MiEnergy Cooperative's Operation Round Up elected to donate $5,300 to local organizations including:

• $1,000, St. Lucas Fire Association, Iowa, to support the building of a new fire station.
• $750, Fillmore Central Public Schools, Preston, Minn., for a take home science experiment backpack program.
• $750, St. Charles Public Library, Minn., to help purchase a speaker system.
• $750, Winona County Emergency Management, Winona, Minn., for a winter survival kits for children program.
• $500, Lawler Lions Club, Iowa to support building a new shelter and Croell Park improvements.
• $500, Wykoff Fire Department, Minn., to help purchase road safety equipment.
• $300, Empty Bowls of Harmony, Minn., to purchase event supplies that support Fillmore County food shelves.
• $300, Peace Lutheran Church, Ridgeway, Iowa, to purchase an automatic external defibrillator.
• $250, Mobile Mamma, Cresco, Iowa., to support educational materials for online safety program.
• $200, Decorah Quilts of Valor, Iowa, to purchase fabric for quilts for veterans.

The Operation Round Up is funded by donations made by members of MiEnergy Cooperative who round up their electric bill to the next dollar, voluntarily.

Roughly 1,800 members participate with the average donation being $6 a year, per member. The program is based on the idea that small change adds up. Currently, the program gives away about $10,000 each year to local organizations.

Donations to Operation Round Up are tax-deductible. Organizations receive grants through an application process. The next application deadline is February 15. You can get more information on Operation Round Up or to round up your electric bill, at www.MiEnergy.coop or call 1-800-432-2285.