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:
- Chatham County Council on Aging (Chatham) – $1,787 to help purchase a recumbent bike and new elliptical machine.
- Chatham County 4-H (Chatham) – $3,000 to provide need-based scholarships to campers for registration fees.
- Chatham County Literacy Council (Chatham) – $1,787 to help support the goal of a 22% increase in adults who are assisted in receiving their GED or high school diplomas as well as computer and financial literacy.
- Five N Two Food Pantry (Harnett) – $1,787 to purchase canned and boxed food to supplement food drives.
- Lee County High School JROTC (Lee) – $1,787 to help subsidize the cost of the annual Military Ball.
- Lee County Schools (Lee) – $1,700 for the “Diamonds in the Rough” STEM project.
- Lee County Schools – AIG Dept. (Lee) – $2,000 for scholarships for the 2020 Kaleidoscope trip to Washington, D.C.
- Outreach Mission, Inc. (Lee) – $3,000 for replacement of bed covers, bed supplies and cleaning supplies.
- Overhills High School (Harnett) – $3,000 for scholarships for 35 students to attend competitive events at the state level.
- Project Graduation 2020 (Chatham) – $1,787 for entertainment equipment and security.
- Southern Lee High School Student Government (Lee) – $1,787 to provide activities and refreshment for school wide outdoor event.
- Special Olympics North Carolina – $1,787 for uniforms, awards, medals and sports equipment.
- St. Provision Community Development Corp. (Lee) – $1,787 to offset cost of renting venue for upcoming conference.
- Western Harnett Lions Club (Harnett) – $3,000 to send three or four visually impaired campers to Camp Dogwood for one week.
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 second-quarter grant opportunities must be submitted by Apr. 15. Grant recipients will be announced following the board meeting on May 21. For more information on Central Electric’s Operation Round Up program, visit the “Community” tab.