Operation Round-Up

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

Since its inception in 1994, Operation Round-Up has helped 664 families who have suffered catastrophic events. To date, the program has disbursed $2,375,242.23 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, 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.

If you know of any member that may need assistance through Operation Round-Up you can email [email protected] 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)
  • Have a long-term resolution.


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.


Picture of the Caffrey Family

Meet the Caffery family

The Caffery family lives in Brooksville.  Their daughter, Emma, is special needs and was recently in the hospital for over a month.  Due to medical bills they fell behind in their mortgage.  Operation Round-Up was approved to pay for four months of payments.  Thanks to the generosity of the Members who donate to Operation Round-Up, they were able to stay in their 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.


Picture of the Lutzker Family

Meet the Lutzker Family!

The Lutzker family are recent recipients. Their daughter Hailee was diagnosed with a brain tumor and had to undergo two surgeries and multiple doctor visits. Due to high medical bills and ongoing appointments, they fell behind in their rent, and were given a 3-day eviction notice. Funds from Operation Round-Up paid their back rent to prevent eviction so Hailee could rest comfortably as she continues to recuperate. If you are not currently participating, please consider joining this beneficial program.