Round Up Overview
Round Up Overview
In April 2007, Tri-County EMC's Operation Roundup program reached the significant milestone of $500,000 in voluntary contributions to our members. Since then, members have raised more than $920,000 in Operation Roundup funds. Thank for your generosity. By working together, you've shown that small change can truly change lives.
Operation Roundup is a community development program funded by the voluntary contributions of Tri-County EMC's customers to the Tri-County EMC Foundation. Contributions are made to the foundation when participants elect to have their monthly electric bill rounded up to the next dollar. For example, a $75.45 electric bill would result in a total charge of $76.00 and a $.55 donation to the foundation fund. On average, donations will be about $.50 per month or $6.00 per year. Since Operation Roundup contributions are tax deductible, in January of each year a total annual contribution amount will be provided for your tax records.
Charitable donations are made by the foundation to worthy projects and needs within the eight-county Tri-County EMC service area. Organizations can apply to the foundation's nine-member board of directors, who award funds quarterly based on the worthiness of each application and available funds. These organizations can also apply on behalf of individuals residing within the eight county area. One hundred percent of funds collected are returned to the community through donations from the foundation. Download an application for funding.
How Do I Sign Up?
Operation Roundup is a strictly voluntary program. You may elect to add or remove an account from the program at any time. Just let us know that you would like to participate by completing the form below or contacting a Tri-County EMC representative by telephone. You will find an Operation Roundup contribution amount on each electric bill, telling you the amount of each month's contribution. Watch for updates on funded projects in Current Lines, our monthly newsletter mailed with your electric bill, or on our website. Click here to add or remove your account from this program.
Who Decides Where The Money Goes?
A unique feature of Operation Roundup is the Tri-County EMC Foundation Board. Appointed by Tri-County EMC's Board of Directors, this group of nine board members determine, by objectively reviewing applications and considering available funds, which community needs or projects are funded. Members of the Foundation Board were selected because of their leadership and involvement in their community, making them uniquely knowledgeable of the needs of all of the communities served by Tri-County EMC. From judges and educators to ministers and retired business executives, the diverse backgrounds and knowledge of our foundation board ensures the fair and proper funding of projects.
Scholarships Offered Through Operation Roundup
The Tri-County EMC Foundation offers scholarships to students, especially non-traditional scholars, to help pay their college costs. Through Operation Roundup, a total of $4,000 will be awarded annually to students residing in the homes of Tri-County EMC Members. The applicant must be enrolled in any U.S. accredited college, university or technical school and have maintained at least a 2.0 average. Deadlines are April 15 and October 15. Click here to apply.
The Tri-County EMC Foundation Board of Directors
|District 1||District 2||District 3|
|Jones, Twiggs & Bibb County
||Putnam, Jasper & Morgan County
||Baldwin & Wilkinson County
|James R. Findley
|Dr. Dan Caldwell
Has Operation Roundup Made an Impact?
Since the inception of the program in April 2001, the Tri-County EMC Foundation has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars through Operation Roundup contributions. A wide range of organizations have applied for and received funding, directly affecting lives in the communities served by Tri-County EMC. Here's what a few of our community organizations had to say about Operation Roundup:
"This money will be used to establish a Boy Scout camp in Putnam County. Camp Ollie will be used not only for Putnam County's youth, but will serve neighboring scout troops as well. Your support will give us the resources to complete the first phase this year."
-James C. Park, Jr., Committee Chairman, Troop 310
"I would like to express my appreciation to you for including the Alzheimer's Association of Central Georgia in your Operation Roundup funds. Until you have a family member or close friend that has this disease, you cannot know how much these programs can mean."
-Hilda Sheffield, Participant, Alzheimer's Association of Central Georgia
"The Ronald McDonald House will provide nearly 5,000 room nights annually for families who need to be close to their children in area hospitals. Thank you for this very special grant. It helps make us one step closer to making a Ronald McDonald House in Macon a reality."
-Bonnie Hopkins, Executive Director
"I have worked with Tri-County EMC's Operation Roundup program on several occasions and am pleased that this community is so willing to reach out to others. I am grateful for the vision of Tri-County EMC to implement this program and to give others an opportunity to reach out to a neighbor. Roundup is one neighbor reaching out to another neighbor."
-John Haney, Sr. Pastor, Gray/Clinton United Methodist Church
Contact Kim Bonner at (478) 986-8126 for additional information about Operation Roundup.