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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. Chatham Housing Initiatives, Inc. – Funded $3,000 to help support the Building Family Strengths Program, an educational program that empowers families to use their existing strengths to cope with challenges of today’s society.
  2. Chatham Outreach Alliance – Funded $3,000 for the SNACK! program that increases the availability of nutritious food to children in Chatham County during summer break.
  3. Communities in Schools (Chatham) – Funded $3,000 to grow capacity to serve students with complex social-emotional needs and learning differences who are at highest risk for academic under-achievement.
  4. Faces of Chatham County – Funded $2,000 to help pay for summer camp scholarships for children in Chatham County who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend.
  5. Family Promise of Lee County, Inc. – Funded $3,000 to help cover expenses associated with vehicles to transport families to appointments, work and school.
  6. Helping Hands Clinic (Lee) – Funded $3,000 to provide medication to patients.
  7. Hispanic Liaison of Chatham County – Funded $3,000 for the Community Support for Hispanic Families program that offers individualized assistance, case management, problem solving, information and referrals for Hispanic families in Chatham and Lee counties.
  8. Lee County High School FFA– Funded $2,970 to help cover costs associated with sending members to FFA Camp.
  9. Sanford Job Express (Lee) – Funded $1,627 to pay automobile insurance premium for vehicles used to transport clients to work and interviews.
  10. West Chatham Food Pantry – Funded $3,000 to purchase food for the pantry.

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