Nobles Cooperative Electric distributes $16,000-plus during Operation Round-up

The Trust Board has set March 1, 2023, as the deadline for the next round of funding. The board will meet again in April to review the applications.

Operation Round-up recipients
Area organizations and non-profits will share in more than $16,000 in the latest round of Nobles Coooperative Electric's Operation Round-up program.
Special to The Globe
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WORTHINGTON — The generosity of Nobles Cooperative Electric members continues to impact local communities. Even small donations, an average of 50 cents a month, are making huge impacts.

Since NCE began Operation Round-Up, more than $458,000 has been raised and distributed to local organizations.

Members who participate in Operation Round Up allow the cooperative to round up their monthly electric bill to the next dollar. This change is pooled into large amounts that a volunteer trust board oversees. Every penny goes to those in need.

In the latest round of donations, distributed Nov. 10, the following received funding:

  • American Lutheran Church, $300, to purchase fabric, quilt batting and thread to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief, Linus Project and Helping Hands Center in Worthington.
  • Chandler Quilters, $300, to buy fabric and batting to make quilts for those in need. Last year, 60 quilts went to New Life Treatment Center in Woodstock, 20 quilts to Love Inc. in Worthington and 20 quilts to the Center of Hope in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Quilters, $300, to purchase large rolls of batting for quilts. Last year, quilts went to Helping Hand Pregnancy Center, Crossroads Nursing Home, and the Southwest Crisis Center, all in Worthington; the VA in Luverne; New Life Treatment Center in Woodstock; and Good Sam Nursing Home in Pipestone.
  • Lake Sarah Quilters of Garvin, $300, to make prayer/scripture quilts for anyone who needs or likes to have one (mentally or physically) for comfort.
  • Brewster Senior Dining, $1,150, to pay the meal transporter from Lakefield to Brewster. Brewster is charged $15 per trip, three days a week. Without these meals available, many homebound would need to be in a nursing home or assisted living.
  • Fulda Senior Center, $710, to purchase 50 padded vinyl chairs.
  • City of Lake Wilson, $950, to replace 1956-era playground equipment.
  • Relay for Life of Murray County, $1,100, to purchase a new computer to use for presentations, records and public relations. This year’s relay raised $71,000 to help provide research for a cure; with 83 cancer survivors honored at the event.
  • Adrian High School Special Education, $500, to make “Help Me Shine” bags consisting of personal hygiene items.
  • Murray County Central Drama Department, $415, to add more costumes, materials for building sets and a few technical pieces similar to a fog machine.
  • Murray County Central Kindergarten, $450, for reading and math center materials.
  • Nobles County Historical Society, $710, to purchase more tables and chairs to accommodate programming attendees.
  • Slayton Area Chamber of Commerce, $470, to fund arts and craft expenses for children activities for fall 2022 events.
  • University of Minnesota, $1,000, to be used for youth camp expenses. Campers participate in educational tracks that make learning fun including: robotics, animal science, environmental science, wind turbines, theater arts and exploring electricity and circuits.
  • Worthington Area YMCA, $1,000, to support the Strong Community Campaign at the YMCA. This campaign ensures no one is denied access to the YMCA due to the inability to pay.
  • Worthington Squadron Civil Air Patrol, $770, to support cadet programs and training.
  • Balaton Fire Department, $1,150, to upgrade a thermal imaging camera.
  • Rushmore Fire Department, $2,000, to purchase three sets of turnout gear. Existing gear is outdated and no longer considered safe to use.
  • Slayton Fire Department, $1,675, to help outfit two trucks with cribbing for automobile extrication operations.
  • Wilmont Fire and Rescue, $795, to purchase safety vests for first responders and to purchase four confined space helmets for use in tight rescue spaces.

The Trust Board has set March 1, 2023, 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 or visit for an application.

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