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:
- ALS Association of Georgia (entire service area) – $10,000
Grant to assist families with medical expenses not covered by insurance.
- Barrow County 4-H (Barrow) – $4,200
Support for project SAFE (Shooting Awareness Fun & Education) to purchase the archery team an enclosed trailer.
- Covenant Care Service (Barrow, Clarke, Greene, Morgan and Oconee County ) – $1,250
Funds for The Adoption Option that provides counseling and support for mothers experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.
- Falcons Fury (DeKalb, Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County) – $1,200
Grant to provide Christmas Gifts for clients in Phoenix Pass, a housing facility for homeless women and children.
- Hudgens Center of Arts and Learning (DeKalb, Gwinnett) – $5,000
Funds for their Healing Arts program that provides art care kits and scholarships to cancer treatment centers.
- Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens (entire service area) – $5,000
Assistance with their project that strives to break the cycle of homelessness.
- Judy House Ministry (Gwinnett) – $7,500
Aid for Reconciling the Disconnected, a transitional housing service and counseling program for men who are homeless or have been released from corrective programs.
- Loganville Police Department (Walton) – $3,000
Funds for D.A.R.E. kits for their fifth-grade drug resistance program.
- Partnership for Families, Children and Youth (Walton) – $500
Grant for their Navigating the Future workshop that educates parents, caregivers and teachers of special needs children.
- Pilot Club of Monroe (Walton) – $3,000
Supplies for the Brain Minder project that fosters awareness of brain safety for children and the elderly.
- Pregnancy Resource Center of Walton (Walton) – $6,686
Funds for office equipment.
- Rainbow Community Center (Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Morgan, Newton, Rockdale, Walton) – $2,000
Grant to install heating and air in their veteran’s building.
- United Way of Northeast Georgia (Oconee) – $4,550
Assistance with the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library project that provides every registered child under five with a free book every month.
- Wishes 4 Me (entire service area) – $10,000
Aid to provide services and housing for disabled and cognitively challenged adults.
- Six Families (entire service area) – $14,148
Funds to assist in dire emergency situations.
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.