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:
- Adventure Bags (entire service area) – $10,000
Funds will be used for their One Bag at a Time project that provides a book bag containing personal hygiene items to displaced children.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters (entire service area) – $5,000
Money for their community-based mentoring project where children are matched to adults for mentoring relationships.
- Council on Alcohol and Drugs (entire service area) – $1,000
Grant for a suicide prevention and intervention program where educational resources will be distributed to schools.
- Dream Quest Therapeutic Riding (Gwinnett, Walton) – $10,000
Funds for the organization’s scholarship and horse training project to furnish therapeutic riding for children and adults with physical and mental challenges.
- Keeping Families Together, Inc. (DeKalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Walton) – $3,000
Donation will fund their Family Fitness Fund Day/Get In Shape Gwinnett project that includes personalized health education activities.
- Oconee Area Resource Council (Oconee) – $5,000
Money will be used in the Oconee Mentor Program to recruit and train child mentoring volunteers.
- Walton County Senior Citizens Council (Walton) – $3,702.60
Grant to replace the food freezers at both the Loganville and Social Circle sites.
- Walton Youth Project (Walton) – $1,500
Funds for their youth advocacy board’s ongoing community service initiatives.
- Three Families – $10,823.61
Assistance for urgent or 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.