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Bruce Powers (left), treasurer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness St. Croix Valley Chapter, accepts a grant check from Larry Dokkestul, Pierce Pepin president and CEO. Submitted photo.

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Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services, through its Operation Round Up Program, recently awarded $1,500 to the St. Croix Valley Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness chapter last month.

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NAMI is a grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness through support, education and advocacy. Specifically, this donation will be used for public education within a number of schools, churches and mental health organizations in Pierce County. The St. Croix Valley Chapter is based in River Falls.

Operation Round Up is funded by participating Pierce Pepin members who round up their electric bills to the nearest dollar each month, or donate a specific dollar amount. The program provides charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations that offer programs and support projects to enhance the quality of life for those within the communities served by the cooperative.

Operation Round Up grants are awarded quarterly by the Pierce Pepin Board of Directors. Nonprofit organizations interested in applying can go to

www.piercepepin.com or call 800-924-2133 for information. The next application deadline is Thursday, Dec. 15.

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