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:
Stand Up for Kids – $10,000 for their mentoring program that serves homeless youth. Gwinnett
Camp Twin Lakes – $10,000 for scholarships to their camps that serve children with serious illnesses and disabilities. Entire territory
Chosen for Life Ministries – $5,000 for their program to support families that care for children in Georgia’s welfare system. Barrow, Clarke, Morgan, Newton, Walton, Oconee, Rockdale
Healing for the Soul Ministries – $750 to provide nutritious food for the needy. DeKalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Walton
Heirborn Servants, Inc. – $2,000 to provide transportation services to single mothers who are survivors of trauma, domestic violence, human trafficking and homelessness. Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Walton, Gwinnett
Kilgore’s Kids, Inc. – $5,000 to build and provide free adaptive equipment to special needs and disabled children. Clarke, Oconee, Walton
Mosaic Georgia – $10,000 for advocacy for children who have experienced sexual abuse or assault. Entire territory
Palm House Recovery Center, Inc. – $6,100 to provide financial assistance for substance abuse disorder recovery. Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Greene, Gwinnett, Oconee, Walton
StreetWise Georgia – $10,000 to expand their food distribution to the needy. Entire territory
YMCA of Athens – $10,000 for Camp Kelly Plus, a summer day camp program for children with special session to improve literacy and STEM skills. Clarke, Greene, Oconee, Walton
YMCA of Metro Atlanta – $5,000 for their early learning readiness program. Entire territory
Faith in Serving Humanity, Shepherd’s Staff Ministries, Step by Step Recovery – $45,000 to these organizations that provide emergency food, shelter and medical needs.
Four families – $17,020 for emergency assistance.
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.