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Your Pennies Changed Lives

More than 51,000 Cuivre River members pooled their pennies in 2015 to help their neighbors through Operation Round Up.

 

Pennies donated helped fund more than $278,000 to address unmet needs in health, youth, education, weatherization, community and emergency services.

 

The grants helped 70 local families, provided scholarships for 87 students, helped 50 organizations address unmet community needs, and provided special resources for five school programs.

 

Volunteer Cuivre River Electric Community Trustees administer your pennies and put 100% of them to work close to home. Recipients don't need to be members, but do need to be local.

 

Where funds were used in 2015*:

 

St. Charles County, 55%        $152,728.92

Lincoln County, 25%               $69,068.57 

Warren County, 15%              $41,747.40

Pike County, 5%                     $15,138.20

 

"Little acts of generosity can  make a world of difference," says Manager of Communications Mary Jane Clark. "It's inspiring to see how far these pennies can go in service to others. We are grateful for every penny, and for each volunteer who helps put them to work." Operation Round Up donations march toward the $5 million mark this year.

 

Funds are primarily donated by Cuivre River members who contribute from 1¢ to 99¢ each month by including the "Operation Round Up" amount with their electric bill payment. These pennies "round up" payments to an even dollar amount and fund the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 Trust.

 

Tax-deductible contribution summaries are reported on billing statements. One hundred percent of funds collected are used for grants. Member participation is optional.

 

Members who wish to donate more each month may enroll in "Operation Round Up Plus" to add an extra donation amount to their monthly bill. Donations may also be made directly to the Trust.

 

Volunteers who serve on the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board are appointed by the Cuivre River Electric Cooperative Board of Directors. They must reside in the general Cuivre River area, but are not required to be members. The term of service is three years, with a maximum term of six consecutive years.

 

Grants are available to address unmet needs in the specific areas of health, youth, weatherization, education (including scholarships), emergency and community services, in accordance with Trust Bylaws.

 

Individual applicants may receive up to $2,500 per year, families may receive up to $5,000, and organizations may receive up to $10,000. Scholarships are capped at $2,500 during a student's academic career. Applicants must reside in the general Cuivre River area.

 

Monthly grant requests and biannual scholarship requests are reviewed and determined by Trustees. The deadline for monthly grant applications is the last day of each month. The deadlines for scholarship applications are May 1 and October 1.

 

Applications are available below.

 

A summary of monthly grant awards is published in the Current Times each month except August, which is reserved for Annual Meeting materials and information.

 

Operation Round Up

Operation Round Up is a community outreach program funded by Cuivre River Electric Cooperative members through the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust. CREC members contribute by "rounding up" their electric bill payments each month. Operation Round Up monthly summary. Read More...

 

Board of Trustees

Funds are administered by seven volunteer trustees (pictured below) who represent the geographic areas where Cuivre River Electric Cooperative has electric service available (portions of Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren Counties). Funds are available for members and non-members who live in these areas.

2014 Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board.

2014 Community Trust Board. Secretary Elise Homeyer,  Doug Steinmeyer, Vice-Chairman Melissa Hollander, Frank Klaas, Joyce Hollaway, Chairman Jim Mayes and Linda Whalen.
 

Cuivre River Electric's Operation Round Up Progran.

 

Operation Round Up Mission

The goal of Operation Round Up is to help individuals, families and communities address unmet needs in the areas of health, youth, education, home weatherization, community and emergency services. Funds can be used to:

 

  • Help families cope with emergencies, illnesses, and special medical needs.
  • Help low-income and elderly neighbors reduce the burden of home energy bills with long term solutions that improve their home's efficiency.
  • Help schools and neighbors with limited resources improve educational opportunities.
  • Assist community youth organizations and activities which promote good citizenship for strong, healthy communities.
  • Aid community and emergency service providers in their efforts to improve the quality of life for our less fortunate neighbors, and support each community's health, safety and well-being. 

Funds may NOT be used for:

  • Electricity, Propane/Gas, Telephone/Cable/Satelite/Internet bills
  • Mortgage/Rent deposits or payments, Real estate/Personal property taxes
  • Home/Renter's insurance payments
  • Automobile expenses
  • Credit card payments
  • Food
Grant Applications

There are four applications designed to meet a variety of needs for eligible applicants. The deadline is the last day of each month except for scholarships. Grant applications are available at Cuivre River Electric Cooperative offices or can be downloaded by selecting one of the links below.

 

*Bright Future grants are for schools only.

Scholarship deadlines have changed. Please be advised the New Scholarship Deadlines are now May 1 and October 1. High school seniors are eligible for the May deadline only.

Trustees meet once a month. Applications may be mailed or hand-delivered to any CREC office.
 
Contributions
Cuivre River Electric Cooperative members have donated more than $4.74 Million in small change to Operation Round Up since the program began in 1997. Together, their small change each month has changed the lives of thousands of individuals in our local communities. 5,368 Operation Round Up grants totaling $4,745,062.44 have been awarded by the Board of Trustees to date.
Many members of Cuivre River Electric Cooperative contribute by rounding up their monthly electric bill to the next highest dollar. The minimum amount you contribute each month is one cent, and the maximum is 99 cents. This contribution is voluntary. If you choose not to contribute, please notify us by email, phone, mail, or in person.
All other contributions for Operation Round Up are appreciated and accepted. Mail them to: Cuivre River Electric Community Trust, P.O. Box 160, Troy, MO  63379
Contact us at
billing@cuivre.com to ask about your Operation Round Up contribution.
The Cuivre River Electric Community Trust is a 501 C-3 corporation. All contributions are tax-deductible.
For more information on Operation Round Up call Lonnie Tucker at (800) 392-3709,  ext. 4837.