OPERATION ROUND UP
Small Change Together for Big Change
In every community served by Wood County Electric Cooperative there's work to be done. And as strong as our backs are, and as good as our intentions, the truth is that many deserving endeavors remain dreams only because of lack of funding. But, together, with a handful of change, we can turn that around.
Here's how. WCEC members have the opportunity to easily and affordably participate in uplifting their own causes in Camp, Franklin, Hopkins, Rains, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood Counties through a new program called Operation Round Up.
In this voluntary program, each monthly bill of participating co-op members are "rounded up" to the next dollar and sent to a non-profit entity, Wood County Electric Charitable Foundation. On average, each member will only donate $6.00 a year or about .50 cents a month and the most would be $11.88 annually. Then, these funds will be used to award grants to area causes to include food, shelter, clothing, education, healthcare, and other vital recreational and community services. Of note, only charities within our region, or those that serve our region, will be considered. All monies will stay right here at home.
The Co-op is the vehicle to collect the funds, but Wood County Electric Charitable Foundation is a wholly separate tax exempt charitable
and is governed by 7 volunteer board members. These board members will review requests from organizations that serve members, and then they will vote on funding causes and projects.
Contributions to ORU are tax deductible, and we'll put a summary on each electric bill. We'll also use all means of communication to inform our members when programs and causes are funded.
Generosity and kindness are contagious. The ORU program originally began at Palmetto Electric Co-op back in 1989 in South Carolina. Since, over 300 electric cooperatives have adopted the program; millions of dollars have been collected for good causes. At WCEC, we're not so sure why it's taken us so long to get started, but we think all will be glad we did.
We consider it a privilege to join with our members to leverage our collective power for the good of our communities and the citizens there-in.