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ANNUAL REPORT 2019 The Energy Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Foundation


Operation Round Up Foundation, Inc. By Bob McGaughy, Board Chair

As I sat down to write this letter for the 2019 Energy Cooperative Annual Report, my emotions kept vacillating between jubilation and shock. As chair of the Energy Cooperative Operation Round Up Foundation Board, I take great pride in the fact that our charitable organization distributed $275,947.00 to seventy-four organizations in twenty different communities throughout the Energy Cooperative service area during 2019. In that same period, Operation Round Up awarded $27,500.00 in scholarships to eleven students, one an established college student and the rest seniors from area high schools. Each student received $2,500.00 to help meet their educational endeavors. Those facts were the source of my jubilation. My shock stemmed from the fact that my wife and I only contributed $4.11 by rounding up our Energy Cooperative bill to benefit Operation Round Up between January and December. This small donation helped to make it possible for the Operation Round Up Foundation to make a big difference in our member communities. Where else could $4.11 make such a big difference? In reflecting on the Operation Round Up Foundation accomplishments, I was reminded of a recent horoscope of mine that read, “Givers are even happier than takers. Getting out to do something for someone else will lift your spirits. If you are already feeling good, such acts will only take you higher.” All members of the Operation Round Up Foundation must be feeling really good as they truly did

something good, a lot of good in fact, for their friends and neighbors during 2019. Last year, a total of $275,947.00 made a big difference to a lot of people and programs and the Operation Round Up Board asked me to say thank you to those who made such a successful year possible. Your donations helped to add automated external defibrillators (AED’s) at public parks and schools, revitalized a playground in Mt. Vernon and expanded the shelter for lost animals at the Humane Society in Newark. A lot of spirits were lifted by givers and certainly by receivers as a result of this program.

But it gets even better because since our founding in 2005, the Round Up Board has awarded $3.4 million in grants and scholarships. We can all be very proud that we have done so much for others and made so much possible. I am truly proud and honored to be serving on the Round Up Board and I assure you that fellow board members, Beth Barker, Kelly Brenneman, Tom Graham, Jeff Kovalik, Bryan Melsheimer and CEO Todd Ware have all been very conscientious in reviewing the nearly one hundred applications that came before us this past year. They and the entire Energy Cooperative family join me in thanking those who have made great things possible this past year and we are excited about the many possibilities and opportunities to come before us in 2020.

“Thank you to our members! With an average annual donation of less than $10, we have donated $3,454,970.67 back into our communities since 2005.” – Bob McGaughy Operation Round Up Chair, Bob McGaughy accepting a donation from The Energy Cooperative President & CEO, Todd Ware

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2019 ROUND UP GRANT RECIPIENTS Total amount donated in 2019: $275,947.00 4-H Camp Ohio Abbot Senior Living Abbott, Brook Allwell Behavioral Health Services Angels Assisting Felines Avondale Youth Center Behavioral Healthcare Partners Bryn Du Art Center Child Care Resources, Inc Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Community Roots Community Wesleyan Church Croton UMC Boy Scout Troop 4025 Dan Emmett Elementary School Danville Local Schools Danville Local Schools Forever Dads Fostering Further Fredericktown Recreation District Friends of Licking Co. Library Friends of Wiggin St School Garrett, Ethan Granville Athletic Boosters Hartman, Hannah Hazen, Corbin Heart of Ohio Trail, Inc. Hebron Elementary School Hebron Youth Softball Hill, Sarah HNCO/ Hospice Of Knox County Hospice of Central Ohio HNCO/ Hospice Of Knox County House of New Hope Knox Tech Ctr - Public Safety Licking Co Historical Society Licking Co Humane Society Licking County Community Health Clinic Licking County Family YMCA Licking County Master Gardeners Licking Township Fire Company Little Arrows Play CafĂŠ Look Up Center Mary E Babcock Library

$10,000.00 $2,035.00 $2,500.00 $848.00 $500.00 $1,000.00 $4,500.00 $2,164.00 $1,950.00 $800.00 $750.00 $2,500.00 $1,000.00 $1,521.00 $8,000.00 $2,000.00 $7,500.00 $500.00 $1,500.00 $2,000.00 $4,600.00 $2,500.00 $5,000.00 $2,500.00 $2,500.00 $700.00 $2,500.00 $4,000.00 $2,500.00 $719.00 $2,700.00 $1,300.00 $6,900.00 $3,000.00 $1,500.00 $5,000.00 $1,030.00 $10,000.00 $1,000.00 $2,000.00 $2,500.00 $5,500.00 $5,000.00 3

Miracle League of Muskingum Valley, Ohio Monroe Township Fire Dept. Morgan County Health Department Mound City Little League MTV Arts Muskingum Valley ESC Myers, Grant Nelson T Gant Foundation Newark Band Parents Club Newark City Schools Newark Development Campus Fund Newark Midland Theatre Assoc. Northridge Academic Boosters Northside Baptist Church Ohio Nature Education PBJ Connections Perry Elementary PTO Pfister, Alyssa Round Lake Christian Camp Slone, Alisha St Vincent De Paul Housing Facilities Stone, Nathan The Main Place, Inc. The Turban Project The Works TLS Northeast PTO Touching Little Lives Transitions, Inc. Triplett, Faith Twin Oak Elementary United Way of Knox Co. United Way of Licking Co Village of Philo Watkins Memorial HS Robotics Watkins Memorial Music Boosters Weathervane Playhouse Weber, Nicole Welsh Hills School West Muskingum Athletic Boosters West Muskingum Elem. School Y Bridge Arts Festival YMCA Of Mt Vernon

$10,000.00 $2,500.00 $1,000.00 $2,500.00 $3,750.00 $3,000.00 $2,500.00 $1,000.00 $500.00 $5,000.00 $10,000.00 $7,000.00 $895.00 $2,500.00 $3,115.00 $1,200.00 $3,000.00 $2,500.00 $1,270.00 $2,500.00 $4,100.00 $2,500.00 $3,450.00 $3,272.00 $10,000.00 $1,500.00 $2,500.00 $2,500.00 $2,500.00 $1,110.00 $5,000.00 $2,300.00 $5,000.00 $1,600.00 $6,000.00 $4,000.00 $2,500.00 $500.00 $10,000.00 $2,868.00 $1,000.00 $7,500.00


The Operation Round Up Mission Statement The mission of The Energy Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Foundation is to utilize member contributions for investments in programs and services that improve the quality of life for our Cooperative members and the communities we serve.

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