By Johnny Jackson
The Central Georgia EMC (Electric Membership Corporation) Foundation Board, which oversees the Operation Round Up Program for Central Georgia EMC, recently awarded nearly $5,000 in grant funding to two local charities.
The electric utility's foundation awarded Henry County Cancer Services, Inc., a grant worth $2,500 to assist people affected by cancer. It also awarded Flippen Elementary School, in McDonough, a grant totaling $2,325.71 to be used for Active Slates, multi-media charts, and a DVD/VCR recorder player.
"This is a great example of the many worthy organizations within our community that can benefit from the Operation Round Up Program," said Randy Dougherty, chairman of the Central Georgia EMC Foundation. "Of course, none of it would be possible without the generosity of all our participating members who volunteer to have their electric bills rounded up each month."
Central Georgia EMC Marketing Services Manager Christy Chewning said Operation Round Up is designed to raise funds each month to help support charitable and educational needs within the EMC's 14-county service area, which includes Clayton and Henry counties.
Chewning noted that more than half of the utility's customers sign up to have their monthly bills rounded up to the nearest dollar. The difference in the monthly bill, and the amount rounded up, is used to assist charitable organizations and schools.
The EMC marketing manager said roughly 35,000 of the 51,000 Central Georgia EMC accounts were counted as monthly participants in Operation Round Up. Currently there are 14,562 billed accounts in central and southern parts of Henry County and 2,413 billed accounts in the southernmost part of Clayton County.
Chewning added that the Jackson-based electric utility also collects donations for The Salvation Army's Project SHARE Program to subsidize utility bills for needy families.
To learn more about Central Georgia EMC's charity opportunities, visit online at www.cgemc.com. Applications for Operation Round Up grants are also available online, or in person at 923 S. Mulberry St., in Jackson.