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Operation RoundUp Awards $49,079 in Grants

MARTINSVILLE — South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation’s (SCI REMC) Operation RoundUp board of trustees recently awarded $49,079 to 17 nonprofit organizations in Brown, Morgan, Monroe, and Owen counties, bringing the total to more than $3.1 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.
  • Mother’s Cupboard Community Kitchen – energy efficient reach in cooler, $1,150
  • Hamblen Township Civic League – efficient furnace, $2,865

    Morgan Co.
  • First Church of the Nazarene Food Pantry – Project K.Y.D.S (diabetic support), $2,500
  • Martinsville Arts Council/Merry MAC Players – microphones and sound system accessories, $3,023
  • Morgan Co. Substance Abuse Council – computer and software, $1,200
  • Martinsville Youth & Development Center – “Become a Better You” program, $4,000
  • Horseshoes of Hope Equine Academy – outdoor riding area, $4,596
  • Barbara B. Jordan YMCA – new gym lockers, $2,500

    Monroe Co.
  • Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe County – dental supplies and denture assistance, $3,750
  • Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard – emergency food assistance, $2,000
  • Hannah Center & Hannah House Maternity Home – computers, software, educational materials, $7,000

    Owen Co.
  • Cataract Volunteer Fire Department – set of turnout gear, $2,464
  • McCormick’s Creek Elementary – after-school program, $2,000
  • Owen Co. Soil and Water Conservation District – replacement of roof on SWCD office, $3,330
  • Church of God of Prophecy’s Toy Explosion – toys, coats, hats, gloves, $1,200
  • Owen Co. Fair Association – sound system, $3,000
  • Middle Way House – printed material for outreach efforts, $2,500

Operation RoundUp, a grant program sponsored by the members of SCI REMC, has to date awarded 1,109 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 November 29, 2017. The application can be found at



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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