Local groups benefiting from Operation Round Up grants
June 6th, 2016
By James Taylor
Thanks to Central Electric’s Operation Round Up program, completely powered by voluntary donations from Central Electric members, several nonprofits are benefiting from grant funding. Over $34,000 is being put back into the surrounding communities this quarter to provide assistance for worthy projects that provide vital service needs. Grants were awarded to the following groups:
- Chatham County Council on Aging- Funded $3,000 to purchase a new treadmill for the Western Chatham Senior Center fitness room.
- Another Choice for Black Children Inc., Lee County- Funded $3,000 to help enhance the quality of life for children that have been adopted out of the foster care system.
- Project Graduation, Chatham County- Funded $3,000 to help with costs to provide a safe post-graduation alternative for Chatham County graduates.
- Buddy Back Pack Program, Harnett County- Funded $3,000 to help with food supplies for bags to be distributed each week during the school year.
- Family Promise of Lee County- Funded $3,000 to provide families with bedding materials to use during their time in the program and to take with them when they complete the program.
- Christian United Outreach, Lee County- Funded $3,000 to help purchase food for the pantry.
- Chatham Central High School FBLA- Funded $3,000 to help with costs associated with sending qualifiers to the National FBLA Convention.
- Boys & Girls Club of Eastern Piedmont, Chatham County- Funded $2,000 to help with costs associated with transportation of youth during the 2016-17 school year.
- Lee County YMCA- Funded $2,000 for the Energize! program, a nutrition, fitness, and healthy lifestyle education program for kids age 5 to 18 and their families.
- Harnett County Partnership for Children- Funded $2,000 to help support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program for children in Harnett County.
- Lee County High School FFA- Funded $3,000 to help with costs associated with sending members to the N.C. FFA summer camp program.
- Lee County High School FFA Alumni- Funded $1,700 to help with costs associated with sending officers to leadership training at the N.C. FFA Association’s State Leadership Conference.
- Communities in Schools of Chatham County- Funded $1,500 for supplies needed in three different community based programs: Teen Court, Community Service & Restitution, and Family Advocacy.
- Western Harnett Overhills-Area PTO Thrift Store- Funded $1,000 to help purchase a marquee sign.
- Moore County Schools Elementary Music Teachers- Funded $600 to aid in expenses in bringing the Piedmont Opera to perform for 3rd graders in all Moore County schools.
“Operation Round Up shows the power of small donations made by a large group of individuals,” said Nancy Gust, Central Electric Member Care Trust Administrator. “Central Electric’s members have truly made a tremendous impact on our local communities by donating as little as 1 cent and at most 99 cents each month. Since 2014, these small donations have resulted in over $270,000 in grants being awarded back into the community, showing how much our members really care about making a difference.”
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 third-quarter grant opportunities must be submitted by Aug. 1. Grant recipients will be announced following the board meeting on Aug. 18. For more information on Central Electric’s Operation Round Up program, visit the “Community” tab at CEMCPower.com.