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Non-profits awarded grants


JACKSONVILLE — 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.

First Electric serves more than 88,000 member accounts throughout 17 counties in central and southeast Arkansas. The cooperative maintains full-service offices in Jacksonville, Benton, Heber Springs, Perryville and Stuttgart. In 2012, First Electric is celebrating 75 years of providing members with reliable, affordable electricity. The cooperative was founded April 26, 1937. For the latest news, visit www.firstelectric.coop or www.facebook.com/FirstElectric.