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Operation Round Up Reaches $5 Million

Gwinnett Help Line employees talk to a client by phone.
After Operation Round Up kicked off in 1997 and customer-owners began donating, the first grants totaling $5,000 were presented in August 1998. The Gwinnett Help Line, an information exchange that connects people in need with assistance, received $3,000 and a Morgan County family facing catastrophic medical bills received $2,000.

Walton EMC’s Operation Round Up just passed the $5 million milestone in helping local groups and families in need! And it’s all made possible by you.

Amazingly, this $5 million was raised 50 cents at a time. Through the generosity of Walton EMC customer-owners who allow the co-op to round up their monthly electric bill, thousands of your friends and neighbors received assistance when they needed it most.

What CEO Ronnie Lee said at the 1997 annual meeting when he introduced the program still holds true: “Operation Round Up gives Walton EMC members an easy way to work together and help those in need, and it takes hardly any effort.”

If you’re a Round Up participant, thank you! If you’re not a participant, please join today. It’s easy to get started ­– just check the box on your bill stub or sign up at the bottom of this page.

Here are the latest grants:

  • Adventure Bags (entire service area) – $10,000
    Funds will be used for their One Bag at a Time project that provides a book bag containing personal hygiene items to displaced children.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters (entire service area) – $5,000
    Money for their community-based mentoring project where children are matched to adults for mentoring relationships.
  • Council on Alcohol and Drugs (entire service area) – $1,000
    Grant for a suicide prevention and intervention program where educational resources will be distributed to schools.
  • Dream Quest Therapeutic Riding (Gwinnett, Walton) – $10,000
    Funds for the organization’s scholarship and horse training project to furnish therapeutic riding for children and adults with physical and mental challenges.
  • Keeping Families Together, Inc. (DeKalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Walton) – $3,000
    Donation will fund their Family Fitness Fun Day/Get In Shape Gwinnett project that includes personalized health education activities.
  • Oconee Area Resource Council (Oconee) – $5,000
    Money will be used in the Oconee Mentor Program to recruit and train child mentoring volunteers.
  • Walton County Senior Citizens Council (Walton) – $3,702.60
    Grant to replace the food freezers at both the Loganville and Social Circle sites.
  • Walton Youth Project (Walton) – $1,500
    Funds for their youth advocacy board’s ongoing community service initiatives.
  • Three Families – $10,823.61
    Assistance for urgent or emergency needs.