Operation Round Up® began at KEC in November 2002 and since has donated more than $1,000,000 to those in need in our region. More than 200 electric cooperatives across the nation are operating this program showing their commitment to their communities. Operation Round Up is just what its name implies. Each month, KEC "rounds up" the electric bills of participating consumers to the next highest dollar. For example, a consumer's monthly bill of $52.73 would be automatically rounded up to $53.00, with the additional 27 cents going to the Operation Round Up fund. Donations are tax deductible, and you will be sent a summary of your yearly contributions on January and February statements. Through participation in Operation Round Up, the average contribution per member is approximately fifty cents ($.50) a month, or six dollars ($6) per year.
All Operation Round Up donations are placed in trust and administered by an independent Board of Directors called the Kootenai Electric Trust. The Trust is made up of members who are community leaders and serve on the Board on a voluntary basis. It is they who receive and evaluate all requests for funds and determine how they will be distributed. 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. Operation Round Up funds stay right here in our area.
Participation in Operation Round Up is strictly voluntary. Members who choose not to take part may withdraw by simply notifying KEC of their decision at any point. Members can contact KEC in writing, by phone or email.
Trust Board Members include: Jay Baker, District 1; Jessica Bacon Wourms, Secretary/Treasurer, District 2; Jim Kehrer, District 3; John Whittaker, District 4; Fred Muhs, District 5; Tom Craig Zajicek, Chair, District At-Large; and Cheri Zao, Vice-Chair, At-Large.
Learn about who is receiving the grants.