The Operation Round Up Trust organization had a strong financial finish in 2017, granting $12,852 to six organizations in December. For the year, Operation Round Up gave over $84,000 back to the community, thanks to the generous donations of our members.
Pooling the pennies consumers donate to the fund by rounding up their electric bills each month, the Operation Round Up Trust helps non-profits make great strides with programs and services to help community residents. The December grants were:
• St. Thomas Aquinas Conference of St. Vincent DePaul Society received $500 to purchase a laptop computer and software for keeping client and financial records. Located in Knox, this organization provides assistance to the needy in their community.
• Junior Achievement Pulaski County received a grant for $1,000 to implement the JA Our Community program in five second grade classes at Eastern Pulaski Elementary School.
• LaCrosse Public Library was awarded a $500 grant to offer the Indiana State Museum Education Theater & Outreach program to local schools as a field trip opportunity to fourth graders. The grant will allow the library to serve as a host for this program, providing a performance, an academic workshop or an interactive educational trunk to child attendees.
• Kid’s Closet Ministry, located in North Judson, received $7,000 to continue its ministry of providing children in need with clothing, shoes, boots, coats, hygiene products and school supplies. The ministry supports the needs of children in poverty, low income and situations beyond their control.
• Winfield/Jerry Ross PTO will use a $2,500 grant to replace two pieces of playground equipment due to a height restriction. The new pieces are all-inclusive, meaning that the height can be adjusted so all kids can play, including children in wheelchairs. Jerry Ross Elementary School, located in Crown Point, is a third, fourth and fifth grade elementary school.
• Kouts Volunteer Fire Department received $1,352 to assist in the purchasing of water rescue equipment. This equipment will allow the department to offer additional rescue resources to its response area. The department protects approximately 60 square miles and a population of over 4,400 residents. Through a mutual aid agreement, department personnel respond to the aid of departments in the surrounding areas.