FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
To be exact, $104,187.17 went to 13 worthy organizations and 13 needy families in the latest round of disbursements. The money is collected a few cents at a time when customer-owners allow their monthly bill to be rounded up to the next dollar.
The resulting change goes into a fund administered by a volunteer board. None of this money can be used to pay electric bills.
Take a look at the latest good work being funded by generous customer-owners:
- 13 area families — $27,552.17, various emergency needs
- Clarke County Mentor Program — $5,000, community mentor recruitment project
- Tiny Stitches (Gwinnett) — $5,000, supplies to make infant burial ensembles for disadvantaged newborns
- Creative Enterprises (Barrow, DeKalb, Gwinnett) — $5,000, disabled clients to attend therapeutic horse riding program
- Atlanta Community Food Bank (entire WEMC service area) — $10,000, low-income family food distribution
- Loganville Police DARE — $3,000, drug and gang resistance education
- Place of Seven Springs (Gwinnett) — $5,000, family assistance of food, prescription drugs and education
- Food Bank of Northeast Georgia (Barrow, Clarke, Oconee) — $10,000, mobile food pantry
- Project Safe (entire WEMC Service area) — $2,000, emergency shelter improvements
- Step by Step Recovery (Barrow, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale, Walton) — $5,000, addiction recovery program
- Walton County 4-H — $9,935.00, club member participation expenses to events
- Oconee County Wee Read — $1,200 to encourage parental reading to young children
- Gwinnett County Senior Golden Games (DeKalb, Gwinnett, Walton) — $500, senior adult Olympics
- Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry (Gwinnett) — $15,000, emergency assistance to clients
We need you. Just initial the Round Up line on your bill stub to take part.
Operation Round Up Spotlight
The Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry serves people in need in the Lawrenceville and Dacula areas. “Donations are down while at the same time, we're seeing a rise in homelessness,” says director Linda Freund. “This donation will help people in need with things like prescription medicine, water bills and places to stay for homeless families.” Shown in the ministry's food pantry are, from left, Walton Electric Trust Board Member Nancy Abbott, Freund, Trust Board Member Anna Shackelford and ministry volunteer Dirck Dillehay.