AMERICUS (Oct. 23, 2013)—The Sumter Electric Membership Corporation Foundation, Inc., awarded a grant in the amount of $5,000 to the Georgia Southwestern Foundation. Proceeds from the grant will be used to purchase e-book subscription services for nursing students.
“One of the seven guiding principles that govern the way Sumter EMC operates is involvement in the communities we serve,” said Greg Crowder, Chairman of the Sumter EMC Foundation. “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 provide valuable resources to the nursing students attending Georgia Southwestern.”
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 $692,170 to community organizations in Sumter EMC’s service territory.
“We at Georgia Southwestern are so appreciative of Sumter EMC, especially the library and the School of Nursing,” said Reda Rowell, GSW Foundation executive director. “The grant will be used to benefit students in the Master of Science in nursing program, ultimately benefitting the entire community as we strive to meet the need for more nurses and nurse educators.”
Sumter EMC is a locally owned and operated electric cooperative serving Chattahoochee, Dougherty, Lee, Marion, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Stewart, Sumter, Terrell and Webster counties.
In support of education—Left to right: GSW Dean of the Library Ru Story-Huffman, Chairman of the Sumter EMC Foundation Greg Crowder, and GSW Foundation Executive Director Reda Rowell.
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