Sawnee EMC Foundation donates $40K to local charities

Teachers win grants for classrooms

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CUMMING, Ga. — The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation, through its Operation Round Up program, recently awarded $40,003 to nine local charities and five classroom grants.

Sawnee EMC serves 62,726 members in Forsyth County, 47,636 members in North Fulton and 5,136 members in Dawson County.

Foundation money comes from Sawnee EMS members voluntarily “rounding up” their electric bills to the next dollar to donate to these causes.

The local charitable organizations that received funding this quarter were the North Metro Miracle League, Prevent Blindness Georgia, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 307, Fragile Kids Foundation, St. Vincent de Paul – Forsyth, St. Vincent de Paul – Dawson, Lekotek of Georgia – Forsyth location, Forsyth County Lions Club and North Fulton Community Charities.

Local schools that received a “Bright Ideas” classroom grant this quarter were Riverview Middle School, Forsyth Central High School, North Forsyth High School, West Forsyth High School and Mill Springs Academy.

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 must be located in Sawnee EMC’s service area and/or provide a service in the communities that Sawnee serves. Teachers can apply for funds through the Bright Ideas program, which is also part of Operation Round Up. A public or private teacher is eligible to apply for funding as long as their school is located within the Sawnee EMC service area.

These programs are made possible by over 20,000 generous members of Sawnee EMC that make the decision each month to round their electric bill up to the next highest dollar. This “extra change” goes directly into the Sawnee Foundation and is gifted back out into the communities Sawnee EMC serves. The average donation a member makes annually is $6…pennies a month. These small, yet generous, donations have allowed the foundation to donate over $1.4 million back into the communities since inception in 2003.

For more information about the Operation Round Up program, call Cindy Badgett, director of external affairs, at 678-455-1399 or email cindy.badgett@sawnee.com. Visit www.sawnee.com/round_up/ for more information.