4-County members will notice a year-end figure on their upcoming bills detailing their total contributions to the co-op’s Foundation. 4-County started the Foundation and Operation Roundup earlier this year. With Roundup, 4-County rounds members bills up to the next dollar each month.
That extra change goes into the 4-County Foundation and is used to help organizations that impact the communities we serve. “Total Roundup Contribution for 2015” will appear near the top of the bill. Most members averaged about $5.50 per year in contributions to the Foundation. Each member’s total will be shown on their bill annually so they will know how much they contributed to the Foundation. The contribution is tax deductible. The average monthly roundup per member is about 50 cents and the maximum annual contribution is $11.88. However, when you multiply those contributions by thousands of member participants, that change becomes real dollars of hope and assistance for those worthy Foundation recipients.
Forty-five organizations in 4-County’s nine-county service area received awards from the cooperative’s Foundation since its inception in February 2015. And, thanks to the generosity of 4-County members, more than $120,000 has been dispersed among organizations like the Frank Phillips YMCA, Contact Helpline, the Sally Kate Winters Home and the American Red Cross. Several area volunteer fire departments have new protective gear and the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department and Sturgis Police will have new bulletproof vests thanks to the Foundation. 4-County Foundation Board members, individuals selected from throughout the cooperative service area, decide and handle fund requests.
Applications to receive Foundation assistance for individuals and organizations are available in 4-County offices and on the 4-County website, www.4county.org. Programs like this have been in existence at rural electric cooperatives throughout the nation since 1989. Since their induction, these programs have raised more than $41 million for charitable causes.While some 93 percent of members participate, 4-County members are not required to participate in the program. Those who elect to opt out simply have to notify the cooperative by calling 1-800-431-1544.