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Sawnee EMC donates to charities

CUMMING -- Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation recently awarded $23,900 to local charities through its Operation Round Up program.

Out of the seven charities that are recipients of this donation, one — the Cumming Civitan Club — is located in Forsyth County.

In addition to the grants for charities, local school teachers may apply for funds through the Foundation’s Bright Ideas program, which is also a part of Operation Round Up. Public and private teachers are eligible to apply for funding if their school is within the Sawnee EMC service area.

These and other foundation programs are made possible by thousands of Sawnee EMC members who round up their electric bills to the next highest dollar amount each month. These member donations are then given back to the communities that Sawnee EMC serves.

The average donation each Sawnee EMC member makes annually is $6. Since the foundation’s inception in 2003, these donations have raised more than $1.9 million, which has been donated to local charities through Operation Round Up, local schools through the Bright Ideas project and local young adults through the Sawnee youth scholarship program.

Those interested in receiving donations are required to submit an application to the foundation board for consideration and must be located in the Sawnee EMC service area. Applicants must also provide a service within the community.

For more information on the Sawnee EMC or Operation Round UP, contact Sawnee EMC Director of External Affairs Cindy Badgett at (678) 455-1399 or