REC Members Round Up, Provide The Power of Change to Their Communities

Oct. 11, 2016


Each month, over 11,000 members of REC voluntarily allow the Cooperative to round up their electric payment to the nearest dollar with the extra change donated to Operation Round Up®. The donated money is then dispersed to local charitable groups that are making a difference in their communities. The charity’s governing board recently selected the following ten organizations to receive support for their community-focused efforts:

  • Barns of Rose Hill – Berryville, Va.
  • Blue Ridge Hospice – Winchester, Va.
  • Caroline County Library – Ladysmith, Va.
  • Christ Church Food Pantry – Spotsylvania, Va.
  • Feeding Greene Inc. – Stanardsville, Va.
  • The Izaak Walton League of America – Warren County Chapter – Bentonville, Va.
  • Jackson P. Burley Varsity Club Charitable Trust – Charlottesville, Va.
  • Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic – Fredericksburg, Va.
  • People Helping People of Fauquier County – Warrenton, Va.
  • Rappahannock POPS Orchestra – Fredericksburg, Va.

Sterling F. Schoonover, REC's manager of member services says, "REC's members contributed an impressive amount of dollars back to their communities through Operation Round Up this summer. Their generosity really underscores the power of change - by donating a few cents each month, our members come together to provide funding that can significantly change our communities for the better."

REC members who are not already enrolled are encouraged to join the Operation Round Up program. Once enrolled, the extra change from their electric bill will be dedicated to charitable causes. Members can sign up by visiting thepowerofchange.org or by calling 800-552-3904 for more information. Organizations seeking funding will be able to access applications during the next application period beginning January 4, 2017.

REC provides electric service to over 161,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.