Operation Round Up® is Walton EMC’s community assistance program.
The concept is to extend the principle on which electric cooperatives were built over 85 years ago –– neighbor helping neighbor –– and as a cooperative to follow one of our 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.
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.
Becoming an Operation Round Up donor is easy! Sign Up with this form. You can discontinue your contribution at any time.
Your monthly bill shows how much is being contributed to Operation Round Up. In December, your bill will have a yearly total for tax purposes.
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.
Here are recent individuals and groups in Walton EMC’s 10-county service area that have benefited from Round Up funds:
Athens Clarke Co. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners – $5,000. Agency that provides forensic examinations and evidence collection, court testimony, and community prevention education related to rape, sexual and physical assault. Project: Family Protection center at Mission Road – New center in Morgan County. Barrow, Clarke, Greene, Morgan, Newton, Oconee and Walton Counties.
Bridge the Gap Ministries – $4,000. Christian organization that supports men and women who are or have been incarcerated. Project: Extended stay motel assistance and homeless needs. Dekalb and Gwinnett Counties.
Burn Foundation of America – $7,500. Organization that supports families of burn victims at the JMS Burn Center in Augusta. Project: Direct Burn Patient Services. All of Walton EMC Territory.
Canopy Studio – $2,500. Aerial arts center where people of all ages and abilities learn the art of aerial dance and performance. Project: Canopy Studio Outreach Program – Financial support for students with special needs, autism, emotional and behavioral disorders to attend classes. All of Walton EMC Territory.
Extra Special People, Inc. – $7,500. ESP exists to create transformative experiences for people with disabilities and their families, changing communities for the better. Project: Family Support. All of Walton EMC Territory.
Falcons Fury Phoenix Pass – $1,800. Organization that serves the needs of women and their dependent children experiencing homelessness by giving them the opportunity to reestablish self-sufficiency in a stable residential setting. Project: Phoenix Pass Christmas Gifts. Gwinnett, Rockdale and Walton Counties.
KidsPeace National Centers of Georgia – $5,000. Mental health organization that provides mental health care to youth and their families. Project: KidsPeace Georgia Recreation Revitalization Project – Funds will be used to repair and revitalize the outdoor basketball courts and restore the indoor gymnasium flooring. Barrow, Clarke DeKalb, Gwinnett, Newton, Oconee, Rockdale and Walton Counties.
Madison Morgan Community Food Pantry – $5,000. Program: Food Pantry – Funds will go towards purchasing food in bulk for weekly distribution. Morgan County.
Rachel’s Gift, Inc. – $5,000. Provides specialized bereavement care for parents who lose a child to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. Program: Infant bereavement services and supplies – education training and family keepsake boxes. All of Walton EMC Territory.
Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse, Inc. – $3,500. Organization that helps patients rebuild lives after brain injuries. Program: Scholarship Fund – Funds will go towards those who qualify and cannot afford. DeKalb, Gwinnett and Newton Counties.
$20,000 was approved to be distributed to American Red Cross of Northeast Georgia and Atlanta Community Food Bank that provide emergency food, shelter, and medical needs. Funding comes from our unclaimed capitol credits account.
The board approved assistance to six families totaling $27,901.43
See for yourself how small change from Operation Round Up changes lives.
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.
Call (770) 267.2505 to speak to a Customer Care Representative from Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.