In 2019, your generosity allowed the co-op to give back over $102,000 in grants to 45 area non-profit organizations through the Operation Round Up program. It is only through your generous giving, when you round up your electric bill, that we can help organizations assist those in need. Below are organizations that received Operation Round Up grants in the final quarter of 2019.
- Call-A-Ride, located in Hebron, received a grant for $2,500 to continue providing transportation services to the elderly, handicapped and indigent residents in Hebron and also Boone Grove Township. The organization currently operates two vans which have transported 112 clients to medical appointments, pharmacy, food pantry, grocery stores and other shopping needs. Operated by all volunteers, Call-A-Ride celebrated 25 years in 2019.
- Kouts Fire Department received a grant for $2,920 to purchase new pagers for first responders. The department responds to over 330 calls per year. These include fire alarms, structural fires, EMS assist calls and motor vehicle accidents. The pagers enable the first responders to receive accurate information on the situations they are responding to for assistance.
- Samaritan Counseling Centers, Inc. received a grant for $1,000 to assist individuals with counseling services. Samaritan Counseling Centers, Inc. assists residents in LaPorte and Porter counties with services tailored to their challenges. This grant will help ease the financial burden, which is often an obstacle to receiving help.
- Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County Indiana received $5,000 to support the VNA hospice program. VNA celebrates the life of individuals, provides compassionate care during the last months of life and gives families hope. Through generous donations, the VNA can provide all patients, regardless of their finances, with the same service and care. The Arthur B. and Ethel V. Horton VNA Hospice Center is one of only two inpatient hospice centers in Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Porter and Starke counties.