Operation Round Up
Members can help the community where they live –and it barely requires lifting a finger.
Operation Round Up® is a voluntary program to have your electric bill rounded up to the next whole dollar. By doing this customers can put their nickels and dimes to work and benefit their community. Commitment to community is one of our Touchstone Energy® principles and we take that commitment seriously. Operation Round Up® will provide a financial boost for the community. The program will be yours as customers of Whitewater Valley REMC. We will just provide the vehicle for organizing the effort.
How does it work?
Members who wish to participate in the program have their electric bill rounded up each month and those few cents are deposited into a separate fund. For example, let’s say your bill this month is $111.75, the bill would be automatically rounded up to $112.00 and the extra $.25 would be deposited in the Operation Round Up® fund. This donation averages $6.00 per year per member; the maximum donation could be $11.88 per year and is tax deductible. 100% of your donation is available to applicants in our own local area for worthwhile needs. None of your donation goes to the administrative costs of running the program. Participation would be completely voluntary.
Is my contribution tax-deductible?
Yes. All contributions to the Operations Round Up® fund are tax-deductible.
Who controls the funds?
The Whitewater Valley REMC Community Trust, Inc. is a separate entity from the REMC with its own board of trustees appointed by our board of directors to oversee the fund. The current trustees are Kevin Smith from Centerville, Bruce Cowen from Lynn, and Carol McQueen from Connersville. One trustee is from each district of the Whitewater Valley REMC service territory to ensure representation for the whole area.
Who can apply?
Non- profit groups in the community can make application. The trustees’ responsibility is to evaluate those applications and distribute the funds according to the Trust’s bylaws. Application forms are available at the Whitewater Valley REMC office or can be downloaded here:
- Click here to download the Operation Round Up Guidelines.
- Click here to download the Operation Round Up Organization Application.
Application deadlines are the second Monday in January, April, July, and October.
What are possible uses of the funds?
The mission statement of Whitewater Valley REMC Community Trust, Inc. is to make a difference in our community by the accumulation and disbursements of funds for charitable purposes within the Whitewater Valley REMC service territory. Some examples of possible uses of the funds could be new equipment for a volunteer fire department, educational equipment for a school, lighting for a ball field, etc. It is not for past due electric bills or any kind of political contributions.
How do I participate?
The program is voluntary. Each new member is encouraged to participate and can sign up to do so by calling the REMC office.
What if someone becomes an “accidental” participant?
Anyone can withdraw from Operation Round Up® at anytime by contacting the REMC office and receive a refund for up to one year’s contribution.