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 $685,000 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 info@roughriderelectric.com if you do would like to participate in this wonderful program.

Would you like to apply for funding?

Online Operation Round Up Application

Operation Roundup Board member photo

Operation Roundup Guidelines

Operation Roundup Application Print Version

2023 Operation Roundup Recipients

Badlands Art Association
Hill Top Heritage Foundation
Oliver County Fair
Elks Camp Grassick
BIO Girls
Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizions
Stark County Fair Association
Mercer County Fair
Hope's Landing WEM
Richardton Baseball Club
Energy Capital Cooperative Child Care
Richardton Healthcare Foundation
Zap Rural Fire Protection District
Oliver County Rural Fire Protection District
Hazen Public Library
Dickinson Trinity Catholic Schools
Beulah Elementary School
Hazen 5-8 Grade LEGO League
Mercer County Fair


Display grid standards and workshop costs
Purchase of Soares Smart Spa
Fairground improvements
Purchase tent, sleeping bags and yard games
Site fee to host camp
Food for pantry sponsored by Killdeer Girl Scout Troop # 85112
Covered show arena
Stock panels
Snowblower and freezer
Youth jerseys
Child transport
Apollo bathing system
Radio replacements
Repair and replace equipment
Window replacements
Teacher packs and graphing calculators
Playground equipment and benches
LEGO spike robot
Sheep and goat panels