Operation RoundUp awards $15,000 in grants to local nonprofits

The Roanoke Electric Co-op awarded $15,036.96 in grant funding to support six community programs and services. At its April 21 quarterly meeting, the co-op’s Care Trust Board designated financial assistance for the following nonprofit organizations:

  • Lincoln Heights Community Center (Roanoke Rapids): Awarded $5,000 to operate the “Watch Me Grow! Youth Summer Camp
    From left to right: Jason Morris (Mayor), James M. Hux (Fire Chief), Frank Brennan (Solar Operation & Substation Lead Technician).

    and Wellness Program.” WatchMeGrow is a program that helps childcare centers increase transparency, by providing video streaming to participating children’s families. Funding will help secure supplies, including cameras for virtual classroom instruction.

  • Relay for Life Bertie County (Aulander): Awarded $750 to purchase goodie bags, including t-shirts, tote bags, and water bottles, to distribute to cancer survivors during this year’s relay.  Due to COVID safety precautions, the organization will not host its annual survivor banquet and reception.
  • Jackson Volunteer Fire Dept. (Jackson): Awarded $4,249.96 to replace two sets of turn-out gear for its firefighters. This gear includes heavyweight jackets and pant gear used to protect firefighters in hazardous situations.
  • Garysburg Volunteer Fire Dept. (Garysburg): Awarded $2,020 for new protective jacket and pant gear for firefighters, who recently joined the department.
  • Hertford-Northampton Smart Start Partnership for Children (Murfreesboro): Awarded $500 to purchase parent brochures and consumable supplies to support its annual School Transition project. Each year, the partnership offers activities and provides transitional kits to local children starting childcare, Pre-k or kindergarten.
  • Blue Jay Recreation Center (Windsor): Awarded $2,517 to purchase a three-row bleacher/double footboards for its grand opening.

Through the Operation RoundUp program, member-owners can round up their electric bills to the next highest dollar each month to help charitable programs and initiatives in the community. Grants are allocated quarterly.
“We are incredibly grateful that our member-owners are able to help support these community endeavors. Many of these nonprofit organizations took a hit last year due to the pandemic,” said Patrice Jordan, the co-op’s coordinator of community relations and engagement. “Your support is making a significant difference for the better.”
Local nonprofits are encouraged to apply for grant funding. To be considered for the next quarter, applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., June 28, 2021.
Visit https://www.roanokeelectric.com/community/operation-roundup/ for more information.