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Operation Round Up funds local service projects

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative's Community Trust board met this month and awarded $12,837 to eight local organizations for their community service projects.

Receiving awards in this round were: Eagle Bend Community Development ($1,000, park renovations); Eagle Valley Schools ($1,737, digital cameras); Menahga Senior Center ($1,200, water softener); Verndale Senior Center ($1,500, flooring); Trees for Wadena ($2,500, replacement trees); Wadena Area Food Shelf ($3,000, food); Wahoo Valley Deer Hunters Association ($900, gun safety classes); CentraCare Health Foundation ($1,000, infant warmer/incubator).

Operation Round Up grant applications are reviewed and recipients selected by an eight-member volunteer Community Trust board. Funds for the program come from Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative members who allow their monthly electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar, with the change allocated to the Community Trust fund. The average donation is less than fifty cents a month, yet the Trust fund typically donates about $30,000 annually to community service projects in the two-county area.

Local, nonprofit community service groups may apply for Operation Round Up grants by stopping by or calling the Cooperative office at (800) 321-8932 or by downloading a copy of the application form and guidelines from the Todd-Wadena website: Future application deadlines are Jan. 15, May 15 and Sept. 15.