Georgia Magazine - April 2017 - 36
the facts of life ... in georgia
The little charity
with the big heart
Georgia is home to approximately 5,000 electric utility linemen. The "Thank a Lineman"
specialty plate honors them for the work they do to keep our power flowing.
Thank a lineman in April
Their hard work often isn't truly appreciated until the power fails.
When it does, the call goes out to
linemen, who stand ready and willing to respond-often working under dangerous conditions to restore
Georgia's electric membership
corporations (EMCs) are proud to
recognize all electric lineworkers for
the services they perform around the
clock to keep power flowing and
protect the public's safety.
"When there's an electrical emergency, linemen are the first responders who put their own lives at risk to
bring power back to their communities," says Bill Verner, Georgia EMC
senior vice president. "Our EMCs'
highly trained lineworkers make sure
all Georgians have access to safe and
reliable electricity-often reaching
across city, county and state lines to
lend a helping hand."
To honor these dedicated employees, April has been designated
Lineman Appreciation Month, and
Georgia's EMCs invite all co-op members to take a moment to thank linemen for the work that they do.
In addition, Georgia's EMCs
have partnered with Georgia Power
and the Electric Cities of Georgia to
craft legislation creating a specialty
BY LAUREL GEORGE
license plate that honors electric utility
linemen. Proceeds from sales of the
plate will go to the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation in Augusta, which helps the families of burn
Once House Bill 260 is signed
into law by Gov. Nathan Deal, all
Georgians will have the opportunity
to purchase these plates to show their
appreciation for electric lineworkers
and to support a worthy cause. More
information on how to register for a
plate will be available this summer at
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The Southeastern Firefighters Burn
Foundation (SFBF) provides assistance
to the families of burn patients receiving
treatment at the Joseph M. Still Burn
Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.
This assistance includes transportation,
daily hot meals and lodging at the Chavis
House, all free of charge.
The SFBF believes that the support of family members is important to
the recovery of burn victims, and the
Chavis House serves as a comfortable
home away from home so that patients'
families can be close by while their loved
ones are recuperating at the burn center.
Hundreds of volunteers from area
churches and civic organizations prepare and donate meals daily for Chavis
House guests. Nearby, the Garden of
Hope provides a place for patients and
families to rest and recuperate outside of
the hospital environment.
After patients are discharged,
the SFBF also assists patients in need
with services related to their return to
independent living, including medication,
anti-scarring garments, peer support
and transportation to follow-up medical
Wrens-based Jefferson Energy
Cooperative raises funds for the SFBF
through its annual Jefferson Energy Golf
Classic, employee contributions and the
cooperative's unclaimed capital credits
"We're proud to support such a
great organization," says Steve Chalker,
Jefferson Energy's director of public relations. "With the nature of our business,
we're glad to have one of the premier
facilities in the country right here in our
For more information about the
SFBF or to donate, call (706) 650-2876 or