Operation Round-Up donates $19,800 to local nonprofits
Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-up awarded a $250 grant to Luck School April 19 to purchase seed starter kits for the school garden. Back L-R: Rhonda Bazey, Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op; Patti Mattson, school garden volunteer; Herschel Brown, Polk-Burnett Operation Round-Up; Amy Aguado, Luck community education; and Jason Harelson, Luck elementary school principal. Front L-R: Carolyn Peterson, Luck 6th-grade teacher with students Broc Carter, Sara Sellent and Amelia King; and Alma Karels, Polk-Burnett Operation Round-Up.
Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up awarded $19,800 to 24 community organizations at its April 5, 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.
“While safe, reliable electricity is crucial to our mission, improving our local quality of life is at the core of what we do every day” said General Manager Steve Stroshane.
Operation Round-Up grant recipients for spring 2017 are:
1. Home & Away Ministries Center, $1,000, to purchase supplies for new dental clinic
2. Siren Police Department, $1,000, to help purchase digital speed sign
3. Coats for Kids, $1,000, to purchase winter clothing for local kids
4. Amery Area Food Pantry, $1,500, to purchase food and household items for local families
5. Community Referral Agency, $1,000, to fund after-school, weekend and summer activities for children
6. Frederic Elementary School, $1,000, to teach National Parks theme unit and take field trip to Crystal Cave
7. Grantsburg Public Library, $800, to update two computers for public use
8. Burnett County UW-Extension, $800, to help with printing costs for Summer Event Guide for youth
9. Osceola Elementary School, $250, to purchase a work table and stools for classroom
10. Friends of Turtle Lake Public Library, $1,000, to buy computers for public use and fund summer reading program
11. Humane Society of Burnett County, $700, to purchase supplies and equipment to do fecal exams
12. Luck School District, $500, to replace old stove with a new one
13. Polk County Criminal Justice Collaborating Council, $250, to offer rewards to people who complete court-ordered treatment plans
14. Rowdy Red Hat Mamas of NW Wisconsin, $500, to provide personal care items for women in crisis at five local emergency rooms
15. Burnett County Fresh and Healthy, $1,000, to provide healthy food samples at community events
16. Domestic Animal Wellness Center & Wildlife Rescue, $1,000, to purchase supplies and medications for sick and injured wildlife, and offer free and low-cost services for pets
17. Polk County Emergency Management, $1,000, to help fund communication software that links fire departments, EMS and first responders
18. Polk County Home & Community Education, $500, to purchase books for Head Start children through Wisconsin Bookworms
19. Gift of Warm Clothing, $1,500, to purchase winter clothing for local children and families
20. Friends of Larsen Family Public Library, $1,000, to purchase books and supplies for early childhood literacy program
21. Polk County Heath Dept. Community Health Improvement Plan, $1,000, to promote physical fitness with an interactive website of county walking trails
22. Luck School Garden, $250, to purchase seed starter kits for elementary classrooms
23. Grantsburg Community Education, $650, to offer free pickle ball to promote community health and wellness
24. Amery Lien Elementary School Special Education Program, $600, to purchase tablets for special education students
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 June 1.
Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-up awarded a $1,500 grant to the Gift of Warm Clothing April 19. Volunteers for the nonprofit organization work from Bone Lake Lutheran Church in Luck and provide coats, boots, snow pants, gloves and other warm winter clothes to local children.
L-R: Herschel Brown, Polk-Burnett Operation Round-Up; Jessica Summerfield, Mary Brown and Sharon Johnson, volunteers for the Gift of Warm Clothing; Rhonda Bazey, Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative and Alma Karels, Polk-Burnett Operation Round-Up.