Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation recently awarded more than $40,000 to eight area charities and five schools.
The awards were made possible through Sawnee’s Operation Round Up program, in which members voluntarily round up their monthly electric bills and the excess amount goes toward community outreach efforts.
Charities and teachers throughout Sawnee’s seven-county area can apply for Operation Round Up grants.
During fourth quarter 2013, the following organizations received funding: North Metro Miracle League; Prevent Blindness Georgia; American Legion Auxiliary Unit 307; Fragile Kids Foundation; St. Vincent de Paul in Forsyth and Dawson counties; Lekotek of Georgia’s Forsyth location; Forsyth County Lions Club; and North Fulton Community Charities.
Schools receiving Bright Ideas grants were: Riverview Middle; Mill Springs Academy; and Forsyth Central and North and West Forsyth high schools.
Interested applicants are required to submit an application to the Sawnee Foundation Board for consideration.
More than 20,000 Sawnee EMC members each month choose to round up their bills.
The small but generous donations have allowed the board to donate more than $1.4 million back into communities since the program’s inception in 2003.