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Amid the turmoil of coronavirus, there is a cause for celebration thanks to South River EMC’s Operation Round Up program. The applications of five emergency and health services organizations and one school were selected for funding, which equaled $27,572.

The organizations receiving funding are: Boone Trail Emergency Services, $2,725; Sampson County Emergency Services, $3,756; Roseboro Rescue and EMS Inc., $4,131; Tri-County Community Health Inc., $1,960; and Stedman Volunteer Fire Department, $5,000. Hargrove Elementary received $10,000.

An emergency grant was awarded to Tri-County Community Health Council for $4,800. The will be used to purchase a generator to power a mobile COVID-19 testing site.

“South River EMC is proud to be part of the community,” said Catherine O’Dell. “Even in times of uncertainty like we are experiencing currently, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the communities we serve.”

South River EMC members have invested over $2.3 million in grants to local communities through the program since its 2007 inception.

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 $148.06, the bill rounds up to $149 and the extra 94¢ is deposited into the CAC fund. You can make huge impacts in your community with small donations each month.

South River EMC accepts and reviews applications on a quarterly basis. The next due date is May 15, by 5 p.m. Applications and rules can be found online at Please note that handwritten applications are not accepted. Always be sure to download the latest application to ensure you have the most updated requirements.

South River EMC is a locally owned and operated electric cooperative, which provides electric service to 45,000 homes, farms and businesses in parts of Harnett, Cumberland, Sampson, Johnston and Bladen counties.


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