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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Nonprofits receive $16,325 through Operation Round-Up

  • Eleven nonprofit organizations received a total of $16,325 this quarter through First Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round-Up program.
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  • Eleven nonprofit organizations received a total of $16,325 this quarter through First Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round-Up program. Operation Round-Up is funded by First Electric members who allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next even dollar amount each month. That money – a yearly average of $6 per member – is held in an account and administered quarterly by nine community members on the Operation Round-Up Board of Trustees. “Like these 11 local nonprofit organizations, First Electric works to improve the quality of life for those we serve,” said President/CEO Don Crabbe. “We thank the members who participate in Operation Round-Up for their willingness to help the cooperative support the community.” The following organizations received funds this quarter: Cleburne County: Christian Health Center – $2,000; Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Cleburne County – $1,500. Grant County: Literacy Council of Grant County – $600. Lonoke County: Lonoke County Museum – $1,000. Perry County: Cherry Hill Volunteer Fire Department – $3,600; Hands to Larger Service – $500; Hollis Volunteer Fire Department – $2,000; Nimrod/Aplin Fire Department – $2,600. Pulaski County: North Pulaski Community Center – $1,000. Saline County: Avilla Extension Homemakers Club – $1,025; CADC Bryant Senior Activity Center – $500. Since Operation Round-Up was formed in 1998, more than $569,000 has been raised for donations to area nonprofit organizations and scholarships for high school seniors. First Electric members are encouraged to participate in Operation Round-Up, and nonprofit organizations in the cooperative’s area are urged to apply for funding. Applications and sign-up information may be found at www.firstelectric.coop under the “Community” tab or by calling 800-489-7405.

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