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 12 Operation Round Up grants to local non-profit organizations, totaling $8,682.20.

The recipient organizations and their awards are as follows:

Christie Home Historical Society, $300; Get Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs, $750; Clarissa Community Museum, Inc., $1,000; Friendly Rider, $300. Knobhill Sportsmans Club & Mi-ti-Quab Archers, $1,000; Staples-Motley JO Volleyball, $300; Sebeka Babe Ruth, $900; Staples-Motley Middle School Baseball, $937.20; Todd County Sheriff’s Office, $1,080; Verndale Historical Society, $1,000; Wadena Area Learning Center, $615; Wadena Deer Creek School, $500.

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 $30,000 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 $480,000 for more than 600 local community projects.

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 will be May 15.

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 at www.toddwadena.coop and clicking the “Our Community” tab.


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