Sawnee EMC Foundation donates $27K to charities, classrooms

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CUMMING, Ga. — The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation recently awarded $27,733.65 to local charities and teacher/classroom grants through its Operation Round Up program.

The local charitable organizations that received funding were the St. Vincent de Paul Society, North Fulton Initiative of Stand Up for Kids, Forsyth County Family Haven, Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County, Ryan Lee Holland Cancer Foundation Inc., CASA of Forsyth County Inc. and MUST Ministries in Cherokee.

The Bright Ideas classroom grants were awarded to teachers in Forsyth, North Fulton and Dawson area schools.

The teachers and schools that received grants were Tasha Hamil at Black’s Mill Elementary School, Tammie Rice at Holly Springs ES STEM, Katie Malcolm at Indian Knoll Elementary School, Angie Mitchell at Johns Creek Elementary School and Jennifer Rau at Liberty Middle School.

Interested applicants are required to submit an application to the foundation’s board for their consideration.

In order to qualify for a grant, the charity or school must be located in Sawnee EMC’s service area and/or provide a service to the community.

Teachers can also apply for funds through the Bright Ideas program, which is part of Operation Round Up.

These programs are made possible by the 20,000-plus members of Sawnee EMC that make the decision each month to round their electric bill up to the next highest dollar.

The “extra change” – an average annual amount of $6 – goes directly into the Sawnee Foundation and is gifted back out into the communities Sawnee EMC serves.

These small donations have allowed the foundation to donate more than $1.53 million back into the communities since inception in 2003.

For more, call Cindy Badgett, director of external affairs, at 678-455-1399 or email cindy.badgett@sawnee.com.

FH 03-12-14