The Community Assistance Corporation, South River Electric Membership Corporation’s foundation, is helping schools and organizations build a stronger community. The group awarded $50,835 in grants through the Operation Round Up program.
The Community Assistance Corporation presented $5,000 grants to the Gray’s Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Station 24; and Salemburg Volunteer Fire Department. The Occoneechee Council of Boy Scouts of America received a grant for $4,800; The Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce, $2,500; and Newton Grove Fire and Rescue, $5,558.
In addition, the foundation awarded the following amounts to local educational institutions: Glendale Acres Elementary School, $5,977; the Bright Ideas Grant Program, $22,000.
South River EMC members participate in Operation Round Up by agreeing to have their bill rounded up to the next dollar each month. If their bill is $98.23, the 77¢ remaining will be put into an account managed by the Community Assistance Corporation.
Quarterly, funds are distributed to local service agencies, educational pursuits or to aid families who are experiencing unusually grave times. The next funding opportunity will be in December, applications are due to the Cooperative by November 19.
Since the Operation Round Up program began in 2009, over $967,166.08 has been donated back to local communities.
South River EMC is a locally-owned and operated electric cooperative, which provides electric service to 42,000 homes, farms and businesses in parts of Harnett, Cumberland, Sampson, Johnston and Bladen counties.