Operation Round Up®
Next Meeting: July 11
Operation Round Up® was established by OEC more than 10 years ago to help meet some of the charitable needs of people who live in the co-op's service area. Since that time, more than $1.5 million has been awarded to provide much needed assistance to individuals and organizations experiencing hardships.
OEC members participate in Operation Round Up® by rounding up their electric bill to the next whole dollar each month. For example, if the bill for electrical use is $52.75 for the month, the member would be billed $53.00 and the additional 25 cents would go into the Operation Round Up® account. Each participating member averages a $6 per year contribution to Operation Round Up®.
If you choose not to participate in Operation Round-UP, please complete the Opt-Out Form
The pocket change that each member contributes each month adds up: More than $18,600 is contributed to OEC's Operation Round Up® program each month. All of the money contributed to Operation Round Up® is put into the OEC Foundation fund, separate from OEC's accounts. The Foundation is administered by its own 10-member board of directors, made up of volunteers from across the co-op's system. Currently serving on the board are:
The OEC Foundation board meets every 4 to 6 weeks to review and act on grant requests. Grant requests are made on an application basis and are due one week before the meeting to allow time for the board to review the requests. Emergency applications can be handled in expeditious fashion.
Individuals do not have to be co-op members to receive a grant from Operation Round Up®, but do have to reside in the co-op's service area to apply. Likewise, organizations must provide services to individuals within the co-op's boundaries. Grants are not awarded for payment of utility bills.