Nueces Electric Cooperative Members' Operation Round-up Funds Impact Lives


Following our Cooperative Principle #7, Concern for Community, Nueces Electric Cooperative (NEC) strives to be a great community partner by implementing programs that impact lives for our members and communities we serve. One of the ways NEC impacts lives in South Texas is through the Operation Round-Up program. Each year, various local non-profits are awarded grant funds through Nueces Electric Charities, Inc. This year, NEC awarded more than $130,000 to 26 local non-profit organizations thanks to the generous donations of NEC members who participate in the Operation Round-Up program.

Through Operation Round-up, Nueces Electric Cooperative members volunteer to “round up” their electric bills to the next dollar. All 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, Inc. (on behalf of all participating NEC members) gives a check to various worthy community projects.

Since 1997, Operation Round-up raised over $1.6 million!  The donated funds are targeted towards community improvement in areas such as education, health, hunger, abuse, and homelessness. In February 2020, NEC awarded $86,250 to 14 worthy non-profit organizations. Recent Fall grant awards totaling $50,000 have gone to 13 additional organizations for a total of $136,250 awarded to 26 non-profit organizations in 2020.

“Supporting our local community is more important than ever,” says NEC Chief Executive Officer Varzavand “Avan” Irani, “It is during challenging and unusual times that the members of NEC come together and show the strength of the cooperative spirit. I want to personally express how proud I am to award these funds to all of the worthy non-profit organizations who impact lives in South Texas.”

2020 Nueces Electric Charities, Inc. grant recipients


·         The YMCA of the Coastal Bend

·         Children’s Advocacy Center of the Coastal Bend

·         Corpus Christi Education Found.

·         Mission of Mercy

·         United Way of the Coastal Bend

·         Robstown ISD Education Found.                       

·         Women’s Shelter of South Texas dba The Purple Door

·         Citizens for Educational Excellence

·         Educating Children’s Future Community Center

·         Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Coastal Bend

·         Agape Ranch

·         Corpus Christi Metro Ministries

·         Driscoll Children’s Hospital

·         Brownsville Society for Crippled Children Inc, dba Moody Clinic

·         Corpus Christi Hope House, Inc.

·         Family Counseling Service

·         Corpus Christi Pregnancy Center, Inc. dba Pregnancy Center of the Coastal Bend

·         Foster Angels of South Texas Found.

·         Presbyterian Pan American School

·         Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History

·         West Side Helping Hand

·         Casa of Kleberg County dba Brush Country CASA

·         Youth Code Jam

·         South Texas Botanical Gardens

·         YMCA of the Coastal Bend

·         HALO-Flight