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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.

COVID-19 Questions & Answers

We realize that everyone has been affected by the closures and mandates associated with the attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. There has also been a very active rumor mill operating during this crisis. Below are answers to a few frequently asked questions about the Cooperative’s response to COVID-19. If you have a question that isn’t covered here, feel free to contact us and ask.

South River EMC Closes Offices, Offers Remote Service Options

To help protect the health of consumers and employees, South River Electric Membership Corporation has closed both offices and recommends that electric cooperative members take advantage of remote service and payment options.

“We are making every effort to protect our members, our employees and their families from the coronavirus,” said Catherine O’Dell, VP of Member Services and PR. “We are providing employees the option to work from home, encouraging members to use our alternate services and providing greater payment flexibility.”

The South River EMC Annual Meeting of Members

For safety reasons, South River EMC is rescheduling our Annual Meeting for October 8. Members will receive voting information in May to vote for our board of directors. Please take the time to participate and we hope you will join us in October!

Agribusiness Expo Scheduled For Tonight

South River EMC was scheduled to host an agribusiness forum tonight (February 20), however, it has been rescheduled until next Thursday, February 27 at 6 p.m. Please be safe.

Transforming The Community Grant-By-Grant

Christmas came early for several local organizations thanks to South River EMC’s Operation Round Up program. The applications of 11 emergency and community services organizations and one school were selected for funding. All grants combined equaled $57,349.

Don’t Miss The Operation Round Up Application Deadline

Operation Round Up grant applications are once again available from South River EMC’s charitable donations program. The deadline for submission is approaching quickly, November 22 to be exact.

The program collects donations from participating South River EMC members through their electric bill to improve the quality of life for our community through schools and nonprofit organizations.

Cooperative Refunds Over $7 Million To Members

South River EMC has refunded over $7 million to members this year. The largest part of this  refund is called capital credits and it is a special advantage of cooperative membership. As a not-for-profit cooperative, South River EMC doesn’t technically earn profits. Instead, any money remaining at the end of the year, called margins, is returned to the members who purchased energy from the Cooperative.

South River EMC Enters Assessment and Restoration Period

As the winds and rains from Hurricane Dorian begin to dwindle, South River EMC starts the day with 7,121 of its 45,000 members without electric service. The bulk of the outages (nearly 6500) are the result of a Duke Energy transmission line outage.  The majority of the outages, 6004, are in Sampson County, with 463 in Bladen, 447 in Cumberland, 106 in Johnston and 96 in Harnett.

South River EMC Ready To Respond

South River EMC is ready to respond to power outages in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

The electric cooperative has over 130 additional line and tree personnel traveling from Illinois, Virginia and North Carolina to assist. These extra crews serve as a force multiplier for South River EMC’s regular in-field workforce and contractors.

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