Operation Round Up grants awarded

The generosity of Heartland’s members is making it possible for the cooperative to provide financial assistance to a wide variety of non-profit organizations in Southeast Kansas this year.
Heartland’s Operation Round Up’s volunteer trustees evaluated applicants, and selected 30 grant recipients based on the work they do serving people in need in Southeast Kansas.
In 2018, nearly $50,000 was raised by Heartland’s Operation RoundUp program, which is entirely funded by donations from Heartland members and employees.
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.
Grants awarded in 2018 include:
* Celebrate Recovery in Parsons for meals and materials;
* Concern Inc. in Mound City for the food pantry and other financial assistance to those in need;
* The Erie United Methodist Church’s Christmas Baskets and Share the Love food pantry.
* Erie Federated Church’s food pantry;
* First Baptist Church in Pleasanton, to help people with bills, food, clothing and gas;
* The food pantry at First Baptist Church in Riverton;
* The food pantry at First United Methodist in Columbus;
* Lunch programs through the Friends of the LaCygne Library;
* Lunch programs at the Girard Public Library;
* God’s Pantry at First Christian Church of Chanute;
* Grady’s Kids in LaCygne to support families with ill children;
* The domestic violence shelter, Hope Unlimited, in Iola;
* The community garden to help those in need at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hepler;
* Summer camp scholarships at Greenbush;
* Educational science materials and equipment at Life Christian School in Columbus;
* The Manna Depot food pantry in Columbus;
* The free community meal through Meal In His Name in Girard;
* Mound City Christian Church’s program to help needy women and children;
* Mound City United Methodist Church’s fund to pay medication, gas and rent for those in need;
* The Orange Swan Free Store at Erie and the Galesburg Christian Church, which provides blankets, heaters, fans, food and clothing;
* The Reach Out food pantry in Prescott;
* Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Mound City to pay for medication and food;
* The packpack food for kids program at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Iola;
* SEK Interlocal 637 to help with transportation needs;
* Wildcat Extension District #14 in Girard to help purchase equipment;
* First Christian Church in Pleasanton to help with local missions;
* Wings of Warriors in Iola, which provides assistance to cancer patients.