When we look out at Palmetto Electric Cooperative’s power lines and poles, we don’t just see them as a system that delivers reliable, affordable power to our member-owners. We see them as the backbone of the communities we serve.

Our love of community is just as powerful and vital a force as electricity. One way we show our commitment to those we serve is through Operation Round Up. Like Palmetto Electric’s system, this program is cooperative by design: Participants allow us to round their bills up to the next dollar, donating an average of just $6 a year. Yet, when you multiply that modest sum by the power of cooperation, it quickly adds up.

Since we started the program in 1989, Operation Round Up has raised some $7.8 million for charitable aid right here in our service area. In the first half of 2018 alone, the Palmetto Electric Trust, a volunteer board that administers the collected funds, has made organizational grants totaling almost $160,000.

Recent grant recipients include: Hilton Head Island People for Parks; Jasper County Council on Aging; Hilton Head Heroes; Meals-On-Wheels, Bluffton-Hilton Head, Inc.; New Destiny Center, Inc.; Sandalwood Community Food Bank; Society of St Vincent de Paul, Holy Family Conference; Volunteers in Medicine, Hilton Head Island; the Children’s Center; Helping Hand Center, Inc.; Pregnancy Center & Clinic of the Low Country; and Second Helpings.

We appreciate the members who support Operation Round Up. You provide the lifeblood of this ongoing community effort. We’re glad to provide the backbone—the systems that deliver both power and compassion for all Palmetto Electric members down the line, in all the places we love. Thank you!

Hilton Head Island People for Parks, a non-profit organization, received a $50,000 Operation Round Up grant. Funds will be used to outfit the new Island Recreation Center facility with new technology. The group aims to instill community spirit and enhance the long-term health and vitality of the community by supporting the development of public recreation and parks on Hilton Head Island.

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