Concern for our local communities is not only one of the Seven Cooperative Principles, but something that your cooperative board, managers and employees believe in and make a priority every day. In keeping with that commitment, West Central Electric General Manager Mike Gray maintains an Operation Round-Up program which allows members to round up their electric bill each month to the next nearest dollar. Although the money collected amounts to pennies per member, it adds up to dollars that can make a big difference in our local communities.
“This program will allow the cooperative and its members to make contributions throughout our service area, which will, in turn, strengthen our local communities and the organizations that are a part of them,” Gray said.
The program is an OPT-OUT program in which WCE members are able to choose not to participate. Donations being overseen and distributed by the West Central Electric Operation Round-Up Foundation board of directors. The average member contribution per year will total around $6 per year, with the maximum being just over $11. Donations are also tax-deductible.
“A quarter or two each month might not seem like much, but added together from several thousand members over the course of a year means we can work together to help a lot of organizations,” Gray said.
Members who do not wish to participate may contact the office and ask to be removed from the Operation Round-Up list.
Contributions will be made to various organizations such as emergency departments, schools, and community groups, etc.