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 (President)
Josh Steffan (Vice President)
Ryan Kadrmas (Secretary)
Cheryl Roshau (Treasurer)
With 8,000 Roughrider Electric Cooperative members, the money raised makes a big difference. We have distributed $560,000 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 not want to be a part of this wonderful program.
Would you like to apply for funding?
2020 Operation Roundup Recipients
Marketplace of Ideas/Marketplace for Kids, Inc.
Hill Top Heritage Foundation
St. Luke’s Home
Peace Lutheran Church
Mercer County Ambulance Service
Richardton-Taylor Public Schools & PAWS
Pick City Fire Department
Hope Christian Academy
Mercer County Historical Society
Stark County Council on Aging Elder Care Home
Center Community Pool
Western Wellness Fndn/Best Friends Mentoring
Common Threads Guild
Quilts of Valor Foundation
Home on the Range
BIO Girls – Hazen/Beulah
Belfield Senior Citizen’s Activity Club
Twin River Saddle Club Picnic Tables
Injured Military Wildlife Project of ND
Billing County Rural Fire Department
Maah Dah Hey Trail Association
Golden Valley Park
Materials for Education Day
Office Desk and Chair
Two Smart Tablets for Residents
Sign and Bench for Community Garden
Bench and Table for Park
Three SCBA Bottles
Replace Duct Work
Home Delivered Meal Trays
Air Handling Unit
Computer Upgrade Components
Material for Quilts
Material for Quilts
New Workout Equipment
Life Skills Program
Three Veteran Elk Hunts
Purchase of Chains and Chain Saws
Two Benches for Trail