Change in our community
Nolin RECC’s Operation Round-Up Benefits Members and Recipients
Would you like to help worthy community projects in a big way and only spend a small amount of money? Your small change can help change the lives of others!
Nolin RECC offers its members a unique program that allows them to voluntarily contribute to a special account earmarked to help worthy causes in the community. The program is appropriately called Operation Round-Up (ORU) because it rounds up electric bills to the next highest dollar. The extra change in the form of quarters, nickels, dimes, and pennies goes into the ORU account.
Member participation is voluntary and is open throughout the year. Although members may enroll at any time, the co-op periodically runs a campaign drive to inspire members to join ORU. In fact, any Nolin RECC member who signs up for the program by 5 PM December 2, 2016, will earn a chance to win $100, $50, or $25 in a cash drawing. Those who are already enrolled in ORU will automatically be eligible for the drawing. Members who have multiple accounts enrolled in ORU will have a chance to win for each account signed up in the program.
One hundred percent of the ORU funds are put back into the community to help fund charitable and worthy causes. Over 5,500 participants contribute to the program each month. During the past 10 years, ORU has awarded over $160,000 to organizations in the community.
Local citizens make up a nonprofit board of directors that governs the program. The board reviews applications for community projects and makes decisions on when, where, and how to utilize funds. Recent ORU donations were made at the Nolin RECC annual meeting. Altogether, more than $22,000 was awarded to the Association of Retarded and Handicapped of Hardin County (ARHHC), Teaching Essential Social Skills to Children with Autism (Camp TESSA), Greenspace, CASA of the Heartland, USA Cares, SpringHaven Domestic Violence Program, Helping Hand of Hope, LaRue County High School Girls Basketball Program, and Mission Hope for Kids.
If you would like to help others in your community by donating under a dollar a month, check the appropriate box on the back of your electric bill to sign up for the program, or you can call the Nolin office at (270) 765-6153.