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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 first-quarter grant opportunities must be submitted no later than Feb. 1. Grant recipients will be announced following the Central Electric Member Care Trust Board meeting on Feb. 16.

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. Another Choice, Lee County – Funded $1,800.00 to repair and equip the waiting room for children being put in foster care.
  2. Buddy Back Pack Program, Harnett County – Funded $1,800.00 to purchase food items for school-aged children who have little or nothing to eat on weekends.
  3. Central Carolina Community College, Lee County – Funded $1,800.00 for the Dream Keepers Fund to help students in financial crises near graduation.
  4. Chatham County 4-H – Funded $1,800.00 to provide scholarships for children unable to cover the cost of the registration fee to attend 4-H summer camps.
  5. Chatham County Council on Aging, Inc. – Funded $1,800.00 for the purchase of the NuStep machine to build strength and invigorate users of all ability levels.
  6. Chatham County Literacy Council, Inc. – Funded $1,800.00 to recruit tutors and new students who want to learn English, become citizens and further their basic education skills and literacy.
  7. Chatham County Partnership for Children – Funded $1,800.00 to purchase learning materials for child care centers and homes in Chatham County.
  8. Habitat for Humanity, Chatham County – Funded $1,800.00 to purchase building materials.
  9. Helping Hands Clinic, Lee County – Funded $1,800.00 to supply equipment for the diabetic program.
  10. Lee County High School JROTC – Funded $1,500.00 for Junior Reserve Officers training and to help students in need attend the Annual Military Ball.
  11. Lee County Partnership for Children – Funded $1,800.00 to purchase books for children who participate in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
  12. Project Graduation 2017, Chatham County – Funded $1,800.00 to pay for entertainment for a safe graduation celebration alternative.
  13. Treasure Chest Ministries, Lee County – Funded $1,800.00 to provide Christmas gifts and a meal for children of homeless and at-risk families.
  14. Western Harnett Lions Club – Funded $1,800.00 to help provide eye exams and glasses for children.

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