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Operation Round-Up awards $16,050 to local programs

Polk-Burnett presents $2,000 check to Family PathwaysPolk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up awarded $16,050 to 18 community organizations at its January 6, 2016, 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 winter 2016 are:

1. Amery Women’s Club, $750, to present Women in History Month program

2. Webster School District, $1,000, to supply weekly food backpacks for students at Webster Schools

3. Siren Police Department, $1,000, to purchase a computer for squad car

4. Amery Area Food Pantry, $1,000, to purchase food and household supplies for local families

5. United Pioneer Home Auxiliary, $1,000, to purchase two vital signs monitors

6. Friends of the Frederic Public Library, $1,000, to offer programming that promotes the library and literacy for the library’s 80th anniversary

7. Options for Women Tri-County, Osceola, $750, to improve waiting area for children and families

8. Polk County Emergency Management, $750, to recruit volunteers who can help with disaster response and recovery

9. Domestic Animal Wellness Center & Wildlife Rescue, $1,000, to purchase bulk medicines that can be offered at low-cost or no-cost

10. Family Pathways, St. Croix Falls and Frederic Food Shelves, $2,000, to purchase food and household supplies for local families, $1,000 for each community

11. Milltown Public Library, $750, to support summer reading program for youth

12. STAR Education Foundation, $1,000, to supply weekly food backpacks for students at St. Croix Falls Schools

13. Siren Girls Basketball, $450, to help pay for uniforms, equipment and officials

14. Siren Basketball Association, $500, to help pay for uniforms for students in grades 3-8

15. Burnett County Tourism Coalition, $800, to help maintain tourism website

16. Osceola Rivertown Trails Coalition, $1,000, to build a trailhead for local trail system and encourage use of trails to promote healthy lifestyles and attract visitors

17. Frederic Community Education, $300, to host Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre

18. Home and Away Ministries Center, $1,000, to purchase medical equipment and supplies for Luck facility

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

PHOTO ABOVE: Family Pathways received a $2,000 grant from Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up January 21. Funds will purchase food and household supplies for local families. Each month, Family Pathways assists 200 families at its Frederic location and 300 families at its St. Croix Falls location. L-R are: Operation Round-Up directors Elvira Schmidt and Alma Karels; Polk-Burnett employees Joe Ramsdell, Lisa Nick and Ed Johansen; Family Pathways Lead Coordinator Robin Loken and Family Pathways volunteer Jeanette Laqua.

$1,000 check presentation to STAR Education FoundationPHOTO RIGHT: Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up awarded $1,000 to STAR Education Foundation January 22. Grant funds will support the food backpack program for students in St. Croix Falls Schools. L-R: Polk-Burnett employees Joan O’Fallon and Lori Snyder; Polk-Burnett General Manager Steve Stroshane; Operation Round-Up Director Kris McCormack; and STAR Education Foundation members Rebecca Berg, Maria Gjovig, Melissa Ward and John Gyllen.

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