A few cents makes big change through ORU
March 7th, 2016
By James Taylor
Thanks to Central Electric’s Operation Round Up program, powered by donations from Central Electric members, several nonprofits are benefiting from grant funding. Over $21,000 is being put back into the surrounding communities to provide assistance for worthy projects that provide vital service needs. Grants were awarded to the following groups:
- Chatham County Literacy Council- Funded $3,000 to provide tutorial services to adults in Chatham County.
- Child Care Networks, Inc., Chatham County- Funded $3,000 to purchase age appropriate learning materials.
- West Chatham Food Pantry- Funded $3,000 to purchase food for the FuelUP program for children and community hunger.
- Western Harnett Lions Club- Funded $3,000 for the Project Brighter Vision Program which provides assistance to the blind and visually impaired.
- St. Provisions Community Development Corporation, Lee County- Funded $3,000 for the Positive Direction Youth Conference, which will assist families with socio-economic challenges.
- Chatham Habitat for Humanity- Funded $3,000 to help purchase building materials for the home ownership program.
- Skills USA of Lee County High School- Funded $3,000 for fees associated with conferences and competitions for students.
“The Central Electric members provide a great service to our local communities through their generous donations to the Operation Round Up program,” said Nancy Gust, Central Electric member care trust administrator. “A few extras cents from a large group of people really does make a big impact and it has shown over the last two and half years through the amount of grants provided through the program.”
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 second-quarter grant opportunities must be submitted by May 6. Grant recipients will be announced following the board meeting on May 19. For more information on Central Electric’s Operation Round Up program, visit the “Member Services” tab at CEMCPower.com.