CUMMING — Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation recently awarded $26,126 to eight area charities, including organizations in Forsyth County, through its Operation Round-Up.
The program collects charitable donations from members of Cumming-based Sawnee EMC who voluntarily make the decision each month to round-up their electric bill to the next highest dollar.
All of the funds are then returned to the community. The average donation a member makes annually is about $6.
“These small, yet generous, donations have allowed the Foundation Board to donate almost $1.8 million back into the communities since inception in 2003,” said Cindy Badgett with Sawnee EMC.
The charitable organizations that received funding are:
* Safe Boat Lake Lanier Inc.
* Stand UP for Kids North Fulton Initiative
* Leukemia Lymphoma Society
* American Legion Post 307
* Dawson County Wee Books
* G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA
* Next Generation Focus
* Home Repairs Ministries
Interested groups must apply to the foundation’s board of directors for consideration. Applications are reviewed by the board quarterly.
In order to qualify for a grant, an organization must be located generally in the area served by Sawnee EMC and provide a service within the local community.
Teachers may also apply for grant funds through the Foundation’s Bright Ideas Program, which is part of Operation Round-Up.
For more information, contact Badgett, director of external affairs, at (678) 455-1399 or firstname.lastname@example.org.