The Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative Operation Roundup program of Vinita, Okla, has awarded $1,849.30 to the Women's Auxiliary Association of Monkey Island (WAAMI) to purchase tables and chairs for the Monkey Island Community Senior Center.

In 1998, Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, Inc. launched Operation Round-Up - a program that is funded by our members and distributed every two months by a nine-member board of directors.

The way it works is simple. Participating members voluntarily permit their monthly electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar. Monies generated from this program are then allocated to the Operation Round-Up Trust Foundation.

Recipients of these funds include organizations and individuals from across the cooperative's four-county service territory who meet the qualifications for application set forth by program guidelines.

Operation Round-Up has allowed needy individuals to cover outstanding medical expenses or purchase medical supplies when insurance was depleted. Emergency response agencies have been outfitted with equipment necessary to answer swiftly the call of duty.

To date, participating cooperative members through Operation Round-Up have invested more than $1,900,000 back into their communities by simply allowing their electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar.