Local Nonprofits Benefit from Members’ Donations to Round-Up
Posted on April 29th, 2021
Pictured: The Safe Place provides immediate shelter to victims of domestic violence and has helped over 22,500 victims since 1995. Perry County Judge Toby Davis proclaimed October 2020 as Domestic Violence Awareness month. The Safe Place will use the $1,000 donation to assist with general operations to cover shelter client costs like food, clothing, medication, fuel and other basic needs.
First Electric’s member-supported Operation Round-Up program awarded $23,250 to 23 local organizations in April. The donations were made possible through the generosity of First Electric members who volunteer to have their bill rounded up to the next even dollar each month.
- Phillips Community College Foundation Stuttgart Council, $1,000
- Breakin Bread, $2,000
- The Other Side, $1,500
- Drasco Fire Department, $1,500
- Gospel Garage Automotive Ministry Corp., $1,000
- Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Cleburne Co., $1,000
- United Way of North Central Arkansas - Imagination Library, $1,000
- Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Conway County, $500
- The Safe Place, Inc., $1,000
- Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Independence Co., $500
- Lonoke Co. 4-H Foundation, $1,000
- Literacy Council of Monroe Co., $500
- Morrilton Human Relations Council, $1,500
- Adult Learning Alliance, Inc., $500
- Fishnet Missions of Jacksonville, $1,000
- Holy Sews, $1,000
- Jacksonville Museum of Military History, $1,000
- CASA of Saline County, $1,000
- Lisowe’s Lights, $1,000
- Saline County 4-H, $1,000
- White County Aging Program, $1,500
- Antioch Volunteer Fire Dept., $1,000
- Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Yell Co., $250
Operation Round-Up allows First Electric members to help support worthwhile projects in our communities and scholarships for students.
Participating in Operation Round-Up is easy. Each month, First Electric simply “rounds up” the electric bill of participating members to the next highest dollar. For example, a member’s monthly bill of $52.73 would be rounded up to $53, with the additional 27 cents going to the Operation Round-Up Trust fund. Donations are tax deductible, and participating members are sent a summary of their yearly contributions in December and January.
The Operation Round-Up Trust fund is overseen by a nine-member board of community members, who are selected to serve by First Electric’s board of directors. The trustees meet quarterly to review donation applications and select the recipients. First Electric pays all administrative expenses for the program, which allows all “rounded up” monies to be used for nonprofit donations and college scholarships. Since its inception in 1998, the Operation Round-Up program has awarded more than $1.28 million in donations to nonprofit organizations and college scholarships.
Meetings are held the first week of each quarter. The deadlines for nonprofit donation requests will be as follows:
1st Quarter deadline – March 15
2nd Quarter deadline – June 15
3rd Quarter deadline – September 15
4th Quarter deadline – November 15
Members can enroll by calling 800-489-7405, using our app or stopping by any First Electric office.