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:
- Marrow Man (entire WEMC territory) - $8,000 for the Epic Battle Campaign that supports and promotes blood marrow donations.
- Extra Special People (entire WEMC territory) - $5,000 for ESP 360, an afterschool program for children with special needs.
- Georgia DECA Foundation (entire WEMC territory) - $1,500 for their Friends of Georgia DECA Partnership that identifies future career paths and mentors students
- It Won’t Happen to Me (Barrow, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Clarke, Morgan, Walton, DeKalb, Newton) - $2,000 for their program that aims to reduce teen traffic violations and deaths from car crashes.
- Judy House Ministry (Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Newton, Oconee, Rockdale, Walton) - $7,500 for a transition residence for homeless men who are incarcerated or under community supervision.
- Loganville Community Ministry Village (Barrow, Gwinnett, Newton, Walton County) - $10,000 for their Professional Scholarship Program that provides mental health services for those in need.
- Creative Enterprises (Barrow, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Walton) - $500 for Jobs for All Who Want One, a program that teaches independence to individuals with disabilities.
- Youth Entrepreneurs Georgia (DeKalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale) - $2,500 for a hands-on elective high school course and alumni program that promotes character development and business leadership.
- Angel House of Georgia (Gwinnett, Rockdale) - $3,000 to their Angel Fund Program that assists women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
- Hi Hope Service Center (Barrow, Gwinnett) - $5,000 for the Communication Everywhere project that assists developmentally disabled adults with communication support.
- Wishes 4 Me Foundation (Gwinnett) - $2,500 to remove barriers in Wish 4 Me Foundation homes.
- Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens (Barrow, Clarke, Oconee, Walton) - $5,000 for their Extended Network Program, a shelter for homeless families.
- YMCA of Athens (Clarke, Greene, Oconee, Walton) - $5,000 to their Youth Scholarship Program for children in afterschool programs.
- Walton County Helping Hands (Walton) - $4,800 for their Christmas for Children project that provides gifts for the underprivileged.
- Prevent Child Abuse Athens (Clarke, Oconee) - $2,500 for parent education and support in preventing child abuse.
- Chosen for Life Ministries (Clarke, Oconee) - $4,000 for the My Name Matters project that provides newly placed foster children with a monogrammed duffle bag, pillowcase and towel.
- Oconee County Extension 4-H (Oconee) - $3,500 for Cloverleaf, Junior and Senior Project Achievement.
- Thirteen families throughout Walton EMC’s service area also received $46,667 for 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.