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Operation Round-Up donates $9,500 to local programs

Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up awarded $9,500 to 12 community organizations at its January 4, 2017, 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 and one of our seven cooperative principles,” said General Manager Steve Stroshane.“We thank our co-op members for their generosity; your small change is changing lives.”

Operation Round-Up grant recipients for winter 2017 are:

1. Siren HS AODA Club, $250, to fund post-prom activities, as an alternative to prom parties with alcohol

2. School District of Webster, $1,000, to send food backpacks home with students each week

3. Interfaith Caregivers of Burnett County, $1,000, to help seniors and families in need, especially with funding for home heating

4. Luck High School, $1,000, to purchase a defibrillator for the school

5. Amery Woman’s Club, $1,000, to purchase Dr. Seuss books for 2nd graders

6. Clear Lake Public Library, $1,000, to purchase 100 large print books

7. Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Northwest Wisconsin, $1,000,  to purchase digital tablets and offer computer training for older adults

8. Girl Scout Troop #54234, $1,000, to assemble personal care baskets for women at local domestic abuse shelter

9. Luck School Crisis/ALICE Committee, $650, to purchase locks for classroom doors and help protect students from school shootings

10. Burnett County Tourism Coalition, $850, to support marketing efforts that grow tourism in Burnett County

11. Siren Girls Basketball, $250, to purchase t-shirts for athletes in grades 2-12

12. Siren Youth Basketball, $500, to purchase new basketballs

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 our Operation Round-Up webpage. The next application deadline is March 1.

Operation Round-Up grant presentation to Webster Elementary School

Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-up awarded a $1,000 grant to Webster Elementary School January 19 to support the food backpack program, which provides food for the weekend to 50+ families. L-R: Chuck Brookshaw, Polk-Burnett board of directors; Kris Isaacson, Polk-Burnett Propane; JoAnn Kipping, Operation Round-Up board; Gracie Billings, Webster elementary school counselor; and backpack volunteers Gladys Beers, Odette Holter and June Dopkins.

Operation Round-Up grant presentation to Interfaith Caregivers, Burnett County

Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-up awarded a $1,000 grant to Interfaith Caregivers of Burnett County January 19. L-R: Chuck Brookshaw, Polk-Burnett board of directors; Kris Isaacson, Polk-Burnett Propane; JoAnn Kipping, Operation Round-Up board; Barb Blodgett, Interfaith Caregivers director; and Interfaith volunteers Wendy Truhlar, Odette Holter and Gladys Beers.



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