Operation Round Up®
Operation Round Up® is Walton EMC's community service assistance program. The concept is to extend the principle on which electric cooperatives were built over 75 years ago - neighbor helping neighbor - and as a cooperative to follow one of the core principles, which is commitment to community.
The program is a simple and rewarding way for our customer-owners to raise money for local charities, needy individuals and service organizations.
Q: How is the program funded?
A: If you elect to participate, your monthly electric bill will be "rounded up" to the next dollar. For example, if your bill is $52.51, you'll pay $53.00. The extra 49 cents goes to a special fund administered by volunteer co-op members through the Walton EMC Trust. You'll give an average of 50 cents a month or $6 a year. Any administrative costs are absorbed by Walton EMC, so 100 percent of your donation is used to make life better. And the Trust's bylaws specifically prohibit paying electric bills with the money you donate. It's also tax deductible.
Q: How can I participate?
A: Becoming an Operation Round Up donor is easy! Sign Up with this form. You can discontinue your contribution at any time.
Q: How will I know how much I contribute?
A: Your monthly bill shows how much is being contributed to Operation Round Up.
The Trust Board
Members of the Walton Electric Trust Board are named by Walton EMC's Board of Directors. Each co-op board member selects a trust board member from the district he or she represents.
The trust board volunteers many hours to make sure Operation Round Up funds are spent in the most responsible way.
Board members are Nancy Abbott, Brenda Brown, Sylvia Byrd, Bill Feldkamp, David Foy, Glenn George, Ken Graff, John Hall, Don Hardison, Rita Knudsen, Deedra Leach, Elbert Rivers, Sandra Roberts, Anna Shackelford and David Williams.
Operation Round Up® Results
Here are recent individuals and groups in Walton EMC's 10-county service area that have benefited from Round Up funds:
Barrow Ministry Village (Barrow) – $1,000
Exposes those in Barrow County to the hope and love of Jesus Christ by meeting their counseling, foster family support and food needs. This grant supports their foster family program.
Camp to Belong (entire area) – $2,000
Reunites siblings placed in separate foster, adoptive or kinship homes through camping programs and events. This money is funding their 2017 summer camp.
Camp Twin Lakes (entire area) – $10,000
Provides life-changing camp experiences to children with serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges. These funds will provide scholarships for the various camps they offer.
CHRIS 180 (Gwinnett) – $5,000
Heals children, strengthens families and builds communities through mental health counseling, training, providing safe housing and skill building. This money supports their group homes serving vulnerable children in foster care.
Country Kids Camp (Walton) – $2,500
Provides youth with outdoor experiences, teambuilding and better health through exercise. This grant will provide financial assistance for children who otherwise couldn’t attend the camp.
Georgia Lions Lighthouse (entire area) – $7,500
Provides vision and hearing services through education, detection, prevention and treatment. These funds will provide glasses to those in need.
Lawrenceville Boys and Girls Club (Gwinnett) – $3,000
Seeks to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. This money is funding their Academic Success in Gwinnett County project.
Lekotek of Georgia (entire area) – $3,600
Facilitates the inclusion of children with disabilities into their families, schools and communities by providing accessible play and resources. These funds will go to the scholarship fund of their Family Learning Program.
Project ReNeWal (entire area) – $2,000
A domestic violence intervention program. This money will be used to repair the bathroom in their facility.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Morgan) – $2,500
Offers tangible assistance to those in need. This grant will provide financial, educational and spiritual support to Morgan County citizens.
Team Up Mentoring (Walton) – $4,200
Helps community’s most vulnerable children reach their potential. This money will go toward their science, technology, engineering and math summer camp.
Tourette Information Center (Gwinnett) – $1,800
Seeks to improve the lives of those diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome. These funds will allow children to attend their Camp Twitch and Shout.
Walton County 4-H (Walton) – $7,400
Provides experiences where young people learn by doing. This grant will fund summer projects.
Walton County Veteran’s Memorial (Walton) – $10,000
Building a memorial to honor the service of the county’s veterans. These funds will assist in the construction of that memorial.
YMCA of Georgia’s Piedmont (Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Oconee, Walton) – $1,000
Promotes youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. This money will help fund their Pryme Tyme afterschool program.
11 Families – $59,738
Operation Round Up helps families who find themselves in emergency situations and have nowhere else to turn.
See for yourself how small change from Operation Round Up changes lives:
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Apply for Funds:
Walton EMC is accepting applications for the next distribution of Operation Round Up funds. Non-profit community-based organizations and individuals in need in the 10-county area served by Walton EMC are eligible to apply. Applications are reviewed by the trust board, and a decision is then made on disbursement of funds.
Or contact: Kathy Joiner, 770.266.2353 to receive an application by mail.