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Operation Round-Up awards $11,275 to local programs

Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up awarded $11,275 to 13 community organizations at its October 7, 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 fall 2015 are:

1. Friends of Larsen Family Public Library, $1,000, to purchase books and supplies for early childhood literacy program

2. Osceola Public Library, $1,000, to purchase four Chromebooks for online early literacy program

3. West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency, $1,000, to provide assistance to people who are homeless in Polk County

4. Family Resource Center of St. Croix Valley, $1,000, to support parent education in Polk County

5. Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County, $1,000, to recruit and train volunteers to help seniors and adults with disabilities

6. Polk County Human Services, Juvenile Justice, $1,000, to purchase gas cards to help teens and their families travel to appointments

7. Amery Police Department, $1,000, to offer Rise Together drug and alcohol education at Amery High School

8. Unity Eagle Booster Club, $250, to help purchase a new eagle mascot costume

9. Osceola Elementary School Reading Program, $725, to purchase CD players, headphones and books on CD for kindergarteners

10. St. Croix Valley Orchestra, $1,000, to purchase new music, improve website and help with general orchestra operations

11. Lorain Fire Department, $1,000, to purchase a cascade system, which fills air bottles for breathing air packs during a fire

12. Luck Community Education, $300, to support Prairie Fire Theatre production of Wizard of Oz at school

13. Good Samaritan Society of St. Croix Falls Auxiliary, $1,000, to help purchase a new bladder scanner for the transition care unit

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

PHOTO, Left: The Lorain Fire Department received a $1,000 grant from Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round-Up program October 20. Funds will be used to help purchase a cascade system, which fills air bottles for breathing air packs that firefighters use during a fire. L-R are: Matt Ennis, Brandon Owens and Roger Owens with the Lorain Fire Department, and Terry Wilson, line superintendent, and Keegan Kallevang, lineman, from Polk-Burnett’s Siren office.

PHOTO, Above: Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up program donated $1,000 to the Friends of the Larsen Family Public Library in Webster October 26. Grant funds will be used for early childhood literacy programs. L-R: Judi Reese and Bonnie Niemi, Friends of the Library; Verla Johansson, president, Friends of the Larsen Family Public Library; Steve Stroshane, Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative general manager; Patti Meyer, library director; Linnea Swenson, early childhood literacy program; and Maury Miller, Polk-Burnett board director.

PHOTO, Below: Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round-Up program awarded $1,000 to the Osceola Public Library October 27. Grant funds will be used to purchase Chromebooks for online early childhood literacy programs. L-R: Cindy Thorman, Polk-Burnett board director and Steve Stroshane, Polk-Burnett general manager presented a check for $1,000 to Joel Schwochert, Rebekah Palmer and Kelly McBride of the Osceola Public Library.

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