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Operation Round Up Puts Pennies To Work

August 2015 Operation Round Up Meeting Review


Pennies donated each month through Operation Round Up went to work during the past two months to help families, students and organizations.


Nearly $51,600 was awarded, including $25,000 to fund 50 undergraduate student scholarships (photos to appear in a later issue).


Individuals and Families which received assistance include:

  • A St. Charles County disabled U. S. Air Force Veteran received $950 for services that could not be met by other funding sources;
  • A sight and hearing impaired Warren County woman received $2,000 to improve her hearing;
  • A disabled youth received a grant to attend a summer education program to help prepare her for the next school year;
  • A Lincoln County family was referred to the St. Vincent DePaul thrift store to aid two young children;
  • A high school student with Autism, ADHD and physical disabilities received a $250 grant to obtain educational advocacy services;
  • A heart and lung patient acquired health-related equipment;
  • A developmentally disabled youth in foster care received funds for a special needs camp.


Organizations which received assistance include:

  • Our Lady’s Inn, Defiance, received $500 to help with a building maintenance project;
  • Pike Community Care Partnership, Bowling Green, received $500 to purchase backpacks for the Back-to-School Fair it hosts for Pike County youth;
  • Crisis Nursery, St. Charles, received $3,000 for its outreach program and to obtain supplies for children ages newborn through 12;
  • Boone Center received $2,500 to help offset the cost of safety work shoes for sheltered workshop employees with disabilities;
  • New Salem Baptist Church, Winfield, received $2,500 for paper towels, cleaning supplies, toiletries and other Product Pantry items;
  • Turning Point received $2,500 to help purchase a step-in cooler for its domestic violence shelter;
  • Moscow Mills United Methodist Church received $500 for its Back-to-School event;
  • Wentzville R-IV School District received a $1,500 grant for its Back- to-School program;
  • Sparrow’s Nest Maternity Home received $2,000 to help build a storage shed for supplies and equipment to aid mothers it serves in residence and through outreach;
  • TREE House (formerly Therapeutic Horsemanship) received $2,500 to provide therapeutic services;
  • Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service received $4,000 to help clients obtain and remain in stable housing.

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