As a co-op, improving the quality of life of our members and strengthening our communities is in our mission. Our Operation Round Up program is one of the main ways we do this. As of August 2020, we have helped 346 organizations by providing them with nearly $3.3 million in grants.
Clay Electric implemented Operation Round Up in 2016. The program “rounds up” each participating member’s bill to the nearest dollar, and that tax-deductible amount goes directly to the Clay Electric Foundation. The average amount any given member donates is just $0.50 per month, with the maximum being $11.88 per year.
Clay Electric has a long history of supporting charitable and community service organizations, from children’s programs and athletic organizations to food banks and scouting. Our leadership sees the Operation Round Up program as part of our cooperative heritage and values – people coming together to help their neighbors. Through Operation Round Up, our members have the opportunity to come together to create change in their communities through a foundation – something they couldn’t do individually on this scale.
While the program is voluntary, members are automatically enrolled and need to opt out in order to not participate.
The goal of Operation Round Up is to address the charitable needs and provide financial assistance to improve the quality of life in the fourteen (14) counties Clay Electric Cooperative serves.
The major areas of focus are:
- Programs, projects and organizations which are important components of a community’s overall quality of life, with emphasis on public safety, health care, self-sufficiency, and basic human needs.
Education & Youth
- School scholarship and other educational programs.
- Programs that are designed to combat critical social problems affecting children and youth, with an emphasis on children and teens at risk.(i.e. Literacy, emotional development, counseling).
- Programs and projects that improve leadership and problem-solving skills for youth.
- Programs and projects which promote wellness and encourage youth participation in athletics and physical fitness activities.
- Programs and projects to provide disaster relief and food, clothing, shelter, medical care, clean-up, repairs and reconstruction in an emergency following an accident, a severe storm or other causes.