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Previous Grants Awarded September 2013

Previous Grants Awarded

British Flying Training School – September 2013

Grant Amount - $1,000

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TVEC Manager of Public Relations Bobbi Byford, middle, presents representatives from the British Flying Training School Museum a grant check in the amount of $1,000. Pictured accepting the check from far left are Curator Mike Grout, Director Cliff Taylor, President Don Thurman and Volunteer Rod Kinkaid.
 

The No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum seeks to preserve and commemorate the memories of those who trained, taught or were otherwise touched by the flight schools history in Terrell, TX.

Lake Area Shared Ministries – September 2013

Grant Amount - $5,000

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TVEC Manager of Public Relations Bobbi Byford, right, presents Director June Applen from the Lake Area Shared Ministries a grant check in the amount of $5,000.
 

The Lake Area Shared Ministries provides a food pantry service and utility assistance to families. Last year it was able to serve 1894 families in need.

Keep Athens Beautiful – September 2013

Grant Amount - $3,500

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TVEC Public Relations Representative Kari Wilmeth, right, presents representatives from Keep Athens Beautiful a grant check in the amount of $3,500. Pictured accepting the check are Board President Peggy Rhodes, left, and Executive Director Missy Wilson.
 

Keep Athens Beautiful focuses on two major city clean ups each year to help improve the aesthetics of Athens, TX.

Canton Educational Foundation – September 2013

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC Public Relations Representative Kari Wilmeth, front left, presents representatives from the Canton Education Foundation a grant check in the amount of $3,000. Pictured accepting the check from left are Linda Brackman-Canton Rotary, Dennis Clarkson-Canton Rotary, Brian Cummings-Canton Educational Foundation, Randy Wade-Canton Rotary, Ben Bratchler-Canton Educational Foundation, Jay Tullos-Canton ISD Superintendent, Phyllis Wise-Canton Rotary, Kevin Deibert-Canton Educational Foundation.
 

The Canton Educational Foundation raises funds to enhance educational programs, improve technology and award scholarships to graduating seniors from Canton High School.

LaPoyner Elementary Backpack Club – September 2013

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC Energy Management Advisor Trevor Moeller presents representatives from The LaPoynor Elementary Backpack Program a grant check in the amount of $3,000. Pictured from left are Teacher Amy Sherrell, Principal Marsha Miles and Teacher Heather Brantley.
 

The LaPoyner Elementary Back Pack Program provides underprivileged students with backpacks, school supplies and food.

Community Food Pantry in Tool – September 2013

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC Public Relations Representative Joy Long, right, presents representatives from the Tool Community Food Pantry a grant check in the amount of $3,000. Pictured accepting the check from left are Vice President Carrie Bigley and President Gloria Murphy.
 

The Community Food Pantry provides food to seniors, individuals, children and families. It also offers cooking classes and other educational programs to help build self esteem and self sufficiency.

The King’s Storehouse – September 2013

Grant Amount - $3,500

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TVEC Energy Management Advisor Trevor Moeller, middle left, presents representatives from The King's Storehouse a grant check in the amount of $3,500. Pictured from left are Vice President Bryan Campell, Director/Founder Peggy Abernathy and Board President Lynne Sperry.
 

The King’s Storehouse is the oldest food bank in East Texas. It distributes food to 96 member agencies, including organizations in Henderson and Van Zandt Counties.

 

Previous Grants Awarded August 2013

Previous Grants Awarded

The Share Center – August 2013

Grant Amount - $3,500

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TVEC Board of Director Carolyn Minor, middle, presents a grant check in the amount of $3,500 to the Share Center Director Betty Glaeser, right and volunteer Margaret Bradbury.
 

The Share Center provides groceries for needy families in Kaufman County. The organization was able to serve 1,745 households last year. Each household was served 10 times for a total of 16,891 weeks supply of food for local families in need..

Still Waters – August 2013

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC representative Bobbi Byford, middle right, presents a grant check in the amount of $3,000 to representatives from Still Waters. Pictured from left are Mary Braddock, Ketra Hancock, far right, Melissa Killen, in front from left Stephanie Orton and Amy Bledsoe.
 

Still Waters offers a character development program to Kaufman County schools. The program focuses on teaching students important core ethical values such as honesty, fairness, caring, responsibility, respect for others, personal integrity and abstinence.

Kaufman County Senior Citizens Services – August 2013

Grant Amount - $4,000

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TVEC representative Bobbi Byford, far left, presents a grant check in the amount of $4,000 to representatives from Kaufman County Senior Citizens Services. Pictured from middle are Phyllis Walker, director of aging services and Melinda Polk, aging services coordinator.
 

Kaufman County Senior Citizens Services promotes independence by battling hunger and malnutrition in the over 60 population. They provide a quality, dependable meal service in Kaufman and Navarro counties. The organization delivers more than 140,000 hot meals each year to seniors who are unable to meet their own nutritional needs.

Kaufman Christian Help Center – August 3013

Grant Amount - $3,500

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TVEC representative Bobbi Byford, right, presents a grant check in the amount of $3,500 to Executive Director Lana Montgomery Couch of Kaufman Christian Help Center.
 

The Kaufman Christian Help Center provides hunger relief and awareness for families in Kaufman, Combine, Scurry, Rosser and Kemp. They also provide food baskets during Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as annual school supply drives. Last year they helped 167 local families and 512 individuals.

Henderson County HELP Center – August 2013

Grant Amount - $4,000

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TVEC representative Bobbi Byford, right, presents a grant check in the amount of $4,000 to Executive Director Leslie Saunders of the Henderson County HELP Center.
 

The Henderson County HELP Center provides emergency financial assistance including utility bills such as electrical, water and gas, rental assistance and reference and referral services. The organization also coordinates services of assistance for other social services such as Labor of Love, United Way, and the Salvation Army. It is also the reference and referral HUB for Henderson County.

Healing Hearts Ministry – August 2013

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC Board of Director Carolyn Minor, middle, presents a grant check in the amount of $3,000 to Audrey Kirby, right, and Alison Walker both victim advocates.
 

Healing Hearts Ministry provides advocacy services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other victims of violent crime. HHM also has a transitional housing program for victims of domestic violence. The organization recently opened a learning center that provides court ordered classes such as parenting, anger management, drug and alcohol education, shoplifting, larceny, etc.

Family Resource Center – August 2013

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC representative Bobbi Byford, far right, presents a grant check in the amount of $3,000 to representatives of the Family Resource Center. Pictured from far left are Director Toni Muirhead, Intake Clerk Gracie York, Bookkeeper Elisa Beaman and General Manager Richard Boerner.
 

The Family Resource Center provides financial assistance in the form of utility payments, prescription drug purchases, propane and temporary housing. The organization also helps with basic food and clothing needs as well as school supplies, Christmas toys and Thanksgiving food baskets.

Cain Center – August 3013

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC representative Bobbi Byford, left, presents a grant check in the amount of $3,000 to Executive Director Tere Lawyer of the Cain Center.
 

The Cain Center is a public recreation facility in Athens, Texas. In addition to athletic facilities such as swimming, racquet ball, basketball and jogging, they also offer vocational education services.

TVEC Introduces Operation Round Up®

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TVEC is excited to announce Operation Round Up. The program will allow the co-op to expand its charitable giving and community assistance to new heights.

 The concept of Operation Round Up is simple. Participating members will have their electric bills rounded up each month to the next whole dollar amount. For example, a bill of $75.68 would be rounded up to $76. That’s a 32 cent contribution from the member. It may not sound like much, but when over 40,000 members pitch in a few cents every month, the pennies really add up.

On average, participating members will contribute 50 cents each month. The most a member would ever contribute in a single month would be 99 cents per account.

The possibilities of this program are huge. Funds from Operation Round Up will be used to support local nonprofit charitable organizations.

 For example, Farmers Electric Cooperative has been able to donate over $6000 a year to the Coventry Reserve near Wylie, where adults with special needs discover how they can contribute, share and engage in the world around them.

 Likewise, Operation Roundup has been a huge success at Comanche Electric Cooperative. Last year, they were able to donate $5000 to the local Park Enhancement Group. The group used the funds to build a toddler Park for area children.

Other cooperatives participating in the program have used funds to purchase fire trucks for volunteer department. They have made donations to children’s shelters and senior citizen centers. They have sent aid to fight wildfires and help hurricane victims. They have helped build hospitals and clinics. They did all of this with just a few pennies from their members.

We are excited to see what Operation Round Up can bring to the TVEC service area. But, this program can only work with the help of our members. We encourage everyone to participate and see what kind of a difference a few pennies can make. Members choosing not to participate should contact TVEC Member Services to be taken out of the campaign.

Organizations or individuals seeking funds from the program may find applications at www.tvec.net or at any TVEC office location beginning in May of 2013.

How to opt out of Operation Round Up

Here are three simple ways to opt out of the program. If you ever wish to participate in the future, you may rejoin Operation Round Up at any time.

1. Click the "Manage My Account" button at the top right of this page, then click the "Services" tab, then "Round Up". This option will automatically remove you from the program.

2. Call 1.800.766.9576 and speak to one of our member service representatives and they will remove you from the program.

3. Fill out the form below. This option will send us an email. Please allow two business days for the changes to take effect.

 

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Operation Round Up

TVEC is excited to announce Operation Round Up. The program will allow the co-op to expand its charitable giving and community assistance to new heights.

The concept is simple. Participating members will have their electric bills rounded up each month to the next whole dollar amount. For example, a bill of $75.68 would be rounded up to $76. That’s a 32 cent contribution from the member. It may not sound like much, but when over 40,000 members pitch in a few cents every month, the pennies really add up.

On average, participating members will contribute 50 cents each month. The most a member would ever contribute in a single month would be 99 cents per account.

The possibilities of this program are huge. Funds are used to support local nonprofit charitable organizations.

For example, a $2500 donation was made to Labor of Love. The organization provides home repairs to handicapped, indigent elderly, single mothers and grandmothers raising grandchildren across Henderson County.

Other cooperatives participating in the program have used funds to purchase fire trucks for volunteer departments. They have made donations to children’s shelters and senior citizen centers. They have sent aid to fight wildfires and help hurricane victims. They have helped build hospitals and clinics. They did all of this with just a few pennies from their members.

We are excited to see what Operation Round Up can do in TVEC service area. But, this program only works with the participation of our members. We encourage everyone to participate and see what kind of a difference a few pennies can make. Members choosing not to participate should contact TVEC Member Services to be taken out of the campaign.

If you have a question about Operation Round Up, please contact our member services department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1.800.766.9576.

Operation Round Up Grants Awarded

Previous Grants Awarded

Kaufman Christian Help Center - August 2014

Grant Amount - $5,000

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Public Relations Representative, Joy Long, left, presents a grant check to Lana Couch from the Kaufman Christian Help Center.
 

The center acts at the local food pantry which provides food for 600+ individuals monthly. They also provide Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to 400+ over the holidays.

Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center - August 2014

Grant Amount - $5,000

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Public Relations Representative, Joy Long, right, presents a grant check to Phyllis Walker, left, and Melinda Polk from the Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center.
 

The mission of the center is to promote independence and/or prolong or avoid institutionalization by ending hunger and malnutrition in the over 60 population.

One Man’s Treasure – August 2014

Grant Amount - $3,000

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Public Relations Representative, Joy Long, left, presents a grant check to Annette Jenkins, center, and Sharon Underriner from One Man’s Treasure.
 

The mission of One Man’s Treasure is to provide decent clothing to formerly incarcerated men returning to our communities. The clothing is appropriate for day-to-day living as well as for job interviews and future employment.

Terrell ISD Excellence Foundation – August 2014

Grant Amount - $5,000

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Public Relations Representative, Joy Long, left center, presents a grant check to representatives from the Terrell Excellence Foundation. Pictured from left are Dana Skelton, Joy Long, Peggy Bridges and Sharon Neal.
 

The mission of the foundation is to encourage excellence in education by promoting and funding effective programs and ideas in the Terrell Independent School District. They also encourage creativity among staff by supporting growth opportunities, providing resources for creative strategies, and recognizing and rewarding staff accomplishments.

Previous Grants Awarded June-July 2013

Previous Grants Awarded

 

CASA of Trinity Valley - June 2013

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC representatives Kari Wilmeth, (far left), and Bobbi Byford, (far right) present a grant check in the amount of $3,000 to representatives from CASA of Trinity Valley. Pictured from middle left are CASA Executive Director Lee Ann Millender, CASA Board President Jerry King and CASA Board Member Nelda Tillison

CASA of Trinity Valley provides independent volunteer advocates for children in the custody of Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in Anderson, Cherokee and Henderson counties. They empower volunteers to advocate for the children’s best interests, to ensure that their needs are met, and to secure a permanent, safe and nurturing home as soon as possible. The volunteers of the organization are trained to serve as court-appointed Child Advocate Ad Litem for the children within the state system. CASA of Trinity Valley served 359 children last year within the TVEC service area. For more information, visit casaoftv.org.

Labor of Love - June 2013

Grant Amount - $2,500

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Kari Wilmeth, public relations representative (left), and Bobbi Byford, public relations manager with TVEC present Roy Talbot, Athens Samaritans Labor of Love, with a grant check in the amount of $2,500.
 

Labor of Love is a faith-based volunteer organization that provides home repairs to handicapped, indigent elderly, single mothers and grandmothers raising grandchildren across Henderson County. They change lives by the repair or modification of homes including construction of wheelchair ramps, installing walk-in showers and grab bars, widening bathroom entrances, fixing rotted front steps, repairing leaking roofs, holes in floors and windows, etc. They have more than 80 volunteers who help with the projects. Labor of Love enables people to continue living independent lives. They served 173 families within the TVEC service area in 2012. For more information, visit athenssamaritanslaboroflove.com.

 

Lone Star CASA - July 2013

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC Manager of Public Relations Bobbi Byford (far left) and Board Member Carolyn Minor (far right) present representatives from Lone Star CASA a grant check in the amount of $3000. Pictured accepting the check are Development Director Roland Ruble and Executive Director Lucille Bell.
 

Lone Star CASA was formed in 1992 in Rockwall and in 2004 began serving Kaufman County. Lone Star Casa recruits, trains, and supports the court appointed special advocates serving abused and neglected children. Last year in Texas more than 64,000 children were abused and neglected and another 17,000 were removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. The children are given a voice in the system by a CASA volunteer. In essence, CASA, acting as a guardian ad litem, serves as the eyes and ears of the judge by means of written and verbal reports and testimony. All of the CASA volunteers who give freely of their time are helping to provide these children with a voice and to ensure they are placed in homes where they have hope for a better life. In 2012 the volunteer advocates logged in or contributed more than 50,000 miles and dedicated 5,000 volunteer hours in speaking up for the children of Kaufman and Rockwall counties. For more information, visit lonestarcasa.org.

 

The Genesis Center - July 2013

Grant Amount - $5,000

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TVEC Manager of Public Relations Bobbi Byford (far left) and Board Member Carolyn Minor (far right) present representatives from The Genesis Center a grant check in the amount of $5000. Pictured from middle left are Elaine Cone, Felicia Crow and Missy Wilson.
 

The Genesis Center in Kaufman has assisted women and children that have fallen victim to domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse, abandonment and homelessness since 2001. The Genesis Center has seen over 1,000 women and 700 children and continue to work with not only local associates, but also nationwide. Associates of the center include organizations such as sheriff’s departments, police departments, churches, The United Way organizations, child protective services, Crime Victims Services- and mental health facilities. The center provides living areas for victims and also chapel services. Victims also have the opportunity for skills training by volunteers with a computer lab setup by Trinity Valley Community College. A thrift store onsite assists in raising funds for the center. On average, the women and children are residents at the center for approximately one year. During this year their needs are met with the educational training for future employment, counseling, and medical needs. For more information, visit genesiscenter.org .

Operation Round Up Grants Awarded October 2013

Previous Grants Awarded

The Jesus Connection – October 2013

Grant Amount - $4,000

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TVEC Key Account Representative Dustin Tallant, middle, presents representatives from The Jesus Connection a grant check in the amount of $4,000. Pictured accepting the check from left are Volunteer Larry Albertson, Co-Director Carol Albertson, Director Gary Walsh and Volunteer Leann Carlson.
 

Provides a food pantry service to residents of Henderson County.

Malakoff Education Foundation – October 2013

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC Key Account Representative Kari Wilmeth, middle, presents representatives from the Malakoff Education Foundation a grant check in the amount of $5,000. Pictured accepting the check from left are VP of Marketing Krista Stutts, VP Development Jerri Cheek, Secretary Julie Armstrong, President David Bullock, Superintendent Randy Perry and Assistant Superintendent Sybil Norris.
 

Exists to improve and enhance the educational experience of all students in the Malakoff ISD. Helps to fund additional educational support to teacher’s lesson plans.

The Chapman House – October 2013

Grant Amount - $4,000

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TVEC Public Relations Representative Joy Long, far left, presents representatives from The Chapman House a grant check in the amount of $4,000. Pictured accepting the check, from left, are Board President Ron Salmon, Director Donna Bega, Founder Kevin Chapman, Board Member Jim Romer and House Manager Travis Bell.
 

A non-profit transitional living facility that provides safe and affordable housing for men suffering with alcohol and drug addictions who are seeking a new way of life.

Wills Point Primary Backpack Program – October 2013

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC Public Relations Representative Joy Long, far right, presents representatives from the Wills Point Primary Backpack Program a grant check in the amount of $3,000. Pictured accepting the check, from left, are Program Administrator Karen Adams, R.N. and Principal Debbie Deen.
 

Provides food for students who are at risk of not eating over the weekends and holidays.

 

Operation Round Up Grants Awarded November 2013

Previous Grants Awarded

Salvation Army Service Center - November 2013

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC Public Relations Manager, Bobbi Byford, right, presents a grant check in the amount of $3,000 to Brenda Smith, director of The Salvation Army of Kaufman.
 

The Salvation Service Center provides emergency assistance with food, utilities payments, lodging, and prescriptions medications. The service center assisted over 5,000 individuals last year.

VOICE - November 2013

Grant Amount - $1,200

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TVEC Public Relations Representative, Joy Long, right, presents a grant check in the amount of $1,200 to Gina Dieterichs, director of marketing and development and Ralph Fortner, VOICE Board of Trustees Member.
 

Viable Options in Community Endeavors (VOICE) seeks to empower children and families to lead healthy and productive lives by promoting success in education, nurturing wellness in mid and body and developing skills for tomorrow's global leaders. The organization was able to help over 5,600 youth and 1,100 adults last year.

Mabank Area Good Samaritans - November 2013

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC Key Accounts Representative, Dustin Tallant, left, presents a grant check in the amount of $3,000 to Bill Burnett, director of the Mabank Area Good Samaritans.
 

Mabank Area Good Samaritans provides food for needy individuals in Kaufman, Henderson, and Van Zandt Counties. The organization was able to feed 6,686 individuals last year

Henderson County Food Pantry - November 2013

Grant Amount - $5,000

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TVEC Public Relations Representative, Kari Wilmeth, left, presents a grant check in the amount of $5,000 to Linda Horton, president of the Henderson County Food Pantry.
 

The Henderson County Food Pantry provides food for needy individuals in Henderson County. Last year, the organization was able to feed 23,724 people in need.

Local Fire Departments - November 2013

Grant Amount - $116,000

 

The TVEC Charitable Foundation also approved $116,000 in grants to local fire departments. These grants will be distributed during the month of December.

Operation Round Up Grants Awarded December 2013

Previous Grants Awarded

Shining Light Food Ministry - December 2013

Grant Amount - $5,000

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Brenda Williams, Charity Morgan, TVEC Board Member Carolyn Minor and Mike Williams
 

Provides a food pantry service to Wills Point and surrounding areas in Van Zandt County.

Athens Public Education Foundation - December 2013

Grant Amount - $3,000

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Sarah Grey-President, Colin Barrett-Treasurer, TVEC Public Relations Representative Kari Wilmeth, John Trent-Board Member
 

Enhances and enriches educational opportunities for students and recognizes staff for exemplary teaching.

Cedar Creek Lake Friends of the Animals - December 2013

Grant Amount - $2,000

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Ed Busch, Sydney Busch, Sandra Ward and TVEC Public Relations Representative Joy Long
 

A not-for-profit group providing an affordable approach in caring for dogs and cats in the community.

Operation Round Up Grants Awarded January 2014

Previous Grants Awarded

Wills Point Middle School Backpack Program - January 2014

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC Public Relations Manager presents a grant check for $3,000 to the Wills Point Middle School Backpack Program. Pictured from left Anita Nance, Ronda Newton, Bobbi Byford (TVEC) and Drionne Tucker.
 

Provides food for students who are at risk of not eating over the weekends and holidays.

Friends of the Van Zandt County Library - January 2014

Grant Amount - $3,000

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Joy Long, TVEC Public Relations Representative, left, presents a grant check for $3,000 to Susie Pulley of the Van Zandt County Library.
 

Dedicated to promoting knowledge of the library’s programs, services, resources and needs, aiding in the development of new programs and providing assistance to the library staff.

Athens Samaritans - Labor of Love - January 2014

Grant Amount - $5,000

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Kari Wilmeth, TVEC Public Relations Representative, right, presents a grant check to Gary Chasey, left and Roy Talbot of the Athens Samaritans.
 

A faith-based volunteer organization that provides home repairs to handicapped, indigent elderly, single mothers and grandmothers raising grandchildren across Henderson County.

Disciple Clinic of Athens - January 2014

Grant Amount - $5,000

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TVEC Public Relations Representative Kari Wilmeth, presents a grant check for $5,000 to Dr. Gary Williamson of the Disciple Clinic of Athens. Others pictured from left are Board Members Layton Halt, Mary Waddell, Gary Chasey, Joe Allison, Joe Whatley, Dr. Joe Ed Smith, Mark Smith and Faulk Landrum.
 

Provides affordable medical and dental care to the low-income working residents of Henderson County.

Jake E's Riding Round Up - January 2014

Grant Amount - $3,000

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Bobbi Byford, TVEC Public Relations Manager, left, presents a grant check for $3,000 to Jana Ewing, director of Jake E's Riding Round Up.
 

A Christian nonprofit healing center offering therapeutic riding opportunities that challenge riders with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential and rewards their efforts..

Operation Round Up Grants Awarded February 2014

Previous Grants Awarded

Athens Teenage Baseball Association - February 2014

Grant Amount - $2,500

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Energy Management Advisor, Trevor Moeller, middle right, presents a grant check to representatives for the Teenage Baseball Association. Pictured are Treasurer Jason Eichols, President Tony Sikes and Vice-President Billy Brewer.
 

Henderson County-based sports program for area youth.

CASA of Trinity Valley - February 2014

Grant Amount - $3,000

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Kari Wilmeth, TVEC public relations representative presents a grant check to CASA of Trinity Valley representative Elvis Allen.
 

Provides independent, highly trained volunteer advocates for children in the custody of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Serves Henderson, Anderson and Cherokee counties.

East Texas Arboretum - February 2014

Grant Amount - $4,000

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TVEC Board Member Ed Reeve presents a grant check to East Texas Arboretum representatives Teresa Glasgow, Vicki Jordan and President Carol Barton.
 

Displays, researches and interprets the natural environment of the plant communities of East Texas to provide educational activities for children and adults.

Family Peace Project - February 2014

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC Public Relations Representative Kari Wilmeth, far left, presents a grant check to Linda Amos, Marlena Taylor and Christy Hutson from The Family Peace Project.
 

Works to protect, educate, assist, care and empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Henderson County.

Friends of Purtis Creek State Park - February 2014

Grant Amount - $2,000

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TVEC Public Relations Manager Bobbi Byford, middle, presents a grant check to the representatives from Purtis Creek State Park. Pictured from left are Ron Fortner, Rob Nicholson, Amber Hillyard, Sandra Jones and Andy Betz.
 

Preserves and promotes the park in the efforts to host and provide education, civic and social activities.

Library at Cedar Creek Lake - February 2014

Grant Amount - $2,500

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TVEC Public Relations Representive, Kari Wilmeth, middle left, presents a grant check to representatives from The Library at Cedar Creek Lake. Pictured are Larry Spiegel, Sondra Price and James Taylor.
 

Provides materials and services, promotes and assists in educational development and encourages reading and learning through the library.

Operation Round Up Grants Awarded March 2014

Previous Grants Awarded

British Flying Training Museum - March 2014

Grant Amount - $500

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Key Accounts Representative, Dustin Tallant, right, presents a grant check to Director Cliff Taylor of The British Flying Training Museum.
 

The No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum seeks to preserve and commemorate the memories of those who trained, taught or were otherwise touched by the flight school’s history in Terrell. This is the second grant the training museum has received from the TVEC Charitable Foundation.

Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club – March 2014

Grant Amount - $950

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TVEC Public Relations Manager Bobbi Byford, center, presents a grant check for $950. Pictured with Byford, from left, are George Yarger, Ed Busch, Jeff Irion, Richard Casey and William Saylor from the Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club.
 

The club is made up of ham radio operators in the Cedar Creek area. The operators respond to emergencies including tornadoes and severe storms. They provide communication to area police and fire departments.

Operation Round Up Grants Awarded April 2014

Previous Grants Awarded

Eustace Intermediate Backpack Program - April 2014

Grant Amount - $4,200

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TVEC Board Member Ed Reeve, presents a grant check to Brett Powers school counselor, left, and Marcy Warren assistant principal.
 

This program will provide backpacks that are complete with essential hygiene products for self-care that will help the children gain more self-esteem and confidence.

Community Food Pantry in Tool - April 2014

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC Public Relations Representative Joy Long, far right, presents a grant check to Edna Beck, far left, and Ruth Pimm with the Community Food Pantry in Tool.
 

Provides food to seniors, individuals and families. The program also includes a monthly cooking class to help individuals achieve greater self-sufficiency.

Operation Round Up Grants Awarded May 2014

Previous Grants Awarded

Lone Star CASA - May 2014

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC Key Accounts Representative Dustin Tallant, middle, presents a grant check to Roland Ruble and Lucille Bell of Lone Star CASA.
 

This program trains advocates for children in protective services to appear in court appearances on the child’s behalf.

Mabank ISD Education Foundation – May 2014

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC Public Relations Representative Joy Long, middle left, presents a grant check to the representatives from the Mabank ISD Education Foundation. Pictured from left are Deborah Brendel, Shannon Steakley and Robin Neighbors
 

The foundation’s mission is to partner with the community and stakeholders to provide resources to enrich teaching, inspire learning and provide opportunities for excellence in education for all students.

The Chapman House - May 2014

Grant Amount - $4,000

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TVEC Public Relations Representative Joy Long, far right, presents a grant check to representatives from The Chapman House. Pictured are Tom Hanna, Donna Chapman and Kevin Chapman.
 

A non-profit transitional living facility that provides safe and affordable housing for men suffering with alcohol and drug addictions who are seeking a new way of life.

The Kemp Education Foundation - May 2014

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC Public Relations Representative Joy Long, far right, presents a grant check to representatives from The Kemp Education Foundation. Pictured are Vidal Jones and Jim Collinsworth.
 

The organization exists to benefit the schools by providing educator grants and student scholarships.

Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers - May 2014

Grant Amount - $1,000

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TVEC Dustin Tallant Representative Dustin Tallant, middle right, presents a grant check to representatives from Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers. Pictured are Doug Smith, Kathy Smith and Jay Ethridge.
 

Crime Stoppers works on the basis of receiving anonymous tips from county residents regarding crimes and fugitives.

Wills Point Summer Bookmobile - May 2014

Grant Amount - $2,000

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TVEC Public Relations Representative Joy Long, right, presents a grant check to Becky Sharp, left, and Beverly Prachyl, creators of the Wills Point Summer Bookmobile.
 

A new summer reading program to promote reading during the summer for students K-6th grade.

Gun Barrel City Rainbow Girls - May 2014

Grant Amount - $500

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TVEC Public Relations Representative Joy Long, far left, presents a grant check to Tara Trimmins, Lucy Gray, Michelle Sanderford, Roy Sanderford and Rosalie Randall.
 

This is a service-oriented, leadership organization for girls ages 11 to 20. The girls participate in a wide array of activities, including leadership training and service projects.

Operation Round Up Grants Awarded June 2014

Previous Grants Awarded

Care & Share Food Pantry - June 2014

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC Manager of Public Relations Bobbi Byford, left, presents a grant check to Robert Needham, Diane Brookins, Phil May and Joe Berry. All representatives of the Care & Share Food Ministry in Gun Barrel City.
 

This food pantry has been operating since 1980 in the Gun Barrel City area. They served approximately 1,000 individuals in 2013. The ministry is supported by four churches including the First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Gun Barrel City, Payne Springs Baptist Church and Payne Springs United Methodist Church.

Friends of the Carnegie Public Library – June 2014

Grant Amount - $2,500

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TVEC Key Accounts Representative Dustin Tallant, middle left, presents a grant check to representatives from the Friends of the Carnegie Public Library in Terrell. Pictured from left are Kristi Self, Rebecca Murphey, Becky Sullivan and John Davidson.
 

The friends of the library supports a summer reading program for children up to 17 years old. The program runs from mid-June through mid-August.

Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake - June 2014

Grant Amount - $3,500

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TVEC Manager of Public Relations Bobbi Byford, left, presents a check to Colleen Tapia and Donny Shubert of the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake.
 

The humane society promotes humane treatment of animals through care, education and advocacy. It provides shelter, food, medical treatment and care to every animal brought to the facility. It rescues and cares for more than 3,500 animals each year.

Modoc Cemetery Association - June 2014

Grant Amount - $500

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TVEC Manager of Public Relations Bobbi Byford, right, presents a grant check to Nancy McCall, representative of the Modoc Cemetery Association.
 

Maintains upkeep of the cemetery grounds which is located south of Athens on Highway 19.

Operation Round Up Grants Awarded July 2014

Previous Grants Awarded

Faith In Action Outreach - July 2014

Grant Amount - $4,000

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TVEC Public Relations Representative Kari Wilmeth presents a grant check for $4,000 to representatives from the Faith In Action Outreach. Pictured from left are Cheryl Trout, Zo Bailey, Mike Cromer, Jeri Smith, Rosemary Ferrell and Teri Caswell and Kari Wilmeth.
 

Faith In Action Outreach provides several services around the eastern Cedar Creek Lake area. The program that the award will help support is the Food for the Weekend program. This program provides over 100 needy children in the Malakoff, Cross Roads and Eustace school districts nutritious food to get through the weekend.

Heritage Park Museum of East Texas - July 2014

Grant Amount - $3,000

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TVEC Manager of Public Relations Bobbi Byford, right, presents a grant check for $3,000 to Alice Bomar, left, and Linda Clark, representatives from the Heritage Park Museum of East Texas.
 

The park was established in 1976 and sets on 18 lots in downtown Edgewood. The owner/operators mission is to preserve the past and to promote a greater appreciation of our ancestors and their role in our rural heritage. It consists of 21 circa 1900 buildings authentically restored and furnished.

Jesus Connection - July 2014

Grant Amount - $4,900

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TVEC Public Relations Representative Joy Long, far right, presents a grant check for $4,900 to Gary Walsh, Leanna Carlson and Paul Mckinney, representatives from Jesus Connection.
 

Jesus Connection is a food pantry operated by the First Baptist Church of Eustace. It serves approximately 340 individuals in the TVEC service area.

Sharing the Love Foundation - July 2014

Grant Amount - $2,000

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TVEC Public Relations Manager Bobbi Byford presents a grant check to representatives from Sharing the Love Foundation. Pictured are Neli Spurrell, Karen Jones, Marian Stewart, Bobbi Byford, Marie Thomasson, Lisa Nalls and Renee Word.
 

A program to provide educational and volunteer opportunities for youth with a focus on community. The opportunities include summer education field trips, learning activities and healthy eating workshops. Located in Forney, they serve only Kaufman County residents.

ORU FAQ

What is the TVEC Charitable Foundation?

The TVEC Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. The foundation is responsible for all funds collected through Operation Round Up®. A board of directors oversees the foundation and will make decisions regarding the allotment of donations.

When will my bill begin to be rounded up?

Bills will be rounded up beginning in April, 2013.

What if I do not want to participate?

If you do not want to participate in Operation Round Up®, simply contact TVEC and request that your name be removed from the program.

Is the contribution tax deductible?

Yes, and each contribution you make will appear on your monthly statement.

Will TVEC provide a formal tax document for the contributions made to Operation Round Up?

No. While the amount you contribute to Operation Round Up is tax deductible, no documentation is necessary. TVEC will be glad to assist you in retrieving past bills in order to record you contributions.

How can I submit my organization’s name to be considered for funding?

Grant applications will be available by request or on the TVEC website beginning in May of 2013.