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:
- Books for Keeps (Clarke) – $5,000
Books to low-income elementary students during the summer.
- C2IT Equine Therapy (DeKalb, Gwinnett, Morgan, Rockdale, Walton) – $7,500
Therapy for special needs clients.
- Georgia Transplant Foundation (entire territory) – $10,000
Financial assistance and education for transplant patients.
- Gwinnett County Masonic Association (Gwinnett) – $4,000
Christmas meal and gift cards for needy families.
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (entire territory) – $3,000
Travel assistance for cancer patients.
- Monroe Art Guild (Newton, Oconee, Rockdale, Walton) – $8,000
Art kits for children at trauma scenes.
- Northeast Georgia RESA (Barrow, Clarke, Greene, Morgan, Oconee, Walton) – $2,699.77
Laptops for deaf/hard of hearing services.
- Penfield Christian Homes (entire territory) – $10,000
Treatment for substance abuse.
- Prevent Child Abuse Athens (Barrow, Clarke, Oconee, Walton) – $2,000
Parent education, support and nurturing program.
- Walton County Helping Hands Club (Walton) – $5,000
Christmas gifts for needy children.
- Classic City Lions Club (Barrow, Clarke) – $1,429
Vision screening for children.
- Extra Special People (entire territory) – $7,500
Tuition help for program services.
- Interfaith Hospitality Network (entire territory) – $8,000
Services for homeless.
- NG3 (Gwinnett, Walton) – $10,000
Expanding their high school athlete mentoring program.
- New Path 1010 (Barrow) – $2,000
Weekend meals for needy students.
- Oconee County 4-H (Oconee) – $8,140
Cloverleaf, Junior and Senior project achievement
- Rachel’s Gift (entire territory) – $2,000
Expanding assistance to parents who lose infants.
- YMCA (Clarke, Greene, Oconee,Walton) – $10,000
Snacks for children in afterschool programs.
- Eight families (entire service area) – $33,061.81
- American Red Cross, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, Judy House Ministries, Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry, Place of Seven Springs (entire service area) – $75,000
Organizations that provide emergency shelter, food and medical care.
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.