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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 1-800-446-7752.

Should you not want to participate fillout the form listed here. 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 second-quarter grant opportunities must be submitted no later than May 1. Grant recipients will be announced following the Central Electric Member Care Trust Board meeting on May 17.

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 in the Guidelines for Disbursement of Funds section listed in our Forms and Applications section under the News tab.

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 application available here and then email it to Gustn@cemcpower.com or mail it to Central Electric at PO Box 1094 Sanford, NC 27331.


  1. Another Choice for Black Children (Lee) – Funded $3,000 to help renovate a portion of the office facility to use as an educational resource area for the children while staff processes paper work for permanent housing.
  2. Buddy Back Pack Program (Harnett) – Funded $3,000 to purchase food for 13 elementary schools in Harnett County.
  3. Chatham County 4-H– Funded $3,000 to provide need based scholarships for campers to attend 4-H summer camps.
  4. Chatham Co. Literacy, Inc. – Funded $3,000 to help provide education of soft learning skills to a growing base of adult learners to help them become more employable.
  5. Lee County High School Junior ROTC – Funded $1,500 to help with costs associated with the annual Military Ball.
  6. Lee County Schools Academically Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Dept. – Funded $1,500 for 2018 Kaleidoscope Program scholarships to help deserving students participate in the trip to Washington, D.C.
  7. Project Graduation 2018 (Chatham) – Funded $3,000 to provide entertainment at the alcohol free graduation event for Chatham County students.
  8. Southern Lee High School FFA – Funded $3,000 for the State Leadership Conference held at White Lake each summer, food and bedding for the wild animal lab and the purchase of 10 official jackets.
  9. Western Harnett Lions Club – Funded $3,000 to send four campers to Camp Dogwood, a week-long camp for the blind.

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