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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 2021 fourth-quarter grant opportunities must be submitted no later than Oct. 15. Grant recipients will be announced following the Central Electric Member Care Trust Board meeting in November.

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, Inc. - $3,000 to help build a fence for a safe play area for children.
  2. Benhaven Elementary School - $1,500 for Paw Squad shirt and incentives to provide to students after classroom tutoring.
  3. Carolina Performing Arts Theater Group - $3,000 to help fund a touring theatrical production for schools in Moore and surrounding counties.
  4. Chatham Central High School & JS Waters BETA Clubs - $3,000 to help cover costs to attend the National BETA Club competition in Orlando.
  5. Communities in Schools Chatham County - $3,000 to help support a Success Coach for at-risk students at Jordan Mathews High School.
  6. Drug Free Moore County - $2,500 to purchase, develop and distribute Harm Reduction Kits to assist individuals seeking recovery from drug addiction.
  7. Outreach Mission, Inc. - $3,000 to pay the annual cost of direct support and supplies for families, including food, hygiene items, hotel stays and bus tickets.
  8. Salvation Army of Chatham County - $3,000 for the Emergency Financial Assistance program to help individuals with past due housing expenses.
  9. Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project - $3,000 to aid low to moderate income members of Central Electric to have their septic system pumped and inspected.
  10. Temple Theatre - $3,000 to offer scholarships for the 2021 Summer Conservatory.
  11. The Salvation Army of Lee County - $3,000 to establish a health care and housing fund to assist homeless individuals and families with health care expenses and shelter.
  12. Western Harnett Lion’s Club - $3,000 to send three to five visually impaired or blind campers to Camp Dogwood for one week.

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