REC Members Round Up Their Bills to Lift Up Their Communities

Oct. 18, 2015

Each month, over 6,500 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® (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 nine programs to receive support for their community-focused efforts.

The Table at St. George’s, headquartered in Fredericksburg, was awarded $3,675 to help purchase food for its market style food pantry. The pantry aims to provide fresh produce and other nutritious food to people in need. Other recipients of Operation Round Up funding included the Reading Window School, Love Outreach Food Pantry, Shining Hands, Orange County Free Clinic, The Museum of Culpeper History, Western Hanover Wood Ministry, Zion Christian Church’s community room, and the Louisa Arts Center.

Sterling F. Schoonover, REC’s manager of member services says, “Operation Round Up is a way for REC’s members to make a significant impact in their communities without having to make a large contribution. From one cent to ninety-nine cents per month, they can directly affect funding that benefits a wide range of charitable non-profits in and around the towns and counties in which they live. We’re fortunate to have such generous members participating in the program.”

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 or by calling 800-552-3904 for more information. Organization seeking funding will be able to access applications during the next application period beginning Jan. 4, 2016.

REC provides electric service to over 160,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, 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.