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Operation Round-Up awards $7,245 to local programs

Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up awarded $7,245 to 10 community organizations at its October 2, 2014 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 2014 are: 

1. Centuria Police Department, $620, to reimburse expenses from summer Bike Safety program

2. Larsen Family Public Library, $1,000, to purchase new books

3. Restorative Justice of Northwest Wisconsin, $1,000, to continue to offer restorative justice program in Polk and Burnett counties

4. Partners of Osceola Medical Center, $975, to purchase energy-efficient LED lights and live evergreens for annual Love Light event

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

6. Grantsburg High School Football, $500, to purchase a video camera for training

7. Luck Community Education, $300, to host a Prairie Fire Theatre performance for Luck students in grades 1-12

8. Siren Volleyball, $500, to purchase uniform shirts for 7th-grade team

9. Siren Boys Basketball, $500, to purchase equipment and uniforms for K-12 athletes

10. Domestic Animal Wellness Center & Wildlife Rescue, $850, to purchase durable surgery equipment

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 December 1. 

PHOTO: Bill Schmidt, Polk-Burnett general manager (left); and Kris McCormack, board director for Polk Burnett’s Operation Round-Up program (right) presented a $1,000 check October 14 to Karen Krupa, director of Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County (center). The donation will be used to help local senior citizens live independently. Operation Round-Up grants are funded by members of Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative who round up their electric bills.

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