Every penny counts

Posted on May 30 2017 in Kankakee Valley REMC

Pillowcases from the Pillowcase Ladies help brighten up hospital patients’ rooms. Over 2,000 pillowcases have been donated by the group since 2012. Members of the group recently received a grant from Gloria Field, Operation Round Up board member, far right.

Kankakee Valley REMC’s Operation Round Up program recently gave over $14,000 in grants to fund local not-for-profit organizations. We were able to fulfill these grant requests thanks to our members who voluntarily round up their monthly electric bills. If you’re not currently a part of Operation Round Up, we would encourage you to join your fellow members as they give back to their community a few pennies at a time.

  • Call-A-Ride, located in Hebron, was awarded a $1,500 grant to offset its fuel and insurance expenses for the services it provides to community residents.
  • Pillowcase Ladies in Winamac will continue to make brightly colored pillowcases with its $750 grant for patients in the Oncology Department at Riley Children’s Hospital and also patients at the local Winamac Hospital.
  • First Contact, located in Valparaiso, received a $2,000 grant to assist residents of Porter County in crisis situations, thereby avoiding homelessness.
  • Wanatah Public Library received $1,000 to acquire robotics kits for use during the 2017 summer reading program and continuing education programs for youth.
  • Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department, located in Valparaiso, will be purchasing CPR training equipment including mannequins, training AEDs and supporting supplies with its $3,000 grant.
  • North Central Community Action Agency received a $6,000 grant to assist in building wheelchair ramps and perform home safety repairs for qualified elderly and/or disabled residents. Funding will be solely used to assist Kankakee Valley REMC members.