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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 919-708-1641.

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 2022 first-quarter grant opportunities must be submitted no later than Jan. 15. Grant recipients will be announced following the Central Electric Member Care Trust Board meeting in February.

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 form below. 

to apply for an Operation Round Up grant

Or download the PDF below.

Operation Round Up files:



  1. Buddy Backpack for Harnett County – $3,000 to purchase food from Sam’s Club and Second Harvest Food Bank.
  2. Chatham Cares Community Pharmacy – $3,000 for use toward the general operating budget. This will assist in maintaining prescription drugs at no charge to Chatham County residents who are unable to afford costly medications.
  3. Friends of Watson Lake Park Committee – $3,000 to pay for a Pedestal Water Bottle Filler Station for Watson Lake Park in Broadway.
  4. Hispanic Liaison of Chatham County – $3,000 for the Community Support and COVID-19 Response porgrams for Chatham and Lee counties.
  5. Lee County 4-H – $500 to purchase items for the 4-H Electric Project Program.

Past Recipients: