been in business since 1940 as a member-owned, not-for-profit organization.