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Member-owners give more than $10,000 back to community

The Roanoke Electric Cooperative Care Trust (RECT) Board met on Wednesday, April 19th, to award $10,713.11 towards the community efforts of six local organizations.

Roanoke Electric Cooperative (REC) proudly provides a means for member-owners to assist the community where they live through Operation RoundUp.  Each month, the electric cooperative simply “rounds up” the electric bills of participating member-owners to the next highest dollar.  Over the years, this program has proven that this “small change” changes lives.

The following organizations were awarded first quarter grants:

Northampton County Sheriff’s Office (Jackson): Awarded $2,000 to purchase portable radio communication devices.

Tillery Spectrum Connections (Tillery): Received $2,000 to purchase educational kits for their upcoming annual Summer Enrichment Camp.

Como Volunteer Fire Department (Como): Granted $2,234.11 to purchase National Fire Protection Association Personal Alert Safety devices.  These devices assist in locating downed or disabled firefighters.

Eastside EMS (Rich Square): Awarded $1,990 to purchase two ambulance suction units.  These units are critical when treating patients.

Roanoke Rapids Public Library (Roanoke Rapids):  Received $544 to fund educational activities for this year’s Summer Learning Program.

Murfreesboro Volunteer Fire Department (Murfreesboro): Granted $1,975 to purchase lighting equipment that will enhance scene safety and operational capabilities for volunteers.

For more information about how to participate in Operation RoundUp, please call 252.209.2278 or visit  

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