Dubois REC awards over $10,000 in grants

With the help of its members, and through a program called Operation Round Up® Dubois REC recently awarded $10,000 in grants to local organizations in its sixth grant cycle. Since the program began last year, more than $93,500 has been awarded.

Grants are funded by members who participate in the Operation Round Up program, and allow Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative to automatically round up their electric bills to the next highest dollar amount. For example, if a member’s bill is $68.51, the bill will be rounded up to $69, meaning that month’s contribution is 49 cents. If the bill is $68.90, it will be rounded up to $69, contributing 10 cents.

Over the course of the year, each participating member contributes approximately $6 to the program. The rounded up funds are collected for philanthropic and charitable donations in the geographic area of the Dubois REC service territory. Listed below are the recipients of the most recent round of grants.

Northeast Dubois Little League: Jon Merkel and Brennan Schepers accept the award from Operation Round Up Trustee Pat Seger.

Northeast Dubois Little League: Jon Merkel and Brennan Schepers accept the award from Operation Round Up Trustee Pat Seger.

Northeast Dubois Little League received a $2,500 Operation Round Up grant to help fund improvements to the batting cage and concession areas.

Huntingburg Teenage Canteen, INC: Don Foerster, Operation Round Up Trustee Neal Belcher and Ralph Begle.

Huntingburg Teenage Canteen, INC: Don Foerster, Operation Round Up Trustee Neal Belcher and Ralph Begle.

Huntingburg Teenage Canteen Inc. received a $1,500 Operation Round Up grant to help fund the purchase and installation of an electronic sign at the corner of HWY 64 and 231 in Huntingburg. The sign is an effort to increase awareness and involvement in the youth facility. The Teenage Canteen has been established to serve local youth by offering alcohol and drug-free programming, as well as educational and recreational activities.

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Ferdinand Folk Festival: Rock Emmert, Sue Fink, Kris Lasher, Dave Wylam, Marc Steczyk and Operation Round Up Trustee Theresa Tretter.

A grant for $2,000 was awarded to the Ferdinand Folk Festival to help pay for entertainment at the fourth annual Ferdinand Folk Festival on Sept. 21. The festival boasted an attendance of over 8,000 last year and features two stages with all-day music, 80 food, craft and environmental vendors, a series of children’s activities and several different “hands-on” workshops.

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TRI-CAP: Christine Vinson and Jessica Mehringer accept the award from Operation Round Up Trustee Wayne Schnarr.

TRI-CAP received a $4,000 grant to help fund four Teen Wellness Centers in four Dubois County high schools.  These centers were implemented as part of TRI-CAP’s Adolescent Services program in response to five teen suicides in the 1990s. The primary goal of the program is to improve mental health of adolescents by offering prevention, intervention and follow-up.

Those eligible to apply for the funds include civic groups, organizations, individuals or families located within the Dubois REC service territory, which covers the counties of Dubois, Crawford, Perry, Pike, Orange and Martin. Grants are available for local volunteer fire departments, youth programs, 4-H, senior citizen programs and other community service projects.  The fund will NOT be used to pay any electric or utility bills or be used in any way to support or oppose any political candidate or campaign.

Individuals or organizations who would like to apply for an Operation Round Up grant, should visit the Dubois REC office or download the forms from the website at www.duboisrec.com. Forms may also be obtained by calling 812.482.5454 or sending an email to Kyla Jones at kylaj@duboisrec.com. Dubois REC will accept applications for the next round of grants from May 1-31.                           

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