Special to the Tribune-Star
TERRE HAUTE —
Operation Round Up is a program in which Western Indiana Energy Rural Electric Membership Corp. members can make a difference in their communities by rounding up their monthly electric bill to the next highest dollar. The rounded-up amount is accumulated in a separate fund and distributed quarterly to charitable organizations in the local communities. A board of directors, made up of WIN Energy REMC members, decides how to distribute the funds based upon the review of applications received for funding. The program began in May. On Sept. 4, the WIN Energy REMC Community Trust Inc. announced its first four grants, totaling $5,750, awarded to the following organizations:
• The Wabash Valley Community Foundation was awarded $2,000 for the implementation of a nonprofit learning series.
• The Sullivan Lions Club was awarded $1,300 for the purchase of a computer and printer, to be kept at the clubhouse.
• Friends of Shakamak was awarded $1,450 for the purchase of portable air conditioners in the Nature Center.
• Streets of Sullivan was awarded $1,000 to support various projects for the Victorian Christmas Celebration.
The Operation Round Up program allows WIN Energy REMC members to reach out to worthy causes in their communities and work together to help others. The REMC thanks those members who round up their electric bills each month. This small change is already making a big difference for organizations in the community.
Grants will be awarded quarterly, with the next round of grants in December. Applications are due by Nov. 1 to be considered for this disbursement. Any charitable organization within the WIN Energy REMC service territory is eligible to apply. The organization does not have to be a member of the REMC. Applications can be picked up at any WIN Energy REMC office or downloaded at www.winenergyremc.com.