MiEnergy Cooperative Members and their 'Operation Round Up' is funded by donations made by members of MiEnergy Cooperative who voluntarily have their electric bill round up to the next dollar, and those donations go directly back to local communities.

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This is a really cool program that has about 1,700 members already participating with the average donation being $6 a year. If a majority of the MiEnergy members participated in this program, the program would have almost $100,000 to donate back to local communities each year.

Right now, the program gives about $9,000 a year back to local communities, but that can grow with the additions of more members joining in the program. The more people that join the program, the more money the cooperative would have to donate back to local communities.

Some local communities in our listening area to receive donations include:

$500 - Sons of Norway, Lanesboro, to assist with the remodel of the kitchen
$500 - Wkyoff First Responders, Wykoff, to help replace trauma equipment
$300 - Bundles of Love, Chatfield. to help purchase basic supplies for diaper bags given to families in need
$250 - City of Spring Grove, to suppose the revitalization of Trollskogen Park
$250 - Canton Historical Society, Canton, to help with the restoration of the Canton Railroad Depot.
$250 - Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, Rushford, to help purchase an outdoor glider swing with split seating to accommodate a wheelchair on one side and visitor seating on the other.
$250 - Good Shepherd Child Care Rushford, to help update flooring in child care classrooms
$250 - Valley View Healthcare and Rehab, Houston, to help provide musical entertainment to residents at the long-term care facility
$200 - Empty Bowls, Harmony, to assist with cost of the event that gives its proceeds to Fillmore County food shelves

The Operation Round Up Trust board chooses where the funds get donated and the amount of the grant based on an application process. The next application deadline is February 15th.