Dubois REC Operation Round Up awards $8,500 in grants  



(July 31, 2020, Jasper, IN) —  Dubois REC is proud to have a program in place that can easily get funds to local groups and organizations that have a big impact on our community. This program is called Operation Round Up®.

Dubois REC members who participate in Operation Round Up allow their monthly electric bill to be “rounded up” to the next dollar. That spare change is placed in a community fund, overseen by a board of trustees, who are also Dubois REC members.

The trustees meet each quarter to review the requests for grants. Local community groups, non-profits, fire departments, school programs and similar organizations can apply. Since the program began in 2011, the $415,202.88 has been given back to the community.

In the most recent round of grants, 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 Knights of Columbus members to purchase teddy bears, and distribute them to hurting children in the local community. Points of distribution include Memorial Hospital ER, 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 STEM lab. (Science/Technology Engineering/Math.) 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.

If you are already participating in Operation Round Up and donating a few extra cents each month to help our community, Dubois REC thanks you!

If you are not participating, please consider joining this great cause. Just visit www.duboisrec.com, look under the “Community” menu for the “Operation Round Up > Opt-In” link. Fill out the short form and submit it to start “rounding up” your bill to help your community.


Dubois REC will accept applications for the next cycle of Operation Round Up® grants August 1-28. Grant applications must be submitted before 4 p.m. on 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 are also available at the Dubois REC office, by calling 812.482.5454 or sending an email to Kyla Jones at kylaj@duboisrec.com.