Medina Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up program has been making a difference in the lives of community members since 2006. The ORU committee, made up of cooperative members, meets quarterly to review applications and carefully make donation decisions. They met in early June to look over applications submitted by May 1.
The committee made decisions to provide the following families with $500 HEB gift cards for food and other household necessities.
- Greg and Griselda Guerra (San Antonio) – The family is faced with medical bills due to their son’s blood cancer. The HEB gift card will help the family allocate more funds to their medical bills.
- Noe and Elmira Diaz (Roma) – The Diaz’s are on limited funds and the pandemic has made it impossible for them to hold their usual yard sales, which is how they afforded food.
- Eloy and Lorena Canales (Roma) – The Canales’ finances have been impacted since Mr. Canales is unable to work as normal because of COVID-19. The HEB gift card will help make sure food is on the table for their two sons.
The ORU committee also made $500 donations to the Medina County Food Pantry and Devine Food Pantry. Both organizations have seen an increased need for food as a direct impact of COVID-19.
Operation Round Up is funded by Medina EC members who choose to have their monthly electric bill rounded up to the next whole dollar. The spare change is then added to the ORU fund to help community members in need. ORU has helped families pay medical bills, attend therapies, repair homes after fires and more.
If you or someone you know needs financial help, apply for a donation from Operation Round Up. Applicants do not need to be Medina EC members, but must live in one of the 17 counties served by the cooperative. The next deadline is August 7. Application and information are available at MedinaEC.org/ORU.