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Operation Round Up

The pennies of Capital Electric members help keep families together and kids safe

Operation Round Up is a program in which Capital Electric Cooperative members voluntarily choose to round up their monthly utility bills and donate their pennies to a Charitable Trust. The money accumulates, and an elected board of five co-op members reviews the grant applications that have been submitted by local people and organizations, and determine grant worthiness.

Many of the recent applications received had a similar theme — requesting aid to keep families together and kids stay. Some of the requests for aid included preparing kids to be independent for the world outside of foster care, growing a mentorship program, and filling the tummies of students who were going without an adequate amount of food on the weekends.

Since Capital Electric Cooperative implemented the Operation Round Up program in August 1997, members have seen time and again how important this program is to the people who live in the co-op’s service area — and how much need there is locally — and how much of a difference we can all make together by simply donating pocket change each month.

Charitable Trust board members Roger Christianson, Jerry Doan, LeAna Hug, Barb Handy-Marchello and Jim McCullough met in August to review grant applications that were submitted by July 29. They awarded seven grants totaling $20,400. Checks were distributed during a presentation ceremony on Aug. 16 at co-op headquarters in Bismarck. The following individuals and organizations received assistance from Operation Round Up.

• Community Action Program (backpacks for kids)

• Scottish Rite Speech Therapy Center for Children

• Welcome House, Inc.

• ND Community Action Partnership

• Great Plains Food Bank

• Charles Hall Youth Services

• Golden Wing Club

• Guardian and Protective Services

• An area resident

• Burleigh Co. Senior Adults

• Bismarck-Mandan Quota International

The next application deadline will be Jan. 31, 2017. Any person in the counties of Burleigh and Sheridan may submit an application to receive an Operation Round Up grant. To request an application, call Capital Electric Cooperative at 701-223-1513 or download the form at www.capitalelec.com (click “Our Services” and “Operation Round Up”).

Bob Graveline (standing), volunteer for the Scottish Rite Speech Therapy Center for Children, discussed the center’s services at an Operation Round Up check-presentation ceremony. The center will use the donation to provide individual therapy sessions to young children free of charge. For information on the center, visit www.scottishritespeech.org or call 701-258-9132.

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