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:
Adults Pushing Forward, $1,000
Events for displaced youth from DFACS or broken homes.
Auditory-Verbal Center, $10,000
Scholarships for children with a hearing disability who do not have access to insurance.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, $5,000
Youth development programming at their Lawrenceville club.
Recruiting of foster families for children with major disabilities.
Children First, $6,000
Building to provide safe homes for children in family crisis.
DIVAS Who Win Freedom Center, $10,000
Peer support, education, advocacy and intervention for women overcoming addiction, prostitution and sex trafficking.
First Book Club 165, $7,525
Books for Title 1/low-income children.
Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity, $10,000
Critical home repair for low-income homeowners.
Helping Mamas, $10,000
Car seats and portable cribs for low-income families.
Lekotek of Georgia, $2,500
Scholarships for families with disabled children.
Lydia’s Place, $5,000
Rent, transportation and independent living skills training for youth who are homeless or aging out of foster care.
Reach One U.S. Corporation, $4,000
Mentoring program for at-risk middle and high school students.
Rotary Club of Oconee County, $10,000
Materials to build wheelchair ramps for those who can’t afford them.
Skye Precious Kids, $7,200
Medical equipment for children of families suffering a financial crisis.
Special Olympics of Georgia, $2,000
Funds for state fall Special Olympics.
Sudie Clarke Hanger Missionary Care Ministry, $10,000
Kitchen renovation for missionary guest house.
Walton County Master Gardeners Extension, $5,500
Greenhouse for youth and community education.
Words of Comfort Ministries, $8,400
Tutoring services for foster children.
FISH Medical, Mending the Gap, Salvation Army Gwinnett, $45,000
Emergency food, shelter and medical needs. These funds come from unclaimed capital credits.
Three families in urgent need, $12,412
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.