MiEnergy Cooperative members give $5,300 in local donations

MiEnergy Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Trust Board elected in September to donate $5,300 to several area organizations.

Among the donations made to local groups are:

• $750, Fillmore Central Public Schools, Preston, for a take home science experiment backpack program.

• $500, Wykoff Fire Department, to help purchase road safety equipment.

• $300, Empty Bowls of Harmony, Minn., to purchase event supplies that support Fillmore County food shelves.

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 1,800 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 $10,000 each year to local organizations.

The Operation Round Up Trust Board chooses where the funds get donated and the amount of the donation based on an application process. The trust board members include: John Bronk, of Winona, president; Janelle Mahr, of Lime Springs, vice president; Margaret Knutson, of Houston, secretary/treasurer; Larry Hafner, of La Crescent; Allen Hanson, of Preston; Arlene Hegge, of La Crescent; Shannon Schmelzer, of Cresco; and Perry O Sliwa, Decorah.

Donations to Operation Round Up are tax deductible. Organizations receive grants through an application process. The next application deadline is Feb. 15. To learn more about Operation Round Up or to round up your electric bill, visit www.MiEnergy.coop or call 1-800-432-2285.

MiEnergy Cooperative is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative and is the result of a merger between Hawkeye REC, of Cresco and Tri-County Electric Cooperative, of Rushford in 2017.