Operation RoundUp awards $22,393 in grants
MARTINSVILLE — South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation’s (SCI REMC) Operation RoundUp board of trustees recently awarded $22,393 to 10 nonprofit organizations in Brown, Morgan, Monroe, and Owen counties, bringing the total to more than $3.2 million that has been given to the community since the program began in 1995.
Established as an extension of the electric cooperative principle “neighbor helping neighbor,” the electric co-op’s members round up their electric bills to the next even dollar. This spare change accumulates in a community fund, resulting in thousands of dollars being given in grants each year. Members who participate contribute an average of only $6 per year, demonstrating that little things really do make a difference.
“About 75% of our membership participates by rounding up their electric bills to the nearest dollar,” said Maura Giles, SCI REMC Manager of Cooperative Relations. “It’s a great example of how when we come together, we can make a huge impact in our communities. This program is a testament to the value of cooperative membership and a demonstration of the cooperative spirit.”
This quarter, grants were awarded to the following organizations:
- Brown Co. Humane Society – architectural plan for new facility, $2,000
- Boys & Girls Club of Morgan County – three game tables, $2,940
- Servants at Work (SAWS) – materials for five wheelchair ramps, $3,730
- Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry – meat processing, $2,500
- Green Township Fire Rescue – boat motor, $3,423
- Monroe County Historical Society – large format scanner, $2,900
- Harmony School – Chromebooks, $1,200
- United Way of Monroe Co. – Real Men Read (student books for Monroe and Owen schools), $2,500
- Owen Co. 4-H Horse Committee – ventilation fans, $800
- Owen Co. Community Foundation – legacy project, $400
Operation RoundUp, a grant program sponsored by the members of SCI REMC, has to date awarded 1,140 grants to nonprofit organizations in Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown, Putnam, Clay and Johnson counties. Previous Operation RoundUp grants have been awarded to schools, arts organizations, emergency services including fire and police departments, food banks, youth and women’s shelters, conservation clubs, animal rescues, and more. Non-profit organizations in SCI REMC’s seven counties are invited to apply for the grants, which are awarded each quarter. The next application due date is July 18, 2018. The application can be found at www.sciremc.com/roundup.