Community: Operation Round Up
Operation Round Up®
Small change that changes lives
Operation Round Up is a community service program through which PPCS is able to help those less fortunate in our communities.
Funding for Operation Round Up is provided by members of PPCS who volunteer to round up their monthly energy bills to the next dollar. For example, if your energy bill is $41.20, it will automatically be rounded up to $42, with the additional 80 cents going to the Operation Round Up fund. Your Operation Round Up donation appears as a separate line item on your monthly energy bill.
On average, this amounts to about 50 cents each month, or $6 annually, for each participating member. With this pool of money, we are able to support worthy causes within the communities throughout our service area.
Operation Round Up funds are distributed to organizations (primarily non-profit groups with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status), that will benefit individuals and families within the communities served by PPCS. Grants will be awarded to support programs and projects that enhance the quality of life within our communities. Examples include emergency assistance (fires or natural disasters), public safety, health care, self-sufficiency, basic human needs, education, cultural environment enhancements, and combating economic and social problems.
For more information, view Frequently Asked Questions (pdf).
At the April board meeting, Operation Round Up grants were awarded to the following:
- Pepin County Sherriff Department - Purchase of a new defibrillator - $2,500
- Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley - Parent education programs - $1,000
- Lund Fire Department - Mobile repeater for Public Safety Radio system - $2,902
- Ellsworth Senior Citizen Center - Tables for meeting spaces - $340
At the January board meeting, Operation Round Up grants were awarded to the following:
- Basics for Local Kids, Inc. - winter clothing for local children - $3,000.00
- Plum City/Union Township Fire & Rescue - assistance with purchase of Jaws of Life - $5,000
Grants awarded in 2016
The PPCS Board of Directors awarded significant Operation Round Up grants within the communities served by the cooperative. All were made possible through contributions to the program by participating PPCS electric members.
“The generosity of our members allows us to offer support to those less fortunate, which is a true testament to their concern for their communities,” says Larry Dokkestul, president and CEO.
Participation in Operation Round Up is voluntary
Operation Round Up is a voluntary program. If you do not wish to participate, you can opt out at anytime by sending us an e-mail or 715-273-4355, 800-924-2133.
Applying for a grant
Organizations, Individuals and families who wish to apply for a grant are invited to submit an application. Operation Round Up instructions and applications are available online for your convenience.
Applications are reviewed quarterly by the PPCS Board of Directors. Applications must be received by: March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15.