CENTURIA – Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round Up awarded $18,165 to 24 community organizations at its June 27, 2018, 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.

Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round Up awarded $1,000 to Interfaith Caregivers of Burnett County for heat and transportation assistance. L-R:  JoAnn Kipping and Ed Peterson, Polk-Burnett Operation Round Up board directors; Barb Blodgett and LuAnn Ebersold, Interfaith Caregivers; and Joan O’Fallon and Jason Evenson, Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative.

Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round Up awarded $1,000 to Moms and Dads Against Meth for Butterfly House in St. Croix Falls. L-R:  Twyla Bublitz, Doreen Rivard, Misty Fast and Tory Schicker, Mom & Dads Against Meth Butterfly House; and Todd Schulte and Steve Stroshane, Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative.

Operation Round Up grant recipients for summer 2018 are:

  1. Clear Lake Schools, $1,000, to provide mental health education for students  
  2. Polk County Home and Community Education, $500, to purchase books for children in Head Start
  3. Connections Food Shelf, Webster, $1,500, to purchase grocery bags for holiday meal distribution 
  4. Burnett County Coordinated Community Response, $250, to help off-set cost of National Night Out
  5. Burnett County Family Resource Center, $500, to support Fun and Fit Families program
  6. Polk County Criminal Justice Collaborating Council, $1,000, to pay for GED exams for people in treatment court 
  7. Siren (High School) Trap Team, $500, to lower cost for students in self-funded trap shooting club
  8. Restorative Justice of Northwest Wisconsin, $1,000, to support program, and drug and alcohol education for youth
  9. Interfaith Caregivers of Burnett County, $1,000, to help provide heat and transportation for seniors and families 
  10. Garfield-Lake Wapogasset Park, $500, to upgrade park lighting to energy-efficient LEDs
  11. Kinship of Polk County, $1,000, to support youth mentoring program
  12. Grantsburg Public Library, $915, to buy furniture for new children’s area 
  13. Moms and Dads Against Meth, $1,000, to support Butterfly House, a sober residence for women 
  14. Grantsburg Area Historical Society, $500, to replace wooden walkway and sidewalk at museum 
  15. Grow Osceola, $500, to help purchase planters for downtown, decorated with metal artwork by OHS students
  16. Burnett County 4-H Junior Leaders Association, $500, to buy materials for art projects at 4-H summer camp
  17. Grantsburg Area Food Shelf, $1,500, to help pay rent 
  18. Polk County Dept. of Children & Families, $500, to purchase gas cards for teens and families
  19. Wannigan Days, $250, to support community event
  20. Polk County Emergency Management, $500, to purchase weather radios for senior centers and nursing homes
  21. North Woods and Waters of the St. Croix Heritage Area, $500, to create an online events calendar 
  22. Clear Lake Area Community Center, $1,000, to help develop an event center
  23. Franconia Sculpture Park, $250, to redesign website
  24. Car Care: Christians in Actions, $1,500, to purchase parts and make car repairs for people in need

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 polkburnett.com. The next application deadline is September 1.

Last Update: Jul 20, 2018 3:40 pm CDT

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