Operation Round Up donates $15,850 to 23 local programs
Above: Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round Up awarded $2,000 to Family Pathways October 12 to purchase supplies for food shelves in Frederic and St. Croix Falls. L-R: Polk-Burnett Executive Assistant/HR Administrator Stacy Bergmann, Polk-Burnett General Manager Steve Stroshane, St. Croix Falls Food Shelf Coordinator Paul Mitchell, Operation Round Up Board Director Clarice Johnson, Family Pathways Director of Hunger Relief Kathy Wills, Operation Round Up Board Director Gary Ganje.
Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round Up awarded $15,850 to 23 community organizations at its October 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.
“Improving our local quality of life with reliable electricity, extraordinary service and community support is at the core of what we do every day,” said Polk-Burnett General Manager Steve Stroshane.
Operation Round Up grant recipients for fall 2017 are:
1. Trinity Veterans Center, $500, to help new program serving vets and families in Polk and Burnett counties
2. Northwoods Flyers EAA Chapter 1537, $500, to support the Gandy Dancer Fly-In/Young Eagles program
3. Luck Area Historical Society, $750, to purchase equipment to show community movies
4. Luck Senior Center, $500, to replace countertops
5. Burnett Area Arts Group, $500, to help with art shows that promote the arts and artists in our area
6. Clear Lake EMS, $900, to purchase equipment bags for emergency responders
7. Dream Center/WPCA Radio, $500, to purchase microphones, control board and computer
8. Clear Lake Historical Museum, $500, to purchase laptop, printer and museum software
9. Salvation Army, Serenity Home, $1,000, to provide temporary shelter for homeless individuals and families
10. Salvation Army, Faith House, $1,000, to provide food backpacks for kids in Siren, Grantsburg and Webster
11. Friends of Amery Area Public Library Foundation, $500, to digitize newspapers for online viewing and preservation
12. Farm Table Foundation, $500, to purchase signage for demonstration gardens
13. Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County, $1,000, to help seniors and adults with disabilities live independently
14. Friends of Polk County Information Center, Friends of Rosemarie Park, $500, to help with dog park fencing, prairie flowers, bee boxes and bird houses
15. Town of Lorain Fire Department, $900, to purchase safety vests and glasses
16. Upper St. Croix Valley League of Women Voters, $500, to purchase computer equipment for voter education and registration
17. Siren Chamber of Commerce, $250 to help fund flower baskets on Main Street and create promotional videos
18. Balsam Lake Fire Department, $1,000, to purchase 6x6 vehicle for rescues and firefighting
19. STAR Education Foundation Backpack Program, $1,000, to provide food backpacks for students in St. Croix Falls
20. Polk County Department of Children and Families, $500, to purchase gas cards to help families with travel expenses to appointments and counseling
21. Luck Community Education, $300, to support Prairie Fire Theatre production of Tom Sawyer
22. Osceola School District PE Department, $250 to build disc golf course
23. Family Pathways, Frederic and St. Croix Falls, $2,000, to purchase food for food shelves in Frederic and St. Croix Falls, $1,000 each
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 Operation Round Up webpage. The next application deadline is December 1.
Below: Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round Up awarded $1,000 to the Balsam Lake Fire Department to help purchase a 6x6 rescue vehicle. L-R: Stevie Peper, Polk-Burnett Propane Services; Balsam Lake Fire Chief Brad Williamson; John Volgren, Balsam Lake Fire Department; Clarice Johnson, Operation Round Up board director; and Nathan Volgren, Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative.