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.

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 Electric Charities, Inc. The money adds up each year and Nueces Electric Charities (on behalf of all of the participating NEC members) gives a check 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 Electric Charities is able to grant awards each year to worthy charitable organizations in our member communities. Nueces Electric Charities is a financial supporter whose giving 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 $1.5 Million!  One-hundred percent (100%) of the funds donated are returned to the community to target improvements in education, health, hunger, abuse and homelessness.

Nueces Electric Charities has supported a variety of organizations including Timmons Ministries, Alice Counseling Center, Communities in Schools, Mission of Mercy, Ronald McDonald House,  Brush Country USA, Refuge of Hope, Corpus Christi Metro Ministries, Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, Corpus Christi SafePlace House, Rise School of Corpus Christi, the South Texas Council,  Boy Scouts of America, and Halo-Flight.

Applications are due quarterly and can be found at www.nueceselectric.org.

Operation Round-Up was originally created to help fund Halo Flight after the organization battled financial troubles due to a reduction in funding from other sources. The start of Operation Round-up and its donations virtually saved this vital, life-saving organization. Through Operation Round up, Nueces Electric Cooperative members have generously donated over $350,000 to Halo Flight since 1997.

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 19,000 meters utilizing over 3,200 miles of energized power line. Nueces Electric Cooperative also provides competitive retail services to 29,671 consumers in Texas, and the growth continues.