CVEC Shares the Power of Operation Round Up
The Chariton Valley Electric Operation Round Up® Foundation Board is proud to announce the recipient of Operation Round Up®’s 2021 first quarter funds to one local organization, the American Legion Post 136 in Albia.
In April, the Operation Round Up® Foundation Board reviewed 1 application and was able to award $6,000 in funds to the American Legion to fund their building improvement project which includes ceiling tile replacement, new ceramic tile flooring in the restrooms, a new stool in the women’s restroom and a new stove and deep freeze in the kitchen area. Their goal is to enhance the building for the numerous events that are held there each year including wedding receptions, family reunions, funeral dinners, fundraising events, graduation parties, Christmas parties and more!
This program started as a simple idea 29 years ago at a cooperative in South Carolina. The idea was to round up co-op members’ electric bills to the next nearest dollar, and then use it to do good work in the community. Today, hundreds of electric co-ops throughout the country, including Chariton Valley Electric, use this idea to help members and organizations close to home.
All co-ops adhere to the seven cooperative principles, including “Concern for Community.” The Operation Round Up® program is the perfect embodiment of this core principle. The average CVEC member donates $6 with a maximum possible contribution of $11.88 per year. This may not seem like a large amount, but when combined with the nearly 4,000 CVEC members who participate, it adds up to make a significant impact.
In this program’s first year alone, over $25,000 dollars were collected, with $21,300 distributed to these worthwhile community, youth, educational and environmental programs.
- The Monroe County South Central Iowa Community Action Program (SCICAP) - $3,500
- The Seymour Food Pantry - $300
- The Moravia Betterment Society - $4,000
- The Albia Police Department - $2,000
- The King Opera House - $5,000
- The Moravia Ruritan Club - $1,500
- The Moravia Historical Society - $5,000
These partnerships have allowed CVEC members make a broader impact on the communities in our service territory.
CVEC is grateful to the members who have donated their small change so far, to help change lives each month. We are excited for this program to continue and hope our membership continues to see the value and benefit this program brings to our communities.