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:
Across the Bridge, Inc. – $1,000 (DeKalb, Gwinnett)
Foodbank equipment for clients recovering from addiction.
Athens Community Council on Aging, Inc. – $5,000 (Barrow, Clarke, Oconee, Walton)
Food boxes for grandparents raising grandchildren.
Bread for Life – $2,400 (Clarke)
Laptops to assist currently unemployed adults.
Covenant Counseling Institute – $1,000 (Gwinnett, Greene, Rockdale, Walton)
Psychotherapeutic and indigent care for families and children.
Exposure Empowerment – $2,250 (Gwinnett, Walton)
Expansion of mentoring program to six schools.
Georgia DECA – $1,500 (Entire territory)
State skills competition support.
Hands That Connect – $850 (Gwinnett, Rockdale, Walton)
Nutrition classes for teens to help curb the growing obesity rate.
Hi-Hope Service Center – $5,000 (Gwinnett)
Nursing services and prescription assistance for developmentally disabled adults.
Rockdale County 4-H – $2,500 (Rockdale)
Project achievement and summer camp.
Skye Precious Kids – $2,500 (DeKalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Walton)
Financial assistance to families caring for children with a life-threatening illness.
StandUp for Kids – $5,840 (Gwinnett)
Mentoring for children at risk for homelessness.
YMCA Georgia’s Piedmont – $2,000 (Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Oconee, Walton)
After-school care program.
Three families – $21,424 in emergency assistance.
Atlanta Community Food Bank, Mending the Gap, Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Salvation Army Gwinnett, Shepherd’s Staff Ministries – $57,500 (Entire territory)
Emergency food, shelter and medical 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.