Local electric cooperative makes impact with $57,180 in donations

Fire departments, schools and food shelfs were among the organizations receiving funding Monday night during Lake Region Electric Cooperative’s (LREC) Operation Round Up (ORU) meeting. ORU Board Trustees were overjoyed to award $57,180 between 112 local organizations within LREC’s service territory.

“Whenever a group of volunteer individuals can come together and make an impact like this for our communities, it is always special,” stated LREC’s Vice President/CFO Amanda Fuller. “It is a privilege to serve as the Operation Round Up Executive Director and see the care and meaningful conversations around each donation request and awarded amount.”

During the Jan. 8 allocation, organizations receiving funding were:

  • $17,700 between 23 schools for scholarships
  • $15,600 between 26 fire departments for department expenses
  • $6,720 between 14 food pantries for the March food drive
  • $5,520 between 23 cities for community festivals
  • $3,120 between five county extension offices for 4-H programs
  • $3,120 between 13 schools for post prom party expenses
  • $3,000 to the Barnesville Area Community Fund
  • $2,400 between five county fair associations for fair expenses

Through ORU’s efforts since 2007, this charitable fundraising program has awarded $683,550. “Since 2007, we have donated a substantial amount to our communities, and we couldn’t do this without our generous members,” says Fuller. “When members round up the change on their electric bill through Operation Round Up, we strengthen our communities and change lives.”

Are you a member of Lake Region and would like to participate in ORU? Are you a community member and have a project needing funding? Please visit www.lrec.coop/ORU to learn more, fill out an application or view our previous donations. Applications for the next round of funding will be accepted until March 15, 2024.

The community of Parkers Prairie was presented an Operation Round Up check during their basketball game halftime on Jan. 8. The $1,920 will benefit the Parkers Prairie High School Scholarship Fund, Parkers Prairie Fire Department, Prairie Food Shelf and the Parkers Prairie Fall Festival. From left to right: Parkers Prairie Activities Director John Noga and LREC District 9 Director Gary Olson.