Operation Round Up: Electric Companies Giving Back

The seven members of the LYREC Operation Roundup Board had a very important decision to make, Thursday, Sept. 22. The board members met in the LYREC board room as they do every quarter to decide who to award the funds accumulated by the Lower Yellowstone Rural Electric Trust.

Operation Round Up is a program originally founded in 1989 by Palmetto Electric in Hilton Head Island, SC. It has since been adopted by many energy cooperatives across the country. When the program is in effect customers may round off their electric bill to the next dollar with the difference going to a fund set up by the program board. The most any member donates per year is $11.88, but on average, it is $6 a year. LYREC has been doing it since 2017. Operation Round Up funds are not given to individuals or families. Instead, the funds are awarded to non-profit and community organizations in the general service area of LYREC. They must apply for Operation Round Up funds by contacting the LYREC office in Sidney or they can download an application on http://www.lyrec.coop. Funds are disbursed to the awarded organization in the general service area of LYREC for charitable, education, scientific, health, or safety purposes. No funds of the trust are in any fashion to be used to support any candidate for political office or any political purpose. No more than $2,500 will be given to any one group, organization, charity, or like organization per year.

The Operation Round Up Board is separate from the LYREC's board and has one board member from each of the seven districts served by the company. Currently, Wendy Johnson represents District 1 which includes Girard, Sioux Pass, and Fairview. She is also the secretary and treasurer of the board. Jen Boyer represents District 2, which includes Sidney. Angie Olson represents District 3, which includes Crane. Mary Hagler represents District 4 which includes Savage. Jessica Berwick is District 5, which includes Bainville, Buford, and Trenton. Dylan Klasna, board vice president, represents District 6, which includes Elmdale, Mona, and Andes. President Ann Bouchard represents District 7, which includes Enid and Lambert.

The LYREC office can be reached by phone at 406-488-1602 or 844-441-5627 on Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or by email at [email protected]. Their website is http://www.lyrec.com. Applications for Operation Round Up can be found on LYREC's website. Operation Round Up applications are due March 15, June 15, Sept. 15, and Dec. 15 of each year.


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