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Operation Round Up



Operation Round Up (ORU) is a program which helps Medina EC members give to community members and organizations in need. Since inception in 2006, ORU has awarded more than $136,000*.

ORU is simple: Participating members ask Medina EC to round their monthly electric bills up to the next whole dollar. The spare change goes into the ORU fund. For example, a bill for $63.74 would be rounded up to $64.00 and 26 cents would be donated to the ORU program. Annually, the average participating member contributes approximately $6.00 to the program.

Individuals that need assistance can apply to receive funds from ORU. You DO NOT need to be a member of Medina EC but you must live within the 17 counties Medina EC serves.  ORU has helped members with medical bills, helped individuals better their lives and historically helped organizations better our communities.

Donating to ORU

There are many ways to sign up to donate money to the ORU program:

To make a one time donation to the ORU program, make a check payable to Operation Round Up and mail it to Medina Electric Cooperative, Attn: ORU Fund, PO Box 370, Hondo, TX 78861. Please note that donations to ORU are not tax deductible. Currently, about 1,400 members - with nearly 2,000 meters - participate in Operation Round Up.

Getting a Donation From ORU

Individuals and families can apply to receive ORU funds by submitting a complete application. Organizations can apply if it is for the benefit of a certain individual they are working with.

2020 Application Deadlines: February 7; May 1; August 7; November 6  {Applications can be submitted at any time and emergency requests can be reviewed prior to application deadlines}

Apply Online        |        PDF Application (English)        |        PDF Application (Spanish)


Operation Grocery Give - Holiday Meal Giveaway

ORU is giving 20 $150 HEB Gift Cards for the holiday season. Four cards will be awarded per service area (Bruni, Dilley, Hondo, Rio Grande City, Uvalde). Deadline for applications is November 1.

Apply Online        |        PDF Application (English)        |        PDF Application (Spanish)

Donation Decisions

The ORU Trust Committee, made up of volunteer members who represent all voting districts, determines the distribution of funds. The committee meets four times a year and distributes funds based on applicants and funds available. To volunteer for the committee, e-mail us at

Recent Donations

September 2019

  • Nathan and Sharon Grissom - $1,000
  • Joseph Carroll - $1,500

June 2019

  • Frank Hooker - $2,500
  • Jesus Ibarra - $500

March 2019

  • Clifford & Joann Baumann - $1,500
  • Erwin Hunter - $2,000

*as of 9/2019


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