Southland Academy awarded grant from Sumter EMC Foundation

Published 7:00 pm Friday, July 1, 2016

AMERICUS — The Sumter Electric Membership Corporation Foundation Inc. awarded a grant in the amount of $5,000 to Southland Academy. Proceeds from the grant will be used to purchase LED light fixtures.
“One of the seven guiding principals that govern the way Sumter EMC operates is involvement in the communities we serve. This project is a great example of how good things happen when people in a community work together for a common goal. Through this grant from our Foundation, Sumter EMC is proud to be part of the effort to upgrade the outdoor lighting fixtures which will improve the efficiency of the lights as well as enhance the security of the facility for students, parents and visitors.” said Greg Crowder, chairman of the Sumter EMC Foundation.
The Sumter EMC Foundation was founded in 2003, and is funded exclusively by cooperative members participating in Sumter EMC’s Operation Round Up®. Every month Sumter EMC “rounds up” the electric bill of participating members to the next whole dollar amount and deposits the difference into an interest bearing account. The proceeds of the account are administered by the Sumter EMC Foundation’s board of trustees through grants to local schools, civic and charitable organizations. One hundred percent of the money collected is given back to the community through these grants. To date the Foundation has awarded over $833,000 to community organizations in Sumter EMC’s service territory.
Sumter EMC is a locally owned and operated electric cooperative serving Chattahoochee, Dougherty, Lee, Marion, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Stewart, Sumter, Terrell and Webster counties.