How it Works
Operation Round Up is a charitable fundraising program that helps support charitable needs in our service area. Members can choose to “round up” their monthly electric bills to the nearest whole dollar, on average, $6 a year. The trust fund is overseen by a volunteer, nine-member board of trustees, who are selected to serve by LREC’s board of directors. The board of trustees meets quarterly
to review donation applications and select grant recipients.
How to Participate
To be a part of this voluntary program, check the box on your billing statement or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now it's even easier to sign online. Just log into your SmartHub account.
- Log into SmartHub and visit the Billing & Payments tab, then select Operation Round Up.
- Click Enroll and accept the Terms and Conditions.
- Choose an Enrollment Option and click Confirm. You have the option to unenroll anytime.
You may also complete the Operation Round Up Participation Agreement and send that to us.
How to Get Funding
If you have a community project that needs funding, complete the Operation Round Up Application form and return it with supporting documentation for consideration.
Applications for funding will be accepted until June 15, 2020.
Contributions will be distributed primarily in the local area served by Lake Region Electric Cooperative. Donations will be limited to non-profit, charitable organizations. Non-profit organizations that have been granted IRS Code 501(c)(3) status and serve a large number of people will be given priority.
Congratulations to the nonprofit organizations that received Operation Round-Up donations! And thank you to the Lake Region Electric Cooperative members who help support their community by volunteering to have their electric bill rounded up each month.
Fourteen local food shelves in Lake Region Electric Cooperative’s service area will receive extra funds through the cooperative’s Operation Round Up Program. These funds will assist with immediate needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
At an April 13 meeting, the Operation Round Up Board of Trustees decided to award an additional $7,700 to help with the urgent needs local families are facing as a result of COVID-19. This funding was awarded on top of the Operation Round Up donations food shelves received in March, so they could benefit from the annual MN Food Share campaign that provides a proportional match. MN Food Share has extended the March campaign to April 30 because of the ‘incredible and immense work food shelves have taken on at this time.’
In order to give priority to food shelves, the board of trustees elected to defer application requests at the next board of trustees meeting. Applicants requesting funding were notified that their application will be reviewed at the next meeting. The total amount awarded since 2007 is $331,231.64.
Operation Round Up is a voluntary charitable fundraising program through Lake Region Electric Cooperative. The trust fund is overseen by a volunteer, nine-member board of trustees, who are selected to serve by LREC’s board of directors.