A program we can all be proud of!
Operation Round-Up provides assistance to members of our community who, through no fault of their own, have suffered a catastrophic event. This program allows participating members to have their energy bill rounded up to the nearest dollar and the difference is donated to Operation Round-Up. One-hundred percent of the donations are used to help our members. The average contribution is only 50 cents per month. All contributions are tax deductible.
CAN CHANGE LIVES
In difficult times, many families are stretched to the breaking point. In 2017, Operation Round-Up disbursed $43,198.19 to help Cooperative families who have suffered a catastrophic event through no fault of their own.
Since the program's inception in 1994, the fund has disbursed approximately $2.0 million to 600 deserving families.
WREC Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Meet Cooperative Member Marjorie Fullerton!
Ms. Fullerton lives in Hudson and gets by on a small fixed income with little left to spare at the end of the month. She recently began to experience problems with her septic system and it was determined she needed a new drain field. Due to her financial situation she could not afford to have a new drain field installed. She faced fines if the drain field was not repaired. With an already strained budget she turned to her Cooperative for help.
Amanda Parry, Customer Service Supervisor in the Bayonet Point District visited Ms. Fullerton and stated “she is a very proud woman in desperate need of assistance” any help Operation Round-Up can give would be beneficial. Her application for assistance through WREC’S charitable foundation WRECares was approved for funding.
WRECares is funded by generous members who round there electric bill up to the nearest dollar to help other Cooperative Members in need. The Cooperative hired a licensed contractor who replaced her drain field which helped keep her in her home.
Dear Operation Round-Up Contributors and WRECares Staff,
We cannot thank you enough for the gift you have bestowed on our family. Little did we know when we signed up to participate in donating to "Operation Round-Up" that ultimately, we would need your help. John became ill in April 2012 with a progressively disabling disease. The work we had started on our little home stopped, and we didn't know what we were going to do about our less than functional bathroom. Our 50 year old bathroom was crumbling. WRECares provided a complete handicap bathroom. It truly is an answer to our prayers and a wonderful example of the love of the Lord working through people to help people.
We just had to write this letter of appreciation to all that made this possible and to say that "Operation Round-Up" is a direct way of giving help to your neighbors in need. Life can throw some difficulties your way, and it's a comfort to know that there are those who care enough to help in times of need.
Valerie & John Elison
Meet 17 Year Old – Steven Barnabei
Steven Barnabei, a senior at Land O' Lakes High School, is glad to be back at school with his friends. On November 2, 2012, Steven had emergency brain surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Over the past year, he has gone through radiation treatments and is now cancer free. Side effects from his treatment has left Steven with hearing loss, some short-term memory loss and numbness in his fingertips on his right hand. Fortunately, he has come a long way in a short time.
Steven has re-joined his Gator's Cross Country Team and is doing very well. He plans to join the high school track team when the cross country season is over. He is currently working part-time at a local Publix grocery store.
The Barnabei family wants to say thank you to everyone who donates to Operation Round-Up. Steven's mom was relieved when Operation Round-Up stepped in and helped with her mortgage payments. She was able to concentrate on Steven's recovery and care for her other teenage son.
* Operation Round-Up is a non-profit subsidiary of Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc.