Submitted photo: Accepting a REMC Operation Roundup grant for Dillsboro are, from left: Mike Beach, Dillsboro Volunteer Fire Department, David “Woody” Fryman, Dillsboro Beautification, Casey Finnegan, Dillsboro Community Park, Paul Filter, Dillsboro Beautification, and Susan Greco, Dillsboro Community Partnership.

REMC customers helping community by rounding up

The Town of Dillsboro recently received a generous gift from the REMC Operation Roundup, said Dillsboro Economic Director Susan Greco.

The Round-Up grants will be used to place an interior/exterior sound system at Friendship Gallery and Heritage Pointe park, to purchase a water craft for ice and water rescue, and to construct a shelter to protect the town’s Legacy Project Well No. 2.

Broken down the grants received were:
Dillsboro Vol Fire Department, $ 2,500
Dillsboro Community Park  Tents for park event,  $1,500
Beautification of Dillsboro Inc.  Historical well Shelter restoration, $2,000

Many of you may ask, “What is Operation Round-Up?” Operation Round-Up is a voluntary charitable fundraising program for Southeastern Indiana REMC members. If a customer participates, his or her bill will be rounded up to the next whole dollar each month. Those extra cents are deposited into a separate fund.

A board of trustees reviews grant applications for community projects. This round of grants will supply resources for 33 projects in seven counties.

So, for an average of $6 per year, any REMC member can contribute to a wide range of community projects throughout southeastern Indiana.

Anyone who is not a contributor and would like to sign up, may call 800-737-4111.

Over the past three years, Dillsboro has received funding for the Dillsboro Elementary Bicentennial Poetry book, and a hand-washing station for the Farmers Market and downtown public events, as well as a generous contribution to initiate the Veteran’s Walk, and many other non-profit projects.

“We need to thank both the board of Southeastern Indiana REMC, but also those dedicated customers who contribute every month,” said Greco.

The fourth disbursement of Operation Roundup funds totaled $61,907, awarded to 33 recipients from seven counties.

The following projects also received Operation Roundup funding:
Aurora Police Department,  Protective Vests, $ 2,500
Beautification of Dillsboro Inc.,  Historical well Shelter restoration, $ 2,000
First Baptist Church of Lawrenceburg/Greendale Food Pantry,  Food Pantry, $ 1,000
Tanner Valley United Methodist Church,  Hearing Aids, $ 2,500
Dearborn County Clearinghouse for Emergency Aid, Rescue Bags – basic necessities for needy, $ 1,000
Pregnancy Care Center of Southeast Indiana Gallery, Space to display art, $ 2,000
Greendale Police Department,   Audio Visual Equipment, $ 2,500
River Valley Resources,  Adult Programs to obtain GED, $ 2,500
Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children,  Childrens Advocate Program Computers, $ 2,247
Sunman Community Park   AED at the park, $ 2,500

The next opportunity to receive an Operation Roundup grant is scheduled for January 2019.  
Applications will be accepted in the month of December 2018.  
You can obtain more information about Operation Roundup program or download a grant application and guidelines at www.seiremc.com. 

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