Making a difference

Posted on Nov 29 2018 in Noble REMC

Noble REMC’s Operation Round Up recently awarded funding to the Albion Fire Auxiliary. Pictured, from left, are Albion Fire Department firefighter and paramedic Bob Brownell, Operation Round Up Chairman Kevin Dreibelbis, Fire Captain and Fire Prevention Coordinator Phil Jacob, and Fire Chief Bob Amber.

Concern for the community is one of the strongest principles of Noble REMC and our members. This is tangibly seen through the Operation Round Up Trust Fund, which distributes grants to local nonprofit organizations from donations collected from participating members each month.

This quarter, your generosity amounted to more than $11,000 in contributions to local schools, health programs and missions.

More than 80 percent of our members participate in the program, allowing their electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar each month.

Those pennies per month are then placed in a charitable trust, overseen by its own volunteer board of directors. This money is then awarded to nonprofit, community-based organizations in Noble, DeKalb and adjoining counties.

Organizations awarded funding from the October distribution of the Noble REMC Operation Round Up Trust include:

  • Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society — school group tour program, $500
  • McMillen Health — preventative health education program, $1,000
  • West Noble Primary School —author/illustrator presentation, $800
  • East Noble School Corporation —emergency safety vests, $1,500
  • Albion Fire Auxiliary — fire safety and prevention programs, $1,000
  • Noble House, Inc. — accommodations for homeless families, $2,500
  • Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana — Noble County Farm Wagon, $1,500
  • Churubusco Jr.-Sr. High School — Business Professionals of America, $500
  • Multi-County Medical Outreach Clinic — client medical needs, $1,250
  • St. Martin’s Healthcare, Inc. —transportation vouchers, $1,000

To be considered for the next cycle of grant disbursements, nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out and return an application to our office by Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Applications are available now at the Noble REMC office in Albion or can be downloaded from