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:
St. Vincent de Paul Society (Barrow) – $2,000
Funds to help with rent and mortgages of people in dire need.
Barrow Book Partnership (Barrow) – $5,000
Support of their project to put an end to illiteracy by making books more accessible to low-income families.
Spectrum Autism Support Group (Barrow, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Walton) – $7,500
Grant to their camps program for children with autism.
Sunshine on a Ranney Day (Barrow, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Morgan, Rockdale, Walton) – $10,000
Funds to renovate two homes of disabled children in the Walton EMC service area.
Young Women’s Christian Organization (Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Morgan Oconee) – $3,000
Money to fund scholarships to attend YWCO Summer Girls Camp.
A Kid’s Dream, Inc. (Barrow, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Walton) – $2,040
Funding for the organization’s Kid’s Dream Scholarship that supports disadvantaged youth.
Young Men’s Christian Organization (DeKalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale) – $5,000
Support for their Early Learning Readiness program, a twice a week reading program for children.
The Path Project (Gwinnett, Walton) – $5,200
Money for at-risk children living in mobile home parks to attend their summer camp.
Healing for the Soul (DeKalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale) – $2,500
Resources to provide clothes, backpacks and supplies for children who have incarcerated parents.
Gwinnett County Habitat for Humanity (Gwinnett) – $10,000
Money to help pay for a pickup truck for the organization.
Walton County Fire Rescue (Walton) – $10,000
Money to purchase active shooter response kits.
Muscular Dystrophy Association (entire territory) – $10,000
Funds for MDA Camp Walk-n-Roll, a summer camp for children affected with the disease.
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.