You now have the opportunity to help others in your community through a program called “Operation Round Up®”. This was originally started by Palmetto Electric Membership Cooperative in South Carolina and has since been adopted by many co-ops in Georgia. It was designed to help a variety of worthwhile community, youth, educational and environmental programs. Through Operation Round Up®, each participating Planters EMC member makes a small monthly contribution. Together, those small amounts will make a big difference!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Unless you choose NOT to participate, your electric bill is “rounded up” each month to the nearest whole dollar amount with the extra change going into a separate Operation Round Up® fund. For example if your bill is $87.23, you will actually be billed $88.00 and the extra $.77 goes toward helping various goodwill causes in your community. On average, a member will only contribute $6.00 PER YEAR but with everyone pitching in, all that extra change really adds up. It is an inexpensive and convenient way to give to charitable and educational programs within your community.
WHY IS PLANTERS EMC AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLING EVERYONE?
This was a difficult decision that was made after much consideration. We chose this method based on information from many other EMC’s that have implemented the program this way. We truly believe that the vast majority of our members will want to participate in the worthwhile program, so it is much easier to implement by asking for a response from a smaller percentage rather than a much larger percentage. But please keep in mind that it is still a voluntary program and you may opt in or out at any time.
HOW WILL THE MONEY BE USED?
The Planters EMC Operation Round Up® is governed by a separate Board of Directors made up of community leaders. Funding requests will be accepted from non profit or charitable organizations or community service organizations. The Board will decide how the money is disbursed on a need basis. Funds cannot be used for political purposes, to pay electric bills or given to individuals. You can be certain that 100% of your donations are being used to help better your community.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF OPERATION ROUND UP®?
Your pennies, nickels and dimes can help raise thousands of dollars every year. Operation Round Up® helps co-op members reach out to worthy causes in your community and work together to help others.
We hope you will elect to take part in this program but IF YOU DECIDE THAT YOU DO NOT WANT TO PARTICIPATE; YOU MUST CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT 478-982-4722 OR FILL OUT THE FORM HERE AND RETURN IT WITH YOUR BILL. If you would like more information before making your decision, please do not hesitate to contact our office.