Around the Community

October 2020

Third Quarter Operation Round Up Report

Operation Round Up® continues to make a difference in local classrooms, thanks to the generous contributions of our consumer-members. So far this year, more than $80,000 in grants have been awarded to local schools, going toward important learning tools such as lab equipment, math programs, AP textbooks, and much more.

Operation Round Up this year:

  • $80,320 — funds collected
  • 151 — grants approved
  • $81,522 — awarded to schools

Operation Round Up totals:

  • $183,292 — funds collected
  • 375 — grants approved
  • $178,036 — awarded to schools

SVEC honored by Florida Education Foundation

In August, Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative’s work in the community was recognized with two Florida Education Foundation Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards. SVEC was nominated for the awards by the Hamilton and Suwannee county school districts.

The CBRA recognizes Florida business leaders and partners that have shown the most commitment in bringing positive change and implementing bold, innovative approaches to improve the academic performance of students in the state’s education system and communities. These educational connections help Florida school districts gain a competitive edge in providing enhanced services to the students they serve.

“We feel extremely honored by these awards,” says CEO Mike McWaters. “It is our pleasure and privilege to partner with our local school districts to support the development and aspirations of our area’s students.”

Among its community activities, SVEC awards 11 college scholarships each year to local high school seniors, hosts high school juniors for a two-day tour of Florida’s state capital, sends two juniors to the Rural Electric Youth Tour of Washington, D.C., sponsors numerous youth organizations and activities, and awards thousands of dollars in grants to schools through the Operation Round Up® program.


Spreading the love

Last month, SVEC employees came together to purchase new shoes, socks, and underwear for Love In the Name of Christ of Suwannee Valley. Love INC, a faith-based, nonprofit organization, will distribute the donated clothing to local school-aged children in need throughout our community.

Two women with a cart full of shoes, socks, and underwear.