A Community Assistance Program
How does Operation Round Up® work?
"Small change that changes lives," is the foundation that ORU is built upon. ORU gathers voluntary contributions from LEC members enrolled in the program. These members have authorized the Cooperative to "round up" their monthly electric bill to the next higher dollar. For example, if the bill is $68.54, it is rounded up to $69.00 and the extra 46 cents is contributed to the ORU fund. All administrative costs are absorbed by the Cooperative.
How much can I expect to contribute each year?
The amount "rounded up" on each participating member's bill averages a total of $6 per year. The monthly billing statement shows how much is being donated to ORU each month, along with a year-end statement. The amount contributed to ORU is tax deductible as tax laws permit.
Who benefits from Operation Round Up®?
Low-income families, individuals and senior citizens who qualify for assistance through designated social service agencies can benefit from the program.
How are the Operation Round Up® funds distributed?
Winter heating assistance grants are paid by distributing ORU funds through LEC's in-house energy assistance program.
How do I sign up to donate to Operation Round Up®?
• Check the 'Please enroll me in Operation Roundup' box on your electric bill
As a member of LEC, you will receive a monthly copy of Rural Montana magazine, the official publication of the Montana Electric Cooperatives' Association. Rural Montana is published by Montana's rural electric and telephone cooperatives in the interest of better rural and urban understanding of the benefits and the problems of rural utilities.
In the center pages of Rural Montana you will find LEC's 4-page newsletter, News & Views. News & Views includes information about current events, special notices of meetings, stories about co-op customers and much more. It also features regular information about the co-op, including a message from the general manager, and energy and safety information. To view issues of LEC's News & Views, click on the links below. The statewide version of the magazine can be found at http://www.montanaco-ops.com/rural-montana-magazine-archives/