Operation Round Up helps fund 40 NOAA weather radios, an AED, water pump, veterans shelter, and more

Small coins make a big difference when Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative members join together to fund change in their communities. More than $12,300 in second-quarter grants was distributed to 11 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 $380,000 to 124 organizations in Indiana and Ohio. The most recent recipients are Paulding County EMA, Crane Township/Cecil Fire Department, Antwerp Rotary Club, Antwerp Ball Association, House of Love Ministries, Putnam County Special Olympics, Westwood Behavioral Health, John Paulding Historical Society, and the Grover Hill, Fort Jennings, and Auglaize fire departments. 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 visiting www.ppec.coop. Members can also sign up to participate in the program here.

To see all the photos, including of the gear to be purchased, visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/Paulding.Putnam.EC/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1385477411587111.

Photo cutline Back row, left to right: Dennis Osting (Fort Jennings Fire Dept), Blake Dolt (Auglaize Fire Dept), Brad Volk (Grover Hill Fire Dept), Pastor Dwayne Richardson (House of Love Ministries), Bob Winslow (Antwerp Ball Association), Bob Yager (ORU board president). Front row, left to right: Dani Hoorman (Putnam County Special Olympics), Twila Demongeot (Antwerp Rotary Club), Michele Stuart (Crane Township/Cecil Fire Dept), Jane Nice (ORU board member).

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