Anoka’s electric customers keep rounding up for charity

So far this year Anoka’s Round up for Change has collected more than $21,000 for charity.

The program allows the city’s electric customers to round their monthly bill up to the nearest dollar, with those extra cents being donated to a select group of local nonprofits.

According to Finance Director Lori Yager, donations are down slightly from the same time last year.

The first year of the program in 2012 brought in $49,000, which was distributed to domestic abuse shelter and resource center Alexandra House, Youth First Community of Promise along with CEAP and CROSS, food shelves that serve Champlin and Dayton. The city also made donations to Stepping Stone Emergency Housing Shelter and the ACBC Food Shelf.

The designated yearly donation for Youth First is $15,000 and $5,000 for Alexandra House. That money is given to the nonprofits in smaller allotments throughout the year. June payments will be $3,000 for each group.

Based on collections made from electric customers in Hennepin County, $815 will be donated to CEAP (serving east Champlin) and $4,264 to CROSS (serving west Champlin and Dayton).

Yager said when new customers call to sign up for electric service, they are told about the Round Up for Change program. At that time, they can decide if they want to participate.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at editor.anokaunion@ecm-inc.com

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