PPEC's Operation Round Up program donated more than $12,300 in grants to 12 local organizations in October 2018. Here, representatives from the groups pose for a group shot.

PPEC’s Operation Round Up program distributed $12,446 in 12 grants to area organizations on Oct. 18 at PPEC’s headquarters in Paulding. Pictured above are representatives from each of the organizations.

Paulding Putnam Electric members donate $12,446 to local groups

Small coins make a big difference when Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative members join together to fund change in their communities. More than $12,400 in third-quarter grants was distributed to 12 local organizations through the co-op’s Operation Round Up program.

Participating members “round up” their monthly electric bills to the next dollar, with the extra pennies being used to help fund community charities and groups.

Since Operation Round Up’s inception in 2010, it has provided more than $392,446 to 125 organizations in Indiana and Ohio. The most recent recipients are Van Wert Middle School, Putnam County HomeCare & Hospice, Miller City Volunteer Fire Department, Four Presidents Corner Historical Society, Paulding High School, Trinity United Methodist Church, Friends of Paulding Park District, Historic Main Street Van Wert, Big Brothers Big Sisters (not pictured), Vantage Career Center, Antwerp Local Schools, and Nips n Snips of Paulding County. A board of trustees, composed of co-op members and separate from the PPEC board, oversees the application process.

Nonprofits or organizations can apply for Operation Round Up assistance by contacting Paulding Putnam Electric Co-op at 1-800-686-2357 or downloading an application form. To view the photos, names, and details about what each grant will purchase, check out PPEC’s Facebook album here.

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