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Sawnee awards funding to many
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Charitable organizations were the beneficiaries of about $21,500 of the some $24,900 that the Sawnee Foundation recently awarded through its Operation Round Up program. - photo by For the Forsyth County News


For more information about Sawnee EMC’s Operation Round Up program, please contact Cindy Badgett, director of external affairs, at (678) 455-1399 or

The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation recently awarded nearly $25,000 to local charities and classroom grants through its Operation Round Up program.

Among the charitable organizations that received funding were Mentor Me North Georgia, Girl Scouts, Court Appointed Special Advocates and Autrey Mill Nature Preserve.

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

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

In order to qualify, the charity must be 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.  

A public or private school teacher is eligible to apply for funding as long as his or her school is in the Sawnee service area.

Among this year’s grant recipients was Chris Cummo of Liberty Middle School in Forsyth County.

The programs are made possible by the 20,000-plus Sawnee members who each month round up their power bill to the next highest dollar. This extra money goes to the foundation and is returned to the communities.

The average donation a member makes per yer is $6, yet that funding has allowed the foundation to award $1.38 million since 2003.