REC Members Round Up to Boost Their Communities

Each month, over 6,000 members of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) voluntarily allow the Cooperative to round up their electric payment to the nearest dollar with the extra change donated to Operation Round Up (ORU). The donated money is then dispersed to local charitable groups that are making a difference in their communities. The Operation Round Up governing board recently selected seven programs to receive support for their community-focused efforts.

The Culpeper Power Pack program was awarded funds to purchase non-perishable food that will help provide weekend meals to food insecure Culpeper County students at three local public elementary schools. Childcare and Learning Center in Rappahannock County received funding to purchase computer equipment and software for their after-school childcare program. Their library will contain a computer lab for students who do not have access to the internet so they can conduct research and complete homework assignments. Castleton Community Volunteer Fire Company in Rappahannock County was awarded funds to purchase firefighting gear that has expired and is no longer safe to use. Other recipients of Operation Round Up funding included Beaverdam Youth League, the Bluemont Concert Series, Winchester Rescue Mission and Empowerhouse.

Sterling F. Schoonover, REC’s manager of member services says, “REC is fortunate to have such generous members who are willing to pool their change with others to make a big impact in their communities. We hope more will join the program and continue to help improve the lives of others.”

REC members who are not already enrolled are encouraged to join the ORU 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.