The Spoon River Electric Cooperative Operation Round-Up (ORU) Committee recently awarded $9,500 to seven local organizations through its Operation Round-Up Program.

The Spoon River Electric Cooperative Operation Round-Up (ORU) Committee recently awarded $9,500 to seven local organizations through its Operation Round-Up Program.


The organizations that received funding include VIT High School Technology Department - $1,500 towards upgrading their facilities to include a technology lab and classroom; Cuba FFA Chapter - $1,400 to help fund the conference trip to the Illinois FFA Convention so 20+ agriculture students; Knoxville FFA/Ag Department - $1,100 for electrical wiring kits, snap circuit kits, and other electrical equipment; Cuba Fire Protection District - $1,250 for back up cameras for the fire trucks; Ingersoll Scout Reservation - $1,500 towards a water softener system for the dining hall; Fulton County Fair & Racing Association - $1,250 towards updating the fairgrounds; and Astoria Fire Depart - $1,500 for new turn out gear.


“The students will benefit greatly because of the opportunity Spoon River Electric Operation Round-up Program has given us!” said Knoxville Ag Teacher Mallory Tolley.


These donations are made possible by members of Spoon River Electric who voluntarily make the decision each month to “Round-Up” their electric bill to the next dollar and donating this “extra change” directly to the Operation Round-Up Program. All of the funds collected are donated back into our communities as charitable grants. The average donation a member makes annually is about $6 per month.


For more information about the Operation Round-Up Program visit our website: srecoop.org under the Operation Round-Up tab.