Boone REMC’s Operation Round Up board of trustees recently awarded the following grants:
- Advance Food Distribution received $2,000 to help stock food pantry shelves.
- The Boone County 4-H Fair was awarded $4,200 to purchase outdoor speakers as part of an audio system overhaul at the fairgrounds.
- Love INC of Boone County received a grant for $3,077 for electrical work and the installation of carpeting in a new homeless shelter area being constructed in the existing warehouse.
- Mama’s Cupboard was awarded $6,300 to assist with building masonry repairs.
- Girl Scout Troop 2059 received $280 to assist with an exterior beautification project at the Caring Center.
- The Refuge Teen Challenge was awarded $2,000 to purchase two fridge/freezers
for its pantry update project.
Operation Round Up is a voluntary program for which Boone REMC members allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next whole dollar. Those extra cents are put into an independent, 501(c)(3) trust and disbursed through a grant process. An independent board of trustees reviews the grant requests.
“We appreciate all of our members who allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next highest dollar each month, donating those extra cents for projects that improve our local communities,” said Mandy Saucerman, communications director. “We are proud to support this program, as it is an opportunity for us to demonstrate one of our founding principles, ‘concern for community.’”
Since Operation Round Up’s inception locally in 2006, nearly $930,000 has been donated in grants to support community projects.
More information on Operation Round Up, including an online application, can be found at bremc.com/operation-round-up-grants. The next deadline to apply for funding is May 15.