Prevent Blindness Georgia Awarded Grant from Sumter EMC Foundation

ATLANTA (June 1, 2016) - The Sumter Electric Membership Corporation Foundation, Inc. awarded a grant in the amount of $2,500 to Prevent Blindness Georgia. Proceeds from the grant will be used for the cost of vision screenings.

"One of the seven guiding principles 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 help cover the cost of vision screenings for prekindergarten children in our service area. Good eyesight is important as 80% of what a child learns is visual," 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 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.


CONTACT: Andrea Walker, (229) 924-8041