W-H members donate $68,000 to local organizations

Operation Round Up recently awarded a grant to SAM Quilters in the amount of $500 to support quilting needs. Quilts are distributed to individuals suffering from illness, disaster or financial need. ORU Vice Board Chair Brenda Moy (center)
presented the grant to, from left, Connie Lahrl, Nan Paumen, Bernie Lachermier, Marge Pavlik, Charlotte Drenckhahn and
Elaine Koenig.
Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (W-H) members who participate in Operation Round Up (ORU) donated grants totaling $68,000 in January. ORU has awarded more than $4 million since it began in 1994. ORU participants allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar. The rounded amount is then used for donations to fund local programs. More than 87 percent of WH’s members participate in the ORU program and contribute a total of approximately $19,000 each month. ORU’s board manages the generated money, which is held in a trust fund. Through a selection process and review of guidelines, the ORU trust board evaluates funding requests on a bimonthly basis.
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