Operation Round Up grants awarded

Many families in need are receiving help from 28 non-profit organizations this year as part of Heartland’s Operation RoundUp.

Heartland’s Operation Round Up supports programs and organizations that promote the health and well-being of Southeast Kansas residents. Heartland members donate to the program by “rounding up” electric bills to the next dollar, with each member giving about $6 each year. A panel of volunteer trustees from across Heartland’s service area awards grants to non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that provide food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education, and otherwise serve those in need.

In 2019, more than $45,000 was raised by Heartland’s Operation RoundUp program, which is entirely funded by donations from Heartland members and employees.

Grants awarded this past year include:

* A Meal in His Name for free community meals in Girard;

* The Alliance of Churches for Christian Living in Allen County for food for those in need;

* The Care to Share cancer support organization in Fort Scott;

* Concern Inc.’s food pantry in Mound City;

* The Erie Area Ministerial Alliance for holiday food baskets;

* First Baptist Church of Cherokee’s food pantry;

* First Baptist Church of Mound City’s community programs;

* First Baptist Church of Pleasanton’s food and community programs;

* First Baptist Church of Riverton’s food pantry;

* First Christian Church of Pleasanton’s community assistance program;

* First Missionary Baptist Church of Uniontown’s food pantry;

* First United Methodist Church of Columbus’ food pantry;

* Friends of the Library in Linn County food program;

* God’s Pantry at First Christian Church of Chanute;

* Grady’s Kids in LaCygne;

* Hope Unlimited’s domestic violence shelter in Iola;

* The Humbolt Community Food Pantry;

* Immanuel Lutheran Church’s community garden in Hepler;

* Camp scholarships for Greenbush’s Learning Tree Institute;

* Supplies for Life Christian School in Columbus;

* Mana Depot food pantry in Columbus;

* Mound City Christian Church’s assistance for those in need;

* Mound City United Methodist Church’s assistance for those in need;

* Neighbor 2 Neighbor food pantry in Chanute;

* The Orange Swan Free Store at Galesburg First Christian Church;

* The Reach Out Food Pantry in Prescott;

* Supplies for disabled students at Southeast Kansas Interlocal 637 in Pittsburg;

* The Wings of Warriors program in Iola.

Recipients for 2020 grants will be selected in the fall of this year by Heartland’s eight volunteer Operation Round Up trustees. For information on how to apply for a grant, call our office.