Community Interest

Crisis Nursery Receives $2500 From Cuivre River Electric Coop ‘Operation Round Up’

Members of the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board presented the Crisis Nursery with a check for $2500 from Operation Round Up.

Operation Round Up helps address needs in the areas of health, education, home weatherization, youth, community and emergency services that cannot be met with other resources. More than $5 million has been awarded to applicants since the Operation Round Up program began in 1997. Grant funds come from Cuivre River Electric Cooperative members who voluntarily pay the round-up amount on their monthly electric bill. 

Bonnie Define, Community Relations Director with the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, said, “We are so grateful for the Operation Round Up funds. It is great that Cuivre River Coop members are willing to give a little to help other families in St. Charles and Lincoln counties. This grant will help us take care of children and keep them safe.” 

“Crisis Nursery does a great job of providing a safe haven for children and being there for families during a difficult time,” said Tim Schmidt, communications/media specialist for Cuivre River Electric. “We are proud that Operation Round Up is available for organizations like Crisis Nursery to help them fulfill their mission to prevent child abuse and neglect. This grant is just another example showing how a few pennies each month from our members changes lives.” 

About the Crisis Nursery:  The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery provides a 24-hour, 365 days/year safe haven for children, birth through age 12, whose families are facing a crisis.  Parents bring children to the Nursery free of charge, on a voluntary basis where they receive a medical exam, therapeutic activities, nutritious meals and take-home necessities.  Parents receive crisis counseling, in-home visits, parent educational groups and community outreach. In 32 years we have served over 110,000 children.  For more details on the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, please call 314-292-5770 or visit

L-R: Doug Steinmeyer, Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board,
Maggie Middleton, St. Louis Crisis Nursery Program Coordinator,
Andrea Castillo, St. Louis Crisis Nursery Intake Counselor,
Melissa Hollander, Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board