Sawnee Foundation

(Cumming, March 25, 2020) During this time of uncertainty, the Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation (Foundation), is sending much needed help into the communities it serves. The Foundation Board of Directors recently approved the awarding of $200,000 to twenty (20) local food pantries within the Sawnee EMC service area.  These funds are to purchase food that so many families need. 

The Foundation Board and the Sawnee EMC staff would like to thank all of the members that participate in the Operation Round Up program.  Their generous participation is what allows donations like these to be possible. Your extra change is going to help many families.

“We are very pleased that we can help out with these donations.  More and more people will soon be showing up at different locations for help, and this money has the potential to help so many people,” stated Foundation Board Chair Mrs. Deborah Pelfrey. “This is the essence of the Foundation and fits perfectly within our mission.”

This donation was made possible by over 18,000 Sawnee EMC members who choose each month to round their electric bill up to the next highest dollar.  This “extra change” goes directly into the Foundation and is gifted back into the communities Sawnee serves.  Members donate an average of $6 per year, but these small, yet generous, donations have allowed the Foundation Board to donate over $3 Million back into the communities since inception in 2003.

For more information about the Operation Round Up program, please call Cindy Badgett, Director of External Affairs at 678-455-1399 or email

About Sawnee EMC

Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to approximately 184,000 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.


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