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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 919-708-1641.

Should you not want to participate fillout the Operation Round Up opt-out form. 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 fourth-quarter grant opportunities must be submitted no later than Nov. 1. Grant recipients will be announced following the Central Electric Member Care Trust Board meeting on Nov. 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 by reviewing the Guidelines for Disbursement of Funds.

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 Operation Round Up Application and then email it to Gustn@cemcpower.com or mail it to Central Electric at PO Box 1094 Sanford, NC 27331.

Operation Round Up files:


  1. Boys & Girls Club of Central Carolina (Lee) – Funded $2,166 to provide scholarships for children in Chatham and Lee counties to attend the after school program.
  2. Chatham Housing Initiatives, Inc. – Funded $2,166 to help cover the cost of an energy saving workshops that will be held in Chatham County for low-income families.
  3. Christian United Outreach Center of Lee County – Funded $2,166 to help purchase food items as needed from local grocers, farmers and local food bank.
  4. Coalition for Families in Lee County – Funded $2,166 to help cover costs associated with the Lee County Child Care Conference.
  5. Five N Two Ministries (Harnett) – Funded $2,166 to help purchase food items to stock the shelves of the food pantry.
  6. Pittsboro VFW, Joe Wagner Post 7313 (Chatham) – Funded $2,166 to make the facilities’ bathroom handicap accessible.
  7. Stepping Stones Children’s Center (Lee) – Funded $2,166 to purchase laptop computers and touch screens for creative curriculum and lesson plans for classrooms.
  8. Southern Lee High School Career Center – Funded $2,166 to help with costs associated with field trips, career fairs, recruitment activities, supplies and student portfolio materials.
  9. Temple Theatre (Lee) – Funded $2,166 to help provide a school touring production for students in Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Moore counties.
  10. The Salvation Army of Lee County – Funded $2,166 to help purchase food for the Emergency Food Assistance program through the organization’s food pantry.
  11. Union Pines High School NJROTC (Moore) – Funded $2,166 to help cover costs associated with a student trip to the Norfolk Navy Base in Virginia.
  12. Western Harnett-Overhills Area PTO Thrift Store (Harnett) – Funded $2,166 to purchase tools, vinyl basket trucks, shelving and back braces for workers.

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