Members of Glades Electric Cooperative have the opportunity to participate in an innovative program that provides funding for all kinds of worthwhile projects here in Glades, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee Counties. It’s called Operation Round Up©, and is administered by the Glades Electric Charitable Trust, Inc.
The electric bills of participating Co-op consumers are rounded to the next highest dollar each month. The extra cents collected from each consumer go into the Round Up fund. The average consumer will contribute about six dollars a year. If only 75% of all Glades Electric Cooperative consumers join, we will Round Up more than $50,000 annually!
Operation Round Up© funds stay right here in Glades, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee counties. No funds will be sent to other areas of our state or nation. Guidelines for awarding these funds address needs such as food, shelter, clothing, health care and specialty needs where funding is not available. It is not the intention of the program to pay electric bills, mortgage, or car payments. Political campaigns and issues will not be considered for Round Up funding. An application for funding will be completed by the individual or organization that details not only the need, but also the available assets and liabilities as well as other sources of funding.
Glades Electric Cooperative consumers are automatically included in Operation Round Up©. We understand that not everyone may wish to participate in this program. If you choose not to participate or if you decide to discontinue your contributions at anytime, simply contact your local GEC office.
Contributions to Operation Round Up© are tax deductible. We'll mail you a summary of your contributions with your January or February statements. Glades Electric Cooperative will also use every available means to keep consumers informed whenever Round Up contributions are made by the Glades Electric Charitable Trust.
A nine person Board of Directors administers the Glades Electric Charitable Trust, Inc. Each Director represents one of the nine districts of Glades Electric Cooperative and is appointed by the Trustee of that District and approved by the Board of Trustees of Glades Electric Cooperative. Each Director serves on a non-paid, voluntary basis. A list of the Directors of the Glades Electric Charitable Trust, Inc. is available upon request.