Local Projects Receive Grants

Giving back to the community we serve is a core cooperative principal. The Operation Round Up Program from Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative is a great way for the co-op and its members to give back.

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative’s Community Trust Board recently met and awarded seven Operation Round Up grants to local non-profit organizations, totaling $9,679.96.

The recipient organizations and their awards are as follows:  Central Lakes College Food Pantry, $2,000; Clarissa Community Museum, Inc., $1,200;  Evergreen Hill Cemetery Association, $2,450; Hands of Hope Resource Center, $1,000; Horizon Health Care, $1,000; Sebeka Community Senior Citizens, $836; Wadena Hockey Association, $1,193.96

Funds for the Operation Round Up program come from participating Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative members who allow their monthly electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar, with the change allocated to a Community Trust Fund. The average donation is less than 50 cents a month, yet together, members raise and donate about $29,000 annually to community service projects in the two-county area. Since the program’s inception in 2002, Todd-Wadena members have raised and donated more than $605,000 for 743 local community projects.

February 2023 Operation Round Up Grant Recipients. Back Row (L to R): Kay Kreklau, Sebeka Community Senior Citizens; Tate McManigle, Wadena Hockey Association; Erich Heppner, Central Lakes College; Bob Reeck, Evergreen Hill Cemetery Association. Front Row (L to R): Monica Merickel, Amanda Schmidt, Wadena Hockey Association; Barb Goodrich, Hands of Hope Resource Center, Rita Stracek, Clarissa Community Museum, Inc.

Todd-Wadena’s Operation Round Up grant applications are reviewed and recipients selected three times a year by a seven-member volunteer Community Trust board.  The next application deadline is May 15.

Local, nonprofit community service groups may apply for Operation Round Up grants by downloading a copy of the application form and guidelines here.