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Operation Round Up Helps Strengthen The Community

The Community Assistance Corporation, or CAC, South River EMC’s not-for-profit foundation, awarded $40,436 in Operation Round Up grants to benefit community, public service agencies and schools.

The following non-profit organizations each received grants for $5,000: Eastover Volunteer Fire Department; Dunn Emergency Services, Inc.; Bethany Rural Fire Department. Additionally, Vann Crossroads Fire Department received a grant for $3,614, and Stedman Volunteer Fire Department received funding of $5,361.

Educational institutions can apply for up to $10,000 in grant funding. Those institutions receiving funding thanks to South River EMC members are: Hargrove Elementary, $3,139; Hobbton Middle School, $10,000; and Cape Fear High, $3,322.

“The good work done by these organizations continues to inspire us and we are honored to be able to assist their efforts through these grants,” 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 $99.99, the bill rounds up to $100 and the extra 1¢ 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.

South River EMC accepts and reviews applications on a quarterly basis. The next due date is May 16 by 5 p.m. Applications and rules can be found online at Always make sure you have the most recent copy of the application

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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