By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
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." Check out their website at lawrencevilleco-op.org. 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.

Walton EMC donates to Lawrenceville Co-op
By Staff Reports

MONROE, Ga. (Feb. 21, 2014) - The latest grants from Walton Electric Membership Corporation's (EMC) Operation Round Up are being put to good use all over the cooperative's 10-county Northeast Georgia service area. 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. Here are the latest good works being funded by generous Walton EMC customer-owners:

Clarke County Mentor Program - $5,000, community mentor recruitment

Tiny Stitches (Gwinnett) - $5,000, supplies to make infant burial ensembles for disadvantaged newborns

Creative Enterprises (Barrow, DeKalb, Gwinnett) - $5,000, disabled clients fees 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, food, prescription drug and education assistance for families

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, club member participation expenses to attend events

Oconee County Wee Read - $1,200, encouragement of 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

13 families - $27,552.17, various emergency needs

Walton EMC is a customer-owned power company that serves 121,000 accounts in a 10-county area between Atlanta and Athens.