In March, the Community Assistance Corporation, or CAC, a not-for-profit foundation established by South River EMC, awarded $44,800 through Operation Round Up grants. Thanks to members’ continued participation in the program, the CAC is able to award grants quarterly to non-profit organizations and educational institutions.
The non-profit organizations receiving grants for $5,000 included: Godwin-Falcon Fire Department; Clement Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.; Four Oaks Volunteer Fire Department; Beaver Dam Fire District. Vann Crossroads Fire and Rescue received a grant for $3,800.
Also receiving funding were the following educational programs: Hargrove Elementary School, $5,000; Midway Elementary School, $6,000; and Hobbton Middle School Band Program, $10,000.
“This program is the epitome of the cooperative principle: commitment to community,” said Catherine O’Dell, vice president of member services and public relations, South River EMC. “Operation Round Up continues to support the organizations that make up the fabric of our community.”
Each month, nearly 79 percent of South River EMC members have their bill rounded help to put money to work in their communities. Operation Round Up is a voluntary program that allows members to round up their energy bill to the next whole dollar. For example, if their bill was $108.15, the bill would be rounded up to $126 and the extra 85¢ 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.
Grants are given on a quarterly basis. The next round of applications are due May 17 by 5 p.m. and funding decisions will be made in June. Applications can be found at sremc.com.
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.