(CUMMING, GA) The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation (Foundation), created by Sawnee EMC in 2003, announced today that it will distribute more than $24,000 to ten (10) local nonprofit organizations. The funds for these projects are raised from Sawnee EMC’s member-owners through the Operation Round Up Program, a charitable program unique to electric cooperatives and is designed to give members a means of working together to use their small change to make an impact in their local communities.
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 Foundation and 100% is then administered in a series of grants by its voluntary Board of Directors.
Additionally, the Foundation Board approved $1,546 for two lineworker scholarships through the Brian Johnson Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships will fulfill the balance for two students, Coley Loudermilk and Thomas Trudnak, to receive their Lineworker Certification through North Georgia Technical College.
The Foundation Board approved $24,490 for local charitable organizations. The second quarter grants are as follows:
- C.A.S.T. for Kids
- The ALS Association Georgia
- Bald Ridge Lodge, Inc.
- Northview Techno Titans Robotics Foundation
- MUST Ministries, Inc.
- Recovery Community Foundation of Forsyth
- Act Together Ministries, Inc.
- Safe Boating Lake Lanier, Inc.
- Prism of Georgia, Inc.
- Dawson County Humane Society
“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 – they make this program possible,” states Blake House, Vice President of Member Services.
Each month, approximately 16,000 Sawnee EMC members voluntarily choose to round up their electric bill to the next highest dollar. This extra change goes directly into the 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.