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Walton EMC Pumps $100,000 Into Local Charities

Walton EMC Pumps $100,000 Into Local Charities
By Staff Reports

(MONROE, Ga February 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 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 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.

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.

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