To further empower communities that we serve, Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) offers Operation Round Up (ORU), a voluntary program for member-owners that helps address crucial charitable needs within our service territory.
The process is simple: For example, a bill amount of $50.51 would be rounded up to $51, with 49 cents going to the charitable program.
At the most basic level, in which an ORU participant would round up the maximum amount on his or her bill each month, the maximum annual contribution to the fund is $11.88. On average, a participating member provides about $6 to the ORU fund each year.
When a collective group of cooperative member-owners provides contributions, ORU has proven that a few dollars can have lasting impact by helping civic clubs, food banks, domestic violence shelters, and many other community groups. Organizations interested in charitable contributions from SVEC must apply for grants through Operation Round Up. A 10-person committee of SVEC member-owners and an employee reviews requests.
Operation Round Up is the perfect embodiment of the 7th Cooperative Principle of “Concern for Community,” and we invite you, as an SVEC member-owner, to consider contributing to assist our surrounding communities.
How do I sign up?
There are several ways to begin your voluntary participation:
- *NEW* Fill out the electronic form available here: SVEC Enrollment for Operation Round Up
- Through our e-business page, www.svec-online.coop, under “Account.”
- Visit any SVEC office and speak with a Member Service Representative.
- Call SVEC at 1-800-234-7832 and request a sign-up form.
How much will it cost me?
Through participation in Operation Round Up, the average contribution per member-owner is about 50 cents a month or $6 a year. It’s small change to the individual perhaps, but the thousands of dollars the program can generate will mean a big difference to the people in our area.
Who is eligible for funds?
The funds will be available to any group, organization, charity, or like organization that serves SVEC member-owners. No funds will in any fashion be used to support any candidate for political office or for any political purpose.
Agencies receiving funds are eligible to apply again the following calendar year. Organizations not selected for a grant may apply for funding for a different project in the same calendar year.
How does my organization apply for funds?
The 2019 grant deadlines are as follows:
First cycle: Recipients were Page Free Clinic; Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity; Catholic Outreach (Shenandoah County); Augusta Health Foundation; New Directions (Staunton area); Rockingham Library Association; People Helping People (Rockingham County)
Second cycle: Deadline has passed; Grants to be awarded July 31
If you have any questions, email us at email@example.com or call 1-800-234-7832.