Thanks to Central Electric’s Operation Round Up program, powered by donations from Central Electric members, several nonprofits are benefiting from grant funding. 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:
- BonLee School 8th grade class (Chatham) – Funded $3,000 to help offset the costs of a trip to Washington, D.C. for 8th grade students who are financially unable to cover expenses.
- Broadway Lions Club (Lee) – Funded $3,000 to provide eye glasses for the vision clinic.
- Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Moore County Social Services – Funded $6,000 total to be distributed to less fortunate individuals to assist with power bills.
- Gary Taylor Dance (Moore) – Funded $3,000 to provide financial support for Title I schools to attend a performance of the Nutcraker.
- Harnett County Partnership for Children (Harnett) – Funded $3,000 for the Baby Step Program to help provide families with basic baby needs.
- Lee Christian School (Lee) – Funded $3,000 to purchase three changing tables with steps for the nurseries.
- Southern Lee High School Career Center (Lee) – Funded $3,000 to host Career Café, Elective Fair, Job Fair, Mock Interviews, and the Career Mentoring program.
- Temple Theatre (Lee) – Funded $3,000 to help present a school touring production designed for young audiences in Lee, Moore and Chatham counties.
- Western Harnett-Overhills Area PTO Thrift Store, Inc. (Harnett) – Funded $2,908.42 to upgrade to efficient and advanced cash registers to help keep track of the daily business.
“Operation Round Up shows the power of small donations made by a large group of individuals,” said Nancy Gust, Central Electric Member Care Trust Administrator. “Central Electric’s members have truly made a tremendous impact on our local communities by donating as little as 1 cent and at most 99 cents each month. Since 2013, these small donations have resulted in over $647,000 in grants being awarded to organizations throughout the community, showing how much our members really care about making a difference.”
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 first-quarter grant opportunities must be submitted by Jan. 15. Grant recipients will be announced following the board meeting on Feb. 20. For more information on Central Electric’s Operation Round Up program, visit the “Community” tab.