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Two youth programs receive Operation Round Up dollars

Boone REMC Operation Round Up has recently funded two grants for their August grant cycle. The next cycle ends on Friday, Oct. 4 at noon.


The Boone County Mentoring Partnership was awarded $2,250 for the purchase of technology. Two Mac Book Airs will be purchased. Currently, the BCMP manages over 125 mentor/mentee matches within the county. According to their director, having quality, reliable technology to utilize is essential.


“We hope to recruit more mentors so that we are able to connect more youth. Our goal is to match the 30 youth on our waitlist with a member by December,” Matt Wilson, Executive Director, said.  “The success of the project will be monitored through our ability to connect more families with resources in our community through the Youth Assistance Program.”


The Boys and Girls Club of Boone County also received a grant for a total of $5,350 for a renovation of their Lebanon unit. The building, which was built in 1989, will receive new bathroom sinks, a dishwasher and paint with the grant funds.


According to Katie O. Reasoner, 125 kids per day are served through the Lebanon location and they are still looking for funding to install and refinish the floor. The estimated cost is $15,000.


“The over 700 annual youth members of the Lebanon Unit of BGCBoone will have a safe, clean environment to enhance their academic success, civic engagement, and healthy lifestyles,” Reasoner said.


In total, Operation Round Up has given $675,675 to the communities in the Boone REMC service territory.


“We take a lot of pride in the commitment of our Operation Round Up board and their commitment to serving the community,” Boone REMC CEO Bill Conley said. “As the cooperative and community continue to grow it is essential that we contribute to the quality of life our members experience.”


In addition to Operation Round Up, Boone REMC offers youth programs, including scholarships, camping and Washington D.C. trips, and academic experiences, like Page Day. They also have several contests including the annual calendar art contest, as well as the Youth Power and Hope awards contest, whose Friday, Oct. 4 deadline is quickly approaching.


To learn more about the Youth Power and Hope Award, log on to the website