NOVEC supports area food banks and provides help for heat as winter approaches

December 02, 2020

Contact: NOVEC Public Relations, 1-888-335-0500,

NOVEC HELPS - Nan Musick

NOVEC HELPS President Nan Musick delivers food to area food banks in 2019. Due to COVID-19, the nonprofit and NOVEC are donating money in 2020.

MANASSAS, Va. — Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative and its employee-led nonprofit organization, NOVEC Hands Engaged in Local Public Service (HELPS), are giving $30,000 to area food banks and other nonprofits to provide extra support during the holidays. In addition, NOVEC’s Operation Round Up (ORU) program provided $111,700 to local social service agencies in 2020 for emergency energy assistance.

“NOVEC and NOVEC HELPS are making the holidays bright for everyone, but not just with electricity,” says Ashley Arnold, NOVEC’s community relations representative.


Supporting Community Needs

NOVEC HELPS relies on employee contributions, customer donations, and fundraisers to give back to the community.

“We’re helping to keep shelves filled at area food banks, which are feeding people in need, many of whom are struggling with the consequences of COVID-19,” Arnold says. “We’re supporting a number of nonprofit organizations that are helping with everything from holiday toy distribution to coat collections to suicide prevention.”

The public may donate at or by mailing checks payable to NOVEC HELPS to: NOVEC HELPS, P.O. Box 2710, Manassas, VA 20108.


How ORU Helps People Stay Warm

More than 18,000 NOVEC customers participate in Operation Round Up by rounding up their monthly electric bills.

“Those additional cents go into the ORU fund to assist their neighbors in need of emergency energy assistance. That’s especially important in the winter,” Arnold says.   

NOVEC partners with social service agencies that determine recipients’ eligibility and distributes the funds. Participating agencies are:

  • The Salvation Army in Loudoun, Fairfax, and Fauquier counties
  • Action in Community Through Service (ACTS), Prince William County
  • Northern Virginia Family Service’s SERVE program, Prince William County
  • SERVE, Inc., Stafford County
  • Western Fairfax Christian Ministries, Fairfax County

NOVEC customers can sign up to participate at or call the Customer Care Center Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 703-335-0500 or 1-888-335-0500. The public can donate by sending a check in any amount, payable to NOVEC Operation Round Up, and mailed to: NOVEC ORU, P.O. Box 2710, Manassas, VA 20108.


NOVEC HELPS is a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) organization of NOVEC employees who volunteer their time to help others and engage other employees in community service projects. The NOVEC HELPS board of directors votes on programs and events to support, whether with financial donations or with feet on the ground. Learn more at   


NOVEC, headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, is a not-for-profit corporation that provides electricity and energy services to more than 172,000 metered customers in Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, and Clarke counties, the City of Manassas Park, and the Town of Clifton. The utility is one of the largest electric cooperatives in the United States. Find more information at, or call 703-335-0500 or 1-888-335-0500. 

NOVEC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.