Shown above are Calan Haines-Lincolnview, Jacob Robinson-Wayne Trace, Makenna Tice-Crestview, Charles Hall-Lincolnview, and Zach Schott-Van Wert from Synergy Learning Center. (Photo submitted)
Shown above are Calan Haines-Lincolnview, Jacob Robinson-Wayne Trace, Makenna Tice-Crestview, Charles Hall-Lincolnview, and Zach Schott-Van Wert from Synergy Learning Center. (Photo submitted)

PAULDING — Members of Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative recently donated $10,060 to five 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.

Participating members round up their monthly electric bill to the next dollar, with the extra pennies being used to help fund charities and groups in their communities. Each quarter, the funds are dispensed to local causes that applied for funding.

The most recent donation recipients include:

- Antwerp Local Schools; $2,160 for six special needs desks

- Payne Volunteer Fire Department: $2,000 for a positive pressure ventilation fan and cones

- Oakwood Library Association; $2,000 for building maintenance costs for their Cooper Community Branch

- Synergy Learning Center in Van Wert; $2,000 for food, clothing, and school supplies for students

- Hands of Hope Pregnancy Services in Paulding; $1,900 for new course curriculum

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 skuhn@ppec.coop or visiting www.ppec.coop/operation-round. If you want to participate by rounding up your monthly bill, call PPEC’s office at 800-686-2357. The average member’s annual donation is about $6.

Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative is proud to serve 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, our not-for-profit model has allowed us to provide affordable, reliable, and safe power to rural areas with pride.