MONROE, Ga. — The pocket change given each month by tens of thousands of Walton Electric Membership Corporation customer-owners continues to do amazing things.
By rounding up the electric bills of participants to the next dollar and then aggregating those small amounts, Operation Round Up makes a substantial impact in helping those who need it.
Here is the latest list of grant recipients:
- Adventure Bags, Inc. (Barrow, Clarke, Greene, Gwinnett, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Walton) — $10,000 to provide backpacks filled with age-appropriate essential items to displaced children.
- ALS Association of Georgia (entire WEMC service area) — $8,000 to assist families with expenses not covered by insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.
- Angel House of Georgia (Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Rockdale) — $1,500 to fund substance abuse treatment for women.
- Athens Regional Veterans Transport (Barrow, Clarke, Greene, Gwinnett, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Rockdale, Walton) — $7,000 to provide van service to veterans for medical treatment.
- Citizens Advocacy Athens (Clarke) — $2,537 to assist people with disabilities.
- The Cottage Sexual Assault and Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc. (Clarke, Greene, Newton, Oconee, Walton) — $2,000
- Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett (Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Walton) — $2,000 for assistance in paying medical lab expenses for the poor and uninsured.
- Gwinnett County Masonic Association (Gwinnett) — $4,000 to provide Christmas dinner for needy families.
- Loganville Police Department DARE (Walton) — $3,000 for drug abuse resistance education in schools.
- New Directions Georgia (Gwinnett) — $2,000 for roof renovation. New Directions supports adults with autism and intellectual disabilities.
- Pilot Club of Oconee County (Oconee) — $1,400 for their iPad project in support of Highland Hills Memory Care Unit.
- Rainbow Community Center (DeKalb, Morgan, Newton, Rockdale, Walton) — $3,000 for security lighting. Rainbow is a homeless shelter.
- Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry (Gwinnett) — $20,000 for emergency feeding, financial assistance and children's Christmas gifts.
- Special Olympics Georgia (DeKalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Walton) — $1,500 for the State Special Olympics Winter Indoor Games.
- Walton County Fire Rescue (Walton) — $9,110 for recruiting, training and retaining volunteer firefighters.
- Six families facing urgent needs — $10,636.43
No Operation Round Up donations are used for administrative costs; 100 percent of the money collected goes to those in need.
Walton EMC provides electric service to 124,000 residential and business accounts in a 10-county area between Atlanta and Athens. Because its customers own the company, service — not profit — is Walton EMC's primary focus.
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