In September, the Community Assistance Corporation, or CAC, South River EMC’s not-for-profit foundation, awarded $55,747 in Operation Round Up grants to benefit community and public service agencies and schools.
The non-profit organizations receiving $5,000 grants included; Salemburg Volunteer Fire Department; Habitat for Humanity of Harnett County; and the Salem Methodist Afterschool Hours (SMASH) program; The Clement Volunteer Fire Department received $3,028; the Cotton Volunteer Fire Department received $2,920; and Newton Grove Fire and Rescue received $3,800.
Several scholastic programs received funds to improve the education of our youngest community members. Awards went to; Plain View Elementary for $7,779; Stedman Primary for $4,220; Sampson County Schools’ Friends of Education program for $9,000; and the Bright Ideas grant program for $10,000.
“Operation Round Up has empowered cooperative members to build and improve their community collaboratively one cent at a time,” 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 a bill is $101.30, the bill is rounded to $102 and the extra 70¢ is deposited into the CAC fund. By contributing, members can put their nickels and dimes to work making a positive difference today and providing better educational opportunities for the leaders of tomorrow.
Grants are funded on a quarterly basis. Applications for consideration are due Nov. 17 by 5 p.m.. Applications and rules can be found online 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.