Operation Round Up® is a program which was established in 1994 to provide assistance to Four County members who find themselves in unexpected, crisis situations beyond their control (illness, injury, loss of job, house fire, natural disaster), and to fund non-profit organizations which provide services and support to Four County communities.
Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than $3.1 million has been awarded to Four County EMC members in crisis situations and non-profit organizations that provide assistance and services to the Cooperative’s members.
What member needs or organizations are funded?
Essential needs not met through other means may include food, clothing housing, medical expenses and equipment, etc. Organizations funded include volunteer fire departments, literacy councils, Special Olympics, children/youth and senior citizens programs, food banks, and domestic violence shelters.
Who approves applications for Operation Round Up® funding?
The Operation Round Up®TRUST Fund is administered by a nine-member Board of Directors. Board members are community leaders from across the Four County service area who meet every other month to consider applications received. These Board members take very seriously their responsibility to investigate all requests for funding and make awards to individuals who have the most serious needs and organizations who provide services and support for Four County communities.
Each month, participating members’ electric bills are “rounded up” to the next whole dollar. For example, if your electric bill is $52.71, you will be billed for $53.00. The difference goes into the Operation Round Up trust Fund. The average contribution per member a year is $6.00. Operation Round Up® contributions are tax deductible.
Over 27,000 Four County members currently participate in Operation Round Up® and contribute only pennies a month; however, these pennies add up to over $13,000 a month. If you do not currently participate in Operation Round Up®, e-mail mailto:email@example.com and tell us to “Sign me up!” We’ll take care of it for you. Together we can see over and over again that “small change really does change lives.”
How to Apply:
At this time, we have suspended the Round Up program as it relates to individuals/families. Our board came to this decision after careful thought and consideration in regard to the Coronavirus pandemic. Normally, once we receive an application from an individual/family, it is assigned to a board member who then goes to the house to visit and interview the applicant. After that, they will make a recommendation on their behalf at the next board meeting. However, at this time, we don’t want to risk the health of our board members or the applicants by having that interaction take place. Additionally, our board has decided to follow the advice of government agencies involving the gathering of a group of people and have suspended board meetings until this pandemic is over. We will begin taking individual applications again at that time. We will provide an update on this page when we begin taking the applications again for individuals/families.
If you are an organization assisting in the community with the current pandemic that we are experiencing and want to apply for assistance, please call and ask to speak with Janet Smith or Jeremy Dewberry about how to proceed. If you are an organization that is not currently assisting with the current pandemic but still wish to apply, you may do so electronically but please note that your application will not be considered until the pandemic is over and we begin having our regularly scheduled board meetings again. If you have questions about how to submit the application electronically, please call us and our team can walk you through how to do it.
Click the links below to download and print the instructions and applications.
Apply for Operation Round Up® Funds
In order to apply for funding, you must be an active member of Four County Electric, in other words, receive your electricity from Four County. Organizations do not have to receive their electricity from Four County; however, they must serve Four County members.
Those in need of funding may pick up an application from any Four County office.