Rounding up your monthly bill to help others in the community
Using seven guiding principles to define how Rural Electric Cooperative conducts business within the communities it serves, not only benefits REC's members, but everyone in the community. One of the seven principles is concern for community.
One of the ways REC shows concern for community is offering a program called Operation Round-Up. This program allows REC to help others in need by having the members round up their bill.
The Operation Round-Up program is voluntary for REC members who desire to round up their monthly bill to the next dollar amount. The difference between the actual bill and the next dollar amount is “ear-marked” for use by the Operation Round-Up Board to assist those who qualify according to the rules and regulations of the program.
Operation Round-Up has provided thousands of dollars in assistance to individuals and organizations throughout this area. People with medical needs, those who have lost homes to fires and natural disasters and non-profit organizations have benefited from this program.
Donations can be made from one account or multiple accounts. The average yearly contribution from each participating cooperative member is about $6. The most a member would contribute each year is less than $12 per year per account and the least is zero cents. In addition to the members rounding their bill up to the next dollar amount, REC also applies for grants given by Wal-Mart to add to the money designated for Operation Round-Up.
Since starting in 1999, the funds donated for Operation Round-Up have helped more than 110 families in our area.
The Operation Round-Up Board consists of five individuals who reside in REC's service territory and have a desire to help others. The Board evaluates each application and determines the need for the applicants.
REC cares about helping others in their time of need throughout our service area. By providing the Operation Round-Up program, REC is able to specifically help area residents who have suffered some type of catastrophe and have no insurance or inadequate coverage. In addition to helping individuals, Operation Round-Up also provides funds to non-profit organizations throughout its service territory to assist with special projects to benefit the area.
In the past, Operation Round-Up has helped an area family who had lost their home and all of its contents. Because the family was not adequately insured, the Board of Operation Round-Up approved $1,000 to help this family purchase household items and clothing. Also, they have assisted several senior citizen centers by helping purchase necessary food needed to help those who rely on their services.
If you are not participating in this worthwhile program, you are encouraged to sign up now to help your neighbors and local organizations in their time of need. All the contributions are tax deductible and participation is voluntary.
Anyone needing additional information about this program may contact REC’s Member Services Department at 1-800-259-3504 or 756-3104, extension 238.