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:
- Athens Regional Foundation (entire service area) – $5,000 for upgrades to the pediatrics unit playroom and waiting room.
- Boys & Girls Club of North Central GA (Walton) – $15,000 for character and leadership development project.
- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (entire service area) - $2,500 for their Strong 4 Life school nutrition program that encourages kids to make positive choices regarding the foods they eat.
- East Georgia Cancer Coalition (Barrow, Clarke, Greene, Morgan Oconee and Walton) – $6,108.67 to Project Skin Safe, which distributes hats, sunscreen and educational materials to the homeless population.
- Elachee Nature Science Center – (Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Oconee, Rockdale and Walton) – $2,700 to the One Scholarship program for science education which provides financial assistance for underserved children.
- Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta – (DeKalb, Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale) – $2,000 for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
- Lawrenceville Woman’s Club – (Gwinnett) - $1,000 for the Lawrenceville Housing Authority community garden.
- MTU EduCare (Gwinnett) – $2,500 towards a tutoring program for underserved children.
- North Oconee FFA Alumni (Oconee) $10,000 for a livestock exhibitor trailer.
- Nuci Phillips Memorial Foundation (Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Oconee and Walton) – $1,800 for Camp Amped, a unique program for musicians ages 11-17 to learn the importance of positive mental health and develop their musical abilities.
- Rotary Club of Oconee County (Oconee) – $7,500 for handicap ramps for the needy.
- Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse (Clarke, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale) – $3,500 to the Clubhouse Member Scholarship Fund which provides assistance for people with brain injuries to attend the clubhouse and receive positive support.
- Eight local families – $36,867.57 to meet urgent and emergency needs.
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.