Giving back to the community

Several local non-profits are benefiting from grant funding provided through Central Electric’s Operation Round Up program. Powered by donations from Central Electric members, almost $30,000 is being put back into the surrounding communities to provide assistance for worthy projects that provide vital service needs. Grants were awarded to the following groups:


  1. 4-H Lee County Extension – $500 for the summer Electric Camp.
  2. Buddy Back Pack of Harnett County (Harnett) – $3,000 to help purchase food items to be distributed to local students.
  3. Central Carolina Community College Foundation, Inc. – $3,000 for the Dream Keeper Fund, which provides financial assistance to students facing hardship.
  4. Chatham Housing Initiatives, Inc. – $2,800 to help fund the GAP program, an alternate housing option for families fleeing domestic violence.
  5. Community in Schools of Chatham County – $2,800 for the CIS Model, Youth First, Community Service & Restitution, Family Advocacy and Teen Court programs that annually provide 275 students with individualized, case-management support.
  6. Drug Free Moore County – $1,955 for the "Helping Women Recover" curriculum used to help inmates at the Moore Co. Detention Center that are suffering from substance abuse.
  7. Hispanic Liaison of Chatham County – $2,800 for the Hispanic Liaison/EL Vinculo Hispanic (EVH) community support program, supplies for copying & printing, marketing, social media, database fees, postage and mileage.
  8. Moore Buddies Mentoring (Moore) – $1,500 to help expand outreach, training, and mentoring at additional schools.
  9. Payton’s Promise Foundation of HOPE (Lee) – $2,800 to assist with Family Fun Night for people with children suffering from life threatening illnesses in Sanford and surrounding areas.
  10. Salvation Army of Lee County – $3,000 to provide funds to the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Community Action Targeting Children programs.
  11. Southern Lee FFA (Lee) – $2,800 for animal supplies, feed, medical expenses, UV lights and funds to help offset the cost of the NC FFA State Conference.


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. Voluntary contributions are made to the Central Electric Member Care Trust and grants are awarded for worthy projects by the Member Care Trust Board of Directors. Applications for 2020 third-quarter grant opportunities must be submitted by July 15. Grant recipients will be announced following the board meeting on Aug. 20. For more information on Central Electric’s Operation Round Up program, visit the “Community” tab.