Together we can make a difference in our community!

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 or click to “opt out” below.

Do you know an organization who could benefit from an Operation Round Up Grant? 

Application materials need to be received ten days prior to the meeting date for consideration at that meeting, except in November when the application materials need to be received by November 22, 2021 for early disbursement before the Holidays. The meeting dates for 2021 are Feb 2, April 6, June 1, Aug 3, Oct 5, Dec 7.

2020 Operation Round Up Grant Recipients

The Operation Round Up Foundation donated $54,674 to the following community organizations in April 2021.

  • Knox County Head Start for a commercial freezer
  • Knox County Task Force for older adults to purchase tokens for Eat Fresh Eat Local
  • St Vincent dePaul Center toward a point-of-sale system & a security system
  • Fostering Further toward the creation of Hope Landing
  • Dresden Swim Team toward the starting system
  • Licking Co Educational Service Center, Phoenix Central School toward a water bottle filling station
  • Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center, Muskingum Valley Preschool toward purchasing supplies and equipment for classrooms
  • Bethel Mission Inc. toward a video surveillance system
  • Johnstown Youth Athletic Association toward improvements at Chambers Field
  • Learning 4 Life Farm toward construction of a barn in Phase 2
  • Look Up Ministries for lighting in the Look Up Center
  • Mental Health America of Licking County for YES Club fencing
  • Clear Fork Youth League Football for scoreboard repairs
  • North Licking Conservation Club for Road repairs
  • Beechwood Trails Park & Pool toward the purchase of 2 pool lifts
  • Northridge Education Foundation toward development of The Viking Exchange store.

The Operation Round Up Foundation donated $14,331 to the following community organizations in February 2021.

  • Beechwood Trail Park & Pool toward a new pool pump & upgrades to bathrooms
    Hospice of Knox County toward supplies and pain charts
  • House of New Hope toward a scissor lift
  • Newark Twp. Fire Department toward a 3” fire hose replacement
  • One Book/One Community for a community book club
  • Village of Philo towards electric & lights in shelter house.

The Operation Round Up Foundation awarded $33,576 in December.  The following organizations received a grant in December.

  • Licking Valley Panther Pantry for a freezer
  • Philo High School Pantry for a freezer
  • The Salvation Army of Mount Vernon for equipment for their food pantry
  • TouchPointe Marriage & Family Resources for chairs, refrigerator & TV mount
  • Center of Hope, Knox County toward a facility upgrade
  • Bladensburg Community
  • Heritage Foundation toward HVAC needs
  • Wyatt Adkins Heart Organization toward field lighting at Legacy Community Park
  • Licking Township Fire Company for rescue team equipment
  • Central Christian Food Pantry toward a storage building
  • Thorn Township Fire Department for personal protective equipment.

The Operation Round Up Foundation awarded $22,331 in October to the following community organizations.

  • The Salvation Army Newark for coat drive
  • Mount Vernon's East Elementary School toward library books
  • Hospice of Central Ohio toward mattresses
  • Tri-Valley High School Swim Boosters for swimming gear Utica Area Foundation toward library ramp
  • Northridge Youth Athletic Association toward tractor.

The Operation Round Up Foundation awarded $42,438 in August to the following community organizations.

  • Muskingum County Soil & Water Conservation District for a camera
  • Pay It Forward Ohio toward box truck or van
  • Village of Johnstown for shelter house at Johnstown Trailhead Park
  • Muskingum Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America for conferencing system
  • Granville Township Fire Department for firefighter water rescue suits
  • Licking County Courthouse Lighting Committee toward 2020 lighting event.

The Energy Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Foundation awarded $57,142 to the following community organizations in June.

  • Beechwood Trails Park & Pool toward repairs and renovation
  • The Salvation Army in Newark toward a freezer and lift truck
  • Abbot Senior Living for computers
  • OSU Extension Knox Co. for a children’s activity area at 4-H booth
  • Licking County Coalition of Housing for washers and dryers 
  • New Hope Lutheran Church for school supplies for their festival
  • Maysville Elementary for supplies for math program
  • Homer Public Library toward new lighting and fixtures
  • Hospice of Knox County for patient lock boxes
  • Buckeye Lake Village Fire Department toward firefighter gear
  • Licking Township Fire Department to upgrade cardiac monitor
  • Twin Oak Elementary Library for books
  • Horns Hill Trail Fund toward revitalization of park and trails Behavioral Health Partners of Central Ohio, Inc. toward flooring for renovation Together We Grow, Inc. toward materials for a new project.
  • The Operation Roundup Foundation also made a donation to food pantries in Licking, Knox and Muskingum counties.

The Energy Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Foundation awarded $35,659 to the following community organizations in April.

  • Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Heath toward “back to school” blessings project
  • Newton Township Fire Department toward skid unit for UTV
  • West Muskingum Local Schools toward technology for STEM aviation program
  • Wilson Middle School for GaGa play pits for school and after school use
  • Licking County Library toward summer reading program Twin Oak Elementary for ELMO presenters
  • Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society toward renovation of waterwheel
  • National Trail Volunteer Fire Department toward new firefighter gear
  • Thorn Township Fire Department toward new firefighter gear
  • The Turban Project toward mask making supplies.

The Energy Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Foundation awarded $35,659 to the following community organizations in February.

  • Dan Emmett Elementary School to purchase ELMO document cameras, listening devices and a laminator
  • Mental Health America of Licking County to purchase an awning, surveillance equipment and lighting repairs
  • Granville Christian Academy to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and first aid kits
  • The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology toward the streetscape project
  • Alcohol and Drug Freedom Center of Knox County toward a server
  • Homer Volunteer Fire Department toward a medical supplies vending machine
  • Falls Township Volunteer Fire Department toward an enclosed trailer.

The Operation Round Up Foundation

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. This foundation has 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.

Board of Directors

  • Bob McGaughy, Chairman
  • Beth Barker
  • Kelly Brenneman
  • Bryan Melsheimer
  • Jeff Kovalik
  • Tom Graham
  • Todd Ware

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.