OPERATION ROUND UP
SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL STUDENTS
|The Altamaha EMC Foundation recently awarded four
scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each. These
scholarships are funded by Altamaha EMC's Operation Round Up
Congratulations to the 2019 winners: Emily Ely of David Emanuel Academy, Hailey Mullis of East Laurens High School, Kirsten Gray of Swainsboro High School and Kayla Kittrell of East Laurens High School.
What is Operation Round Up?
One of the Cooperative Principles that governs Altamaha EMC is "Commitment to Community" and this program demonstrates that principle.
This program is an easy
way for you to make a big difference by providing financial assistance
for charitable and educational projects within our communities without
lifting a finger.
Operation Round Up was originally started by Palmetto EMC, a co-op in South Carolina, and has now been adopted by 30 co-ops in Georgia. This program is designed to assist a variety of worthwhile community, youth, educational and environmental programs.
How Does It Work?
Each month, the electric bills of participating Altamaha EMC members are rounded up - increased to the next dollar amount. If a member's bill is $124.50, it's rounded up to $125. Fifty cents is deposited in a separate bank account for the Altamaha EMC Foundation. The maximum a member would contribute to the program yearly would be $11.88. The average contribution per member per year would be $6. Small change indeed, but it makes a huge difference in the lives of many.
This is a voluntary program and our members can sign up or opt out at any time by contacting our office at 912-526-8181 or toll free, 800-822-4563.
The program at Altamaha EMC began in August 2017. All contributions are tax deductible.
What Is The Altamaha EMC Foundation?
The Altamaha EMC Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization set up to represent the members of Altamaha EMC and the funds collected through Operation Round Up for charitable purposes. The mission of the Foundation is to distribute money collected from Altamaha EMC members through Operation Round Up to worthwhile, charitable and educational purposes that will improve lives and respond to immediate needs within the counties where the cooperative provides electric service.
What Is Altamaha EMC's Goal For This Program?
Our goal is to improve the quality of life for the communities we serve. Cooperatives are governed by seven principles, the seventh principle being Concern for Community. Altamaha EMC has a long history of community involvement and support of charitable and community organizations, from youth programs to shelters for battered women to food banks and many more. Many of these organizations have seen their need for outreach grow in recent years, while funding sources haven't kept up.
Operation Round Up provides Altamaha EMC with a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate and extend its commitment to its members and their communities. Operation Round Up is an example of people coming together and pooling their resources to accomplish a greater good, much like residents of this area did 80 years ago when they formed Altamaha EMC to bring electricity to rural homes, farms, and communities. It was something they couldn't accomplish individually, but as a group it was achievable. Now, through Operation Round Up, local residents can come together to create changes and provide assistance in their communities through a foundation - something they couldn't do individually on this scale.
The Trust is governed by a separate Board of Directors made up of community volunteers that were nominated by the Altamaha EMC Board as follows:
Chairman, Emanuel County
Bill Benton, Vice Chairman, Toombs and Tattnall Counties
Dawn Braddy, Secretary, Treutlen County
Alvin Baker, Treasurer, Montgomery County
Krista Anderson, Laurens and Johnson Counties
Apply For A Grant:
**Funds will not be granted for general operating expenses including salaries and utilities.
The Foundation meets quarterly (March, June, September, December).
*2019 Meeting and Deadline schedule - subject to change.
Meeting Date: June 19 / Application Deadline: June 7
Meeting Date: September 18 / Application Deadline: Sept 6
Meeting Date: December 18 / Application Deadline: December 6