The power of Operation RoundUp
Operation RoundUp started as a simple idea nearly 30 years ago: Round up the co-op member- owner’s electric bill to the next highest dollar, then donate those funds collectively to support programs or services in the community. Today, hundreds of electric co-ops throughout the country, including Roanoke Electric Cooperative, continue to embrace this concept.
Recently, the co-op’s Roanoke Care Trust awarded grants to support the following local endeavors:
- Murfreesboro Police Department: $5,000 to fund laptop computers for squad cars to replace obsolete laptops.
- Garysburg Volunteer Fire Department: $3,000 to fund replacement turnout gear for firefighters.
- Upper Room Assembly Compassion Central in Gatesville: $1,250 to fund heating and electric costs and insulation of food pantry.
- Aulander Police Department: $4,500 to fund five body armor vests.
Here’s how the program works: If your bill for January was $25.85, you could round your payment up to $26 and donate the extra 15 cents to the program.
The co-op estimates that the average co-op member donates 50 cents per month, or $6 annually. The maximum amount that a member-owner is allowed to contribute in one calendar year is $11.88.
Funds are awarded to charitable, education and youth development, economic development or community development organizations helping to meet the needs of underserved populations or geographic areas within the co-op’s service territory.
If you are interested in signing up to contribute, please call 252-209-2236. For more information and to sign up to round up your monthly payment, visit the Operation RoundUp program page on the co-op's website.