The Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC Community Fund December recipients have been selected and include:
Son Shine Shop, Clay County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit, Worthington Senior Citizen Center, Lyons Senior Citizen Center, Oolitic Police Reserve Dept., Greene County Prosecutor's Office, Greene County Kids Count, Inc., Glenburn Home, Greene County Sheriff Reserve, Greene County Humane Society, Greene County Home Healthcare Agency, LLC, Pace Community Action Agency, Inc., and Perry Township Volunteer Fire/EMS.
In 2005, Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC set up the UDWI Community Fund as a means for members to give back to their communities.
Three years later, the program has distributed more than $200,000 in the form of grants to community service organizations that make a difference every day.
These grant funds are collected through a program called Operation Round Up, in which members can donate their spare change to contribute to worthwhile organizations.
Operation Round Up works just the way it sounds -- by rounding up participating members' electric bills to the next whole dollar.
The "spare change" is put into the UDWI Community Fund, and every three months, the money is distributed back into communities in the form of grants.
The program amounts to approximately $15,000-$18,000 awarded quarterly.
Since the program's inception, much needed funds have been distributed to numerous local causes, including volunteer fire departments, Toys for Tots, schools, animal shelters, YMCAs, saddle clubs, senior citizen centers and more.