Operation Roundup is an innovative community service fund raising program that gives members an easy way to help those in need. By allowing their electric bill to be "rounded up" to the next dollar they can work together with other members to change lives. For example, a monthly bill of $52.74 would be rounded up to $53.00. The additional 26 cents collected would be is placed in a trust administered by the Operation Roundup Board of Directors (the board) along with all other participating members' rounded up amounts.
There are 231 cooperatives in 37 states that have similar programs. Funds in those programs have been used for a variety of things including helping local fire departments, ambulance services, schools, and individuals in need.
Members who have signed up to participate will notice their bills will include a line item showing the amount that has been "rounded up." All donations are tax deductible and every January and February a summary of yearly contributions will be included on the electric bills of all participating members.
At the board's discretion funds are disbursed to organizations for food, clothing, shelter, health needs, and education. Operation Roundup funds may not be used for political purposes. The following members serve on the Operation Roundup board. Representing Lake County is John Kester, Ph.D. of Twin Lakes; from Chaffee County is Robert Hahn of Buena Vista; from the Town of Buena Vista is Linda Andersen; from Custer County is Marci Gregg; and from Fremont County is Ron Meyers. Joining the five representatives is Wes Duran of Lake County, who serves on the SDCEA board of directors, and Paul Erickson, CEO of SDCEA.
Operation Roundup is an exciting extension of SDCEA's commitment to the people and the community which makes up our cooperative. Clearly, it's a way for a few cents to make lots of sense. If you haven't already signed up to contribute your cents contact us at (800) 933-3823 or (719) 395-2412, or by email at email@example.com.
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