Operation Round Up funds presented in Jackson County

Schools, fire departments among recipients of dollars.

JACKSON — The Federated Rural Electric Trust, Jackson, recognized local organizations receiving $40,771 through Operation Round Up. These donations occur due to monthly contributions by participating Federated members.

This round of funding was larger due to power supplier capital credits being assigned trust by former members. Thirty groups received money in this 54th round of funding, plus $6,300 was designated as scholarships. Those receiving funds in Jackson County were:

  • JCC High School Art Program, $362, T-shirts and laser velum paper for screen-printing course.

  • Lutheran Social Services (Lakefield Sr. Dining), $380, for food service cart, commercial can opener and food scoops.

  • HL-O Ag Education classes, $470, supplies for floral design and entrepreneurship classes.

  • Friends of Jackson County Trails, $500, for bike trail signs on the new trail system at Belmont Park.

  • Heron Lake Fire Department, $500, to purchase a cordless reciprocating saw, chainsaw, blower and pole saw.

  • Family Services Network, Jackson, $500, for snow pants for children preschool to high school.

  • Jackson Center for the Arts, $525, to purchase supplies for Spanish/English classes.

  • JCC Phy-Ed Department, $540, to purchase small wrist guards for rollerskating classes.

  • Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative, $550, for interdevelopmental intervention kits for children therapy.

  • Lakefield Fire & Rescue, $720, to purchase fire hose washers.

  • JCC Discovery Place Preschool, $897, for gross motor skill items: parachute, stilts, decals and a ball cart.

  • Kirby’s Closet, Lakefield, $1,000, to purchase winter coats, books and hygiene items for needy families.

  • HL-O School Nutrition program, $1,440, to purchase a new chest freezer and three blenders/food processors.

  • Des Moines Valley Health & Human Services, Jackson County, $1,500, for baby bundle supplies: diapers, wipes, bottles and books.

  • HL-O Robotics team, $1,500, for robotics kit and parts for a second team.

  • Jackson County Animal Protection Society, $1,548, to purchase point-of-sale system for nonprofit pet store in Jackson

  • Salvation Army, $2,000, to assist Federated members with utility costs

  • JCC High School, $2,299, to update metals shop with a new TIG welder.

  • Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, $2,500, to put toward new emergency response bus equipment for eight-county High Risk Entry Team (HEAT).

  • Jackson County Fair, $2,500, for three new flag poles, solar lights, pavers and plants at entrance.

  • HL-O Industrial Technology program, $2,500, to buy TIG welder.

  • Jackson Food Shelf, $3,500, for Christmas boxes and ham for families in need.

  • Nine $700 scholarships for Federated members with high school senior graduates.

About 77% of Federated Rural Electric members participate in Operation Round Up. They allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar. The extra cents go to a special trust fund, which is administered by an independent trust board that consists of seven Federated members.
The Trust Board received 31 applications totaling $46,443 in this round of funding. The Trust Board will meet again in the spring to determine the next round of funding. The deadline for submitting applications is Feb. 11, 2022.

Since the first round of funding in 1995, about $815,000 has been awarded to local organizations and as high school scholarships.

“Operation Round Up is a way for members to help members,” said Stuart Smart, Federated’s Trust Board Chairman. “Just a few cents a month, when added with other members’ cents, can really add up and do some good in our communities. On the average, a member’s Round Up contributions amount to approximately $6 a year, which is tax-deductible.”


The Trust Board’s policy outlines project categories eligible for funding: Community service (emphasis on public safety, health care and enhancement of cultural environment); community leadership programs; education and youth projects (social problems and wellness/athletics); environmental projects (recycling, environmental education and environmental ag research); emergency energy assistance funds to organizations for distribution; and disaster relief.

Interested organizations may go to to download the application form and information, e-mail for an application or call (507) 847-3520; ask for Andrea.

Federated is a Touchstone Energy cooperative serving 6,800 members in Jackson and Martin counties.

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