Noble REMC members are just dollars away from reaching a new benchmark in their generous giving through Operation Round Up.
With the latest round of grants recently dispersed, co-op members have donated $749,500 — nearly three-quarters of $1 million dollars — since the program’s inception in 2002.
It wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of more than 80 percent of Noble REMC members who allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar.
Those pennies per month are placed in a charitable trust, overseen by its own volunteer board of directors. The money is then awarded to non-profit, community-based organizations in Noble, DeKalb and adjoining counties, which benefits the communities we belong to.
Operation Round Up has awarded grants to schools, fire departments, youth programs and more in our quest to give back to the communities we serve.
The organizations receiving grants from the July cycle of the program are:
- Central Noble Wrestling Club, $1,000, wrestling mat
- Fraternal Order of Police, Land O’ Lakes Lodge #126, $2,590, AEDs for Noble County police patrol cars
- Wolf Lake Elementary, $2,000, project-based learning units and materials
- West Noble Middle School, $1,800, Charger Reading Challenge
- Central Noble Community Schools, $700, JA BizTown for fifth-grade students
- Emmanuel Lutheran Church, $1,000, non-food products
- West Noble Primary School, $500, Guys Night Out program
- East Noble High School, $1,938, Sources of Strength program
- Country Meadow Elementary School, $500, classroom equipment
- Kimmell Baseball and Softball, $1,000, tree removal
To be considered for the next grant cycle, organizations are encouraged to fill out and return applications to our office by Monday, Oct. 1. Applications are available at our office or can be downloaded from nobleremc.com.