Operation RoundUp Awards $41,283 in Grants
MARTINSVILLE — South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation’s (SCI REMC) Operation RoundUp board of trustees recently awarded $41,283 to 15 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 - assist with funding site survey for new facility, $2,000
- Kids on Wheels (KOW)/BETA - skate park matching funds campaign, $5,000
- Back to Basics - pet food pantry, $750
- Community Kitchen of Monroe Co. Inc. – freezer, $1,550
- Hoosier Hills Food Bank - assist with bulk purchases of fresh produce, $1,500
- Mother Hubbard's Cupboard - emergency food assistance, $2,500
- Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe Co. - assist with funding breast cancer diagnostics (mammogram/biopsy), $3,182
- Churches in Mission - food pantry, $3,000
- Habitat for Humanity of Morgan Co. ReStore - assist with purchase of box truck, $3,000
- Morgan Co. Community Concerts Assoc. - assist with promotion of concert series, $5,000
- Mt. Gilead Church Bundle Up Mooresville - adult plus size coats, $3,600
- Special Olympics of Morgan Co. - participant registration fees for Summer Games, $3,750
- Wilbur Community Center Corp. - repairing sagging floors, $2,000
- McCormick's Creek Elementary After School Program - fund activities and go towards matching grant dollars, $2,000
- Spencer Community Schools - development of Book Room, $2,451
Operation RoundUp, a grant program sponsored by the members of SCI REMC, has to date awarded 1,143 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 Oct. 31, 2018. The application can be found at .
About SCI REMC
SCI REMC is a member-owned cooperative electric distribution facility. 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 79 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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