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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.

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 919-708-1638.

Should you not want to participate fill out 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 You may send it as a PDF attachment or scan and send the printed version.


Applications for 2024 third-quarter grant opportunities must be submitted no later than July 15. Grant recipients will be announced following the Central Electric Member Care Trust Board meeting in August.

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 applicaiton using the application link below:

to apply for an Operation Round Up grant


Or download the PDF below.

Operation Round Up files:


Thanks to the Operation Round Up program, powered by voluntary donations from Central Electric members, $21,000 is being put back into the local communities to provide assistance for worthy projects. Grants were awarded to the following nonprofit organizations:

Back to Dirt Conservancy – $3,000 to purchase a trailer for carrying bikes, helmets and tools for hosting Dirt Camp rides at San Lee Park each week.

Chatham Education Foundation – $3,000 to purchase new, high-interest books for the “Books on Break” program, which provides books to students over summer break.

Family Promise of Lee County – $3,000 to help cover costs of supplies, hygiene products, clothing and transportation costs for transporting residents.

Lee County High School JROTC – $3,000 to help cover costs of the annual Military Ball.

Outrach Mission, Inc. – $3,000 to help fund a new program called “Hand Up to Housing Program,” which aims to help provide financial assitance for clients to eliminate barriers to self-sufficiency.

Partnership for Children and Families – $3,000 to help cover costs associated with hosting the annual Lee County Childcare Conference to train early childhood educators.

Pocket Volunteer Fire Dept. – $3,000 to purchase six new Very High Frequency pagers to help alert members of the department during an emergency situation.


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