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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 fourth-quarter grant opportunities must be submitted no later than October 15. Grant recipients will be announced following the Central Electric Member Care Trust Board meeting on November 14.

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. Chatham CARES Community Pharmacy – Funded $2,000 to purchase medication to be provided free of charge to eligible residents of Chatham County.
  2. Chatham Central High School PTSA-FBLA – Funded $1,330 to attend and compete at the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
  3. Chatham Council on Aging – Funded $2,000 to provide a ramp and stairs from the porch to the sidewalk at the Pittsboro senior center.
  4. Chatham Outreach Alliance – Funded $2,000 to help support the SNACK! Program which provides meals to qualifying students while they are on summer break.
  5. Community in Schools of Chatham County – Funded $2,000 to help fund the CIS Model program at BonLee School, which helps address the various needs of students.
  6. Faces of Chatham County – Funded $1,330 to help pay for summer camps for children of Chatham County who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend a summer camp.
  7. Family Promise of Lee County – Funded $2,000 to cover the cost of fuel and maintenance for 15 passenger vans used to transport families in the program.
  8. Helping Hand Clinic (Lee) – Funded $2,000 to help replace the telephone system, computers and triage equipment in the clinic.
  9. Johnsonville Community Center (Harnett) – Funded $2,000 to help replace the roof at the center.
  10. Lee County 4-H – Funded $290 to purchase electric kits for summer camp participants.
  11. Lee County High School Special Education Program – Funded $2,000 to fund and promote the Occupational Training program.
  12. Project Graduation 2019 (Chatham) – Funded $2,000 to help provide entertainment for a safe graduation celebration for students.
  13. Reach Out Crisis Pregnancy Center (Lee) – Funded $2,000 for education, literature and resources for clients.
  14. Southern Lee High School FFA – Funded $2,000 to purchase feed, bedding and enrichment supplies for animals used in the program.
  15. West Chatham Caring Community – Funded $2,000 to help purchase supplies for the food pantry.

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