Operation Round Up
NEW: Scholarship applications for 2020 are now available! See below for details.
Since Wiregrass Electric Cooperative was founded in 1939, the betterment of our communities has been a top priority. In fact, Concern for Community is one of the seven cooperative principles on which we base everything we do. We know that one of the secrets to growing and maintaining a successful community is making sure our schools, churches, volunteer fire departments and other organizations are able to serve all of us in a meaningful way.
That’s why we started Operation Round Up — an innovative program designed to let our members help themselves and the community as a whole by giving just pennies a month by rounding up their electric bills to the nearest whole dollar. Currently, about 85 percent of our members participate in this voluntary program.
Since the program began in 2015, WEC’s Operation Round Up program has handed out thousands of dollars for:
- Scholarships to local students
- Training and equipment for volunteer fire departments
- Playground equipment to local schools
- A state-of-the-art bed for premature babies at Southeast Alabama Medical Center
- Scholarships for medical students at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Emergency assistance to victims of local disasters
- A foundation that raises money to help cancer patients in the region
In addition, we began a partnership with WTVY for Silent Heroes of the Wiregrass, a program that provides money and recognition to unsung local organizations and individuals who help members of our community.
WEC’s Operation Round Up is not just a way to give back to our community, however. It’s a way our members show their hearts and spirits. We are all in this together, and we thank you for continuing to make our beloved Wiregrass a great place to live!
To nominate a Silent Hero, follow this link to fill out a nomination form.
Applicants for traditional student scholarships must be college-bound high school seniors and home-school students attending an accredited two-year or four-year college, technical school, vocational school or continuing education institution in the state of Alabama.
Applicants for a nontraditional scholarship are students attending an accredited two-year or four-year college, technical school, vocational school or continuing education institution in the state of Alabama, who meet at least one (1) of these criteria: delayed enrollment into postsecondary education; financially independent for financial aid purposes; has dependents other than a spouse; is a single parent.
Wallace Community College Lineworker Program
Applicants for this scholarship should be interested in pursuing Wallace Community College’s Pre-apprentice Electrical Lineworker program and show demonstrated financial need.
Apply for Operation Round Up funds here:
Applications are available for viewing and downloading.
Click here to download the application for individuals and families.
Click here to download the application for businesses and organizations.
- Operation Round Up Charitable Foundation rounds each member’s bill to the next whole dollar amount.
- The money will be used to support charitable causes and nonprofit community services and programs throughout our local Wiregrass community.
- An independent board made up of nine WEC members, selected from the community, will review applications for the charitable foundation and select how and to whom the money will be distributed.
- Participation is voluntary. Members are automatically placed into the program but can choose to withdraw at any time.
- If you want to know more after reading the rest of this page, please call us at 800-239-4602. We’ll be happy to help!
Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
The program “rounds up” a member’s bill to the nearest dollar, and that amount, which is completely tax-deductible, is donated to local charities in our service area. All funds stay in the community to benefit the members of Wiregrass Electric Cooperative.
The average amount any given member donates is just 50 cents per month, with the maximum being $12 per year.
Who will benefit?
Only local people and nonprofit organizations benefiting people in our local Wiregrass communities will receive funds from the Operation Round Up Charitable Foundation. Some examples may include things such as firefighting equipment for volunteer fire departments, life-saving equipment for ambulance or rescue squads, hospice programs, scholarships, youth programs and more. Operation Round Up funds will not be used for political purposes.
Why is Wiregrass Electric doing this?
Operation Round Up is an extension of WEC’s commitment to its members. We believe that by giving our members a way to band together to help our Wiregrass community, we are living out our commitment to help our local community and those we serve!
How do I join?
Members are automatically enrolled in the program. Your bill will show the rounded up amount as well as the actual amount. At year’s end, you will receive your total contribution to the WEC Operation Round Up Charitable Foundation for that year on your monthly statement.
I do not wish to participate in this program. How do I opt out?
This charitable foundation community service program is 100 percent voluntary, and you may elect not to participate. To do so, simply click here to fill out an online form, click here for a printable PDF form, or call Member Services at 800-239-4602. Refunds are available for those who request them.
Does the bill round up even if the cents amount is less than 50?
Yes. A $20.01 bill and a $20.99 both round up to $21.00. Your average round up amount will be about 50 cents per month for a total of $6 a year. No single account would ever contribute more than $12 in a single year.
Who will oversee what’s done with the money collected from this program?
The WEC Board of Trustees will select a nine-member Charitable Foundation Board of Directors. Each trustee will nominate one foundation director from each WEC board district. Foundation directors must be a member of WEC and will serve three-year terms. Directors will not be able to serve more than three consecutive terms. These are voluntary positions and will draw no salary for their service.
How much money do you expect to raise each year?
WEC currently estimates that more than $115,000 can be raised annually through this program to help the Wiregrass community.
I am an InControl Prepay or Levelized billing member. Can I participate, too?
Yes. All members will have the opportunity to participate in this worth while charitable foundation regardless of what type of billing program they are on.
Is my contribution tax-deductible?
Yes, all contributions to WEC Operation Round Up Charitable Foundation are tax-deductible, and participants will receive a summary of their contributions each year on their electric bill.
Meet Your Operation Round Up Board of Trustees
The foundation is run by an independent board made up of nine WEC members, selected from the community, who will be reviewing applications for the charitable foundation and deciding how and to whom the money will be distributed. Each member serves three-year terms. Please take a moment to read about and get to know these community members who have dedicated their time to ensuring the foundation has a lasting, positive impact on the Wiregrass.
David Hall – President
David is a Lieutenant with the State Bureau of Investigation Vice/Special Operations Division. He lives in Slocomb with his wife, Shannon. They have three daughters, Jordan, MaKayla, Robbie and one son, Gabe. They are members of Burns Assembly of God where David serves as the church secretary. They are heavily involved with their community and school.
He enjoys helping and serving others. He believes this foundation is having a positive impact in the wiregrass area and feels honored to serve.
Susan Q. Bailey – Vice President
Susan is the director of sales and marketing for Highland Oaks on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. She has been married to her husband, Doug, for 20 years. Their three children, Tucker, Jud and Wes all attend Geneva County High School. They are members of Hartford Baptist Church where Susan sings in the adult choir and teaches third- and fourth-grade girls. She serves as the chairperson for the annual Faith and Freedom Fest, and the annual “My Sister’s Closet” for area high school girls each fall.
She feels that serving on the WEC Operation Round Up board means the community is embracing this program as their way of giving back. “It’s an honor to be asked to serve, and I look forward to seeing this foundation make a difference in our hometowns,” she says. Bailey says the one thing she looks forward to most is the first recipient’s reaction and every recipient after that.
Myra Johnson Bell – Secretary
Myra lives in Ashford. She is a retired teacher and part-time floral designer. She has two children and five grandchildren.
She is a member of Bethel Baptist Church, the Almond Branch Sunday School Class and the Ashford Book Club. She also loves spending time with her children and grandchildren, cooking, charcoal drawing, working in her yard and traveling. When asked what it means to her to be able to serve on the WEC Operation Round Up Charitable Foundation board, she says, “After praying about this, I feel it will give me an opportunity to help the needs in the community.” She is most looking forward to being involved as a positive giving influence in people’s lives who need it.
Rickey A. Moore – Treasurer
Rickey lives in Ashford and is retired from Houston Co. Engineering and is a private business owner. He is a member of Ashford First Assembly of God and enjoys fishing and watching Auburn football.
He feels that it is important to give back to the community that you are part of because you can help foster a sense of pride and friendship within your community.
Moore was the first fire chief of Love Town VFD and most recently helped bring Troy and Jacob Landry of “Swamp People” to Cottonwood to do a benefit for FFA. He also serves on a committee to sell ads for the football program.
He hopes to be able to contribute back to a community that has been so good to him. “I am looking forward to working with the other members of the board of trustees to make our communities even better than they are now.”
Van lives in Florala with his wife, Peggy. He is currently retired and enjoys hunting, especially wild hogs, and fishing. Chambers has two daughters, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He believes in helping those who cannot help themselves, and has joined Operation Round Up Charitable Foundation for just that reason. He wants to help the Wiregrass through the good that the Foundation has the opportunity to do.
Chambers is a member of the Florala Rotary Club. He also helps people to get to the doctor if they need help.
Stanley G. Aman
Stanley is a retired professor and university administrator. He and his wife, Cindy, live in Dothan where they are members of St. Columba Catholic Church. He is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, a member of the Knights of Columbus, member of the Parish Council and past member of the Board of Directors of Landmark Park.
He enjoys woodworking, fishing, traveling, reading and volunteering. When asked what it means to him to be able to serve on the WEC Round Up Charitable Foundation, he says, “The foundation will have a direct and much-needed impact on the communities that are served by WEC by meeting the needs in the areas of food, shelter, health, environment and education. I am honored to be a part of these very meaningful initiatives.” He says he is looking forward to having a relevant impact in the betterment of the communities served by WEC.
Delain has worked as an educator for 27 years, with 25 of those years for Genava City Schools. She also worked as a dental hygienist for 11 years. Delain lives in Samson with her husband, Allen. They have two sons, Trey and Bruce and are members of First United Methodist Church in Samson. Delain is currently serving on the Geneva County Personnel Board and she is the treasurer for ARC. She is also a volunteer at Wiregrass Nursing Home and Rehab in Geneva. Delain’s passion is serving the community and the foundation is a great way to give back to the wiregrass area.
J. Everette Stewart
J. Everette Stewart is a retired aviation inspector who now works as a cattle rancher. He lives in Chancellor with his wife, Glenda. They have two daughters, Tammy Stewart and Danncey Wood, who with her husband, Brad, are the parents of Brady Wood.
The Stewarts are members of El Bethel Baptist Church, where Stewart serves as the personnel chairman. That role allows him to work on community projects.
“I have been blessed by God, and he has been so good to me,” he says. “I like to do what I can to help someone in need.”
Stewart has seen the great work that WEC’s Operation Round Up has done in his community, and he says it is an honor for him to now be able to serve on the organization’s board.