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Operation Round Up Puts Pennies To Work

January 2016 Operation Round Up Monthly Report


The Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board met recently and awarded $23,054.62 in grants funded through Operation Round Up.


Individual and Families which received assistance include:

  • Two disabled single parents in Lincoln County received funds for family health and safety.
  • A St. Peters family with a young child affected by vision and health concerns received a grant to help pay a medical bill.
  • A disabled O'Fallon woman with diabetes received funds to help pay medical expenses.
  • A Wentzville family with a child battling epilepsy and other health challenges received a grant to help purchase a van wheelchair lift.


Organizations which received assistance include:

  • First Step Back Home, Lake Saint Louis: $3,000 to help bridge the gap in services for the homeless, including temporary housing and employment readiness;
  • River City Robots, St. Paul:  $1,000 to support children ages 9 to 14 in Junior robotics competition and youth ages 14 to 18 in robotics education and competition;
  • TREE House, Wentzville:  $2,500 to help persons with disabilities who have a financial hardship participate in equine-assisted therapy programs;
  • Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services, St. Louis: $2,000 to provide care and support to Lincoln County children and families through its Therapeutic Mentoring Program;
  • Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service, St. Charles: $1,000 to help families obtain and remain in stable housing;
  • Agape Ministry, Warrenton: $5,000 to acquire an electric pallet jack for its food pantry.


In addition, each Trustee selected a charity to receive an unsolicited $500 grant. These charities include: Sparrows Nest (maternity home), Turning Point (women's shelter), Friends of Emmaus, Caring and Sharing Food Pantry, Elsberry Ministerial Alliance, Boone Center Sheltered Workshop "Help Happens" fund, and Bread for Life Food Pantry.



To be eligible, individual, family and organization grant requests must:


  •  be from the general Cuivre River area, though applicants do not need to be Cuivre River members,

  •  be for an approved purpose, including health, youth, education, weatherization, community groups or emergency service providers,

  •  include complete personal or organizational information as specified on each application, and

  •  include personal or organization statements indicating why funds are needed at this time and how they will be used.


Trustees meet monthly to award funds Cuivre River members donate by rounding up their electric bill payments to an even amount.


Organization and Individual/Family applications are due the last day of each month. Scholarship applications are due October 1 and May 1; scholarships are reviewed at monthly meetings held in November and May.



To learn more about Operation Round Up, or to obtain a grant application call (800) 392.3709, Lonnie Tucker (ext. 4837), Mary Jane Clark (ext. 4830), or Rod Smerkar (ext. 4838), or visit