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Community Fund

Members donate spare change to serve their communities

Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC launched "Operation Round Up," an innovative program that gives members an avenue to make a tremendous difference where they live by combining their spare change for the good of their communities.

Over the years, many groups and individuals have requested donations from Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC. Many of the requests have been for large sums of money and have been for worthwhile, community-oriented projects. The only drawback for UDWI is that it serves 11 counties, making it difficult to disperse donations equally throughout its territory.

The UDWI Board of Directors began looking for a program that would create a pool of available funds that could be used to strengthen the surrounding communities. The answer was Operation Round Up, a program developed by Palmetto Electric Cooperative in South Carolina that has been adopted by numerous utilities across the country and has proven to be a tremendous success.

It all works just as it sounds - "round up." All electric bills are rounded up to the next whole dollar amount. For example, if a bill totals $37.11, the amount due will be $38.00. All electric bills will continue to be processed and mailed in the same way.

The UDWI Community Fund, a non-profit corporation created by the REMC to distribute these funds, awards grants quarterly based on selection guidelines. Though UDWI directors control the bylaws of the fund, the actual monies are distributed separately from UDWI by a board of volunteer trustees who make the grant determinations. The community funds are kept in an accounting system separate from UDWI and are used entirely for grant awards. No grants will be awarded to pay electric bills, deposits, or memberships or provide aid for electric service of any kind.

Each form requests private individual information before the grant can be awarded.

If you would like more information about Operation Round Up and the UDWI Community Fund, call (812) 384-4446 or (800) 489-7362.  UDWI looks forward to awarding a portion of these grant funds to your local community.

The next round of Community Fund recipients will be selected in September.  Applications are being accepted now through September 25th.  The committee will be meeting on September 30, 2017 to select recipients.

UDWI REMC Community Fund Application


June 2017 Recipients

Teacher's Warehouse

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard

Greene County 4-H Horse & Pony Club "Ridge Riders"

Scotland Festival Committee

Grace Center, Inc.

People & Animal Learning Services, Inc.

Clay County Humane Society, Inc.

Community Theatre of Clay County

Knights of Columbus Council 1166

Middle Way House, Inc. Greene County

White River Valley High School

Extension Homemakers of Owen County Sewing Committee

Turning Point Education Centers

Miss Greene County Queen


March 2017 Recipients

Henry Dwyer VFW Post 9297

Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS Indiana)

God's Hands In Action (Mt. Calvary UMC)

Springville Community Association

A.M. Risher Memorial Pool

Putoff Lautenschlager American Legion Post 141

Linton Police Department (Greene County National Night Out)

Healthy Hearts Program

Clay County Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department

Boy Scouts Of America, Hoosier Trails Council

Center Township Fire Department

Eastern Greene Middle School


December 2016 Recipients

Friends of the Library

Hope Resource Center

Eel Corp Clay City Jr/Sr High School

Monroe County Youth Soccer (Cutters Soccer Club)

Van Buren Township Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.

Giving Back (Indiana Department of Child Services)

Center Township Fire Department

Shakamak Guidance Department

Greene County Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry

Kids Count of Greene County, Inc.

Turning Point Education Center


September 2016 Recipients

Beyers-Rainbolt Cemetery

Shakamak Elementary Brown Bag Food Program

Springville Community Association

Lawrence County 4-H Shooting Sports

Monroe County Civic Theater

White River Valley Drama Club

Southern Clay County Christian Care & Share

Jasonville Police Department

Indiana Kicking Bear

Church of God of Prophecy Toy Explosion

Pregnancy Choices

Four Rivers Resource Services


June 2016 Recipients

Scotland Festival Committee

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry ("Meat" the Need Program)

Walnut Hill Cemetery

Eastern Greene Schools

People & Animal Learning Services (PALS)

Cory Community Church of the Nazarene

Clay County Humane Society

Clay County Center for Women's Ministries

Linton Police Dept. -Greene County National Night Out

Putoff Lautenschlager American Legion Post 141

Girl Scout Troop #2552

Knights of Columbus Council #1166

Owen County Extension Homemakers Sewing Committee

Bloomfield NJROTC

Center Township Fire Department

Greene County Clothe-a-Child Project


March 2016 Recipients

Bloomfield Elementary Kindergarten

Greene County Master Gardener Association

Eastern Greene Schools

God's Hands in Action

Greene County Cemetery Commission

Lawrence County 4-H Rabbit Club

Greene County 4-H Poultry & Rabbit Club

Greene County General Hospital Foundation, Inc.

Greene County Soccer Association

Old Clifty Memorial Association

Monroe County Youth Soccer, Inc.

Lawrence County 4-H Horse and Pony Club Association

Owen County Center for Women's Ministries

CRADLES of Clay County, Inc.

Healthy Hearts Program

Generations, Area 13 Agency of Aging & Disability

Jasonville Boy Scout Troop 457

Hoosier Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America

Eastern Greene Middle School

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