Operation RoundUp awards nearly $13,000 in support of community efforts

The Roanoke Electric Co-op Care Trust Board has allocated nearly $13,000 to support seven community initiatives, as part the co-op’s Operation RoundUp program.
At its April 15 quarterly meeting, the board designated  $12,815 in charitable grants to the following local organizations:

  • Union Rural Fire Dept. of Hertford County, Inc.(Ahoskie):  Awarded $2,500 to help upgrade radio communications for its fire engine.
  • Bertie High School Athletics Dept. (Windsor): Awarded $2,535 to purchase strength training equipment for their student athletes.
  • Lasker Vol Fire Dept. (Lasker): Awarded $2,500 to help fund the replacement of outdated and broken pagers, essential for the communications during emergencies.
  • Northampton County Relay For Life(Rich Square): Awarded $2,000 to support the Relay for Life of Northampton County fundraising event benefitting the fight against cancer.
  • Halifax County Cooperative Extension(Halifax): Awarded $719 to purchase a “Poultry Learning Lab Kit” to enhance educational opportunities for youth participating in the 4-H Livestock Program and local students.
  • Bertie Cooperative Extension Service(Windsor): Awarded $1,800 to help fund the purchase of audio/visual equipment needed for its “teaching kitchen.” The kitchen, which is undergoing a renovation, will be used to educate county residents on healthy food choices, food safety and preservation.
  • Roanoke Rapids Public Library(Roanoke Rapids):  Awarded $761.85 in support of its Summer Learning Program. Funds will be used to help students maintain their reading levels during the summer.

Through the Operation RoundUp program, participating member owners 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.

“It’s amazing how big the impact is on our communities, as a result of the small contributions of individual member-owners,” said Patrice Jordan,  the co-op’s coordinator of community relations and engagement. “Their support makes a positive difference in the communities where we live and work.”
For more information about how to participate in Operation RoundUp, please call 252-209-2236 or visit www.roanokeelectric.com/roundup.