Operation Round Up

What is Operation Round Up®?

This voluntary program is simple:

  • Each month participating members allow Henry County Rural Electric Membership Corporation (HCREMC) to “round up” their electric bills to the next whole dollar
  • For example, a bill for $63.75 would be rounded up to $64, and the 25¢ would be donated to the program
  • Annually, the average participating member contributes approximately $6 to the program
  • Check out our Operation Roundup Flyer (PDF) for more information

Operation Round Up® History

  • When HCREMC was founded in 1936, people joined together to build their own electric system because private power companies did not serve the rural areas
  • Neighbors were willing to help neighbors in order to provide the communities with a much-needed resource
  • In 2013, HCREMC implemented a program that continues this principle of working together
  • The program is called Operation Round-Up® and is designed to help co-op members reach out to worthy causes in their communities

Operation Round Up® Board of Trustees

  • The Operation Round-Up® fund is administered by a 5-member committee who serves on a voluntary basis
  • The committee looks to address needs for food, shelter, clothing, education and other vital community services
  • The committee meets at least 4 times a year to distribute funds based on applications and the funds available.

The committee includes:

  • Rebecca Gonya, Chairman
  • Kelton Silver, Vice Chairman
  • Ed Shirey
  • Sam Caldwell
  • Jim Fattic

Operation Round Up® Video

Operation Round Up® FAQs

Who can apply?

Non-profit groups in the community can apply. It is the responsibility of the Operation Round-Up Committee to evaluate applications and distribute the funds according to the program's bylaws. Application forms are available at the HCREMC office or can be filled out online using our Operation Roundup Grant Application.

Application deadlines are the first Monday in January, April, July, and October. 

What are possible uses of the funds?

Contributions and investments of Operation Round-Up funds may be made to non-profit organizations, schools and community groups that improve our community, support job creation, enhance the quality of life or support those in need of help with food, clothing, shelter, health issues, and other basic life needs.

Recent Donations

Operation Round-Up 2021 approved grants, as of October 2021 Board of Trustees meeting:

Organization Project or Program Grant Amount
American Red Cross of Central Indiana Biomedical scale $1,663
Knightstown Community Food Pantry Two-door freezer for pantry $2,500
Dunreith Volunteer Fire Department Firemen gear $2,500
Heartland Christian School Shelving/equipment for in-house library Up to $2,000
Christian Love Help Center/Shelter Food pantry supplies $1,000
New Castle Family & Internal Medicine 'Reach Out & Read' Books $1,000
Second Harvest Food Bank Hygiene Items $1,000
BRV Church of the Nazarene Lighting Fixtures/Upgrades $745