In 2005, The Energy Cooperative’s Board of Directors adopted a Community Service Program called Operation Round Up. The program “rounds up” a member’s bill to the nearest dollar and that amount (which is completely tax deductible) is donated to local charities in our service area. All funds stay in the community to benefit the members of The Energy Cooperative.
The average amount any given member donates is just $0.50 per month, with the maximum being $12 per year. Members are automatically enrolled, and their bills are rounded up effective October 1, 2005. Your bill will show the rounded up amount, as well as the actual amount. At year’s end you will receive your total contribution for that year on your monthly statement. If you choose not to participate in this community service program, call Member Services at (800) 255-6815.
A separate foundation was established to oversee the program, called The Energy Cooperative Round Up Foundation, Inc. Operation Round Up is having a favorable impact on our community and is available to eligible parties in our service area – not just members. Other cooperatives with Round Up programs have allocated funds to fire departments, senior citizen centers, school programs, agencies for the disabled, youth programs and in some cases to individuals with special needs.
Typically, Operation Round Up is a funding source of last resort, when other funding sources have been depleted. Programs of all types are eligible, as long as the funds are not used for utility bills and the organization is non-political and non-controversial in nature. Usually the funds are disbursed to groups who demonstrate a need that benefits not only them, but the overall community as well.
Board of Directors
- Julie Maurer, Chairman
- Beth Barker
- Kelly Brenneman
- Bob McGaughy
- Bryan Melsheimer
- Tom Graham
- Todd Ware