Small change that changes lives
"Small change that changes lives" is the foundation on which the Operation Round Up® program was built. Members who agree to participate allow Berkeley Electric Cooperative to “round up” their monthly electric bill to the next highest dollar. For example, a bill of $55.75 would be rounded up to $56.00 with the additional $0.25 going to the Operation Round Up® fund. Collectively, your generosity equates to about $40,000 a month to aid those in need. More than $1.8 million has been awarded locally since 2014.
All Operation Round Up® funds stay right here in the Lowcountry. Guidelines for awarding this money address needs such as home repairs and other community services.
How much can I expect to contribute each year?
The amount "rounded-up" on each participating customer's bill averages a total of $6 per year. The monthly billing statement shows how much is being donated each month, along with a year-end statement. The amount contributed to Operation Round Up® is tax-deductible as tax laws permit.
Operation Round Up® is an opt-out program with all Berkeley Electric Cooperative members being automatically enrolled when they become a member. Members can opt-out at any time by simply contacting their local district office.
Operation Round Up® only provides funding for certain projects. For a list of qualifying and non-qualifying projects covered by the program please click here.
Operation Round Up® funds are available for both individuals and organizations. To apply for individual aid please click here or contact your local district office for a hard copy of the application. Organizations can apply online or contact their local district office for a copy of the appropriate application.
This fund is administered by the Berkeley Electric Cooperative Trust, a board of volunteer directors made up of community leaders from the three counties served by the Cooperative:
- District 1 - Queen Wilson
- District 2 - Barbara Singleton
- District 3 - William Jones
- District 4 - Alton Rudy Hood, chairman
- District 5 - Gislaine Jenkins
- District 6 - LaTonia Brothers, secretary
- District 7 - James Donald Graham, vice president
- District 8 - William Smoak
- District 9 - Samuel Brownlee, treasurer
For More Information
Contact any local district office for more information or call us at 1-800-327-9615.