MEC Trust

Members are participating in an exciting program that offers financial assistance to worthwhile causes in our community!

Helping hand concept and international day of peace, support. Helping hand outstretched, isolated arm, salvation. Close up help hand. Two hands, helping arm of a friend, teamwork. Black and whiteCan you imagine how you would feel if you or someone you loved were diagnosed with a critical illness? Or how devastating it would be to lose everything you owned in a fire? How would you manage financially? How would you take care of your family’s living expenses? Pay your bills? The job of the MEC Trust Board is to ensure that those in need are getting help when they find themselves asking these exact questions.

Through Operation Round-Up, co-op members can “round up” their monthly electric bill to the nearest dollar and these additional funds are placed in a trust and used to assist neighbors with emergency support such as food, clothing or shelter. Volunteers from Marlboro and Dillon counties comprise the MEC Trust Board, which decides how Operation Round-Up funds are used.

It is a very rewarding program that means a lot to those who have been a part of it in Marlboro and Dillon counties. If you are willing and able, you may “round-up” your bill to the nearest dollar, and simply by donating a few cents, you will have contributed to a cause that is bigger than just our cooperative and made an impact in the lives of those around you.

Please take the time to contact us to see if you are a Round-Up participant. We also accept generous donations of any amount willing to be given towards the cause. All contributions are tax deductible.

Marlboro Electric thanks you for your contributions to this program!

Application for Individuals

Operation Roundup LogoIf you or someone you know is facing a crisis and may need additional help, this is the application (PDF) they will need to fill out in order to be considered.

How are the funds collected?

The funds are collected when generous members decide to participate in Operation Round Up and round their bill to the nearest dollar. This rounded-up change goes into our Trust fund and is what we use to support those who need it most.

The Trust also accepts any generous donations from MEC members or from the community.

How are the funds used?

The funds are used to assist the needy with food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, wheelchair ramps, and any other needs which may have put them in crisis. The few extra cents collected from each member will total to about $6 per year to help the needy. If all MEC consumers join in, we will Round-Up more than $25,000 per year! Imagine how much this could impact those in need in our local communities!

Who distributes these funds?

The program is administered by the Marlboro Electric Trust Board, a board of directors made of community leaders from Dillon & Marlboro county service areas who serve on a voluntary basis.

Operation Round-Up Trust Board establishes the guidelines and policies for granting funds to local families and community organizations. In the past, funds have been used to help people suffering with disabilities, families burned out of their homes, local fire departments, and more. We find joy in the opportunity to help even more people as we continue to add to the funds!

Funds are never used for political purposes.

How can I help out and make a difference?

MEC consumers are automatically included in Operation Round-Up, so if you have not discontinued the service, you are already helping this cause as a member! If you choose not to participate or if you wish to discontinue your contributions at any time, contact us. We will need your name, address, phone number, and MEC account number.

As a reminder, these contributions are tax deductible. In reading about what the Trust does, we hope you will take this opportunity to contact us to ensure you are signed up for this program that has meant so much to people in our community. It doesn’t take much from a single consumer to add up and make a difference when combined with other contributions.

If you are looking for extended ways to contribute to what the Trust does, or want to contribute given the circumstances of a certain cause, we gladly accept generous donations. Any amount will help us make a difference in the lives of those around us.

Marlboro Electric Cooperative, Inc. and the Operation Round-Up Trust Board thanks you for all that you do and continue to do in order to support this program!

What should I do when help is needed?

If you or someone you know is facing a crisis and lives in Marlboro or Dillon counties, Operation Round Up may be able to help. To apply for assistance, please contact us or write us at:

Marlboro Electric Trust

P.O. Box 1057

Bennettsville, SC 29512

 **Applications must be received by the 2nd Monday of the month prior to the next Trust meeting, as they must be reviewed by the Operation Round-Up Trust Board.