Operation Round Up
Steuben County REMC is dedicated to the health and prosperity of our local community. As such, we operate the charitable giving program called Operation Round Up, where members donate a small portion of their bills each month (rounded to the nearest dollar) to be distributed through our ORU Board of Directors to charitable causes throughout our area.
Steuben County REMC launched the Operation Round Up program in June of 2004, with member participation beginning in August of 2004. ORU is an innovative community service fundraising program and a uniquely simple and rewarding way for our cooperative members to help fund worthwhile projects in our own local community.
Operation Round Up is just what the name implies; each month, the REMC simply rounds the electric bill of participating members to the next highest dollar. The additional change is then set aside into the ORU fund for quarterly distribution. The average estimated annual giving is approximately 50 cents per month, or $6.00 annually. Small change to the individual, perhaps, but with nearly 73% of our membership participating, the thousands of dollars the program generates can mean a big difference throughout our service territory. Since its inception, over $455,000 has been dispersed through grant applications.
A separate volunteer board of directors, made up of three REMC members and two REMC employees (Jaime Walker and Steve Smith) administer the fund and set guidelines for the distribution of the contributions. Funded projects contribute to economic development or community benefit and are typically given to worthwhile philanthropic organizations throughout our area.
Operation Round Up is all about community spirit, service and goodwill. It is an exciting extension of Steuben County REMC's pledge of commitment to our community.
In order to help with your application, submit any and all supporting documents that might help the board in deciding upon your grant request.
Grant recipients, don't forget to submit the Final Project Report, along with copies of paid receipts or invoices. Failure to do so could result in having an impact on future funding.
The application schedule for 2016 is as follows:
Quarter 1 due Friday, March 25th by 4:30pm. Quarter 2 due Friday, June 24th by 4:30pm. Quarter 3 due Friday, September 23rd by 4:30pm.
Quarter 4 due Friday, December 30th by 4:30pm.