(CUMMING, GA) The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation (Foundation), announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a special donation of $25,000 to five (5) local food banks. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, food banks across the country and in the Sawnee EMC service area are still facing increased demand for their services. Regardless, the volunteers at these organizations continue to work tirelessly to serve those who rely on their services.
Since March 2020, the Foundation has gifted approximately $325,000 to many local food banks to assist them in their times of need. The Foundation has made possible an emergency donation which will allow the following non-profit organizations to purchase food and other necessities for individuals and families in need:
- MUST Ministries, Inc.
- Meals on Wheels
- Bethany Place/Merismos Ministries
- Hightower Baptist Association
- The Place of Forsyth, Inc.
“It is my privilege to volunteer my service to the Sawnee Foundation. This donation supports the mission of the Foundation and its role in our communities,” states Deborah Pelfrey, Chair of the Sawnee Foundation Board. She further states, “The participation of Sawnee EMC members in the Foundation’s Operation Round Up Program make donations like this, and many others, possible.”
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 Foundation and is gifted back into the communities Sawnee serves.
Participating Sawnee EMC members donate an average of $6 per year, and these small, yet generous, donations have allowed the Foundation Board to donate over $3.5 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.