ITASCA — Operation Round Up is a voluntary program in which residential members of HILCO Electric Cooperative, Inc. sign up to have their electric bills rounded upward to the next dollar. Every month, those additional pennies, nickels and dimes are added to a special fund. Money from that fund is then distributed to local qualifying organizations with the community.

The most that any member’s account would donate in a 12-month period is $11.88 — a rather small investment for such a huge return.

The Operation Round Up Trust Board, which is comprised of representatives from all of the HILCO districts, meets once a quarter to review applications and to decide how the funds are to be allocated.

At its April 11 meeting, HILCO Electric’s Trust Board voted to disburse $11,141.00 to five organizations in the HILCO service area. These funds were donated during the first quarter of 2017.

Grant checks were presented on Thursday, April 12 at the Itasca HILCO office. On hand to help with the presentation were HILCO Electric Board of Directors.

The following organizations were recipients of the first quarter funds disbursements:

Campfire Creek Therapeutic Riding Center in Waxahachie was awarded $2,337 for Spring 2017 scholarship assistance.

Common Ground Ministries in Waxahachie was awarded $800 for food and snacks for children’s program.

Dinah Weable Breast Cancer Survivors Event in Waxahachie was awarded $2,557 for mammograms and radiology readings

Since the Operation Round Up program began in 2001, over $729,548.38 has been returned to communities within the HILCO service area. This has been made possible through the generosity of residential members who have voluntarily opted to participate monthly in the program.

Members may have their names added to or removed from the program by calling HILCO at (254) 687-2331 or (800) 338-6425. Members can also sign up for the program online at http://hilco.coop/community-programs/operation-round-up.

The next deadline for Operation Round Up is June 15 at noon. Applications are available online at www.hilco.coop or can be picked up at one of the four HILCO offices located at 115 E. Main in Itasca, 4581 FM 933 in Whitney, 298 S. Connally Drive in Elm Mott or 300A Silken Crossing in Midlothian.

Organizations can contact Brandi Shore, HILCO Director of Administrative Marketing, for more information at 254-687-2331 or 800-338-6425, extension 1120.