MiEnergy Cooperative members give $6,350 in local donations
Cresco, IA | Rushford, MN (10 a.m. October 20, 2017)— MiEnergy Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Trust Board met recently and elected to donate $6,350 to the following local organizations:
$500, Cub Scout Pack #62, Cresco, Iowa, to help build a shed to store the full-sized American flags and poles this group is responsible for mounts at properties around the community on five federal holidays.
$500, Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum, Burr Oak, Iowa, to assist with building repairs.
$500, Locust School Museum, Decorah, Iowa., to help install a sump pump and dehumidifier.
$500, Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation, Cresco, Iowa to help with the restoration of Borlaug’s birthplace barn.
$500, Protivin Community Volunteer Fire District, Protivin, Iowa, to help purchase pagers and radios for the fire department.
$500, Quilts of Valor, Cresco, Iowa, to help purchase quilting supplies.
$500, Quilts of Valor, Decorah, Iowa, to help with the cost of shipping quilts to volunteer long-arms quilters.
$500, Sons of Norway, Lanesboro, Minn., to assist with the remodel of the kitchen.
$500, Wykoff First Responders, Wykoff, Minn., to help replace trauma equipment.
$300, Bundles of Love, Chatfield, Minn., to help purchase basic supplies for diaper bags given to families in need.
$250, Canton Historical Society, Canton, Minn., to help with the restoration of the Canton Railroad Depot.
$250, City of Spring Grove, Minn., to support the revitalization of Trollskogen Park.
$250, Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, Rushford, Minn., to help purchase an outdoor glider swing with split seating to accommodates a wheelchair on one side and visitor seating on the other side.
$250, Good Shepherd Child Care, Rushford, Minn., to help update flooring in child care classrooms.
$250, Valley View Healthcare and Rehab, Houston, Minn., to help provide musical entertainment to residents at the long-term care facility.
$200, Empty Bowls, Harmony, Minn., to assist with costs of the event that gives its proceeds to Fillmore County food shelves.
$100, BRIDGE Organization, Elma, Iowa, to support leadership training targeted for 18-40-year-olds as part of the organization’s social and economic development program.
Operation Round Up is funded by donations made by members of MiEnergy Cooperative who voluntarily have their electric bill round up to the next dollar. About 1,700 members currently participate with the average donation being $6 a year per member. The program is based on the idea that small change adds up. Currently, the program gives away about $9,000 each year to local organizations.
Brenda Tesch, public relations director for MiEnergy Cooperative, explains the cooperative continues to work to get the word out about the program because as the number of members who participate increases, so does the amount the program is able to donate locally.
“If the majority of MiEnergy members participated the program would have about $100,000 to grant each year,” Tesch states. “Those kinds of dollars have the potential to really positively impact our local communities and it starts with just a few cents per month.”
The Operation Round Up Trust Board chooses where the funds get donated and the amount of the grant based on an application process. The next application deadline is February 15.
The trust board members include: Tom Tibor, of Minnesota City, Minn., president; John Bronk, of Winona, Minn., vice president; Margaret Knutson, of Houston, Minn., secretary/treasurer; Larry Hafner, of La Crescent, Minn.; Allen Hanson, of Preston, Minn.; Miriam Harstad, of Harmony, Minn.; Arlene Hegge, of La Crescent, Minn.; Janelle Mahr, of Lime Springs, Iowa; and Shannon Schmelzer, of Cresco, Iowa.
Donations to Operation Round Up are tax deductible. To learn more about Operation Round Up or to round up your electric bill, visit www.MiEnergy.coop or call 1-800-432-2285.