Small Change Makes a Big Difference in local communities. 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 $729,704 to local charitable organizations, youth scholarships and Bright Ideas classroom grants and this quarter was no different. On May 19, the Sawnee Foundation board awarded $58,547.95 to eleven (11) local charitable organizations.
Local charities receiving funds in May were:
The Cottage School
St. Vincent de Paul Society, Forsyth
Whispering Hope Women’s Resource Center
Hall-Dawson Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
Young Life of Dawson County
Challenged Child and Friends, Inc.
No Longer Bound
St. Vincent de Paul Society, Dawson
The Place of Forsyth County
North Fulton Community Charities
Each charity submitted an application to the Sawnee Foundation. All applications are considered by the Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation which consists of nine (9) volunteer Board members; one (1) from each of the nine (9) geographical districts within the Sawnee EMC service territory.
Participation in the Operation Round Up program is easy and completely voluntary. Sawnee EMC members can choose to sign up and automatically have their electric bill rounded up to the next dollar each month or they can choose the “round up” option on their bill on a monthly basis. “A member that participates in Operation Round Up will donate an average of $6.00 a year or $12.00 a year if they are on budget billing,” states Cindy Badgett, Director of External Affairs. “The donated funds help out in several ways. The funds can be donated to local charitable organizations, to help teachers expand the learning experience with Bright Ideas, and to fund the Sawnee Foundation Youth Scholarship program. Times are very difficult for everyone, but through the Operation Round Up program, small change can make a really big difference to a lot of people within our communities.”
For more information about the Operation Round Up program, please call Cindy Badgett, Director of External Affairs at 678-455-1539 or email email@example.com. To view a complete list of grant recipients visit www.sawnee.com.
About Sawnee EMC:
Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation is a distribution electric cooperative headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to over 148,000 accounts in seven (7) counties of greater north Georgia. Sawnee’s assets exceed $368 million with annual energy sales of 2.23 billion and revenue of $201 million. With over 300 dedicated employees, Sawnee’s team of professionals meets the needs of its member-owners through its complex network of over 9,420 miles of distribution facilities. Georgia’s 42 electric cooperatives now serve more customers than any other state network of EMCs in the nation.
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