The ORU Report: July 24 | OEC News

OEC Foundation approves over $65,000 in grants for individuals, community organizations and families.

In June 2024, the OEC Foundation board of directors approved $65,789 in grants to various local organizations and families, marking a significant contribution to the community’s welfare. The lifeblood of this initiative is the thousands of members who voluntarily round up their electric bills to the nearest dollar. These funds fuel Operation Round Up (ORU), a noble program aimed at supporting deserving causes throughout the areas the cooperative serves.


Several organizations received significant grants:

  • The Foundation for OCCC received $2,500 for HiSET Vouchers.
  • Make-A-Wish Oklahoma was granted $10,000 for three wishes.
  • United Way of Norman received $10,000 for school supplies and backpacks.
  • Chickasha Police Department was allocated $4,000 for mental health services.
  • Oklahoma Project Woman INC garnered $7,500 for low-income breast preventative care.
  • Washington High School FCCLA received $2,000 for flights for four students to travel to a national leadership conference.
  • Mary Abbott Children’s House was granted $10,000 for training support facilitators, curriculum and crafts.
  • Noble Public Schools received $1,750 for LifeVac Travel Systems for buses.

On the individual front, grants totaling $6,600 provided essential support for various needs, such as vision care, medical equipment and household items. This funding aims to improve the quality of life for community members facing challenges.

With roughly 80% of members choosing to round up their bills, the cumulative yearly donation is an average of $6 per member. This seemingly small contribution has facilitated a variety of programs and causes over the years.

The nine OEC Foundation board directors meticulously review each application. The objective is to ensure that the funded projects and organizations leave a lasting positive impact on the community. OEC remains deeply committed to endorsing these invaluable initiatives. 5315301406

“These grants actively breathe life into communities, supporting individuals in challenging situations,” said Vickie Gray, OEC Foundation president. “The ripple effect of each donation, regardless of its size, is genuinely heartwarming to observe.”

Over its 27-year trajectory, ORU has disbursed over $5 million in grants to myriad local nonprofit entities, individuals and families. These establishments are pillars in their communities, offering essential services ranging from meals and clothing to holiday gifts.

However, the influence of ORU’s contributions is not restricted to the direct beneficiaries. By bolstering these organizations, ORU fortifies community unity and establishes robust support structures. This multiplier effect ensures that ORU’s efforts continue to foster resilient and interconnected communities.

For those needing assistance or interested in applying for ORU grants, the application process remains open and accessible. Applications received by July 15 will be reviewed at the August 1 meeting. For more information, individuals can contact Carrie Koesler at or call (405) 217-6726.

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