Member Matters: Small Change Can Change Lives

We hope you will think of TCEC as not only your energy provider, but also as a catalyst for good in our community. 

Small Change Can Change Lives by Zac Perkins, CEO

The holiday season is finally here. Some call it the most wonderful season of all. That’s because we associate it with family traditions and gathering with friends and loved ones. It’s a time of giving and spreading joy. 

But giving back reminds me of the many good things we have right here in our community and why it’s so important to spread the good as far as we can, especially to the most vulnerable in our local area. I’m also reminded of how wonderful our community is and what a big impact we can have when we work together.

When you are a member of TCEC, you help us spread the good throughout the year. Through our Operation Round Up program, your donations helps organizations and projects that are charitable, educational or emergency services.

When you “round up” your monthly bill from TCEC and donate to this fund, you’re making a big difference in someone’s life. You are you helping to meet an immediate, critical need, but just as importantly, you are telling this person the community cares. 

Over the years, our community-focused programs, food donations and other giving projects have supported local schools and young people, fed hungry families and so much more.

TCEC also participates in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, where we take our community’s brightest young people to Washington, D.C., for a week-long immersion to experience democracy in action. Ultimately, the larger community benefits from these programs because of you and your neighbors. 

The cooperative principle “Concern for Community” is part of TCEC’s DNA. It defines who we are as an organization. When we first brought electricity to this community in 1945, the quality of life improved. But other things also need to be addressed and through the years, this co-op has been at the forefront of improving the quality of life in this community. It’s why we created Operation Round Up.

To date, with your help, we’ve given $135,380 back to 79 projects benefitting our community. And across the country, more than 350 electric co-ops have an Operation Round Up program, and together, we’ve raised millions for local communities. This shows that small donations from electric co-ops like ours, over time, can collectively make a big impact.

As a local cooperative, we have a stake in this community. It’s why we support local organizations like the YMCA, food pantries, fire departments and schools. We hope you will think of TCEC as not only your energy provider, but also as a catalyst for good in our community. 

I hope all our members have a joyous holiday season. May it be merry and bright!

To learn more about Operation Round Up, visit