Operation Round Up is a program in which residential members of HILCO Electric Cooperative Inc. sign up to voluntarily have their electric bills rounded upward to the next dollar.

Every month, the additional pennies, nickels and dimes are added to a special fund.

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

To date, a majority of the disbursements have been used to assist with child advocacy services, to aid local fire departments and to help organizations provide services to those in need.

At their November meeting, HILCO Electric’s Trust Board voted to disburse $11,518.50 to fourteen organizations in the HILCO service area.

These funds were donated during the third quarter of 2007.

On Nov. 15, at the HILCO office in Itasca, checks were presented by HILCO board president William (Bill) Allen.

The following four local organizations were granted

funding to help with their activities:

• Daniel's Den Ministries received $775 for window air conditioning units.   

• The Midlothian Senior Citizens Center received $1,200 for the purchase of two wheelchairs.  

• An award of $1,000 was granted to Waxahachie Care Services for assistance with food, shelter and clothing.  

• Baby items will be purchased with the $750 grant received by the WRC Pregnancy Center of Ellis County.  

In addition, the ten following organizations from within HILCO’s service area were also granted funding:

• 2604 Volunteer Fire Department - $1,140 for fire department equipment

• Aquilla Scholarship Foundation, Inc. - $250 for college scholarship fund

• Blum Athletic Booster Club - $500 for project assistance

• Brookhaven Youth Ranch - $500 for storage buildings to shelter children's clothing

• Hill County Child Protective Services Board - $2,000 for clothing/care of children

• Hillsboro Interfaith Ministries - $500 for food bank

• Hospice of the Heart - $600 for a gel overlay mattress

• The House Where Jesus Shines - $935.50 for educational DVDs

• Isaiah's Place, Inc. - $500 for educational and program materials

• United Christian Fellowship/Hill College - $868 for a desktop computer

The next deadline for Operation Round Up is Dec. 31. Applications are available online at www.hilco.coop or can be picked up at one of the three HILCO offices located at 115 E. Main in Itasca, at 4581 Farm-to-Market 933 in Whitney or 300A Silken Crossing in Midlothian.

Organizations can contact Jill Huggins, HILCO executive assistant, for more information at 254-687-2331 or 800-338-6425, extension 1142.