By Greg Brooks, Walton EMC Communications Coordinator
The generosity of Walton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) customer-owners continues to have an astounding effect on local communities. Even more astounding is the fact that tiny donations - an average of only 50 cents - are making these huge impacts.
Customer-owners who participate in Operation Round Up allow the cooperative to round their monthly electric bill to the next dollar. This small change is pooled into large amounts that a volunteer trust board oversees. Every penny goes to those in need - Walton EMC pays all administrative costs.
Here is the latest round of donations:
- Citizen Advocacy Athens (Clarke) - $1,500 for advocate recruitment and support program that fosters one-on-one relationships with developmentally disabled citizens
- Oconee County 4-H - $3,500 for Cloverleaf, Junior and Senior Project Achievement
- Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry - $15,000 for their emergency feeding and financial assistance program
- Huffman House, Inc. (Barrow, DeKalb, Gwinnett) - $3,500 for their Food for Friends program
- Rachel's Gift, Inc. (DeKalb, Gwinnett, Morgan, Newton, Rockdale, Walton) - $2,500 for grief assistance to families who have lost an infant
- AIDS Athens (Barrow, Clarke, Greene, Morgan, Oconee, Walton) - $2,000 for their women's project support group
- Set Free After-Care Ministry (throughout WaltonEMC's service area) - $1,500 for transition assistance and ministry for released inmates
- Family Promise of Gwinnett County, Inc. - $3,500 for their emergency shelter for single women and children
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (throughoutWalton EMC's service area) - $4,500 for patient financial aid
- Oconee Area Resource Council (Oconee) - $4,000 for their mentoring program
- Project ReNeWal (Newton, Rockdale, Walton) - $2,995 for their domestic violence shelter
- Books For Keeps (Clarke) - $2,000 for their summer reading program
- MTU-EduCare of Georgia (Gwinnett, Walton) - $2,000 for their tutoring/mentoring program
- Safe Place Atlanta, Inc. (DeKalb, Gwinnett) - $1,000 for their domestic violence shelter
- The Salvation Army (throughout Walton EMC's service area) - $10,000 for their emergency feeding program
- Fragile Kids Foundation (Walton) - $3,600 for a pediatric stroller/wheelchair
- In addition, Operation Round Up helped 12 families with emergency needs totaling $20,769.58.
Walton EMC is a customer-owned power company that serves 120,000 accounts over its 10-county service area between Atlanta and Athens. Its subsidiary, Walton EMCNatural Gas, serves natural gas accounts statewide. Another subsidiary, EMC Security, provides security and technology solutions across North Georgia.