PPEC members donate $13,820 with Operation Round Up

PAULDING — Members of Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative recently donated $13,820 to 15 local charities and community projects through the cooperative’s Operation Round Up program.

According to a brochure on PPEC’s website, “Operation Round Up gives Paulding Putnam Electric members the option of having their bills rounded up to the nearest dollar every month, with those extra few cents going to benefit people in need within the co-op’s service territory. For the average member, that equates to about 50 cents a month or $6 per year.”

A press release said about 80% of PPEC members round up their electric bill, and each quarter, a board disperses the funds to local causes that applied for funding.

Local organizations from this area that received funding this quarter included:

• Challenged Champions Equestrian Center; $1,500 to fund boarding expenses for horses.

• Fort Jennings Fire Department; $2,100 to purchase emergency lighting for a rescue trailer.

• Miller City Soccer Team: $1,200 to purchase new poles for the field.

• Putnam County Special Olympics; $1,000 to fund a new bus.

• Van Wert County Humane Society; $500 to provide funding to spay and neuter cats.

• Van Wert YMCA; $500 to provide funding for the after-school program.

Operation Round Up was started in 2010 as a way to give back to PPEC’s communities. Groups in both Ohio and Indiana can apply.

Organizations can apply for Operation Round Up assistance by contacting Paulding Putnam Electric Co-op’s Marketing and Communications Manager Samantha Kuhn at [email protected] or visiting www.ppec.coop/operation-round. To participate by rounding up your monthly bill, call PPEC’s office at 800-686-2357.