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MEA's Operation Roundup Program Helps Talkeetna Recycling Efforts


May 6, 2016

Palmer, AK:  Cardboard recycling will be made easier in Talkeetna with the help of a $10,000 grant from the MEA Charitable Foundation, dedicated to help pay for a new cardboard baler. “MEA has filled our sails to move forward with this project that will benefit the community on many levels. Thank you MEA!” said Talkeetna Recycling Committee Chair, Katie Writer.  It’s their goal to prevent people from burning their cardboard this summer and instead be able to re-purpose the valuable commodity.

A total of 12 grants were awarded during the Charitable Foundation’s first quarter review, totaling $78,225 back into the community:

  •  Alaska Association of Conservation District- $10,000, Equipment for Su Valley High School trail improvements
  •  Alaska Live Steamers, Inc.- $5,000, Perimeter safety fence
  • Family Promise Mat-Su- $1,225, Family shelter and homeless prevention
  •  Kids Kupboard- $5,000, Child feeding programs
  • Love INC Eagle River- $5,000, Individual/family assistance
  • Mat-Su Concert Band- $10,000, Musical instruments for community band
  • Musk Ox Development Corporation- $4,000, Pasture fencing
  • Palmer Little League- $10,000, Senior field improvements
  • Set Free Alaska, Inc.- $10,000, Development of children’s program
  • Talkeetna Community Council/Talkeetna Recycling Committee- $10,000, Cardboard baler
  • Upper Susitna Food Pantry- $2,000, Food transportation
  • The Yak- $6,000, Furniture upgrades

All grants from the Operation Roundup® Program are awarded to nonprofit organizations and individuals in need within MEA’s service area. Applications are reviewed quarterly in January, April, July and October by the volunteer board of directors of the MEA Charitable Foundation. The program is funded by members of Matanuska Electric Association. Since the program began in 2011, MEA members have provided a total of $695,884.67 to local nonprofits and individuals in need by providing just pennies a month rounding up their electricity bill to the nearest dollar. Information on the program, lists of previous grant recipients, and the names of all of the board of directors can be found online at http://www.mea.coop/mea-in-the-community/round-up/.


Left: MEA Charitable Foundation Board Member, Linda Menard-Post presenting check to Lynette Ortolano at Kids Kupboard
Right: MEA Charitable Foundation Chair, David Dahms presenting check to Philip Licht at Set Free Alaska


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