WAKE FOREST, N.C.- Wake Electric awarded more than $5,500 in grant monies during the 1st quarter of 2012 to deserving nonprofit organizations located in counties served by the co-op. These grants were made available through the Operation RoundUp program.

Nonprofit agencies located in counties that Wake Electric serves, which includes Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Wake and Vance counties, are eligible to apply. The agency does not have to be a member of Wake Electric.

Grants are open to all project and subject areas that enhance economic infrastructure and job creation, promote service or charitable organizations, and meet emergency needs of individuals within the service area of Wake Electric.

The next deadline for Operation RoundUp grant applications is Friday, June 8, 2012 by 5:00 p.m. A simple and convenient downloadable application can be found atwww.wemc.com/oproundup.aspx.

Each quarter, the board of directors for the program’s administrative body, the Wake Electric Foundation board, meets to determine who will be awarded funds.

The 1st quarter 2012 Operation RoundUp grant winners are:

1. Assistance League of the Triangle, $1,000 grant for the Operation School Bell program, which provides new clothes and shoes to needy elementary students in the Triangle area

2. Boys & Girls Club of Johnston County, $1,000 grant for thePower Hour program

3. Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County- Zebulon Club, $1,000 grant for the Power Hour program

4. Granville County Extension, $720 grant for the Food for Backpack Program

5. Meals on Wheels of Wake County, $1,225 grant for the Two meals per week for needy families

5. Hospice of Wake County, $600 grant for the purchase new books for its reading library

The funds for the Operation RoundUp grants come from Wake Electric members who agree to round up their electric bill to the nearest whole dollar. For example, if the bill is
$104.91, the bill will be rounded up 9 cents to $105.00.

Wake Electric is an electric utility providing reliable, safe and affordable energy and related services to 35,000 consumers in parts of Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties.


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