Recently, South River EMC’s not-for-profit foundation, the Community Assistance Corporation, or CAC, awarded $42,365.74 through Operation Round Up grants. This distribution cycle CAC supported five emergency services departments, a burgeoning community center and one school, as well as three 4-H programs.
The 4-H programs of Sampson, Harnett and Cumberland counties received money raised through the CAC 4-H Golf Tournament, which was held in May. Each of the youth development organizations received $2,680.98.
The emergency services departments and non-profit organizations, receiving $5,000 grants included: Gray’s Creek Volunteer Fire Department Station 24; Summerville Bunnlevel Fire and Rescue; Wade Community Fire Department; and Autryville Fire Department, Inc. The Plain View Community Center received a pledge of $5,000, which will be released once the organization procures the remaining funds needed to complete their program. Salemburg Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a grant for $4,322.80.
Roseboro Salemburg Middle School was provided $5,000 for the purchase of books for the media center.
“Operation Round Up has grown beyond just providing support for non-profit agencies enhancing the health and human services needs of the community to a financial resource that enhances the essential life-saving services provided by the dedicated men and women committed to providing emergency services in our community daily,” said VP of Member Services and Public Relations Catherine O’Dell.
Operation Round Up is a voluntary program that enables members to round up their electric bill to the next whole dollar. For example, if their bill was $99.50, the bill would be rounded up to $100 and the extra 50¢ 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.
Grants are given on a quarterly basis. The next round of applications are due August 19 by 5 p.m. and funding decisions will be made in September. 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.