In September, the Community Assistance Corporation, or CAC, a not-for-profit foundation established by South River EMC, awarded $54,832.70 through eight grants given to non-profit organizations and schools.
Organizations receiving grants for $5,000 included: Disabled American Veterans Chapter 74 Erwin; The Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce; Eastover Volunteer Fire Department; Averasboro Battlefield Commission, Inc.; and Transitions Life Care. The Stedman Volunteer Fire Department received a grant for $4,832.70. Additionally, Beacon Rescue Mission received, $5,000 that was pledged last December.
“This program is the embodiment of our commitment to community,” said Catherine O’Dell, vice president of member services and public relations, South River EMC. “Operation Round Up has demonstrated time and again that we are making an investment in the future of our communities.”
The educational programs receiving grants are: Hobbton Elementary School, $10,000, and the Bright Ideas Grant Program, $15,000.
Every month, nearly 79 percent of South River EMC members volunteer to round up their bills. The extra change goes toward providing a brighter future for local communities. Operation Round Up is a voluntary program that allows members to round up their energy bill to the next whole dollar. For example, if their bill was $109.85, the bill would be rounded up to $110 and the extra 15¢ would be deposited into the CAC fund. By participating, members can put their nickels and dimes to work and make a difference in their community.
“Operation Round Up is proof that small change adds up to big change,” said O’Dell. “This program enables every member, despite their income, to give a small donation that reaches so many people in a significant manner.”
Grants are given on a quarterly basis. The next round of applications are due Nov. 9 by 5 p.m. and funding decisions will be made in Sept. Applications can be found at sremc.com.
South River EMC is a locally-owned and operated electric cooperative, which provides electric service to 43,000 homes, farms and businesses in parts of Harnett, Cumberland, Sampson, Johnston and Bladen counties.