Operation Round Up


To grant funds to organizations and agencies in the counties served by Henry County REMC exclusively for charitable purposes and community service projects.

What is Operation Round Up®?

This voluntary program is simple:

Each month participating members allow Henry County Rural Electric Membership Corporation (HCREMC) to “round up” their electric bills to the next whole dollar. For example, a bill for $63.75 would be rounded up to $64, and the 25¢ would be donated to the program.

Annually, the average participating member contributes approximately $6 to the program.

Check out our Operation Roundup Flyer for more information.

Operation Round Up® History

When HCREMC was founded in 1936, people joined together to build their own electric system because private power companies did not serve the rural areas.  Neighbors were willing to help neighbors in order to provide the communities with a much-needed resource.  In 2013, HCREMC implemented a program that continues this principle of working together.  The program is called Operation Round-Up® and is designed to help co-op members reach out to worthy causes in their communities.

Operation Round Up® Board of Trustees

The Operation Round-Up® fund is administered by a 5-member committee who serves on a voluntary basis.  The committee looks to address needs for food, shelter, clothing, education and other vital community services.  The committee meets at least 4 times a year to distribute funds based on applications and the funds available.

The committee includes:

  • Sam Caldwell, Chairman
  • Yvette Brown, Vice Chairman
  • Ed Shirey
  • Amy Upchurch
  • (open seat)

Operation Round Up® Video

Operation Round Up® FAQs

Who can apply?

Non-profit groups in the community can apply. It is the responsibility of the Operation Round-Up Committee to evaluate applications and distribute the funds according to the program's bylaws. Application forms are available at the HCREMC office or can be filled out online using our Operation Roundup Grant Application.

Application deadlines are the first Monday in January, April, July, and October. 

What are possible uses of the funds?

A special thank you to our member-consumers for the generous contributions that led to the following grant opportunities within our community in 2023:

Organization Project or Program Grant Amount
Healthy Families Baby Buck items $1,500
Shirley Volunteer Fire Department Funds to contribute to new fire station $1,000
Henry County Young Life Outdoor speaker for events $1,499
Alquina Blue Arrows Park Updates to basketball court $2,000
New Castle Little League Softball Security cameras $2,730
New Castle HC Youth Baseball Concession upgrade $1,500
Henry County Farmer's Market Tent $513.57
New Castle Family & Internal Medicine Children's books $500
Henry County Tailshaker’s Club Dog Agility Equipment $1,000
Healthy Communities of Henry County Extension of Wilbur Wright Trail $3,000
Bentonville Volunteer Fire Department Multi-gas detection system $1,300
Henry County Pregnancy Care Center Computer system upgrade $1,500
Second Harvest Food Bank Hygiene items for families in need $2,000
4H Multi-county annual 4H contribution $7,500
Scholarships Henry County REMC annual senior scholarship awards $6,000