WORTHINGTON — The generosity of Nobles Cooperative Electric member-owners continues to have an effect on local communities.

NCE’s Operation Round Up program recently awarded a total $14,085 to multiple regional organizations. Member-owners who participate in the program allow the cooperative to round up their monthly electric bill to the next dollar. This small change is pooled into large amounts that a volunteer trust board oversees, with every penny going to those in need.

The tiny donations — an average of only 50 cents a month — have resulted in more than $354,000 in giving since the program began.

Here is the latest round of donations:

Good Shepherd Lutheran Quilters: $400 for purchase of sheets to use as backing for quilts.

Lake Sarah Quilters: $400 to help in the purchase of materials to make quilts for individuals in need of comfort.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Quilting: $400 for purchase of a sewing machine, boards for quilt frames, yarn, needles, threads, quilt tacks and broken clamp replacements.

Sillerud Quilters and Friends: $400 to purchase materials and another sewing machine.

Brewster Senior Dining: $925 to help pay the transporter from Lakefield to Brewster for Brewster Senior Dining patrons.

Community Christmas Baskets: $725 to help distribute food, gifts of new warm clothing and new toys to needy families in Nobles County at Christmas time.

Ecumen Meadows: $425 for purchase of Karaoke equipment (machine, TV, stand and microphones) and age-appropriate Karaoke CDs to enhance the memory care unit.

City of Fulda/Fulda Senior Center: $750 to replace a commercial dishwasher sanitizer.

Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota Meals on Wheels: $1,500 to help cover costs of meals for high-risk seniors in Fulda and Slayton who cannot afford to contribute, but rely on these meals to maintain their health and independence.

Murray County Daycare Association: $825 for 15 members at a cost of $45/person to attend a CPR/First Aid refresher course that is mandatory, along with one additional training at a cost of $150.

Murray County Food Shelf Inc.: $625 to secure an additional large chest freezer to properly store meat deliveries for clients.

Slayton Fire Department Relief Association: $1,125 to purchase a new electric ventilation fan for their new pumper truck.

Southwestern Mental Health Center: $890 for purchase of books to be distributed to families in need, as well as for therapy equipment for the treatment of youths that have been exposed to trauma in Nobles County.

United Way of SW MN: $825 to purchase backpacks, Kleenex and disinfectant wipes for the 2020 Stuff the Bus Initiative to provide K-12 students with basic tools needed to learn and be successful.

Adrian Girl Scouts: $450 for an extra educational event at Rock Ranch for horsemanship and a trip to Brookings’ Children's Museum.

Murray County Central Drama Department: $450 to install a cyclorama curtain at the back of the stage to improve the visual quality and professionalism of their community projects.

MCC 2nd Grade: $495 for five Gaiam Balance ball chair stools to be used for flexible seating in the classroom.

True Friends: $425 to help offer programs and introduce new activities to ensure thorough staff training and maintain program fee affordability.

Worthington Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol: $875 to support training and expenses for uniforms, SAREX, Wing Conference, transportation, STEM kit and Encampment.

Murray County Early Childhood: $450 to purchase new book storage and a traveling library system.

Worthington Area YMCA: $725 to support the Strong Kids Campaign, a program that ensures no one will be turned away from Y programming and membership due to the inability to pay the established fees.

The NCE trust board has set March 2, 2020 as the deadline for the next round of funding. The board will meet again in April to review the applications. Interested organizations may call Nobles at 1-800-776-0517, e-mail nce@noblesce.com or visit www.noblesce.coop for an application.