Dubois REC awards grants

JASPER — The Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative Operation Round Up program has awarded $415,202.88 since it began in 2011.

Dubois REC rounds up the electric bill of participating members to the next highest dollar. That spare change is overseen by a board of trustees, who also are Dubois REC members. Local groups and organizations can then apply for grants from this fund.

The most recent round of grants totaled $8,500 and was awarded to six organizations.

The English Food Pantry received a $2,500 grant to help purchase an electric pallet jack. This piece of equipment will aid the organization that now serves over 1,200 people per distribution event.

The Widow’s Barrel Food Pantry received a $500 grant to help provide emergency food such as dry goods, bread, meat, dairy and produce to people in Perry County who are in need.

The Ireland Knights of Columbus received $2,000 to fund their Teddy Bear Project. This program allows the K of C members to purchase teddy bears and distribute them to hurting children in the local community. Points of distribution include Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Room, Huntingburg Urgent Care, Crisis Connection, Child Protective Services as well as local police and fire departments.

Northeast Dubois Elementary School received a $500 grant to help fund Project Lead The Way and/or a mobile Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics lab. Both programs assist students in developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

In light of the recent COVID-19 situation, which has caused many families to face challenges of decreased income, two additional grants were also given to help local food banks. The Dubois County Food Bank received a $1,500 grant and the Crawford County Community Foundation received $1,500 to be distributed to food pantries.

Dubois REC will accept applications for the next cycle of Operation Round Up grants between Aug. 1 to 28. Grant applications must be submitted before 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28. August 28. Representatives from local civic groups, non-profits, schools or community organizations who would like to apply for an Operation Round Up grant can download the application forms from www.duboisrec.com, under the “Community” section. Applications also are available at the Dubois REC office, by calling 812-482-5454 or sending an email to Kyla Jones at kylaj@duboisrec.com.


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