Heartland's Operation Round Up funds go to nine Linn County churches and programs

GIRARD, Kan. – Nine Linn County churches and organizations have been selected to receive grants from Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative Inc. The Girard, Kan.-based cooperative’s Operation Round Up program goes to community organizations that serve those in need.

Of the $45,000 awarded to 29 churches and organizations, almost a third went to local programs. According to Doug Graham with Heartland, more than $13,300 went to those nine Linn County programs combined, or an average of nearly $1,500 each.

Those receiving the funds include:

  • Centerville Community Church

  • Concern Inc.

  • First Baptist Church of Mound City

  • First Baptist Church of Pleasanton

  • First Christian Church of Pleasanton

  • Mound City Christian Church

  • Mound City United Methodist Church

  • Parker United Methodist Church Helping Hands & Hearts Food Pantry

  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Mound City

“Operation Round Up is proof that when a lot of people are willing to chip in just a little bit each month, they can make big things happen for their communities,” said Mark Scheibe, Heartland CEO. “We’re proud that our board and our consumer-members have continued to support this program over the years.”

Through Operation Round Up, Heartland consumer-members’ electric bills are rounded up to the next dollar each month. The additional amount is collected and pooled into a fund for distribution to non-profit 501(c) (3) charitable organizations that provide food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education, and other direct services for those in need.

Funds collected through the Operation Round Up program are administered by a panel of volunteers selected by the Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative Board of Directors and come from throughout Heartland’s 12-county service area.

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas manages Operation Round Up contributions and disburses funds on behalf of Heartland. Operation Round Up distributions for 2022 will be mailed in January.

Heartland’s service area includes consumer-members in 12 counties, including Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Cherokee, Coffey, Crawford, Labette, Linn, Miami, Neosho, Wilson, and Woodson counties.

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