Operation Round Up is a charitable giving program through the Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative (YVEC). This program started in August of 2017 and greatly benefits local non-profit groups and organizations in the communities we serve.
How it Works
Member’s bills will be rounded up to the next whole dollar amount. For example, if your monthly electric bill is $83.95, it will be rounded up to $84.00, with the extra $.05 cents going to the Operation Round Up fund. On average, each member donates less than $7.00 annually. Together, this makes a huge difference for so many charities and non-profit organizations. All YVEC members are automatically enrolled in the Operation Round Up program. Any member who does not wish to participate in the program can call the office, or email to opt-out of the program.
Each quarter a committee of YVEC members, including one member of the Board of Trustees and a few employees, reviews and determines which local charities and non-profit organizations will receive funding. The committee takes the recommended applications to the YVEC Board of Trustees for final approval.
Typically, the funding is used to address crucial needs such as food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and education. Operation Round Up funds may not be used for political purposes, shipping, salaries, administrative costs, personal sponsorships/benefits. No more than $10,000 will be allocated to a charity or organization in one calendar year.
To date, YVEC’s Operation Round Up committee has awarded $128,000 to 28 different local charities and organizations. More than 200 electric cooperatives across the nation are participating in this program showing their commitment to their communities.
If you have questions or want to know more about Operation Round Up, please call the office headquarters at (406) 348-3411.
Application deadlines for 2020 are as follows:
- March 1
- June 1
- September 1
- December 1