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 our 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, Gloria Berry, Sylvia Byrd, Bill Feldkamp, David Foy, Glenn George, Ken Graff, John Hall, Don Hardison, Stephanie Higgins, Rita Knudsen, Deedra Leach, Elbert Rivers and Sandra Roberts.
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:
These agencies that provide emergency food, shelter and medical needs received funds from unclaimed capital credits:
- Area Churches Together Serving – $10,000 for their Neighbors in Need program that provides for emergency food, shelter and medical needs. Oconee.
These agencies received funds from rounding up customer-owners’ bills to the next dollar:
- Three families – $6,500 for emergency assistance.
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta – $5,000 for their youth development programming and COVID-related reopening costs. DeKalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale.
- Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter – $15,000 for housing families that would otherwise be homeless. DeKalb, Gwinnett.
- MedLink Georgia – $8,000 to fund healthcare and support for vulnerable COVID patients with financial needs. All counties.
- Rotary Club of Oconee County – $10,000 to build handicapped- accessible ramps for needy individuals. Clarke, Greene, Morgan, Oconee, Walton.
- St. Mary’s Independent Living Extensions – $10,000 to house and provide day programs for adults with disabilities who have limited financial resources. DeKalb, Gwinnett.
- Set Free After-Care Ministry – $5,930 to upgrade their residential facility for released prisoners transitioning back into society. Walton.
- Southwest Christian Care – $5,000 to support their hospice, children’s respite and DayBreak programs. All counties.
- Special Olympics Georgia – $2,000 for their state horse show. All counties.
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.