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Operation Round Up grants awarded to local non-profits
December 17th, 2015
By James Taylor
Thanks to Central Electric’s Operation Round Up® program, powered by donations from Central Electric members, several non-profits are benefiting from grant funding this quarter. Over $52,000 is being put back into the surrounding communities to provide assistance for worthy projects that provide vital service needs. Fourth-quarter grants were awarded to the following groups:
- Taylor Dance/The Playhouse, Inc., Lee County – Funded $3,000 to provide students of Title I schools in Lee County the opportunity to experience live performances.
- Chatham County Partnership for Children – Funded $3,000 for “Raising a Reader” program that will place books into the homes of 3,000 at-risk children in Chatham County.
- Chatham Care Community Pharmacy – Funded $3,000 to purchase medication for uninsured and under-insured residents and senior citizens.
- Central Carolina Community College Foundation, Lee County – Funded $3,000 to offer healthy snacks to college and career readiness students who attend class for a minimum of 3 hours each day and do not have transportation to leave campus.
- Chatham County 4-H – Funded $3,000 to provided camp scholarships for students of families that are unable to cover the costs of registration to attend 4-H summer camps.
- JS Waters 8th Grade, Chatham County – Funded $3,000 to provide every student equal opportunity to participate in an educational class trip to Washington, D.C.
- The Heritage Foundation, Lee County – Funded $3,000 to provide proper tools for students to assist with restoration/education of local abandoned neglected cemeteries.
- Lee County High School Junior ROTC – Funded $1,500 to help cover the cost of the annual dining out event which promotes military history, customs and traditions, along with formal etiquette and manners.
- Treasure Chest Ministries, Lee County – Funded $3,000 to purchase Christmas gifts for homeless and at-risk children.
- Community in Schools of Lee County – Funded $3,000 to provide mentoring, afterschool tutoring, Backpack Pals program, and volunteer opportunities for students.
- Helping Hand Clinic – Funded $3,000 for Diabetic Eye Care program, which provides eye exams and free prescription glasses.
- Southern Lee FFA Chapter, Lee County – Funded $3,000 to expand its greenhouse area to include a small area for farm animals.
- Stepping Stone Children Center, Lee County – Funded $2,000 for classroom furniture and materials for the child care center.
- Temple Theater, Lee County – Funded $3,000 to expand the school tour of a production, designed specifically for young audiences through the art of live theatre.
- Broadway Lions Club, Lee County – Funded $3,000 to support the Character Plus program at Broadway Elementary School and expand work with the school by purchasing backpacks, school supplies, etc. for needy students.
- Chatham, Harnett, Lee, and Moore County Social Services – Funded $10,000 to be distributed to less fortunate individuals to assist with power bills.
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. Voluntary contributions are made to the Central Electric Member Care Trust and grants are awarded for worthy projects by the Member Care Trust Board of Directors. Applications for 2016 first-quarter grant opportunities must be submitted by Feb. 5. Grant recipients will be announced following the board meeting on Feb. 18. For more information on Central Electric’s Operation Round Up program, visit the “Member Services” tab.