Small Change That Changes Lives - More than $1.34 million funded in donations since 1998!
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 $1.34 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 sign up below, call 800-489-7405 or stop by a First Electric office. Nonprofit organizations that would like to apply for funds can download the application or pick it up at a First Electric office.
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First Electric members fund donations to 17 nonprofits
First Electric Cooperative’s member-supported Operation Round-Up program awarded $27,800 to 17 local organizations in October.
Members who enroll in Operation Round-Up volunteer to have their electric bill rounded up to the next even dollar amount each month. They have donated more than $1.34 million for local service organizations and scholarships for high school seniors since 1998. Members may enroll by calling 800-489-7405 or by submitting the form below.
Recipients by county include:
• Margie’s Haven House — $1,600
• Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Faulkner County — $2,000
• Arkansas Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame, Inc. — $1,500
• UU-Computers for Kids — $1,500
• Village Walk for Cancer Research — $2,000
• Woodlawn Extension Homemakers Club — $1,500
• Wade Knox Children’s Advocacy Center — $1,500
• CASA of Lonoke County — $1,500
• The CALL of Lonoke & Prairie Counties — $1,500
• Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Monroe County — $1,200
• Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Perry County — $1,500
• Cherry Hill Volunteer Fire Department — $2,000
• Literacy Action of Central Arkansas — $1,000
• Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center — $2,000
• Civitan Services — $1,500
• Imagination Library of Saline County — $2,000
• Single Parent Scholarship Fund of White County — $2,000