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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 You may send it as a PDF attachment or scan and send the printed version.


Applications for 2022 third-quarter grant opportunities must be submitted no later than July 15. Grant recipients will be announced following the Central Electric Member Care Trust Board meeting in August.

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:



Chatham Education Foundation – $3,000 for the “Break Program” that provides books to underprivileged students in Chatham County schools.

First Tee - Sandhills – $2,000 to provide a portion of the Outreach Expansion Program expenses.

HAVEN in Lee County, Inc.– $3,000 to purchase small kitchen appliances and items for those who have an extended stay.

Lee County High School Academy of Engineering – $3,000 to purchase two to three competition robots for the academy to build student skills.

Overhills High School FBLA – $3,000 to help with traveling expenses for students to compete in the state competition and attend business workshops.

Partnership for Children & Families – $3,000 to help pay for presenters for a virtual annual Child Care Provider conference.

Pocket Volunteer Fire Dept. – $3,000 to help purchase an off-road utility vehicle to make rescue operations easier and safer.

Salvation Army of Lee County – $3,000 for the Navigation Center to support direct client assistance.

Past Recipients: