Small Change Add Up with REA’s Operation Round Up

Through the contributions of Runestone Electric Association’s participating members, the Operation Round Up Trust Board recently approved $11,000 to assist local community programs during its quarterly meeting. REA’s Operation Round Up Trust Board, a voluntary board of seven REA members, reviewed and considered 26 grant applications and distributed funds to 23 projects and programs. Community-based projects and programs have received over $1.2 million since the program’s inception in 2003. On average, participating REA members contribute $7.07 for the year 2023. Proof that small change adds up. Best of all, 96% of all funds collected are distributed as grants.

Fire Departments & First Responders: Carlos Fire Department – fire suppression & rescue equipment ($1,000) and Lowry Fire Department – upgrade pagers ($500).

Food Shelf: Long Prairie Emergency Food Shelf ($300)

Youth: Morris Area Post Prom ($200); Osakis After Prom ($200); Kid’s Groundwater Festival – Kid’s Water Festival ($500); WCA Post Prom ($200); Brandon Evansville Post Prom ($200); Douglas County Early Childhood Initiative – child care appreciation ($400); Alexandria Area Young Life – camp scholarships ($600); Minnesota 4-H (Stevens County) – 4-H Citizen Conference ($500)

Community – Grant County Humane Society – spay or neuter clinic ($500); First Lutheran Mission Quilters – quilting material ($300); Alexandria Rotary – Summer Sounds by Brophy ($750); Saturday Art Market – advertising & musician fees ($300); Red Willow Arts Coalition – July 4th Concert ($500); The Caring & Sharing Room – bedding for those in need ($1,000); Wendell Legion & Auxiliary Post 426 – community event ($300); Hoffman Harvest Festival ($250); Pope County Humane Society – Neonatal Incubator ($500); Brandon History Center – Printer/Copier ($500) and Someplace Safe Douglas Advocacy Office – Empowerment Group ($1,000)

Seniors: Alexandria Senior Center – 40th Anniversary celebration ($500)

The deadline to apply for the next round of funding is May 10, 2024. Apply at

Runestone Electric Association serves over 15,000 accounts in rural areas of Douglas, Pope, Grant, Stevens, Ottertail, Stearns and Todd Counties.