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:
- Area Churches Serving Together – $10,000
Emergency food, shelter and medical needs. Oconee.
- Bethany Christian Services of Georgia – $5,000
Recruitment program seeking foster and foster-to-adopt families. Entire Walton EMC territory.
- Butterfly Dreams Farm – $6,500
Therapeutic riding program for special needs children and adults. Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Morgan and Oconee.
- CHRIS 180 – $10,000
Safety, counseling and support for abused and neglected children in foster care through JourneyZ Group Homes. DeKalb, Gwinnett and Rockdale.
- Georgia Children’s Chorus – $8,000
Participation scholarships for children who would not otherwise be able to participate. Barrow, Clarke, Morgan, Oconee and Walton.
- Gwinnett Citizen Fire Academy – $10,000
Smoke Alarm Blitz to check batteries and replace broken smoke alarms. Gwinnett.
- Nuçi Phillips Memorial Foundation – $2,000
Camp Amped that seeks to prevent suicide in middle and high school students. Clarke, Gwinnett, Morgan and Oconee.
- Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale – $2,500
Newton Positive Parenting project. Newton and Rockdale.
- Rotary Club of Oconee County – $10,000
Ramps for handicapped who can’t afford them. Oconee.
- Special Olympics of Georgia – $1,500
Support for Special Olympics Games. Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Greene, Gwinnett, Newton, Oconee, Rockdale and Walton.
- St. Oliver Plunkett-St. Vincent de Paul – $5,000
Back to school packs and Lunch Break. Gwinnett and Walton.
- Variety – $6,000
Mobility bikes for disabled and disadvantaged children. DeKalb and Gwinnett.
- Walnut Grove Public Library – $8,000
Library materials. Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale and Walton.
- Five families – $9,891.19
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.