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Co-op distributes ORU grant money to 8 entities

A program known as Operation Round Up, or ORU, has been in existence for several years at the Cotton Electric Co-op and that money is given to grant recipients quarterly. The Co-op has recently announced that several entities have recently received funds.

Most Cotton Electric members participate in ORU, in which power bills are rounded up to the nearest dollar. On average, each participating member contributes about $6 per year.

The funds are pooled and administered by the Cotton Electric Charitable Foundation, a board of directors that meets quarterly to consider grant applications. The board consists of Jennifer Meason, the co-op's CEO; Ronnie Bohot, president of the co-op's board of trustees and three representatives from the Cotton Electric service area: Carly Douglass, Danny Marlett and Carter Waid.

The board met in June to review 16 grant applications. Grants totaling $36,529.11 were pledged to 8 of the applicants including:

• Addington Fire Department: An $8,900 CECF grant will purchase pumper equipment for their fire truck, allowing it to meet Insurance Service Office requirements;

• Comanche Fire Department: A $5,000 grant will purchase two sets of bunker gear;

• Jeffco Helping Hands Food Pantry: A $4,250 grant will purchase a trailer to assist with food transportation;

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