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Operation Round Up Supports Youth, Health, Community Services

 

Youth, health and community services were top priorities for volunteers serving on the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board. They met recently to review Operation Round Up applications and award $31,500 in grants, including $13,000 for families and organizations and $18,500 in scholarships for 37 local undergraduate students.

 
Two families received home weatherization grants to help provide long-term solutions to reduce home energy use.
  • One family received assistance with medical needs.
  • LINC St. Charles County received $2,500 for its food pantry.
  • Community Living of St. Peters received $1,500 to replace sensory/therapeutic equipment for youth with behavioral issues at the organization's O'Fallon Family Center.
  • The Lincoln County Chapter of the Missouri Foster Care Association received $1,000 to support youth in foster care.
  • A New Leash for Life in Wentzville received $1,000 to support the organization's efforts to provide service animals to military veterans through a unique partnership between inmates who are learning to train service dogs and animal shelters.
  • Bridgeway's Robertson Center in Troy received $700 to assist a woman and her children who escaped an abusive home.     
Among scholarship grants, eight were awarded in Lincoln County, three in Pike County, six in Warren County and 20 in St. Charles County. The number of scholarships available within each county corresponds with the number of Cuivre River members per county to equitably distribute funds. Recipients' names are available on www.cuivre.com. Photos will appear in an upcoming issue of the Current Times.
 
Funds are donated to the community trust through Operation Round Up which "rounds up" electric bill statements to the nearest dollar and itemizes the amount on monthly bills. Member participation is voluntary.
 
Grants are available to members and nonmembers who live in the general area where Cuivre River service is available.
 
Funds are targeted for youth, health, education, home weatherization, community services and emergency services. Annual grant limits for eligible requests are $2,500 for individuals, $5,000 for families and $10,000 for organizations. Trustees determine funding priorities each month.
 
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. 230), Mary Jane Clark (ext. 234), or Rod Smerkar (ext. 330), or visit www.cuivre.com.