Nonprofits receive $18,000 from Operation Round-Up

Seventeen area nonprofit organizations received funds recently through First Electric’s Operation Round-Up program. Community members on the Operation Round-Up Board of Trustees approved $18,000 in donations.

Hopewell Volunteer Fire Department receives a $2,000 donation from First Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round-Up program – Todd Schroeder (from left), First Electric district manager; Joyce Tatom, fire department vice president; Annie Jewell Brooks; Bonnie Tatom, fire department maintenance; Donna Moon, Operation Round-Up board member; Avanell Hill, fire department treasurer; Angie Kisded, fire department secretary; Wetzel Stark, Operation Round-Up board member; and Mary Ann Barnett.

Recipients by county include:

  • Cleburne County – Hopewell Volunteer Fire Department received $2,000, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 57 and Pine Snag/Lobo Fire Association each received $1,000.
  • Garland County – Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Garland County received $1,000.
  • Lonoke County – CASA of Lonoke County, Lonoke County Fair & Livestock Association, Lonoke County Christian Clinic, Woodlawn Extension Homemakers Club and Lonoke County Task Force on Child Abuse & Neglect (Open Arms Shelter) each received $1,000.
  • Perry County – Renewal Ranch, Civic Improvement Association of Perry and Perry County Single Parent Scholarship Fund each received $1,000.
  • Pulaski County – Martin Loop Fun Park and Pulaski County Council for Communities, Children & Youth each received $1,000.
  • Saline County – Saline County 4-H; Habitat for Humanity of Saline County, Arkansas; and Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime – Saline County Affiliate each received $1,000.

The program is possible thanks to the generosity of First Electric members who enrolled in Operation Round-Up and agree to have their electric bill rounded up to the next even dollar amount each month. That money – more than $608,000 since 1998 – funds nonprofit donations and student scholarships.

To sign up, visit or call 800.489.7405.

First Electric serves more than 88,000 member accounts throughout 17 counties in central and southeast Arkansas. The cooperative maintains full-service offices in Jacksonville, Benton, Heber Springs, Perryville and Stuttgart. For the latest news and information, visit or