Through the contributions of Lake Country Power's participating members, the Operation Round Up® Trust Board recently approved $44,580 in assistance to local community programs during its quarterly meeting.
The cooperative’s Trust Board reviewed and considered 51 grant applications and distributed funds to 43 projects and programs this past quarter. Since the program’s inception in October 2004, more than $2.3 million has been distributed to community-based projects and programs.
All funds generated through Operation Round Up are set aside in a trust fund. A voluntary Trust Board of nine co-op members administers the Trust. Of the funds collected through the program, 100 percent is distributed to charitable organizations through an application and selection process. The trust board uses special guidelines and policies when choosing recipients.
Deer River Area Food Shelf
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Quilters
Faith United Lutheran Church
Zion Love Project
Faith Lutheran Quilters
Bethel Lutheran Church Women
Loon Country Quilters
Grand Rapids Band Boosters
Greenway Volleyball Boosters JO Volleyball Club
Nashwauk Keewatin High School
Jacobson Community Foundation
The Quiltmaker’s Gift Production Co.
Siseebakwet Lake Association
McGregor Community Education
Barnum Community Church
Itasca Community Connect AEOA
Friends of Wirtanen Pioneer Farm
Area Clothing Depot – Cromwell-Wright
The Lakeside Community Club
Vermilion Range Amateur Radio Club
Home Visitor Program (two projects)
Cass County Historical Society
Buck Lake Improvement Club
New Beginnings Pregnancy Care Center
Project Care Free Clinic
Remer Chamber of Commerce
Mesabi Symphony Orchestra
City of Remer Soo Line Pavilion
Operation Round Up® is a charitable program unique to electric co-ops, which is designed to provide financial assistance to worthwhile activities and community projects by “rounding up” member’s electric bills to the nearest dollar. The average donation of each participating Lake Country Power member is less than $6 annually.
More than 73 percent of Lake Country Power members participate in the program through voluntary contributions. Interested members can opt into the Operation Round Up program by calling Lake Country Power at 800-421-9959 or using an online form at lakecountrypower.coop.
Applications are available online at www.lakecountrypower.coop. The next application deadline is November 15.