Local Projects Receive Grants

63 million pennies. That’s how much TWEC’s Community Trust has given back to local community organizations since 2002 in Operation Round Up grants.

Each month, Todd-Wadena “rounds up” the electric bills of participating members to the next highest dollar. One month, it may be one penny, and the next month, 99 pennies. The average annual contribution is $6. Your monthly donation along with the 4,600 other TWEC members who participate, averages about $30,000 a year.

The Community Trust Board comprises of seven Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative members who are appointed by the TWEC Board of Directors. The Community Trust Board meets three times a year to review and distribute grants to local community organizations.

The Community Trust Board met in early October to review the latest round of applications. They approved five grants totaling $11,600. The recipient organizations and their awards are as follows:

The recipient organizations and their awards are as follows:   

Organization Name:Project Name:Amount Awarded:
Eagle Bend Fire Department AuxiliaryNelson Park Splash Pad$5,000
Nimrod Community Hall AssociationReplace Windows $3,000
Someplace Safe Wadena Advocacy OfficeEmergency Resources for Victims$600
Staples Historical SocietyChildren’s Christmas Festival$1,000
Staples-Motley Diamond Club Dugouts for JV Field$2,000
October 2023 Operation Round Up grant recipients. Back Row: Sharon Milbrett, Eagle Bend Splash Pad; Alyssa Grunwald, Someplace Safe Wadena Advocacy office; Ray Avelsgard, Nimrod Community Hall Association; Gabe Decker, Pete Decker, Heidi Smith, Staples-Motley Diamond Club. Front Row: Tom Kajer, John Wolak, Staples Historical Society

Local, nonprofit community service groups may apply for Operation Round Up grants by downloading a copy of the application form and guidelines at www.toddwadena.coop.  The next application deadline is January 15.

If you would like to participate in Operation Round Up, by rounding up your electric bill, please fill out the form here. Thank you for helping us live the cooperative principle of Commitment to Community.