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Communities Reinvigorated By Community Participation

The Community Assistance Corporation, or CAC, South River EMC’s not-for-profit foundation, awarded $36,595 in Operation Round Up grants in June.

The non-profit organizations receiving $5,000 grants included: Gray’s Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Station 24; Transitions Life Care; and Camp Tuscarora, Boy Scouts of America. Also receiving grants were: Piney Grove Volunteer Fire Department of Sampson County, $3,440;  Godwin-Falcon Fire Department, $2,050; Tri-County Community Health Council, Inc.(dba CommWell Health), $3,000. The Autryville Fire Department was awarded an Operation Round Up grant for $10,000; and Midway Middle School received $3,105.

“Through Operation Round Up, each participating member has the opportunity to directly impact their community in a big way,” 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 $135.70, the bill would be rounded up to $136 and the extra 30¢ 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, helping more with just a little extra change each month.

Grants are given on a quarterly basis. The next round of applications are due August 21 by 5 p.m. and funding decisions will be made in September. Applications can be found at

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.


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