ROBSTOWN (June 26, 2020) - Have you ever heard the saying that a penny goes a long way? In this case, hundreds of thousands of pennies donated each year by Nueces Electric Cooperative (NEC) members go a very long way to help Coastal Bend organizations.
Through Operation Round-up, Nueces Electric Cooperative members volunteer to "round up" their electric bills to the next dollar. All of the additional change goes to a non-profit fund developed by NEC called Nueces Electric Charities, Inc. The money adds up each year and Nueces Electric Charities (on behalf of all participating NEC members) gives a check to various worthy community projects like the HALO-Flight air ambulance service. The monthly donation by a member, per account, never exceeds 99 cents per month, can be as low as a penny and averages just $6 per year.
Because of the generous donations of our members, Nueces Electric Charities, Inc. grants awards each year to worthy charitable organizations in our member communities. Nueces Electric Charities, Inc. is a financial supporter whose giving is meant to help non-profit organizations address and positively impact community life for NEC members.
Since 1997, Operation Round-up raised over $1.6 million! One-hundred percent (100%) of the funds donated are returned to the community to target improvements in education, health, hunger, abuse and homelessness.
“Giving back to the community we serve is one of our founding cooperative principles,” says Chief Executive Officer Varzavand “Avan” Irani, “Thanks to the generous donations of NEC members, Nueces Electric Charities, Inc. is proud to provide grant opportunities to various worthy non-profit organizations in our community.”
Nueces Electric Charities, Inc. has supported a variety of organizations including Agape Ranch, Citizens for Educational Excellence, Mission of Mercy and many more. Recent 2020 grants totaling $50,000 have gone to the Children's Advocacy Center of the Coastal Bend, Corpus Christi Education Foundation, United Way of the Coastal Bend, YWCA, and The Purple Door, just to name a few.
Applications are due Jan. 1 and July 1 of every year and can be found at www.nuecescharities.org.