Grants Awarded in 2015
Operation Round Up Hits Quarter Million dollar mark!!!
One of the seven Cooperative Principles that Tri-State EMC embodies is Concern for Community. Through the Operation Round Up program, which TSEMC began in 2012, members have the option to round up their electric bills to the next dollar. This spare change is put into a trust fund and given back to the community in the form of grants. Decisions concerning the funds are made by a trust board of TSEMC members, who donate their time and energy into making sure the grants support worthwhile community programs in the co-op’s three-county service territory.
Just over a quarter million dollars has been given back to TSEMC communities since 2012. Just in 2015, the trust has allocated over $56,000 to local communities. Of that total, just over $20,000 supported education-based organizations, such as schools and after-school programs.
Other organizations that benefited from the program include the following:
Copper Basin Crisis Center, Copper Basin Senior Center, Divine Mercy Society of St. Catherine Catholic Church, Epworth Community Club, Fannin County Empty Stocking Program, Fannin County Special Olympics, First United Methodist Church/Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, Georgia Mountains Health Services, Inc, Mineral Springs Center, Morganton Baptist Church/Food Ministry, Morganton & Mountaintown Baptist Associations, Rotary Club of Blue Ridge, and Snack in a Backpack.
If you aren’t already a part of Operation Round Up and would like to participate, please call the TSEMC office at 706-492-3251. Each month, your electric bill will be rounded up to the next dollar. So if your bill is $89.23, it will be rounded up to $90, and that extra 77 cents will go directly to the Operation Round Up fund. Participating members contribute an average of $6 per year, and that creates an opportunity to do an incredible amount of good in the community.