Operation Round Up distribution photo December 2021Representing some of the organizations receiving Operation Round Up® grants in December (front row from left to right): Holding the check: Leigh Nelson, Someplace Safe; Tanya Winter, Foster Closet Grant County; Connie Fields, Early Childhood Initiative; and Eric Sawatzke, WCA Ag Boosters. Back row from left to right: Al Glaeseman, Douglas County HRA; Roger Schultz, Dave Schultz and Donna Ortendahl, Salvation Army; Venessa Bruggeman, Honor Quilts; Grant Haugen, Toys for Kids; Rod Borden, Operation Round Up Trust Board member; Tim Lange, Lake Amelia Cemetery; Check Wencl, Red Willow Arts Coalition; Janet Johnson, Operation Round Up Trust Board member; Matt Gilbertson and Joe Korkowski, Jingle Bells Telethon.

YOUR Small Change is Making BIG Change in Our Communities! 

Through the contributions of REA’s participating members, the Operation Round Up® Trust Board recently approved $16,100 to assist local community programs during its quarterly meeting.

REA’s Trust Board, a voluntary board of seven REA members, reviewed and considered 24 grant applications and distributed funds to 18 projects and programs this past quarter. Community-based projects and programs have received more than $1 million since the program’s inception in 2003.

The deadline to apply for the next round of funding is February 11, 2022.

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Here are the Programs that received funding this quarter: 

Fire Departments & First Responders:

  • Donnelly Fire & Rescue ($1,000)


  •  Toys for Kids ($700)
  • Early Childhood Initiative ($1,000)
  • Alexandria Youth Football ($200)
  • WCA Ag Boosters ($500)
  • Alexandria Figure Skating Club ($250)


  • Salvation Army ($1,500)
  • Foster Closet Grant County ($1,000)
  • Central Lakes Concert Association ($250)
  • Red Willow Arts Coalition ($500)
  • Evansville Community Club ($250)
  • Honor Quilts ($1,000)
  • Someplace Safe ($1,000)
  • City of Wendell Santa Day ($250)
  • Lake Amelia Cemetery ($250)
  • Douglas County HRA ($500)
  • Jingle Bells Telethon ($2,500)
  • True Friends ($850)
  • 26 area cemeteries ($2,600)