THANK YOU for the best job in the world – working for you, Palmetto Electric Cooperative’s members. I appreciate you letting me do what I get to do. And that includes putting into practice the Cooperative Principle of Concern for Community.
One way is through Operation Round Up, a local community outreach effort that Palmetto Electric initiated in 1989. It has since spread to hundreds of co-ops across the nation. The beauty of Operation Round Up is in how it gives co-op members an easy way to support their community. Participants donate an average of just $6 a year by rounding their electric bills to the next dollar.
We thank the 82 percent of our membership participating in Operation Round Up. Since 1989, $7.4 million has been collected in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties.
The volunteer Palmetto Electric Trust board, which administers donated funds, recently awarded grants totaling $67,500. It was a great day recently as I travelled with fellow co-op employees, touring recipient organizations and delivering checks to support these vital programs.
Sandalwood Community Food Bank received $2,500 to create an emergency fund of clients in need. Meals on Wheels received $10,000 to assist in providing meals to home-bound individuals. Coastal Discovery Museum was granted $30,000 to assist with educational programs, supplies, materials and scholarships. The American Red Cross received $25,000 to better prepare for and establish resiliency within Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties. Antioch Educational Center got $15,000 to assist with the Jasper County Backpack Buddies Program.
Too bad all Operation Round Up supporters couldn’t have visited these organizations with us, to share the joy of giving back. But they were there in spirit – the cooperative spirit of showing Concern for Community. Thanks again for the best job ever!