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Sawnee EMC awards grants to Forsyth nonprofits, teachers
Funding exceeds $34,000 through Operation Round Up
Sawnee EMC Operation Round Up
Local charitable organizations that received part of a total of $34,422.52 in funding include:

  • Children’s Center for Hope and Healing
  • For Her Glory
  • Abba House

Classroom grants through the Bright Ideas program were also funded through this round of donations to:

  • Sarah VonEsh, Settles Bridge Elementary
  • Vickie Sexton, Whitlow Elementary
  • Hannah Hawlk, Whitlow
  • Leigh Lisiewski, Whitlow
  • Sally Johnson, Whitlow
  • Jeff Olney, South Forsyth High
  • Jessica Griffin, West Forsyth High
  • Maleah Stewart, North Forsyth High
  • Brandy Gibson, North Forsyth
  • Jennifer Knapp, Sawnee Elementary
  • Kayla Fauscett, Sawnee

The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation impacted the community beyond simply providing homes and businesses with electric services through its cooperative when it recently awarded more than $34,000 in grants to charities and teachers in Forsyth County.

The Cumming-based company that serves seven north Georgia counties used money it collected through Operation Round Up, a program that asks customers to donate money rounded up to the nearest dollar on their monthly electric bills.

“The average donation a member makes annually is $6 — pennies a month,” said Cindy Badgett, director of external affairs for Sawnee EMC. “These small, yet generous, donations have allowed the Foundation board to donate over $2.2 million back into the communities since inception in 2003.”

Interested teachers or organizations must submit an application. Charities must be a 501(c)3 and located in Sawnee EMC’s service area and/or provide a service to the community. Public or private teachers are eligible as long as their school is within the Sawnee EMC service area.

For more information on the Operation Round Up program, contact Badgett at (678) 455-1399 or