A total of $37,700 was recently awarded to support more than 100 local organizations throughout Lake Region Electric Cooperative's (LREC) service area. The funds were distributed through the cooperative's Operation Round Up Program.

Locally, the Deer Creek Fire Department, Bluffton Fire and Rescue, Deer Creek Deer Trails Day, Bluffton Hometown Days, Son Rise Christian School Scholarship Fund, and the Wadena-Deer Creek High School Scholarship Fund received donations thanks to LREC members who choose to participate in the cooperative's voluntary fundraising program.

Beneficiaries in this round of funding included 27 area fire departments, 13 post prom committees, 24 local high school and college scholarship foundations, and 24 community festivals and events. Five county 4-H extension offices - supporting Becker, Clay, East Otter Tail, West Otter Tail, and Wilkin County 4-H Programs were awarded funds, in addition to the county fair associations in each of those regions. Fourteen area food shelves were awarded $400 each to help support their ongoing commitment to serve our local communities.

"All of this is possible because of the generosity of Lake Region's members," says LREC CEO Tim Thompson." As a cooperative, we are committed to not only providing our members with safe, reliable, and affordable electricity, but also investing in and strengthening the communities we serve. The Operation Round Up Program is unique to electric cooperatives, allowing us to directly support local non-profit entities."

Operation Round Up is a charitable fundraising program through Lake Region Electric Cooperative. The trust fund is overseen by a volunteer, nine-member board of trustees, who are selected to serve by LREC's Board of Directors. Since October 2007, LREC's Operation Round Up Program has awarded a total of $207,913.64 to area organizations.