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 80 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:
Bethel Haven, Inc. (Barrow, Clarke, Greene, Oconee, Walton) – $3,000
Technology improvements to support their faith-based counseling mission.
Camp Twin Lakes (entire territory) – $7,700
Summer camp scholarships for 14 special needs students.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Oconee, Walton) – $5,000
Summer camp scholarships for disadvantaged youth.
First Day Outreach Ministries, Inc. (Gwinnett, Newton, Walton) – $3,000
Funding for their Reaching Out to Help Those in Need project.
Foster Siblings Reunited (entire territory) $2,250
Camp scholarships to reunite siblings placed in separate foster homes.
Four Winds Ministry Village (Barrow, Gwinnett, Oconee, Walton) – $5,000
Initiative that helps homeless youth achieve self-sufficiency.
Mercy Health Center, Inc. (Barrow, Clarke, Oconee) – $3,000
Flu prevention and treatment for low-income and uninsured residents.
Mosaic Georgia (Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale, Walton) – $5,238
Direct victim services for those experiencing sexual assault.
St. Mary’s Independent Living (DeKalb, Gwinnett) – $8,500
Assistance for day-to-day needs of special needs adults who live independently.
Sudie Clarke Missionary Care Ministry (entire territory) – $5,000
Expansion of their facilities that house transitional missionaries.
Team Up Mentoring (Walton) – $5,840
Summer camp scholarships for the community’s most vulnerable children.
Uniting Hope for Children (Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Newton, Oconee, Walton) – $5,000
Support for foster families.
View Point Health (DeKalb, Gwinnett, Morgan, Newton, Rockdale, Walton) – $4,500
Services benefitting families with behavioral health, addictive disease and developmental disability challenges.
Walton County 4-H (Walton) – $4,000
Summer camp and project achievement programs.
Action Ministries, Hope Clinic (entire territory) – $15,000
Emergency food, shelter and medical needs.
Five families – $14,901 in emergency assistance.
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.