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, 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.

At its January meeting, HILCO Electric’s Trust Board voted to disburse $8,395 to 14 organizations in the HILCO service area. These funds were donated during the fourth quarter of 2009.

Grant checks were presented Feb. 11 at the Itasca HILCO office. On hand to help with the presentations were board officers George Thiess and Margaret Hill.

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

Aquilla Scholarship Foundation Inc. – $500 – Funds for college scholarships       

Campfire Creek Therapeutic Riding Center (Waxahachie) – $500 – Safety stirrups and scholarship

Common Ground Ministries (Waxahachie) – $500 – Snacks for children’s program/Friday meals

Covington ISD 21st CCLC – $500 – Snacks for children’s after-school program

Gingerbread House (Waxahachie) – $600 – Internet service for one year

Grandview Zebra Strings – $500 – Meals for trip to perform in Branson, MO

Hospice of the Heart Inc. (Waco) – $580 – Two gel mattresses

Isaiah’s Place Inc. (Whitney) – $475 – ASL DVDs and materials

Itasca Booster Club – Elementary Campus – $590 – Safety equipment and education

Itasca Booster Club – 8th Grade – $500 – eighth-grade Washington, D.C. trip

Itasca Booster Club – High School – $500 – Science National Honor Society Florida trip

J.A. Vitovsky Elementary School (Midlothian) – $500 – Meals for fifth-grade students’ Austin trip

Salvation Army (Waxahachie) – $400 – Literacy Center Workbooks and supplies

Waxahachie Preparatory Academy – $1,750 – E-Beam projector/mounting hardware

Since the Operation Round Up program began in 2001, more than $420,662 has been returned to communities within the HILCO service area as a result of the generosity of residential members who have 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.

The next deadline for Operation Round Up is March 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 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, ext. 1142.