Operation Round Up awards $24,000 in community grants

Posted on Oct 29 2018 in Kankakee Valley REMC

As we embark on the season of giving, we highlight the ways you allow your cooperative to give back. This quarter, your voluntary contributions to Operation Round Up allowed $24,000 to be given back to the community. See how your change is giving not-for-profits the ability to provide for our community residents.

  • Tank is Winfield Police Department’s newest officer.

    Winfield Police Department was awarded a $5,500 grant to purchase training equipment for the K9 unit. The K9 unit is a dual purpose K9, meaning it is certified in narcotic detection and tracking/criminal apprehension.

  • Family House was awarded a $5,000 grant to purchase a new outdoor play set for families wishing to go outside to play during their visit or session. In addition, the grant will also be utilized for sliding scale client financial support for visitation and counseling services. Family House, located in Valparaiso, provides supervised services to families in a safe, home-like environment.
  • Lacrosse Fire Department received a $5,000 grant to purchase dual-band pagers for first responders. These pagers will provide for better communication, allowing better response to emergency calls.


First responders train to properly extinguish vehicle fires at the Multi Agency Academic Cooperative. MAAC received a $3,500 Operation Round Up grant to purchase equipment.

  • The Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC) will be purchasing a complete Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) kit, with a $3,500 grant from Operation Round Up. RIT is a team of two or more firefighters who stand ready to search for and rescue firefighters in distress. The kit will provide fire departments in District 1 the proper training and be used for high school students in the Basic Firefighter 1 and 2 courses. MAAC is a emergency services training campus simulating real life situations that firefighters confront.
  • Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (CADA) received a $2,500 grant for repairs and maintenance to the Phoenix House. The Phoenix House is CADA’s transitional housing project for female victims of domestic abuse and their children.
  • Prairie Trails Club in North Judson has been awarded a $2,500 grant to place bike racks around the county to promote cycling. The bike racks will be along trail heads, businesses and convenient locations throughout the local communities.