Ever heard that a penny goes a long way? In this case, hundreds of thousands of pennies donated each year by Nueces Electric Cooperatives members go a very long way to help Coastal Bend organizations.

For the first-quarter of 2013, four organizations received donations from Nueces Charities totaling almost $20,000. Organizations included Halo Flight, Metro Ministries, Corpus Christi Art Center, and the Boy Scouts of South Texas.

Through Operation Round-up, Nueces Electric Cooperative members volunteer to “round up” their electric bills to the next dollar. All of the additional change goes to a non-profit fund developed by NEC called Nueces Charities, Inc. The money adds up each year and Nueces Charities (on behalf of all of the participating NEC members) gives checks to various worthy community projects like the HALO-Flight air ambulance service. The monthly donation by a member, per account, never exceeds 99 cents per month, can be as low as a penny, and averages just $6 per year.

Because of the generous donations of our members, Nueces Charities is able to grant awards each year to worthy charitable organizations in our member communities. Nueces Charities is meant to help non-profit organizations address and positively impact community life for Nueces Electric Cooperative members.

Since 1997, Operation Round-up raised over $750,000. One-hundred percent (100%) of the funds donated are returned to the community to target improvements in education, health, hunger, abuse and homelessness.

501©3 non-profit organizations are welcome to apply for funding. Applications are due quarterly. Instructions and information can be found online at www.nuecescharities.org or by calling 1-800-NEC-WATT x 224.

Started by a group of farmers and ranchers who truly exemplified the pioneer spirit, Nueces Electric Cooperative, Inc. has served the Coastal Bend since 1938. Nueces Electric Cooperative has evolved into a Cooperative that provides delivery services to over 17,000 meters utilizing over 3,100 miles of energized power line. Nueces Electric Cooperative also provides competitive retail services to over 18,000 consumers in Texas outside the NEC delivery area, and the growth continues.