Local Programs Funded By Member-Supported Operation Round-Up
Posted on October 30th, 2023
Operation Round-Up allows First Electric members to help support worthwhile projects in our communities and scholarships for students. In October, Operation Round-Up awarded $36,150 to 25 local organizations.
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.
To some, rounding up on an electric bill once a month is just small change; to others, it is changing lives in such impactful ways. Bryant Boys and Girls Club was awarded $2,000 to support their after-school program by purchasing more art supplies. Community Outreach Coordinator Jordan Stramiello says she wants the art program to go beyond markers and construction paper. She wants each child to dig deep into his or her creativity.
Recently, one project was to create rubber band bracelets. Each child got to pick out the color combination and learn how to create a piece of jewelry. Once completed, each child gave a bracelet to someone as a “friendship bracelet,” informing the friend why he or she values them. Through Stramiello’s experience at the Club, she says she has noticed that not all children have a passion for sports and that some have been able to find an outlet with art that can allow them to grow and expand.
Members can sign up through our website at firstelectric.coop/operation-round-up, mobile app, or by calling us at 800-489-7405.
Recipients by County include:
- Restoration of Hope, Inc. - $2,000
- Cleburne Co. 18 & Under Fishing Championship/Scholarship Program, Inc. - $1,000
- Pine Snag - Lobo Fire Association - $2,000
- White River Area Agency on Aging - $2,000
- Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame, Inc. - $1,000
- Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Faulkner County - $250
- Mid-America Science Museum - $300
- Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Independence County - $250
- Building Bridges Developmental and Community Services, Inc. - $1,000
- The CALL in Lonoke & Prairie County - $2,000
- Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Perry County - $1,000
- Jacksonville Historical District – $2,000
- Miracle League of Arkansas - $1,000
- Arkansas Learning Through The Arts - $2,000
- Bryant Boys & Girls Club - $2,000
- Civitan Services - $1,650
- Habitat for Humanity of Saline County - $1,000
- The Empact One Foundation - $1,500
- The Literacy Council of Garland County - $1,700
- Toy Troopers Toy Drive - $1,000
- Turtle Creek Volunteer Fire Department - $2,500
- Tyler Dannaway Foundation - $1,000
- Village Walk for Cancer Research - $2,000
- Imagine and Believe Foundation - $2,000
- White County Single Parent Scholarship Fund - $2,000