Sawnee EMC will be distributing over $26,000 to local charities and projects in Dawson and other surrounding counties through its Operation Round Up program, according to a press release by the organization.
“The Foundation Board approved $22,829 for local charitable organizations and $4,288.03 for its Bright Ideas teachers grants,” the release said.
The organizations that received money from the program include the Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County and K.A.R.E. for Kids, as well as For Her Glory, Families of Children Under Stress and Mentor Me North Georgia. Several schools also received Bright Ideas grants through the program, including Black’s Mill Elementary School in Dawson County.
The money raised for the donations and grants comes from Sawnee EMC members rounding up their electric bill to the nearest dollar. According to the release, participating members contribute about $6 per year, and there are approximately 16,000 members who choose to participate in the program.
“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,” Blake House, vice president of member services, said in the release.
Since the first year of Operation Round Up in 2003, members have donated over $3.5 million.