Small Change Changes Lives


Posted on Jan 20 2024 in Dubois REC
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Dubois REC announces the most recent round of Operation Round Up grants. Grants totaled more than $13,000, which was awarded to five local organizations.

The St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Dept., Inc. received a $1,000 grant to help purchase a washing machine for fire fighting gear.

St. Patricks’ Celebration, Inc. received a $2,000 grant to help resurface the walking path around ballfields and playground.

Ferdinand Senior Citizens, Inc. received a grant for $3,171 to purchase commercial-grade card tables.

Trotter House Lifeline Family Center received a $4,000 grant to fund classes for childbirth, parenting, and basic life skills

Crisis Connection received a $3,000 grant to help cover printing and curriculum costs associated with Dubois County school programming.

We appreciate the generosity of the Dubois REC members who allow us to round up their electric bills to the next highest dollar amount each month to support this important program. Those extra nickels, dimes, and quarters go into a community fund that helps us to give back to local organizations and groups like the ones featured here.

If you are not currently participating in Operation Round Up, please visit and look under the “Community” tab. You can find an “opt-in” form in the Operation Round Up section.

The next meeting of trustees to consider grant applications will be March 11. Deadline to submit an application for a grant is 4 p.m. on Feb. 29.

St. Anthony's Volunteer Fire Department
Pictured, from left to right, are Tyler Allen, Dubois REC employee and a volunteer for St. Anthony’s Volunteer Fire Department, Brent Wissel and Scott Uebelhor of St. Anthony’s Volunteer Fire Department as they accept a grant from Operation Round Up Trustee Kim Mehringer.

Ferdinand Senior Citizens
Jennifer Erickson of Trotter House Family Center accepts a grant from Kim Mehringer, Operation Round Up trustee.

St. Patrick's Celebration
Pictured, from left to right, Pam Patterson, Janet Schitter, Kay Hall and Barb Kendall of St. Patrick’s Celebration, Inc. as they accept a grant from Operation Round Up Trustee Kim Mehringer.

Crisis Connection
Operation Round Up trustee Kim Mehringer presents a grant to Paula Rasche of Crisis Connection.

Ferdinand Senior Citizens
Edward Roos, left, and Casper Schuler, center, of the Ferdinand Senior Citizens, Inc. accept a grant from Operation Round Up Trustee Kim Mehringer.


If you are part of a nonprofit group, volunteer fire department, youth program, food pantry or similar organization, please consider applying for a grant.

Go to, and look under the “Community” tab for Operation Round Up information and a downloadable application.