Brookings register | Sioux Valley Energy Operation Round Up Passes $ 2 Million Milestone

COLMAN – Sioux Valley Energy members have taken a big step forward by donating more than $ 2 million to support worthy causes in their communities through the co-op’s Operation Round Up program.

The Operation Round Up (ORU) Board of Directors recently awarded $ 3,000 to Child’s Remembrance Garden in Luverne, Minnesota, which helped the ORU program exceed the $ 2 million mark. The garden, which will be located in the northwest corner of Luverne, will provide a space for families who have lost a child to mourn, remember and heal. Construction of the garden is expected to begin in spring 2022. Other ORU awards given out this quarter are listed below.

The funds for Operation Round Up come from Sioux Valley Energy members who round their electricity bills to the highest dollar and from employees who donate their paycheques. About 85 percent of Sioux Valley Energy members and nearly 90 percent of employees contribute. On average, participating members donate $ 0.57 per month.

“Operation Round Up has impacted approximately 900 organizations across Sioux Valley Energy’s service territory footprint in just over 20 years. It has made a real difference in people’s lives; a tangible impact on the well-being of communities in the region, ”said CEO and CEO Tim McCarthy.

McCarthy added, “We are grateful to our members who are ready to round their electric bills to support the Operation Round Up program and are proud to have been able to help so many people with the $ 2 million the fund has awarded. . “

Examples of the types of organizations that have received funding in the past are daycare associations, schools, nursing homes, sports clubs, vocational schools, youth groups (scouting, 4-H, clubs recall, hockey), scholarship programs, humanity programs, fire departments, cities, special needs for individuals, and senior food programs.

The Board of Directors of Operation Round Up is appointed by the Board of Directors of Sioux Valley Energy. Current ORU board members include Brenda Volkers (Brookings County), Alvina Harvey (General Representative living in Minnehaha County), Dan LaRock (Rock County), Greg Benda (Lake County), Joyce DeClerk (Moody County), Connie Hillard (Pipestone County) and Jeff Thompson (Minnehaha County).

The region served by Operation Round Up includes the Sioux Valley Energy service area, which has seven counties. Grant money must be spent within these limits. The electrical service area includes the counties of Rock and Pipestone in Minnesota, and Brookings, Lake, Moody, Minnehaha and part of the counties of Kingsbury.

Sioux Valley Energy, a benchmark energy Cooperative is a member-owned utility, providing reliable electrical service at cost-based rates to more than 27,000 homes, farms, businesses and industries in a seven-county region of east-central South Dakota and South Dakota. southwestern Minnesota.

Additional ORU grants were awarded to the following organizations in December:

• Bishop Dudley Home (Minnehaha)

• Brookings County Historical Society (Brookings, Lake, Moody & Minnehaha)

• Character on Track (All Counties in South Dakota)

• Chester Area School (Brookings, Lake, Moody & Minnehaha)

• Chester Area Christian Athletes Scholarship (Brookings, Lake, Minnehaha & Moody)

• Child’s Remembrance Garden-Luverne Area Community Foundation (Pipestone and Rock)

• Christ Lutheran Church Daycare (Minnehaha)

• East Dakota Transit (lake)

• ELC-Pipestone (Educational Learning Center) (Brookings and Pipestone)

• Flandreau After Prom Organization (Moody)

• Generations, Inc. (Pipe and Rock)

• Jasper Community Ambulance (Pipestone and Rock)

• Lake County 4-H Leaders (Lake, Minnehaha & Moody)

• ORR Boys Basketball Class of 2028 (Lake and Moody)

• ORR-Class of 2030 Women’s Basketball (Lake and Moody)

• Pipestone County Historical Society (Pipestone)

• Pipestone Hiawatha Park Commission, Lights at the Lodge (Pipestone) event

• Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Dakota, Inc (all counties)

• Sioux Falls Public School Education Foundation (Minnehaha)

• South Dakota Youth Foundation, Inc (Brookings and Minnehaha)

• STARS-Brookings Interagency Council (Brookings)

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