(Cumming, Georgia, December 11, 2019) – Your change can turn into big donations to charities and classrooms. Since 2003, the members that voluntarily donate to the Operation Round Up program has made a difference in their communities and helped many local charities and classrooms. “The average donation is $6 a year, yet the rewards are tremendous,” states Blake House, VP of Member Services, Sawnee EMC. At Sawnee EMC, the staff and the Sawnee Foundation strive every day to go beyond members expectations and be good stewards to the communities they serve. Neighbors helping neighbors is what Operation Round Up is all about and donating pennies each month has proven to offer huge benefits. Since inception, the Sawnee Foundation has donated over $3 Million to local charitable organizations, youth scholarships and Bright Ideas classroom grants. This quarter was no different. On November 26, 2019, the Sawnee Foundation board awarded $42,688 to thirteen (13) local charitable organizations.
- St. Vincent de Paul Society Christ Redeemer Conference – grant will assist at risk families in Dawson County.
- Act Together Ministries – grant will purchase items needed for Foster children during the winter months.
- North Fulton Community Charities - funds will purchase meat, hygiene products and other items needed that are not covered by SNAP.
- Sawnee Ballet Theatre - the grant will purchase costumes needed for the spring productions.
- Mill Springs Academy – the grant will be used to purchase a tutoring program that will be used by the entire student body.
- Senior Services North Fulton – funds will help homebound seniors with emergency assistance.
- Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation, Inc. – funds will be used to purchase reusable bags that will be given out at two (2) elementary schools for the Read Across America Day.
- Sawnee Woman’s Club (SWC) – funds will be used to purchase age appropriate books for grades K-5th for Read Across America Day.
- Champion Community Foundation, Inc. – the grant will help purchase the lighting for the new facility for disabled young adults.
- Hall-Dawson CASA Program, Inc. - this grant will be used to recruit new CASA’s primarily in Dawson County.
- Fill Ministries, Inc. dba Meals by Grace – this grant will be used to purchase containers that will keep food at a safe temperature while being delivered into the community.
- Blacks’s Mill and Kilough Elementary - funds will be used to purchase 3-tier baskets to be used in the lunchrooms to hold fresh fruits and vegetables for students.
The Foundation Board also awarded several significant donations to local schools in classroom grants. They are:
- Cumming Elementary teachers won three (3) grants:
- “PreK-5th Grade Team Building & Fitness”
- “Physical Education – Heart Health and Fitness Tracking”
- “Adaptive Playground Shade for Special Education Students”
- Kilough Elementary teachers won three (3) grants:
- “Dive into the World Around You”
- “Imagination Station Book Clubs”
- “Reading Rainbow reinvented”
- Black’s Mill Elementary teachers won four (4) grants:
- “Little Tiger Theater Co.: Tigers on Broadway”
- “Kindergarten Expanding Expressions”
- “Chess Club / Board Game Club”
- “Sensory Closet”
- Mountain Road Elementary – “STEM Lab Creation”
- Little Mill Middle School – “Cameras for Digital Photography Class at LMMS”
- DeSana Middle School – “Bolder Broadcasts: Take Our Videography to the Next Level”
Interested applicants are required to submit an application to the Foundation Board for consideration. In order to qualify for a grant, the 501 (c) charity must be located in Sawnee EMC’s service area and/or provide a service to the community. Teachers can also apply for funds through the Bright Ideas program, which is part of Operation Round Up. A public or private school teacher is eligible to apply for funding as long as the school he or she teaches at is within the Sawnee EMC service area.
These programs are made possible by the 18,000 plus members of Sawnee EMC choosing each month to round their electric bill up to the next highest dollar. This “extra change” goes directly into the Foundation and is gifted back into the communities Sawnee EMC serves. The average donation a member makes annually is $6…pennies a month. These small, yet generous, donations have allowed the Foundation Board to donate over $3 Million back into the communities since inception in 2003.
For more information about the Operation Round Up program, please call Cindy Badgett, Director of External Affairs at 678-455-1399 or email email@example.com.
About Sawnee EMC
Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to approximately 180,981 accounts in seven (7) counties of greater north Georgia. Sawnee’s assets exceed $720 million, with energy sales of 3.7 billion kWh and annual revenue of $355 million. With a team of approximately 330 dedicated professionals and over 11,373 miles of distribution line, Sawnee always stands ready to meet the needs of its members/owners. SEMC strives daily to live up to their motto…
“At Sawnee EMC, We’re More Than Electricity, We’re Service”.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.