Operation RoundUp awards nearly $3,800 to Como Volunteer Fire Department

Roanoke Electric Co-op has allocated nearly $3,800 in support of Como Volunteer Fire Department in Como, N.C., as part of its Operation RoundUp program.

At its July 21 quarterly meeting, the co-op’s Care Trust Board awarded the $3,779.24 grant to the fire department so it can upgrade its self-contained breathing apparatus. These devices provide firefighters breathable air in hazardous conditions.

"I'd like to thank Roanoke for this grant," said William Turner, captain for the volunteer fire department, adding that the grant will help the department stay in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association standards. “Without you all, we couldn't make this happen."

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. The co-op estimates that the average co-op member donates 50 cents per month, or $6 annually.  Grants are allocated quarterly.

“We are incredibly grateful that our member-owners are able to support this type of charitable endeavor and make such a significant difference in our community,” said Patrice Jordan, the co-op’s coordinator of community relations and engagement.

For more information about how to participate in Operation RoundUp, please call 252- 209-2236 or visit our Operation RoundUp page.