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Operation Round-Up donates $13,450 to local programs

Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up awarded $13,450 to 17 community organizations at its April 1, 2015 meeting. Funding for Operation Round-Up is donated by members of Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative who round their monthly electric bill up to the next even dollar amount. Grant recipients are selected quarterly by a committee of co-op members, with financial donations awarded to nonprofit organizations that improve our local quality of life. Community support is a core value of Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative.

Operation Round-Up grant recipients for spring 2015 are:

1. Lien Elementary School, $950, to purchase books for summer reading program

2. Yellow Lake Food Distribution, $1,500, to purchase food for monthly distribution in Webster

3. Rowdy Red Hat Mamas of NW Wisconsin, $500, to assemble Comfort Kits for women in crisis at local emergency rooms

4. Community Referral Agency, $1,000, to upgrade play area for children in domestic violence shelter

5. Siren Chamber of Commerce, $500, to help install an electronic sign at Crooked Lake Park for community

6. Polk County Home & Community Education, $1,000, to purchase books for young children through Head Start program

7. Burnett Washburn Radio Association, $500, to upgrade equipment on radio towers and ensure reliable emergency communication

8. Endeavors Adult Development Center, $1,000, to purchase an automatic electronic defibrillator for the greenhouse/garden center

9. Go Saint Croix, City of St. Croix Falls, $500, to support the arts, fitness and local culture with Feet to Fish stencil project

10. Island City Academy, $500, to provide student transportation to Lake Superior Youth Symposium

11. Grantsburg Public Library, $1,000, to support summer reading program for youth and families

12. St. Croix Falls Public Library, $1,000, to support summer youth programs in music, the arts and literacy

13. Grantsburg Revitalization Operation, $500, to promote natural resources with trail maps, signage and information kiosk

14. Dresser-Osceola-Garfield Fire Association, $1,000, to purchase equipment and supplies for decontamination of hazardous materials

15. Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW, Amery Post 7929, $500, to promote patriotism in Amery Schools, mark Veterans graves and offer relief program for Polk County Veterans and families

16. Central Burnett County Fair Association, $500, to help build grandstand bleachers

17. Mental Health Task Force of Polk County, $1,000, to develop a website for enhanced outreach and program awareness

Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a grant or co-op members who’d like to round their bill up in support of Operation Round-Up may contact 800-421-0283 or The next application deadline is June 1. 

Photo 1 above: Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op’s Operation Round-Up program donated $1,500 to Yellow Lake Food Distribution April 15. Funds will be used to purchase food for monthly food distribution in Webster. The program provides free food to more than 400 local families each month. L-R:  Polk-Burnett Accounting Manager Heather Gerber with Larry and Debbie O’Connell, organizers of the local food distribution program.

Photo 2 left below: Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op’s Operation Round-Up program donated $1,000 to the Grantsburg Public Library April 15. Funds will be used for the summer reading program.  L-R: Operation Round-Up Treasurer Alma Karels with Library Director Kristina Kelley-Johnson.

Photo 3 right below: Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op’s Operation Round-Up program donated $500 to the Grantsburg Revitalization Operation April 15. Funds will be used to promote natural resources in the area with trails maps, signage and an information kiosk.  Operation Round-Up Treasurer Alma Karels (left holding sign) presented a $500 check to members of the Grantsburg Revitalization Operation, L-R: Nate Ehalt, Kelly Gerber, Wade Vitalis, Alma Karels, Nicki Peterson, Cris Peterson, Melanie Kleiss Boerger and Alyssa Rumpel.

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