Above: The Siren High School band received $1,000 from Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round to replace color guard flags and equipment. L-R: Students Grace Schultz and Reed Ritchey; Rick Kosloski, Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative; Bryn Anderson, Siren band director; and student Ellyn Lindquist.
Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round Up awarded $15,900 to help 18 community programs this fall. Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County, the Siren High School band, libraries in Milltown and Grantsburg and other local nonprofits received a financial boost this quarter, thanks to the generosity of electric co-op members.
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 many worthy programs through Operation Round Up, and we thank our members for their participation and generosity. Operation Round Up aligns with our co-op values,” said Polk-Burnett General Manager Steve Stroshane. “Together, we are making a difference in our community.”
Grant recipients for fall 2019 are:
1. Burnett County Emergency Management, $1,000, portable dispatch system
2. WPCA Radio Amery, $1,000, equipment and sign replacement
3. Christian Community Home of Osceola, $500, trishaw bike
4. United Pioneer Home Auxiliary, $1,000, floor scrubber
5. Farm Table Foundation, $1,000, nutrition and meal planning course for families with low income
6. Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County, $1,500, independent living assistance for seniors and adults with disabilities
7. Luck School District, $500, Eugene Wynn memorial dock
8. Luck Tech Ed, $650, 12 new welding helmets
9. Washburn County Emergency Management, $750, communication equipment
10. Milltown Public Library, $1,000, library renovation and addition
11. Polk County Information Center, $1,000, tourism conference
12. Polk County Dept. of Children and Families, $1,000, gas cards for families in program
13. Frederic Community Education, $300, Prairie Fire Theatre
14. Golden Age Manor, $1,000, electrical stimulation machine for treatment of injuries and pain
15. Grantsburg Public Library, $700, activities for preschoolers
16. Siren High School Band, $1,000, color guard flags and equipment
17. Luck Community Education, $1,000, first aid, CPR and AED classes
18. Amery Lien Elementary School Parents as Partners, $1,000, shade structures for playground
Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a grant or co-op members who’d like to round up their bill to support of Operation Round Up may contact 800-421-0283 or see our Operation Round Up webpage. The next application deadline is December 1.
Below: Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County received $1,500 from Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round to provide independent living assistance to seniors and adults with disabilities. L-R: Matt Kurtzhals, Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative and Karen Krupa, Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County.