South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation’s (SCI REMC) Operation RoundUp board of trustees recently awarded $33,970 to 14 area nonprofit organizations, surpassing a total of $3 million that has been given to the community since the program began in 1995. Operation RoundUp, a quarterly grant program sponsored by the members of SCI REMC, has to date awarded 1,047 grants to nonprofit organizations in Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown, Putnam, Clay and Johnson counties.
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, and reaching $3 million is an incredible testament to the value of cooperative membership.” Giles added that many of the recipient organizations wouldn’t be able to provide certain services without help from the members of SCI REMC. One example of this, is a grant that was recently presented to the Martinsville Fire Department.
“With the South Central Indiana REMC’s generous $5,025 Operation RoundUp grant, we will purchase a Kimtek Firelite Skid for our Kawasaki utility terrain vehicle, giving our firefighters one more tool in our rescue operations arsenal,” said Martinsville Deputy Fire Chief Charlie Fraker. “With this skid, we can use our UTV to access remote areas in fires and assist surrounding fire departments with brush, woods or grass fires.
“It also will give us improved and quicker mobility of injured hunters, hikers, linemen or anyone needing to be transported from an off-road setting. Having a variety of resources further enhances our rescue capabilities for the Martinsville community and our neighboring fire departments, allowing us to provide the most efficient public safety service possible,” Fraker said.
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 August 24, 2016. Applications can be found at www.sciremc.com/roundup.
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. Grants most recently awarded include: God’s Grace On the Road Again Program, Trails End Wildlife Refuge, Special Olympics – Morgan County, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, Back to Basics Pet Food Pantry, Volunteers in Medicine – Monroe County, Keep Brown County Beautiful, Martinsville Fire Dept., Mt. Gilead Bundle Up Mooresville, Mother’s Cupboard Community Kitchen, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, Martinsville H.S. Earth Science, Owen Co. 4-H Council, and Brown County Playhouse.
About SCI REMC
SCI REMC is the largest member-owned cooperative electric distribution facility in Indiana and serves more than 33,000 members in Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown and parts of Putnam, Clay and Johnson counties.