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ECE members lend support to communities

East Central Energy members contributed more than $17,000 to community projects this spring through Operation Round Up®.

Grants for several projects were awarded when the round up trust board, made up of ECE members, met recently to review applications. Money will be used to assist with needs as varied as a new playground in Taylors Falls, Minn., ($2,000) to equipment for a dive search and rescue team in Mille Lacs County, Minn. ($2,500).

The largest grant ($4,000) went to the Isanti County Agricultural Society to help purchase electrical supplies and materials for the new covered arena at the fairgrounds in Cambridge, Minn. Pine Habilitation and Supported Employment received a $3,500 grant to use toward a riding mower for their lawn care crew. PHASE serves Pine County, providing employment-based and supportive services to adults with disabilities.

Established in 1997, the trust is possible by ECE members who choose to have their monthly electric bill rounded up to the next dollar. The average contribution is around $6 per year, and the maximum annual contribution is $11.88. With gifts ranging from one penny to 99 cents per month, participating members have a convenient way to pool resources for the benefit of the community.

Individuals who would like to join their fellow ECE members in supporting the Operation Round Up program can sign up by checking the box at the bottom of the electric bill or calling 800-254-7944.

Community nonprofit organizations serving ECE members are encouraged to apply for a grant at www.eastcentralenergy.