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Extra change on electric bills leads to donations for seven non-profits
The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation recently awarded more than $22,000 to seven local non-profits as part of Operation Round Up. Front, from left, Pauline Bowman of American Legion Auxiliary Post 307, Jill Gossett of FOCUS & Fragile Kids Inc. and Marian Rosswaag of American Legion Auxiliary Post 307. Back, from left, Foundation Director of the Matt District Henry Zuckerman, Brian Anderson of SAFFT, Jeffrey Kridell of Lumpkin Literacy and Ed Ledbetter with the foundation’s Cumming District.

Extra change from customers of a local power company has raised significant funds for charities in Forsyth County and surrounding areas.

Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation recently donated more than $22,000 to seven nonprofits in the area as part of its Operation Round Up program. 

The donations come from a program allowing customers to round their bill up to the next highest dollar on their electric bills from Sawnee EMC. The average donation is about $6 annually, and more than $2.3 million has been raised since the program began in 2003.

The funds will go to Fill Ministries, FOCUS and Fragile Kids, Supporting Adoption and Foster Families Together and American Legion Auxiliary Post 301 in Forsyth County. 

The St. Vincent de Paul Society in Dawson County, Lumpkin Literacy in Dahlonega and North Metro Miracle League in north Fulton will also receive funds. 

All charities are in Sawnee EMC’s coverage area.