KVREMC Operation Roundup Grants $5000 to Starke County Organizations


The Kankakee Valley REMC Operation Roundup Trust grant program has awarded $7,050 to area nonprofit organizations, showing their support for such organizations as they have for the past 14 years.

Amanda Steeb, communications director for KVREMC, said they’ve been able to give more than $850,000 since their start in 2000 because of their members and generous contributions by those who round up their electric bills each month.

For the fourth quarter grant review, the Operation Roundup board of directors awarded a grant to Kid’s Closet Ministry in the amount of $2000. This grant will allow for the organization to purchase clothes, shoes, boots, coats, school supplies and hygiene products for children in Starke County. Kid’s Closet Ministry works with many local organizations in the community to provide items to them when they have a child in need. Since they started, the organization has helped more than 100 students with school supplies and backpacks.

Operation Roundup also granted $3000 to the Starke County Youth Club for the purchase of program supplies. SCYC provides hundreds of families with a high quality alternative after school program. The grant will allow for homework help, tutoring, and enrichment centers that align to Indiana state academic standards, particularly focused on language, math and science. SCYC has been hosting programs for students since 2001.

Kankakee Valley REMC members who participate each month contribute an average of $6 per year. A few cents from each member adds up to a significant amount of assistance to organizations in the community.