Parke County REMC recently awarded $21,857 to local organizations through its Operation Round Up fund. Operation Round Up is a voluntary participation program that is funded by Parke County REMC members who allow their monthly electric bills to be rounded up to the next whole dollar. The added amount is placed in a trust fund and administered by an independent board of directors. The board is made up of community leaders who serve on a voluntary basis.
These organizations received grants in March:
- The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Montgomery County Inc. received $1,000 to be used for educational materials, a parenting workshop and to maintain a telephone help line.
- CHIEF Family Health & Help Center received $2,000 to assist in setting up a dental clinic.
- Lyford Volunteer Fire Department received $4,033 to purchase a Rescue 42 TC Strut Kit to stabilize vehicles after crashes.
- The Clay County YMCA received $1,000 to support the Y's scholarship assistance program.
- Reelsville Community Park received $5,050 for the first phase of a family fitness track at the Reelsville Community Park.
- Parke County Food Pantry received $2,000 to build a storage shed.
- JUGA Volunteer Fire Department received $3,624 to purchase eight pagers.
- Parke Vermillion even Start received $650 for learning materials, entrance fees to attractions and travel expenses.
"We have seen so many worthy causes in the local community benefit from the generosity of our members who allow their electric bills to be rounded up a few cents each month," said Parke county REMC General Manager Bob McCullough. "The slogan of Operation Round Up is 'small change changes lives' and here we can see it make a big difference in our community and in the lives of our neighbors."
The program has distributed nearly $260,000 since it began.
For more information and grant applications, visit http://www.parkecountyremc.com.
The deadline for the next round of grants is June 3.