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Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round Up awarded $19,500 to 19 nonprofits serving our community January 6, including Friends of Larsen Family Public Library in Webster (pictured above) and other programs that support local youth and families, schools and senior citizens.

Winter Operation Round Up grant recipients are:

1. WPCA Radio-Dream Center, $1,000, CD recorder, turntables and microphones

2. Caring Hearts Thrift Shop, $1,500, Webster food pantry

3. Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County, $1,500, recruit, screen, schedule and retain volunteers

4. Endeavors Adult Development Ctr., $1,000, help adults with disabilities maintain independence

5. Unity High School Ag Program, $500, dishwasher for ag kitchen/lab

6. Luck Ag Education, $600, tools for vet science course

7. Turtle Lake School, $1,000, baby simulators for childcare and child development course

8. Friends of Larsen Family Public Library, $1,000, books for children at area daycares

9. STAR Education Foundation, $1,000, food backpack program for St. Croix Falls students

10. Clear Lake Public Library, $1,000, large print books

11. Salvation Army, Polk County, $1,500, food backpack program for Polk County schools

12. Salvation Army, Burnett County, $1,500, food backpack program for Burnett County schools

13. Polk County Information Center, $1,000, 2022 tourism conference

14. Rowdy Red Hat Mamas, $500, crisis comfort care kits for women in local hospital emergency rooms

15. St. Croix Valley Orchestra, $1,000, music and equipment for the orchestra

16. Ruby’s Food Shelf-Siren, $1,000, gas cards for food shelf recipients

17. Grantsburg Area Historical Society, $1,000, improvements for one-room schoolhouse

18. Golden Age Manor, $1,400, automated external defibrillator (AED)

19. North Woods and Waters of the St. Croix, $500, online guide for local nonprofits

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.

“Polk-Burnett is pleased to support our community through Operation Round Up, and we thank our members for their participation and generosity. Operation Round Up aligns with our co-op values and enables us to power our community with more than electricity,” said Polk-Burnett General Manager Steve Stroshane. “Together, we are making a difference.”

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 our Operation Round Up webpage. The next application deadline is March 1.