More than a dozen Northern Tier libraries will be receiving a portion of a $10,000 donation from Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative.

Officials with the Mansfield-based cooperative recently presented a check for $10,000 to the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers, which will distribute the funds to 13 public libraries in Potter, Tioga and Bradford counties in coming weeks.

"This was an opportunity for us to lend support to the libraries within our service territory that have been impacted by reduced funding in recent years," said Craig Eccher, Tri-County's president and chief executive officer. "We are pleased to be able to help sustain the vital services provided by our community libraries."

The donation was funded through a $5,000 contribution from Tri-County's community services fund and a $5,000 matching grant from Co-Bank, a national cooperative bank serving cooperatives, including Tri-County, across rural America.

Libraries receiving a share of the cooperative's contribution include: Coudersport Public Library, Galeton Public Library, Genesee Public Library, Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, Ulysses Library Association, Blossburg Memorial Library, Elkland Area Community Library, Knoxville Public Library, Green Free Library of Wellsboro, Mansfield Free Public Library, Westfield Public Library, Green Free Library of Canton, and Allen Pierce Free Library of Troy.

Eccher expressed his appreciation to the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers for agreeing to distribute the funds to area libraries. The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers, founded in 2002, is a non-profit foundation that provides philanthropic services to the counties of Bradford, Sullivan and Tioga in Pennsylvania and Tioga County, New York.

Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, a member-owned, non-profit utility, provides electricity to about 19,000 meters in Bradford, Tioga, Potter, Lycoming, McKean and Clinton counties.

Submitted by Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative