The YWCA of Van Wert County receives $1,500 for AED and CPR certifications. (Photo submitted)
The YWCA of Van Wert County receives $1,500 for AED and CPR certifications. (Photo submitted)
PAULDING — Members of Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative recently donated $13,050 to 10 local charities and community projects through the cooperative’s Operation Round Up program. About 75% of PPEC members round up their electric bill and donate those pennies to this fund, making a huge impact in the co-op’s northwest Ohio and northeast Indiana communities.

Each quarter, the funds are dispensed to local causes that applied for funding.

The most recent donation recipients include:

* Christmas for Kids/Coats for Kids Program through Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission, Inc (NOCAC); $1,500 for Coats, food and supplies to Paulding County kids.

* Crime Stoppers of Greater Fort Wayne; $500 for new signage in the New Haven, Indiana area

* Delphos Middle School; $1,500 for the Positive Behavior Program

* Paulding High School; $1,800 for a wood planer

* Paulding Soccer Club; $1,500 to purchase benches and trash cans

* Power2Change; $1,000 for class supplies

* Putnam Co. Homecare & Hospice; $1,000 for low-income patient services

* St. Rose of Lima School (Monroeville, Indiana); $2,000 for playset replacement

* Wayne Trace Schools (Grover Hill and Payne Elementary); $750 to help start a mentoring program

* YWCA of Van Wert County; $1,500 for AED and CPR Certifications.

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 Communications Coordinator Samantha Kuhn at or visiting To participate by rounding up your monthly bill, call PPEC’s office at 800-686-2357. The average member’s donation is about $6 per year.

Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative is serves more than 12,900 members in Paulding, Putnam, Defiance, Van Wert, and Allen counties in Ohio, and Adams and Allen counties in Indiana. Since 1935, the not-for-profit model has allowed them to provide affordable, reliable, and safe power to rural areas.