Operation Round-Up

How can one person help make their community better? Join the Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative Operation Round-Up program. By voluntarily “rounding up” your electric bill and contributing a few cents every month, you can help support local charities, individuals, and families in your community. Over 7,000 ACEC members already participate; total donations now exceed $900,000. Operation Round-Up is making a difference, but we can’t support others without the help of our membership. Consider rounding your bill up each month to contribute your spare change to local organizations and individuals. The most that a member could contribute in a year is $11.88. 



There are four ways members can enroll in Operation Round-Up:

  • Visit our Friendship office at 401 E Lake St, Friendship, WI
  • Call customer service at (800) 831-8629
  • Check the box on the back of your payment stub if you mail in payments
  • Log in to your SmartHub account to enroll yourself



Adams-Columbia Community Fund monies are used for local projects and charities within Adams-Columbia’s service area. Examples are emergency assistance following natural disasters, youth programs, civic projects and more. In establishing this program, certain requirements and bylaws were adopted. Funds cannot be used for political purposes or to reimburse the Cooperative for any expenses or unpaid energy usage. All funds are maintained separately from Adams-Columbia’s operating finances. Requests must be for a specific item or cost. We are unable to provide funds for general fundraising or sponsorships. The committee members who oversee the program are from seven ACEC districts, but no more than any two members from one district. This board meets quarterly to determine how funds can best be used for the benefit of individuals and organizations. 

Operation Round-Up Policies



  • Nancy Akkerman
  • Vicki Deltgen
  • Debra Gerzmehle
  • Evan Henthorne
  • John Jarvis
  • Ellen Kirschbaum
  • Gale Neef
  • Kristen Skolarz
  • Bill Taylor



  • January 15
  • April 15
  • July 15
  • October 15



To submit an application through our website, click the appropriate button or link below. Due to an increased number of requests and limited funding, Operation Round-Up may not be able to support all requests. We are unable to reimburse applicants for completed projects. The preferred payment method for grant distribution is to mail a check directly to a vendor. Only completed applications will be considered by the Operation Round-Up board of directors. A completed application includes:

  • A complete individual or organizational application
  • Financials or reason why financials are not available
  • Itemized estimate or invoice for your request


Organization Application – Online

Organization Application – PDF


Individual Application – Online
Individual Application – PDF


Applications or questions can be emailed to Haley Melby at hmelby@acecwi.com.



Recipients of the Operation Round-Up Grant are listed below:


  • Roche-A-Cri Lions – Playground Equipment
  • Christ Alone Lutheran Academy – Playground Equipment
  • Cambria Community Fire Department – Gas Meter & Calibration Kit
  • Portage Fire Department – Thermal Imaging Camera & Charger
  • Fall River School District – Class Supplies
  • Portage Community School District (The Market) – Freezers
  • River Haven Homeless Shelter – Computer and Technology Upgrade
  • American Legion Red Cloud Post 250 – Outdoor Message Sign
  • Big Flats Fire Department – Vehicle Light Replacement
  • Friends of the Portage Public Library – Tote Bags
  • BREATHE – Technology Upgrade
  • Coloma Fire Department – Water and Ice Rescue Boat
  • Pardeeville Fire Department – Pages
  • Friends of Sauk County Fairgrounds – Sinks and Faucets


  • Neshkoro Area Community Center – Industrial Stove
  • Tri-County Post Prom – Inflatables
  • Wild Rose Fire Department – Accessories for Brush Truck
  • Humke Elementary School – Writing Folders
  • Aging & Disability Resource Center of Columbia County – Kitchen Appliances
  • Doylestown Fire Department – Portable Tank Replacement
  • Badger 4-H Club – Picnic Tables
  • Clothes for Kids – Back-To-School Program
  • Coloma Public Library – Carpet Replacement
  • Big Flats Fire Department – Portable Power Generator
  • Waushara County Historical Society & Museum – Electrical Upgrades
  • Saxeville-Springwater Volunteer Fire Engine Company – Light-Up Safety Traffic Vests
  • Town of Douglas – Solar Speed Signs
  • Kinship Mentoring of Columbia County – T-shirts
  • Montello Historical Preservation Society – Elevator
  • Calico Capers Quilt Guild – Quilting Supplies
  • New Chester Fire Department – Portable Radios
  • Hancock Wesleyan Church – Entertainment
  • Oxford Elementary School PTO – Playground Equipment
  • Faith in Action – Brochure Printing
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church – Community Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Lincoln High School Natural Resources Class – Trees
  • Wautoma Area Fire District – Air Pack Face Masks
  • Clyman Lowell Reeseville Fire and EMS Association Inc – Ice Rescue Banana Boat
  • Coloma CHAMPS – Playground Equipment
  • Briggsville Fire Company – Milwaukee Saw
  • Easter Seals – Campership Funds
  • Woodland Church Community Quilters – Quilting Supplies
  • Pardeeville EMS – Appliances


  • Waushara-Wautoma Senior Citizens, Inc. – Lighting Upgrade
  • God’s 911 Team Treehouse of Central Wisconsin – Pool Table, Pool Rack, and Accessory Kit
  • Calico Capers Quilt Guild – Quilting Supplies
  • Saxeville-Springwater Volunteer Fire Engine Company – Flashlights and Gas Meter
  • Community Christian School of Baraboo – Internet Equipment
  • Town of Westfield Fire Department – Upgrade AED/Cabinets
  • Westfield Fire Department – Safety Vest, Patches, Gloves
  • Cambria Kiwanis – Parade Entertainment
  • Town of Rome Fire Department – Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
  • Tri-County Post Prom – Post Prom Food
  • Randolph Community Corn Carnival – Event Entertainment
  • Randolph Youth Baseball and Softball – Poles for Scoreboard
  • Home and Away DBA Ruby’s Pantry – Refrigerated Trailer
  • Dyllan Jerome – Deck Renovations
  • Oxford Elementary School – Bookroom
  • Wild Rose School District – Strength Curriculum
  • American Legion Post 62 – AED
  • Friends of Jane Morgan Memorial Library – Library Lighting Upgrade
  • Marquette County Department of Human Services – Garden Shed for Food Bank
  • Columbus Fire Department – Rope Rescue Equipment
  • St. Mary School – Playground Renovations
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church – Community Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Endeavor Volunteer Fire Department – Thermal Camera
  • Marquette County 4-H Leaders – Freezer for Food Stand
  • Montello Fire Department – Two 30′ Poles
  • Easter Seals – Campership Funds
  • Marquette County Youth Organizations Association – Exhibit Cases
  • Lincoln High School – Trees
  • Wautoma Area Fire District – Turnout Gear
  • Westfield Post Prom – Entertainment
  • Ethel Everhard Memorial Library – StoryWalk Posts
  • Wild Rose School District – Commercial Refrigerator
  • Woodland Church Community Quilters – Quilting Supplies


  • Marquette County Sheriff’s Office – Trailer for Drone Search and Rescue Team
  • Marquette County Home and Community Education – New Website
  • Wisconsin Rapids Kiwanis Club – Chairs
  • Briggsville Fire Company – New Fire Hose
  • Portage Curling Association – Wheelchair Ramp
  • Quilts of Valor – Fabric, Batting, and Backings
  • Big Flats Fire Department – Replacement AED Batteries
  • Randolph Cambria-Friesland FFA – Expand FFA Food Bank
  • BREATHE – Property Improvements
  • Adams County Humane Society – Printing and Mailing Expenses
  • Pardeeville Area School District – Refrigerator and Freezer
  • New Chester Fire and Rescue – Replacement Turnout Gear
  • South Burr Oak United Methodist Church – AED
  • Alex C. Dove Foundation – Washer, Dryer, and Refrigerator
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church – Community Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church – Hygiene Supplies
  • Wautoma Area Fire District – Handheld Radios
  • Easter Seals Wisconsin – Campership Funds
  • Assumption Catholic Schools – SMART Displays
  • Briggsville Fire Company – Pagers