ECE members contribute over $30,500 to community projects

East Central Energy (ECE) members provided $30,682 to help meet needs in their communities this summer through donations to their cooperative’s Operation Round Up® (ORU) Trust.

Grants for 15 projects were awarded when the ORU Trust Board, comprised of ECE members, met recently to review applications. Funds will be used to assist food and clothing distribution programs, fire and rescue operations, community arts and education projects and more.

Established in 1997, the ORU Trust is made possible by generous ECE members who agree to have their monthly electric bill rounded up to the next dollar. With contributions ranging from one penny to 99 cents per month, participating members have a convenient way to share their treasure and pool their resources for the benefit of the greater community. The maximum annual contribution is $11.88.

Local organizations who received ORU grants in the summer cycle were:

• Cambridge Fire Department, Cambridge, MN, $1,800 to assist with the purchase of gas detection devices.

• Cambridge Surplus Food Distribution, $3,000 to help with the cost of milk distribution.

• Cambridge-Isanti Early Childhood program, Isanti, MN, $2,000 to help convert a courtyard to an outdoor classroom.

For an average donation of about $6 per year, you can join your fellow ECE members in these important community activities. To join the Operation Round Up program, call 1-800-254-7944 or check the participation box at the bottom of your ECE bill. Non-profit organizations serving ECE members may contact Julie Johnson, 763-689-8046, to request an application for Operation Round Up grant consideration.