Roughrider Electric Cooperative members have the opportunity to take part in Operation Round Up.
Americans formed electric cooperatives across the nation in the 1940s. Since then, we have dedicated ourselves to improving the quality of life for people in our service area.
One of our successful community service efforts is the Operation Round Up program. Through Operation Round Up, we round up a participating member's electric bills to the next highest dollar. For example, a member's monthly bill of $52.73 would round up to $53.00, with the extra 27 cents going to the Operation Round Up fund. We are able to donate roughly six dollars for each participating member annually. We then give that pool of money to a variety of worthy causes throughout our service area. It totals about $40,000 per year!
The idea for Operation Round Up began at Palmetto Electric Cooperative in Hilton Head, S.C., many years ago. Co-op leaders there saw a need to help communities and started the fund. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have helped many people over the years. And it's all with accumulated "change" on each electric bill.
Operation Round Up is successful because of the generosity of our members. The Operation Round Up foundation board has two directors from each district and one at-large member. They are a seven-member board.
Current Board Members:
- Randy Becker - East (President)
- Josh Steffan - At Large (Vice President)
- Ryan Kadrmas - Middle (Secretary)
- Cheryl Roshau - West (Treasurer)
- Ila Perhus - Middle
- Leilani Meyhoff - East
- Jodi Johnson - West
With 8,000 Roughrider Electric Cooperative members, the money raised makes a big difference. We have distributed $601,000 since inception in 2002. Worthy charities, needy individuals, and service organizations in our service area have all benefited. The foundation board meets twice a year to review applications and disperse funds. Deadlines for applications are July 1 and January 1. Examples include area fire departments, ambulance squads, schools, non-profit projects and other non-political projects.
By just adding up a few cents each month, our consumers can contribute to many worthwhile causes.
We encourage all members to take part in Operation Round Up and see the results your small donation will help generate. By giving a few cents each month, Roughrider Electric Cooperative members are making a big impact. The foundation board, the cooperative board and staff thank you for your participation.
The program is voluntary. Call us, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you do would like to participate in this wonderful program.
Would you like to apply for funding?
2020 Operation Roundup Recipients
Ukraninian Cultural Institute
Zion Lutheran Church
Maah Daah Hey Trail Association
Twin River Saddle Club
Western Wellness Foundation/Best Friends Mentoring
Billings County Rural Fire Department
Pine Room, St. Joseph's Church, Dickinson
Camp ReCReation, Richardton
Richardton Park District
Hazen Wrestling Club
Injured Military Wildlife Project of ND
New Hradec Catholic Workman Hall
Hazen Senior Citizen Council
St Josephats Cemetery, Gorham
The Professional Relay for Life Team, Gladstone
Slope Area Rifle and Pistol Club
Association to Meet Emergency Needs
Concordia Lutheran Church, Beulah
Riverdale-Pick City Ambulance Service
Stark County Council on Aging Elder Care
Twin River Saddle Club, Stanton
Trail Restoration and Self Closing Gate
Arena for Children Learning to Ride
Cut-Off Saws and Chain Saws
Community Pool Diving Board
Cull Elk Hunt for one Veteran
Handicapped Outdoor Bathroom Facility
Handicapped Door Opener
Cabinet and Supplies for AED
Training Equipment and Supplies
Home Delivered Meal Trays
Safety Barrier Panels