Operation Round Up Aids Local People
Vernon Electric’s Operation Round Up Board awarded a $500 grant to the Valley Stewardship Network. In January VSN completed the Kickapoo River Watershed Assessment, a detailed scientific report analyzing the health of the streams and rivers within the Kickapoo Watershed. VSN will use this grant to make its findings known and improve citizen, farmer, tourist and local lawmakers’ knowledge of the watershed and the water cycle. Pictured are Dave Maxwell, Vernon Electric's Director of Marketing & Communications and Katya Leonard, VSN's Water Quality Program Manager.
Vernon Electric Cooperative started Operation Round Up several years ago as an opportunity to help charity organizations and families in need. The program is completely voluntary and allows co-op members to round-up their electric bill to the next nearest dollar and the extra change is then donated to a worthy cause.
For example, if your electric bill is $91.56, it would be rounded up to $92.00. The difference (44 cents) would then go into the Operation Round Up Trust Fund. A volunteer board looks at applications on a quarterly basis and chooses where to donate the funds. The more co-op members that participate, the greater amount of money can be donated. The average donation would amount to $6.00 per year per participating member.
Vernon Electric Cooperative members can join the program by checking the appropriate box on their electric bill, or simply by contacting Vernon Electric. You can withdraw from the program at any time. For more information call 608-634-3121, 1-800-447-5051 or click here.