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Hancock-Wood Electric and CoBank present Habitat with funding

NORTH BALTIMORE, OHIO – August 13, 2015 – On August 12, 2015, Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative and CoBank leadership presented Habitat for Humanity of Wood County with checks totaling $10,000 to build a home for 37-year co-op members, Robin and Charles Scott.

Hancock-Wood President and CEO George Walton said, “Our Concern for Community cooperative principle is in complete sync with Habitat’s charitable work in our communities. We are pleased to partner with CoBank to help ensure the continued success of this project and support the Habitat for Humanity mission.”

CoBank Vice President Clarence Mahovlich said, “CoBank is happy to be a partner in this grant, especially for such a worthy cause. Our purpose is to support our cooperative customers in helping to build vibrant rural communities, and Habitat literally contributes to that effort.”

Habitat Executive Director Mark Ohashi said, “These funds will assist us in providing adequate housing, as part of our mission to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope.”

 From left are: Hancock-Wood CFO Marcia Stahl, President and CEO George Walton, Robin and Charles Scott, CoBank Vice President Clarence Mahovlich and Habitat for Humanity of Wood County Executive Director Mark Ohashi. Double click photo to enlarge


Hancock-Wood was on hand at the groundbreaking ceremony on July 10 and the co-op staff plans to add a little elbow grease to the effort on August 20 by assisting in the construction. The Hancock-Wood grant combines with a 100-percent CoBank matching-fund Sharing Success Grant designed to celebrate the vital role that cooperatives play in serving rural America. In 2014, Hancock-Wood partnered with CoBank to fund a similar grant for Habitat for Humanity in Findlay/Hancock County, benefitting the Habitat’s Restore facility.

Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, established April 20, 1938, serves more than 11,000 members in 10 districts within Hancock, Wood, Allen, Erie, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca and Wyandot counties. Throughout its history, Hancock-Wood has supported local causes through charitable contributions, volunteerism and other activities to make a positive impact on the quality of life in the communities it serves. For more information about Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, visit or call 800-445-4840.


CoBank is an electric-distribution banking firm and member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network
of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation’s rural economy. For more information about CoBank, visit For more information on Habitat for Humanity of Wood County, visit

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