Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012
Plateau Electric Cooperative would like to announce to our members that Operation Pocket Change has distributed over $500,000.00 back into our service territory since its beginning in October of 2005. “This is proof positive that a little can go a long way”, says Jacob Billingsley-Director of Communications at PEC. Currently, PEC has about 70% participation in the “pocket change” program and strongly encourages anyone who is not contributing to the program to seriously reconsider. This program is funded by our community to help our community.
OPC is a program that rounds up your monthly utility bill to the nearest dollar. That “pocket change” goes into an account to be redistributed to individuals and not-for-profit organizations that meet the requirements set forth in the by-laws. The maximum amount anyone will contribute during the course of a year is $11.88.
Operation Pocket Change has helped numerous individuals and organizations in the past few years. Most recently, the Scott County Rescue Squad received funding to help replace an old 4 wheel drive vehicle that is in desperate need of updating. The Wartburg Volunteer Fire Department also received funding to purchase tires for a first responder vehicle. OPC has also aided individuals that are the victims of house fires. Cora Marlow recently lost her home due to a fire, and received the emergency fire funding from OPC to help her replace necessary items and get back on her feet. “This is a great program and I am so thankful to have the assistance from OPC”, says Marlow.
If you are interested in learning more about Operation Pocket Change, stop by our office and pick up an application or call (423) 569-8591 or (423) 346-3699.