Operation Round Up

A COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM FROM HEARTLAND REMC

Your spare change alone may not make a big difference – however then you combine that spare change of all your neighbors, it can change lives. With that concept in mind, Heartland REMC established Operation Round Up as a way for the 13,500+ members of the REMC to combine their spare change for the benefit of the communities in this area.

Using monthly donations from Heartland REMC members, a trust fund has been set up with the goal of making a big difference with small change. By allowing the REMC to round up your monthly electric bill to the higher dollar amount each month, the extra pennies are contributed to the Heartland REMC Trust fund.  The Trust uses the money collected from Operation Round Up to provide financial assistance for people and projects within the Heartland REMC service area.

Next Application Deadline:  September 4, 2018

Grant Application Guidelines (PDF Format)

Organization Grant Application (PDF Format)

Individual Grant Application (PDF Format)

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Those members who volunteer to participate in Operation Round Up agree to have their electric bill rounded up each month to the next higher dollar amount. Those few cents each month are deposited in a separate account. For example, if your bill this month is $81.75, the bill would automatically be rounded up to $82.00, and the extra 25¢ would be deposited in the Heartland REMC Trust fund. Each member’s donation amounts to an average of $6.00 per year.

 

WHO DISTRIBUTES THE FUNDS?

The donations to the Heartland REMC Trust fund are distributed by a group of members appointed by, but operating independently of, Heartland REMC. The board of directors of Heartland REMC appoints volunteer members to serve as independent trustees of the Trust fund. Grant payment decisions are solely the responsibility of these independent trustees.

 

HOW ARE THE FUNDS DISTRIBUTED?

The trustees of Heartland REMC Trust meet on a regular basis to review the grant applications and select which grants are funded. None of the Trust funds can be used for any political purpose.

 

WHAT CAN GRANTS BE USED FOR?

The Operation Round Up program will provide financial aid to fund special projects of community and service organizations within the Heartland REMC service area, as well as, financial aid for individuals in need.  Operation Round Up funds are commonly used for, but not limited to; community service projects, economic development, food banks, health and rescue organizations, educational projects, disaster relief, youth programs, and special projects of non-profit organizations.

100% of the Operation Round Up donations are given back to the community. The small administrative cost to run the program is paid by Heartland REMC.

 

HOW TO REQUEST ASSISTANCE

Anyone interested must complete an application form and submit it to the trustees of Heartland REMC Trust. Interested parties can contact the REMC office at (260) 563-2146 or (800) 563-2146, or (260) 758-3155 or (800) 542-6339 for information regarding the Operation Round Up program or to request a grant application. The completed grant application form will be reviewed at the next scheduled trustee meeting of Heartland REMC Trust.

 

DO I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN OPERATION ROUND UP?

The Operation Round Up program is voluntary. Each member will automatically be enrolled; however you may request not to participate at any time, by calling our office at:

Wabash District:  (260) 563-2146 or (800) 563-2146

Markle District:  (260) 758-3155 or (800) 542-6339