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Operation Round-Up donates $16,800 to local nonprofits

Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up awarded $16,800 to 32 community organizations at its July 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.

Right Top: Operation Round-Up directors Lida Nordquist (left) and JoAnn Kipping (right) presented a check for $1,000 to Duana Bremer (center), executive director of The Salvation Army, Burnett County, July 14. The grant will be used to send backpacks of food home with children this summer. A $1,000 grant was also awarded to The Salvation Army, Polk County for transportation assistance.


Right Bottom: Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up program donated $1,000 to Polk County Kinship July 15. Grant funds will be used to support the mentoring program for local youth. L-R: Steve Stroshane, general manager, Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative; Merle Bergren, Operation Round-Up board director; Rich Potvin, Polk County Kinship board director and mentor; Lisa Thanig, executive director, Polk County Kinship; Karalee Tollakson, service coordinator, Polk County Kinship; Sarah Jensen, service coordinator, Polk County Kinship; and Gary Ganje, Operation Round-Up board president.


Operation Round-Up grant recipients for summer 2015 are:

1. River’s Run and Ride Rally, $250, to install bleachers at Bering Park in Milltown

2. The Salvation Army, Burnett County, $1,000, to send backpacks of food home with students, feeding 240 families a week

3. The Salvation Army, Polk County, $1,000, to provide transportation assistance to individuals and families at Serenity Home

4. Osceola Police Department, $500, to provide incentives, such as bike helmets and gift cards, for obeying public safety laws

5. Osceola FFA, $250, to support the agriculture education tent at the 2015 Polk County Fair

6. Burnett County Family Resource Center, $500, to purchase car seats for local children and hold community car seat checks

7. Polk County Historical Society, $500, to offer educational programs and exhibits that make history relevant and interesting

8. Balsam Lake Water Ski Show Team, $250, to purchase water ski equipment

9. St. Croix Festival Theatre, $500, to support art education for youth, including after-school art classes, summer creativity camps, youth and family productions, and discount tickets for school matinees

10. Amery Area Senior Citizens, $500, to offer new Alzheimer’s and Aging program and other health and wellness support groups and programs

11. Clear Lake Public Library, $500, to provide library books for children at Clear Lake Clinic

12. Siren FCCLA, $250, to support school-year programming and help fund trip to national conference in Washington, D.C.

13. Polk County Kinship, $1,000, to recruit and train mentors for children

14. Moms & Dads Against Meth, $1,000, to support operating expenses at Butterfly House, a sober residence for women

15. Polk County Human Services, $300, to purchase safety equipment for certified daycare homes, including baby gates, carbon monoxide detectors and door-knob safety covers

16. Wannigan Days, $250, to help support three-day summer celebration in St. Croix Falls for youth and the public

17. Friends of Polk County Information Center, $250, to help purchase new computers and reprint trail maps

18. Burnett County Health & Human Services, Public Health, $250, to encourage healthy eating by offering taste testing at farmers’ markets

19. Quarter Moon Acres Equine Therapy Center, $750, to help individuals turn disabilities into abilities with a therapeutic horse riding program

20. Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity, $1,000, to purchase building materials for a Habitat home in Luck

21. River Valley Hockey Association, $500, to replace hockey goals

22. Northwoods Flyers, EAA Chapter 1537, $250, to support Young Eagles free flight program for youth and fly-in event for community

23. Osceola Historical Society, $500, to produce a historical walking brochure for Osceola area

24. Northwoods Homeless Shelter, $1,000, to purchase food and gas cards for shelter residents

25. AKA Sisterhood of the St. Croix Valley Foundation, $500, to offer training that eliminates aggression and bullying for girls in grades 4 to 8

26. WPCA Radio, $500, to replace computer and station sign

27. Amery Area EMS, $500, to purchase car seats for local children and hold community car seat checks

28. St. Croix Regional Medical Center Volunteer Partners, $500, to help purchase a blanket warmer and other equipment that improves patient care

29. Franconia Sculpture Park, $250, to provide free programs and transportation for students in Polk and Burnett counties

30. United Way St. Croix Valley, $500, to prepare children for school by supporting early childhood and parent education

31. Polk County Health Department, Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program, $500, to help fund prenatal breastfeeding class for women enrolled in WIC

32. Luck & Frederic School Districts Summer Saunters Program, $500, to help youth “unplug” and engage in outdoor hikes along the Ice Age Trail

Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a grant visit our Operation Round-Up webpage for an application. The next application deadline is September 1. 



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