Operation Round-Up 2019 Giving
In 2019 FreeState members generously gave $113,412 in spare change to area organizations bringing the total since the launch of the Operation Round-Up® program in 2017 to $194,892. The FreeState Community Foundation facilitates the program with the help of a volunteer member committee of five that reviews and awards grant funds quarterly.
The committee allocated $48,480 in 2017 and $64,980 in 2018, all made possible by the generosity of members participating in the program.
No matter how great or small the act, every time we give back, we strengthen our community. It only takes a few coins a month to add up to a significant change for our local communities and volunteer-driven organizations across the FreeState service territory.
For more information on how to apply for funding visit www.freestate.coop/operationroundup. APPLICATION DEADLINES ARE: MARCH 1, JUNE 1, SEPTEMBER 1 AND DECEMBER 1 OF 2020. Please notify our billing department if you’d like to opt out (or back in) to Operation Round-Up® by calling 800-794-1989.
The following organizations and their specific projects were funded in 2019.
The Auburn Park Project – $14,500
The Auburn Park Project is an independent organization tied to the City of Auburn with the sole purpose of building a better quality of life in and around the community. The park project provides wellness and involvement at zero cost to citizens.
Stull UMC – Back to School Project – $1,500
The churches “Back to School” project has been an exciting event for the community since 2010. Every summer names are collected for children in need of school items and in August they are able to come pick up these supplies and are also give back to school clothing from the clothes closet the church maintains year-round.
Capper Foundation – $3,016
For the purchase of a height adjustable changing table to benefit both caregivers and wheelchair users. The table lowers to accommodate transfers, and then rises to a comfortable working height. The Capper Foundation provides residential and day services for medically fragile adults with disabilities, outside of a nursing home.
Royal Valley Community Learning Center Childcare – $5,000
The funded project includes updates to the dedicated classroom that includes floors, storage, and paint. Funds will also provide books, toys, games, art and school supplies.
Silver Lake Public Library – $3,000
The Silver Lake Public Library continues to work on the expansion and renovation project with the goal to improve library services. Proposed improvements include staffing areas and storage that would allow the staff more room and open up areas for more library materials and improve counter space and storage areas.
KSU Mesonet – $9,000
Weather data network, called the Mesonet are spread throughout Kansas with 60 stations as of early 2019. Each station measures wind speed/direction, air temperature/humidity, solar radiation, atmospheric pressure, precipitation, soil temperature and soil moisture. Funding provided to the project will add a weather station to the network in Jefferson County.
Shawnee County Fire District No. 2, Auburn – $3,500
Funding to purchase the Stokes Basket, and grain bin rescue tools to increase the department’s ability to provide prompt rescue services in our pre-dominantly rural community. The purchase of both items will allow the department to provide mutual aid rescue services to surrounding districts.
Race Against Breast Cancer – $2,000
The Race Against Breast Cancer is a privately funded, non-profit organization since 1991. The mission is to improve health through education, access, early detection and breast health awareness in Northeast Kansas. They accomplish this through providing breast health education materials to those in medical and financial need through a partnership with area health clinics. The RABC also pays for screening and diagnostic mammography services for those in medical and financial need. The group assists 400 to 600 in the area per year.
Perry Lecompton Elementary – $3,649.46
Funding provided multisensory literacy instruction and provide staff with the curriculum, tools and training needed. Students can explore the sensory hallways daily for exercise and sensory input. Funding will also create a literacy lab in the Perry Elementary library that all students will benefit from weekly. The students will move in small groups through structured literacy tasks that focus on literacy skills like phonemic awareness. The literacy lab will change weekly to keep kids engaged in learning.
God’s Storehouse (Meriden) – $10,000
A change in landowners has given the organization a unique opportunity to invest in the long-term sustainability in the organization with the purchase of adjacent land.
Jefferson County Fire Dept. No. 9 McLouth – $25,000
Funding to the purchase of a 2011 x-series cardiac monitor AED that is compatible with the local ambulance service. This piece of equipment will allow the McLouth department to perform life-saving procedures.
Dover Food Pantry – $1,000
Funding will be dedicated to the ongoing support of the pantry to provide food and toiletry items to those in need.
Jefferson County Historical Society – $2,500
Restoration of the boardwalk/porch area on the front side of the Reynolds General Store. Without needed repair to the building, the porch will pull away from the main building and allow moisture to enter the building.
K-State Research and Extension – Douglas County – $2,000
K-State Research and Extension offers a free, out of the classroom educational field trip called Day on the Farm. Funding provided assists the Lawrence Public School District in transportation costs to the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
Oskaloosa Public Library – $1,900
To develop an outdoor community area with a concrete table, benches, planters for flowers, and drainage extenders, among other smaller items. Volunteers of the library will provide the labor for the project.
Topeka YMCA/Rock Steady Boxing – $2,300
Rock Steady Boxing is a unique exercise program, based on training by boxing pros, and adapted to people with Parkinson’s disease. The program incorporates boxing moves into a class of calisthenics, cardio, and flexibility training. The funding will provide funding to pay instructors, items for class, as well as the licensing fee for the program and training and certification for the coaches.
Silver Lake Fire Dept. – $13,305
Develop a grain bin rescue team trained and capable of performing rescues for not only Shaw-nee County, but other neighboring counties. The department would like to purchase equipment for the team, including ropes, harness, and other tools for a rescue that can also double for water rescue, accidents, and extractions.
Valley Falls EMS – $7,242
Funding would assist the department in purchasing a power lift cot for one of the two ambulances. These cots assist volunteer staff with safely lifting patients. The cot will also decrease the likelihood of volunteer injuries.
Meriden Antique Engine and Threshing Association – $2,500
The Bloomfield Church is part living history town, Cottonwood Station. Funding is to help the restoration process.