It’s not unusual to find yourself scrolling through social media and see local organizations asking for financial assistance or donations.
Programs through the local fire department, recreation center or school system are all in need of funding to help continue the work that makes such a difference in our lives and the lives of others in the community.
It can be overwhelming to try and decide where to donate any remaining dollars at the end of each month. The purpose of Noble REMC’s Operation Round Up Trust Fund is to help in your endeavor to help others.
More than 80 percent of Noble REMC members participate in the program, allowing their electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar each month. This monthly donation averages about $6 a year.
Those pennies per month are 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 and benefits the communities the members and cooperative belong to.
If you’re unsure if you currently contribute to Operation Round Up, simply view your last bill. If you do, the amount will be listed under “Current Charges.” If you don’t and you’d like to help the community through rounding up your bill each month, please call our office at 800-933-7362
Organizations awarded funding from the January distribution of the Noble REMC Operation Round Up Trust, totaling more than $13,000, include:
- Central Noble Canstruction, $2,000, canned goods
- Noble County Saddle Club, Inc., $2,250, clubhouse/reception hall
- Bear Lake Camp, Inc., $1,700, camp bunk beds
- Liberty Freewill Baptist Food Mission, $500, food
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, $1,000, School Buddies program
- Junior Achievement of Noble County, $1,500, Economics for Success program
- West Noble Primary School, $1,000, Dual Language Immersion Program
- Youth for Christ of Northern Indiana, $1,500, East Noble Schools Campus Life programs
- The Arc Noble County Foundations, $2,000, safety exit door
To be considered for the next cycle of disbursements, local nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out and return an application to the Noble REMC office by April 1. Applications are available now at the Noble REMC office in Albion or can be downloaded from nobleremc.com, under “Programs.”