The power of Operation RoundUp

The power of Operation RoundUp

Operation RoundUp started as a simple idea nearly 30 years ago: Round up the co-op member- owner’s electric bill to the next highest dollar, then donate those funds collectively to support programs or services in the community. Today, hundreds of electric co-ops throughout the country, including Roanoke Electric Cooperative, continue to embrace this concept.

Patrice Jordan presents Operation RoundUp check to
Murfreesboro Police Chief David Griffith
and Town Administrator Carolyn Brown

Recently, the co-op’s Roanoke Care Trust awarded grants to support the following local endeavors:

  • Murfreesboro Police Department: $5,000 to fund laptop computers for squad cars to replace obsolete laptops.
  • Garysburg Volunteer Fire Department: $3,000 to fund replacement turnout gear for firefighters.
  • Upper Room Assembly Compassion Central in Gatesville: $1,250 to fund heating and electric costs and insulation of food pantry.
  •  Aulander Police Department: $4,500 to fund five body armor vests.

Here’s how the program works: If your bill for January was $25.85, you could round your payment up to $26 and donate the extra 15 cents to the program.

The co-op estimates that the average co-op member donates 50 cents per month, or $6 annually. The maximum amount that a member-owner is allowed to contribute in one calendar year is $11.88.

Funds are awarded to charitable, education and youth development, economic development or community development organizations helping to meet the needs of underserved populations or geographic areas within the co-op’s service territory.

If you are interested in signing up to contribute, please call 252-209-2236. For more information and to sign up to round up your monthly payment, visit the Operation RoundUp program page on the co-op's website.

Date Published

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 3:13pm
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