Operation Round Up
Brown County REA members may choose to round up their electric bill to the nearest dollar each month and have the difference donated to the Brown County Rural Electric Trust. New members are automatically enrolled in Operation Round Up unless they return the response card to opt out of participation.
The Trust, administered by a nine-person Board of Directors, makes quarterly contributions to worthy charitable causes throughout the REA service area. Present Trust Board members are: Lee Johnson, President; Michelle Strate, Vice President; Vicky Kral, Secretary; Jim Lilleodden, Treasurer; Arlene Helget, Kari Berg, Rhonda Mickelson, Ann Wendinger and Michelle Oswald.
Round Up contributions will be generally made to projects in the following categories
- Community Service
- Economic Development
- Education and Youth
- Emergency Energy Assistance
- Disaster Relief
Donations may also be made to individuals or families in need of financial help in dealing with a medical crisis. Applications for funding can be downloaded from this site and returned to the office.
Members who are not signed up for Round Up and would like to let your change make a difference by rounding up your bill to the next dollar each month, please call the REA office at 794-3331 or 800-658-2368. Your contributions over the course of a year will be less than $12.00, which when combined with other REA members’ donations can go a long way to help various non-profit groups, area fire and ambulance services, youth, emergency assistance and community projects. Donations to the Operation Round Up are tax deductible.