(CUMMING, GA) The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation (Foundation), announced today that it will distribute more than $42,000 to local organizations and projects with funds raised from co-op members through Sawnee EMC’s Operation Round Up Program.
Operation Round Up allows participating members to round up their electric bill to the next dollar. On average, participating members will contribute $6.00 per year. The money collected through Operation Round Up is directed to the Sawnee Foundation and 100% is then administered in a series of grants by its voluntary Board of Directors.
The Foundation Board approved $31,944.00 for local charitable organizations and $10,339.27 for its Bright Ideas teacher grants. The 3rd Quarter grants are as follows:
- Dawson County Wee Books Program, Inc.
- CASA of Forsyth County, Inc.
- Community Helping Place, Inc.
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Inc.
- Variety – The Children’s Charity of Georgia, Inc.
- American Cancer Society, Inc.
- Sawnee Association of the Arts, Inc.
- Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation, Inc.
- Fill Ministries, Inc.
- Denmark High School – Forsyth County
- East Forsyth High School – Forsyth County
- West Forsyth County – Forsyth County
- Whitlow Elementary School – Forsyth County
- Hendricks Middle School – Forsyth County
“Giving back to the community is a core cooperative principle and the Operation Round Up Program is a great way for Sawnee EMC’s members to give back locally,” states Blake House, Vice President of Member Services.
Each month, approximately 16,000 Sawnee EMC members round up their electric bill to the next highest dollar. This extra change goes directly into the Sawnee EMC Foundation and these small, yet generous, donations have allowed the Foundation Board to donate over $3.7 Million back into local communities since its inception in 2003.
To learn more about Sawnee EMC Foundation’s Operation Round Up Program and the Foundation, visit www.sawnee.com/oru or contact Cindy Badgett, Director of External Affairs, at 678-455-1399 or via email email@example.com.
About Sawnee EMC and the Sawnee Foundation
Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation, a two-time J.D. Power recipient for best in customer service, is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to approximately 187,000 accounts in seven (7) counties of greater north Georgia. The Sawnee Foundation was created in 2003 with the mission of providing charitable donations within the Sawnee communities. The Foundation exists to enhance the way of life for those in need, with financial assistance to selected charitable organizations. 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.