Once again, LaGrange County REMC sees the power of members joining together and making a huge impact on the community.
Thanks to participating members allowing their bills to be rounded-up each month to the nearest dollar, since the beginning of the program in January of 2002, more than $354,000 has been given back to the community. The money has been used by organizations who serve all sectors of the community; youth, seniors, young families, and everyone in-between.
The following organizations received Operation Round Up funds for the first quarter of 2014:
American Red Cross of LaGrange County received $2,500 to help purchase and distribute smoke detectors and packets to LaGrange County residents.
LaGrange Communities Youth Center received $4,000 for the Kite Komotion Clinic and Festival in Shipshewana. The event features international kite flying teams, free kite making for families, and stunts performed by the international kite flying teams.
Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Indiana-Kentucky received $2,000. This money will be used for LaGrange County students to attend a summer reading camp which helps children who are reluctant and struggle with reading to improve literacy skills and become more confident readers.
Members of the Operation Round Up Committee for 2014 include Norm Bovee, Larry Fetters, Terry Helmer, Winford Jones, Sherryl Rhinesmith, Karen Weiland and Nate Yoder.
Any civic organization that provides services to people of the community is encouraged to apply for funding. Applications can be picked up at the REMC office, 1995 East US 20 in LaGrange, or download from the website at lagrangeremc.com. To be considered for funding during the next quarter, applications are due in the REMC office by April 1.