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operation roundup

Operation Round Up is a volunteer program in which Central Electric Members can choose to round up their electric bill to the next whole dollar each month, in order to help those in need. The money is used to provide assistance for all kinds of worthy projects in Chatham, Harnett, Moore, Lee and Randolph communities. For example, if your bill is $65.74, Central Electric will round up your bill to $66.00. The extra 26 cents will go into the Central Electric Member Care Trust fund. The average yearly contribution is around $6.00 with the most being $11.88.

Operation Round Up targets non-profit organizations, groups and charities that are currently serving members of Central Electric. The guidelines used for awarding Operation Round Up funds address food, shelter, clothing, education, health care and vital community service needs.

Operation Round Up is similar to Members Care, a donation program Central Electric previously had in place. However, Operation Round Up replaced Members Care to allow Central Electric more opportunities to help those in need around the community - member or non-member.

While Operation Round Up is a voluntary program, the more support received from our members, the more lives will be changed! To participate or learn more, call the Central EMC office at 1-800-446-7752.

Should you not want to participate fillout the form listed here. Once you complete the form either print it out and mail it to our office at 128 Wilson Road Sanford, NC 27332 or email it to us at Gustn@cemcpower.com. You may send it as a PDF attachment or scan and send the printed version.


Applications for 2018 first-quarter grant opportunities must be submitted no later than Feb. 1. Grant recipients will be announced following the Central Electric Member Care Trust Board meeting on Feb. 15.

Operation Round Up is a community development program funded by the voluntary contribution of Central Electric members to the Central Electric Member Care Trust, Inc. Charitable donations are made by the Trust Board to worthy projects in the Central Electric service territory (Chatham, Harnett, Lee, and Moore counties). Organizations, groups and charities in these counties are eligible to apply as long as they meet the specific funding guidelines established by the Member Care Trust Board of Directors. Find out more on whether or not your group is a likely candidate in the Guidelines for Disbursement of Funds section listed in our Forms and Applications section under the News tab.

Applicants must be established and share information on the following four items: tax exempt status, mission statement, financial statement and use of funds. Unfortunately start-up groups cannot participate.

If you know of or work with a group that could benefit from Operation Round Up, fill out the application available here and then email it to Gustn@cemcpower.com or mail it to Central Electric at PO Box 1094 Sanford, NC 27331.


  1. Boys & Girls Club of Central Carolina (Lee) – Funded $3,000 to provide supplies for the Power Hour homework support program.
  2. Broadway Lions Club (Lee) – Funded $3,000 to support the Character Plus Program and provide eye glasses to the vision clinic.
  3. Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Moore County Social Services – Funded $7,000 total to be distributed to less fortunate individuals to assist with power bills.
  4. Chatham Outreach Alliance, Inc./CORA Food Pantry – Funded $3,000 to purchase supplies for the food pantry.
  5. High Hopes Chorus (Lee) – Funded $500 to provide sheet music and supplies for chorus to perform each season in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and the Lee County Enrichment Center Diner’s Club.
  6. Ingram Family YMCA (Lee) – Funded $1,500 to support the Y-Learning program at B.T. Bullock Elementary School.
  7. Lee County High School Skills USA – Funded $1,000 to help students with registration for regional and state competitions.
  8. Moore County Special Olympics – Funded $1,500 to provide athletes funds to participate in the 2017 N.C. Fall Special Olympics tournament in Charlotte.
  9. Northwood High School Skills USA (Chatham) – Funded $1,000 to help students with registration for regional and state competitions.
  10. Taylor Dance/The PlayHouse (Moore) – Funded $2,000 to provide financial support to make it more attainable for Title I schools to attend a classical performance.
  11. Temple Theatre (Lee) – Funded $3,000 to provide support for a production specifically geared to topics such as bullying, literacy and social media misuse.
  12. Triangle South Literacy Works, Inc. (Harnett) – Funded $1,000 to purchase supplies to assist students with different levels of learning in subjects such as English, citizenship, reading, writing, math and computer skills.
  13. Western Harnett Overhills-Area PTO Thrift Store – Funded $650 to purchase fans for the store.

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