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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 2019 second-quarter grant opportunities must be submitted no later than April 15. Grant recipients will be announced following the Central Electric Member Care Trust Board meeting on May 16.

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. Another Choice for Black Children (Lee) – Funded $3,000 to help repair or replace HVAC unit and water heater units damaged during Hurricanes Florence and Michael.
  2. Buddy Back Pack Program (Harnett) – Funded $3,000 to purchase food for 600 elementary school students in Harnett County.
  3. Chatham Co. Literacy, Inc. – Funded $3,000 to help provide sustained growth in client base, provide more diverse services, and improve service quality and outcomes.
  4. Drug Free Moore County – Funded $1,955 to help fund the “Helping Women Recover” program that provides assistance to incarcerated women dealing with substance abuse disorders.
  5. Lee County Arts Council – Funded $3,000 to help fund Spencer’s Art Camp, a camp held each year to introduce children between the ages of 8 and 12 to traditional art forms.
  6. Lee County High School Junior ROTC – Funded $1,500 to help with costs associated with the annual Military Ball.
  7. Lee County High School SkillsUSA – Funded $3,000 to help offset the student cost of attendance for state and regional competitions.
  8. Lee County Schools Academically Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Dept. – Funded $1,200 for 2019 Kaleidoscope Program scholarships to help deserving students participate in the trip to Washington, D.C.
  9. Spout Springs Emergency Services – Funded $3,000 to help purchase a state-of-the-art digital marquee sign at the Buffalo Lake Rd. station.
  10. Western Harnett Lions Club – Funded $3,000 to help cover the costs for raising, training and furnishing a guide dog for a N.C. teenager.

Past Recipients: