Operation Round Up® is a program in which residential members of HILCO Electric Cooperative, Inc. sign up to voluntarily have their electric bills rounded upward to the next dollar. Every month, the additional pennies, nickels and dimes are added to a special fund. The Operation Round Up® Trust Board, comprised of representatives of the HILCO districts, meets once a quarter to review applications and to decide how the funds are to be allocated.
At their April meeting, HILCO Electric’s Trust Board voted to disburse $11,010.38 to 18 organizations in the HILCO service area. These funds were donated during the first quarter of 2008.
Grant checks were presented on April 29, 2008 at HILCO’s Midlothian office by HILCO Board Directors, Margaret Hill and James Perkins and HILCO Trust Board Members, Debbie Brooks and Richard Turner. A second presentation was held at the Itasca HILCO office on May 1, 2008. On hand to present the award checks was HILCO Board Director, Dave Smith.
The following organizations were recipients of the first quarter funds disbursements:
§ Brookhaven Youth Ranch (West) - $577.36 - First aid kit, sleeping bags, batting helmets
§ Daniel's Den Ministries (Waxahachie) - $750 - Flooring for emergency shelter kitchen
§ First Christian Day School (Waxahachie) - $650.52 - Math Facts in a Flash computer software
§ Grandview ZZ Skippers (Grandview) - $1,000 - World Jump Rope competition in South Africa
§ Heart of TX Therapeutic Riding Center (West) -$1,490 - Handicap restroom facility
§ Hill County CPS Adopt-A-Caseworker Program (Hillsboro) - $105 - Doctor’s visit for CPS infant
§ Hospice of the Heart (Whitney) - $1,503 - Geri-Chair and O2 Concentrator
§ Isaiah's Place, Inc. (Whitney) -$160 - Safety riding helmets
§ Itasca Board of Revitalization (Itasca) - $119.40 - Internet access for one year - Sr. Citizen's Center
§ Itasca Booster Club (Itasca) - $235.10 - Spanish class aids
§ Joint Committee for Christmas (Whitney) - $500 - Project assistance
§ Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson & Ellis Counties (Waxahachie) - $500 - Meal delivery vehicle
§ Midlothian Senior Citizens Center (Midlothian) - $40 - Emergency weather radio
§ Ovilla Christian School (Ovilla) - $800 - Laptop computer
§ Salvation Army - Waxahachie Corps (Waxahachie) - $500 - Passenger buses - child transportation
§ Waxahachie Preparatory Academy (Waxahachie) - $580 - Overhead projector and screen
§ Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church (Gholson) - $500 – Juice/fans/heaters for seniors
§ Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department – (Hillsboro) - $1,000 - Fire truck communication system