Since its inception in 2001, HILCO Electric’s Operation Round Up has been turning lives around thanks to members who volunteer to round up their monthly electric bills to help others. The pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters members donate each month typically add up to about $6 a year per member—but combine to make a big impact in our community.
The program has awarded 694 grants totaling $790,390 since 2001, with donations supporting a wide variety of nonprofit organizations in HILCO Electric’s service area. Funding has provided wheelchair ramps for the elderly and disabled, clothing and necessities for children in protective custody, and assistance to volunteer fire departments.
While all foundation grants go to worthy causes selected by the Operation Round Up Trust Board, almost $368,571 has gone to charitable organizations that meet the most dire of human needs, says HILCO General Manager Debbie Cole.
“These agencies work to provide meals and shelter for the homeless and healing for the abused,” Cole said. “With assistance from HILCO EC members who donate through Operation Round Up, the ORU program is helping change lives, one at a time.”
Third-Quarter Operation Round Up Recipients:
White Bluff Volunteer Fire Department, Dennis Robinson
Common Ground Ministries, Jim Jordan
Waxahachie Care Services, Linda Nalzer and Kim Holman
Waxahachie Senior Citizens Center, Jeanee Smiles
Isaiah’s Place, Diane Frederickson