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Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation gives more than $42,000 to local organizations
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The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation announced this week that it will distribute over $42,000 to local organizations and projects, including the Dawson County Wee Books program, out of funds partially raised through the Operation Round Up program. 

According to a press release by the Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation, Operation Round Up is a program that allows Sawnee EMC members to round up their electric bill to the nearest dollar, contributing an average of about $6 a year. All of the money collected through Operation Round Up is distributed by the foundation in a series of grants. 

The release said that this quarter, the foundation board approved $31,944 for local charitable organizations and $10,339.27 for Bright Idea teacher grants. Among the charitable organizations that received funds was the Dawson County Wee Books Program. 

According to the release, about 16,000 Sawnee EMC members round up their electric bill each month. Since it started in 2003, the Operation Round Up program has allowed the Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation to donate more than $3.7 million to local communities. 

“Giving back to the community is a core cooperative principle and the Operation Round Up Program is a great way for Sawnee EMC’s members to give back locally,” Vice President of Member Services Blake House said in the release. 

In addition to Dawson County Wee Books, Inc., the charitable organizations and Bright Idea grants distributed this quarter by the Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation are: 

  • CASA of Forsyth County, Inc. 

  • Community Helping Place, Inc. 

  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Inc.

  • Variety — The Children’s Charity of Georgia, Inc. 

  • American Cancer Society, Inc. 

  • Sawnee Association of the Arts, Inc. 

  • Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation, Inc. 

  • Fill Ministries, Inc. 

  • Denmark High School — Forsyth County 

  • East Forsyth High School

  • West Forsyth High School

  • Whitlow Elementary School — Forsyth County

  • Hendricks Middle School — Forsyth County

This story will be updated.