Seventeen area nonprofit organizations received funds recently through First Electric’s Operation Round-Up program. Community members on the Operation Round-Up Board of Trustees approved $18,000 in donations.

Recipients by county include:

•In Cleburne County, Hopewell Volunteer Fire Department received $2,000, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 57 and Pine Snag/Lobo Fire Association each received $1,000.

•In Garland County, Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Garland County received $1,000.

•In Lonoke County, CASA of Lonoke County, Lonoke County Fair & Livestock Association, Lonoke County Christian Clinic, Woodlawn Extension Homemakers Club and Lonoke County Task Force on Child Abuse & Neglect (Open Arms Shelter) each received $1,000.

•In Perry County, Renewal Ranch, Civic Improvement Association of Perry and Perry County Single Parent Scholarship Fund each received $1,000.

•In Pulaski County, Martin Loop Fun Park and Pulaski County Council for Communities, Children & Youth each received $1,000.

•In Saline County, Saline County 4-H; Habitat for Humanity of Saline County, Arkansas; and Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime - Saline County Affiliate each received $1,000.

The program is possible thanks to the generosity of First Electric members who enrolled in Operation Round-Up and agree to have their electric bill rounded up to the next even dollar amount each month. That money – more than $608,000 since 1998 – funds nonprofit donations and student scholarships. To sign up, visit or call 800-489-7405.

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