ECE members give to local food shelf, firefighter needs

The emergency needs of residents in East Central Energy’s (ECE) service area were the focus of several recent grants from the electric co-op’s Operation Round Up® (ORU) Trust.

A walk-in freezer for an expanding local food shelf, an infrared camera and radios for emergency crews, and funds for a food distribution program were among the $35,876 in grants distributed when the independent ORU Trust Board met recently.

ECE established the ORU Trust in 1997 as a convenient, low-cost way for members to donate to local charitable organizations. Members who participate agree to have their monthly electric bill rounded up to the next dollar.

ECE members who would like to join their fellow members in supporting the Operation Round Up program can sign up by checking the box at the bottom of their bill or by calling 1-800-254-7944. The average annual contribution for members who participate is $6; the maximum annual donation through the round-up process is $11.88.

Community organizations which serve ECE members can contact Julie Johnson, 763-689-8046, if they are interested in applying to the ORU Trust.

Isanti County organizations receiving grants in the fall cycle were:

• Cambridge Fire Department, $3,000 to assist with the purchase of a new infrared camera.

• Cambridge Surplus Food Distribution, $3,750 to help with the monthly food distribution for Isanti County families.

• Cambridge Center for the Arts, $2,250 to help purchase supplies for educational art classes offered to teens and adults.

• Cambridge-Isanti Baseball AED Fund, $3,000 for two automatic external defibrillators for the community ballfields.

• Pregnancy Resource Center, Cambridge, $1,700 to help upgrade the parenting education curriculum used at the center.