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 twelve month period is $11.88. That’s a 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 their October meeting, HILCO Electric’s Trust Board voted to disburse $10,662.59 to five organizations in the HILCO service area. These funds were donated during the third quarter of 2014.

Grant checks were presented on Oct. 30 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 third quarter funds disbursements:

• Common Ground Ministries-(Waxahachie) - $793.00 - snacks/Friday meals for children

• Dinah Weable Breast Cancer Survivors Event – Screening mammograms for needy women-$4,750.00- (Waxahachie & Ellis County)

• Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance/Jt. Committee for Christmas - $1,103.00 – Christmas food box project

• Church on the Hill / Hillsboro Foursquare - $1,516.00 – Snack-pak food program for needy children in Hill County

• EOAC of Planning Region XI - $2,500.00 – Client (utility) assistance

Since the Operation Round Up program began in 2001, over $614,467.63 has been returned to communities within the HILCO service area. This has been made possible from 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://www.hilco.coop/oproundup.html.

The next deadline for Operation Round Up is noon 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, 4581 FM 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.

HILCO Electric is a member owned, not for profit, electric cooperative that provides its members with low-cost, dependable power. Combined with efficient management , we offer electric service with promptness and professionalism.

As a not for profit, member-owned electric utility, HILCO Electric residential, commercial, and industrial rates are among the most competitive in the United States. Brazos Electric Power Cooperative combines a portfolio of generating assets with a strategic alliance with one of the largest utilities in the U.S. to serve its members’ growth for many years to come.