Together we are making a difference
One of the things that makes a cooperative unique is Members helping Members. Operation Round Up exemplifies this concept.
The program gives Members the option of having their bills rounded up to the nearest dollar every month with the funds going to the Trico Electric Charitable Trust (TCT), a non‑profit organization that helps Trico Members, schools and organizations that serve Trico Members.
Twice a year, the TCT awards POWER Grants to organizations providing critical services in southern Arizona. POWER Grants are funded by Operation Round Up.
In May 2021, seven organizations were awarded a total of $35,000. Receiving grants of $8,500 each are Altar Valley School District and Habitat for Humanity. Arivaca Fire District Auxiliary received a grant of $5,000. Receiving a grant of $4,400 were The Community Food Bank-Amado Resource Center and Youth on Their Own. Marana Unified School District Family Resource Center received a grant of $2,500. Mt. Lemmon Fire Fighters Association was awarded $1,700. See the chart below for details.
Concern for community is one of Trico’s core values. Last year when the COVID-19 pandemic was creating financial hardships for many of our Members, Trico started the COVID-19 Assistance Program. Trico, in cooperation with The Trico Foundation and TCT, awarded more than $900,000 to Members, schools and non-profit organizations.
“We cannot thank you enough for your unwavering support,” said Debbie Wagner of the Boys & Girls Club of Tucson, which received a $10,000 grant in 2020. “In the midst of all that has happened over the past 9+ months, we have been humbled by the outpouring of love and contributions to support our youth. We know that the uncertainty we all feel from COVID-19 is exactly what many Club kids felt every day, even before the pandemic. Because of you, their futures are now looking a little bit brighter.”
The Sahuarita Food Bank also thanked Trico for the $20,000 grant it received in 2020. “The Trico Charitable Trust provided us with a generous grant for emergency food, including milk and eggs.”
How can you help
With your help, the TCT can help meet the needs of community organizations within Trico’s service area. Click here to participate in Operation Round Up. The most you will donate is about $12 a year, and your donations are tax deductible.