In March, MiEnergy Cooperative's Operation Round Up Trust Board met and elected to donate over $5,000 to local organizations.

Operation Round Up is funded by donations made by members of MiEnergy Cooperative who voluntarily have their electric bill rounded up to the next dollar, and around 1,800 members currently participate with the average donation rounding up to about $6 a year, per member.

According to a release from MiEnergy Cooperative, here is where the total $5,250 donations are going:

• $500, Commonweal Theatre Company, Lanesboro, Minn., to support the Student Matinee performances which make field trips to the theatre accessible for all area schools.
• $500, Quilters for Veterans, Castalia, Iowa, for long-arm quilting of quilts to honor veterans.
• $500, Quilts of Honor, Spring Grove, Minn., for long-arm quilting of quilts to honor veterans.
• $450, Horse and Soul Ranch, Decorah, Iowa, to help provide program assistance to those in need.
• $450, Thunder Rode Inc., Decorah, Iowa, to help purchase a weatherproof, portable mounting block that helps wheelchair bound veterans get on to horses.
• $400, Bundles of Love, Chatfield, Minn., to help basic supplies for diaper bags given to families in need in Fillmore, Houston and Winona counties.
• $400, Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation, Cresco, Iowa, to provide educational opportunities for high school students with a focus on environment and agriculture.
• $400, Riceville WA TAN YE, to assist with the removal of trees that are at risk of damaging the historic one-room schoolhouse.
• $300, Fillmore County DAC, Preston, Minn., to purchase supplies for an enrichment program.
• $300, Kindred Family Focus, Rochester, Minn., to help foster families in Fillmore and Winona counties with basic needs.
• $300, Lanesboro Arts, to support Surprise Sculpture, a summer art educational opportunity, for students.
• $300, Root Prairie Lutheran Church, Fountain, Minn., to help purchase an automated external defibrillator.
• $250, City of Spring Grove, to support the Spring Grove Area Active Living Trail Planning Project.
• $100, Howard County Energy District, Cresco, Iowa, to support energy efficiency related events.
• $100, St. Charles Trap Team, to help with expenses for establishing a team for students.

At the moment, Operation Round Up gives about $10,000 each year back to local organizations.