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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 1-800-446-7752.

Should you not want to participate fillout the form listed here. 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 2017 third-quarter grant opportunities must be submitted no later than Aug. 1. Grant recipients will be announced following the Central Electric Member Care Trust Board meeting on Aug. 17.

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 in the Guidelines for Disbursement of Funds section listed in our Forms and Applications section under the News tab.

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 application available here and then email it to or mail it to Central Electric at PO Box 1094 Sanford, NC 27331.


  1. Bennett Jr. Beta Club (Chatham)- Funded $2,000 to help students with costs associated with competing and attending the N.C. Junior State Beta Competition.
  2. Chatham Central High School PTSA and FBLA (Chatham)- Funded $1,500 to help with student registration costs to attend and compete at the National Leadership Conference.
  3. Communities in Schools (Chatham)- Funded $2,500 to help support intensive, targeted support services for 550 students at Chatham Middle School.
  4. Family Promise of Lee County (Lee)- Funded $3,000 to help provide families bedding materials during their stay in the homeless recovery program.
  5. Golden Adventurers Senior Group (Harnett)- Funded $983 for repairs associated with the septic system.
  6. Lee County High School FFA (Lee)- Funded $3,000 to help provide scholarships for students to attend summer FFA camp at White Lake, N.C.
  7. St. Provision Community Development Corp. (Lee)- Funded $3,000 to help with costs associated with leasing equipment for the Positive Direction for Youth Leadership Conference.
  8. Stepping Stones Children Center (Lee)- Funded $2,500 for a storage shed for therapeutic equipment, bicycles, tricycles and other special needs equipment.
  9. The Salvation Army (Lee)- Funded $3,000 to provide transportation assistance and scholarships to Central Carolina Community College for low income adults.

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