Charitable Grants 3rd Quarter 2022

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(CUMMING, GA)  The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation (Foundation), announced today that their Board has approved the granting of over $38,000 to ten (10) local charities and twelve (12) teacher projects.  The funds were generated in part from cooperative members who participate in Sawnee EMC’s Operation Round Up Program each month.

Operation Round Up allows participating members to round up their electric bill to the next dollar.  The money is directed into the Foundation and 100% is then administered by grants to charitable organizations by the Foundation’s voluntary Board of Directors.  On average, participating members will contribute about $6 per year.

At its 3rd Quarter meeting, the Foundation Board approved grants to the following entities:

Charitable Organizations

  • Dawson County Wee Books Program, Inc.
  • Georgia Stopping Pet Overpopulation Together Society, Inc.
  • There’s Hope for the Hungry, Inc.
  • Families of Children Under Stress, Inc.
  • Mentor Me – North Georgia, Inc.
  • North Fulton Community Charities, Inc.
  • No Longer Bound, Inc.
  • Ferst Readers, Inc.
  • Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia, Inc.
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia, Inc.

Bright Ideas – Teacher Grants

  • Blacks Mill Elementary School  -  Ms. Kelley Reeves
  • Dawson County Middle School  -  Ms. Allison Speece
  • Whitlow Elementary School  -  Ms. Kaycee Westbrook
  • Cumming Elementary School  -  Ms. Kristin Lively, Ms. Laura Miranda, Ms. Jessica Schak and Ms. Kelly Hiller
  • Chestatee Elementary School  -  Ms. Erin Drane
  • East Forsyth High School  -  Ms. Kelley Grogan and Mr. Mike Yeager
  • Daves Creek Elementary School  -  Ms. Ashley Parker
  • Haw Creek Elementary School  -  Ms. Melissa Keel

“Through Round Up, Sawnee EMC members have a unique opportunity to support the Foundation and give back to their community,” states Cindy Badgett, Director of External Affairs.

Each month, approximately 15,000 Sawnee EMC members round up their electric bill to the next highest dollar.  This extra change goes directly to the Sawnee Foundation and these small, yet generous, donations have allowed the Foundation Board to donate over $3.8 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  For 501 (c)(3) or 501 (c)(4) organizations or local teachers interested in applying for grant visit  Questions can be directed to Cindy Badgett, Director of External Affairs, at 678-455-1399 or via email

About Sawnee EMC and the Sawnee Foundation 

Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to approximately 191,000 accounts in seven (7) counties of greater north Georgia. The Sawnee Electric 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.