oruUnlike many other charities, every dollar that is donated to ORU is available for distribution!

Since its inception in 1994, Operation Round-Up has helped 681 families who have suffered catastrophic events. To date, the program has disbursed $2,507,288.27 to help Members in need.

This Program Would Not Be  Successful Without The Generosity Of Our Members!

Operation Round-Up funds are used to help families who have suffered catastrophic events, due to no fault of their own and Members usually pay less than 50¢ per month! Funds are not used to pay electric bills. Operation Round-Up is governed by a Board of Trustees from the Cooperative’s nine districts.

Joining is easy!  You can sign up in SmartHub at SmartHub login.  Once in SmartHub, select the ‘Billing & Payments’ tab, then ‘Operation Round Up’.  You can also call your local WREC office and ask to be included in this worthwhile program. Join Operation Round-Up today and start making a difference in your community!





So, how does it work?

Once a Member signs up to participate in Operation Round-Up through the SmartHub login their monthly bill will be rounded up to the nearest dollar every month.

For example, if your bill is $137.45 it will be rounded up to $138.00. This means you would pay the $138.00 as your monthly bill with $0.55 being donated to Operation Round-Up.






Applying For Operation Round-UpORU Assistance

If you know of any member that may need assistance through  Operation Round-Up you can email operationroundup@wrec.net for an application.

Applications are also available for downloading and printing by clicking here: 

Operation Round-Up Application Form.

Requirements for Operation Round-Up Assistance:

  • Be a WREC Member for over one year.
  • Have a catastrophic event in the household. (loss of income due to illness or injury, house fire, natural disaster, house repairs if they are causing health hazard etc.)
  • Have a long-term resolution.
  • Proof of income (examples: pay checks, SSI, etc.)



Meet Theresa Perez from Hudson

  Meet Theresa Perez, resident of Hudson. Theresa has stage 4 breast cancer, which has spread to her skull and bones. The flooring in her mobile home has become very dangerous for her as there are many soft spots, where only carpet is keeping her from falling through. She is at a very high risk for fractures and/or broken bones due to her medical conditions. Theresa cannot afford the costs to repair her mobile home floor and asked for assistance to fix the most crucial areas on the floor. WREC was able to help Ms. Perez with these repairs due to our wonderful members who contribute each month to Operation Round-Up.



Meet Jane Joeckel from Brooksville

Meet Jane Joeckel, a resident of Brooksville. Jane has suffered from chronic respiratory, immunological, and general malaise symptoms in association with the development of mold growth in her home. After a home visit by our supervisors, we learned that Ms. Joeckel needed a new roof right away before the leaking, damage, and her symptoms got any worse. Thanks to our wonderful and generous members for contributing to Operation Round-Up each month, we were able to provide her with a new roof.

“Dear WRECares family, I am deeply grateful for your generous help! I don’t know what I would have done without you! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. -Sincerely, Jane Joeckel.”



Meet Susan and Laszlo Dattler from New Port Richey

Susan and Laszlo Dattler are from New Port Richey.  The Dattler’s  have multiple health issue and limited income.  They have been Co-op members since 1982.  The Dattler’s  never needed ORU until recently when their A/C broke and they didn’t have the money to repair it.  The Florida heat was taking a toll on them and further aggravated their health issues.  ORU replaced their A/C system to help provide some relief for this family.



Meet Marty Martin from Port Richey

Marty Martin is a member from Port Richey.  Unfortunately, Marty was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.  In battling this disease, he went through chemo and radiation and still must go through intravenous therapy.  Marty is on disability now and with limited income, there is not much left over.  Marty’s roof was in desperate need of repair.  ORU replaced the roof so Marty can continue his treatment and recovery at home.



Meet Lynn Simon from Spring Hill

Lynn Simon was a caretaker of her husband until he passed away in 2016.  They were married for 42 years.  Now she lives alone on a small income.  Lynn is handicapped and walks with a cane 85% of the time.  She also has several other health issues and been admitted into the hospital on multiple occasions due to double pneumonia.

Ms. Simon’s reached out to Operation Round-Up when her hot water heater stopped working.  She could not afford to have it replaced.  She was without hot water for over a month, and due to her medical condition, it was vital that she had hot water in her home.

Thanks to the generosity of our Members who participate in this worthwhile program, Ms. Simon was able to replace the hot water heater with a new one.