Operation RoundUp Awards $37,970 in Grants
MARTINSVILLE — South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation’s (SCI REMC) Operation RoundUp board of trustees recently awarded $37,970 to nine nonprofit organizations in 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:
- Martinsville Police Department – law enforcement/criminal justice course at Martinsville High School, $3,700
- Link Observatory Space Science Institute – “Discover Space Classroom” and live programming, $2,500
- Rediscover Martinsville – Wisdom of Wooden public art initiative, $1,970
- Stability First Inc – assist with development of business “Maggie Bags,” $6,800
- Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources Inc – purchase two draft horses for programming in Martinsville, $3,500
- Monroe County Humane Association – equipment for general sedation and anesthesia, $3,500
- Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard – emergency food assistance, $3,500
- Friends of McCormick’s Creek State Park – fire tower restoration project, $10,000
- Spencer/Owen Schools – Backpack Buddies program, $2,500
Operation RoundUp, a grant program sponsored by the members of SCI REMC, has to date awarded 1,118 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 February 7, 2018. The application can be found at www.sciremc.com/roundup.
About SCI REMC
SCI REMC is a member-owned cooperative electric distribution facility. A cooperative is a business owned by its customers, known as members. SCI REMC is one of 38 rural electric cooperatives in Indiana. Electric cooperatives were organized throughout the state in the 1930s. At that time, investor-owned utilities were supplying power in urban areas, but would not supply electric power to rural customers. This was common across the country at this time in history. People living in rural areas saw that those in cities had electricity, and wanted it as well. As a result, with loans from the Rural Electrification Administration, rural communities banded together and created electric cooperatives. Hoosiers 77 years ago in Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown and parts of Putnam, Clay and Johnson counties, pooled their money, and set poles and tied lines by hand to bring electricity to rural South Central Indiana.
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