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STAcey FIeLDS “The Bright Ideas Grant funding allowed our school to open an elementary science lab,” says teacher Joy Silk of r.M. Moore elementary School, in Waleska, holding a check from Jasper-based Amicalola eMc. working through its members, is donating to those less fortunate in their communities—it is an extra, widespread benefit to those in need.” Cooperatives have made it possible for co-op members to plow millions of dollars into their communities through charity. Operation Round Up and the Salvation Army’s Project SHARE allow individual members to contribute tax-deductible donations for charities and individuals facing economic woes. The idea behind Operation Round Up is literally members helping members. EMC members agree to round up their monthly electric bills to the next whole dollar. The extra pocket change flows into funds managed by an EMC’s trust board or foundation, which are groups of volunteers who disburse the money to local recipients. While the average individual contribution to Operation Round Up is only about 50 cents a month, the results of this program approach the miraculous. For instance: • Members of Amicalola EMC have contributed $1.4 million for community food, shelter, clothing, education, health and specialty needs since the co-op’s Operation Round Up program’s inception in 1999. • Last year, Midway-based Coastal Electric Cooperative’s Operation July 2011 How members help % At top: The coweta-Fayette Trust, Inc. Board of Directors recently donated $5,000 to the newnan/coweta Boys & Girls club for media room improvements through the eMc’s operation round-up program. eMc computer Technicians Jennifer Jones and Ben Podbielski also contributed to the cause, delivering 15 used computers and monitors to the facility. Above: Sandersville-based Washington electric Foundation presented the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Department with a check for $4,551 to buy new firefighter gear. Round Up program distributed more than $64,000 to volunteer firefighters, charities and more. Since launching in 1993, its program has awarded more than $930,000. • The Operation Round Up program at Walton EMC in Monroe distributed $307,000 during 2010 to groups for emergency assistance, high school dropout prevention, special job training and many other local needs. • Begun in 1999, Douglasville-based GreyStone Power’s Operation Round Up program has contributed more than $2 million to needy individuals and charities. More online at www.georgiamagazine.org BILL DURDEN COURTESY COWETA-FAYETTE EMC Warehouse of Hope, a charity in GreyStone Power’s service area, uses Operation Round Up donations to transport food and essentials for hundreds of families in need. “Operation Round Up funds helped us get muchneeded supplies to the warehouse to distribute to hurting families,” explains Craig Parson, Warehouse of Hope founder and CEO. Members of Cobb EMC in Marietta contributed more than $20,000 to Project SHARE in 2010, using local member donations to help the less fortunate, elderly, unemployed and others experiencing financial hardship. Members participate by adding 23 http://www.georgiamagazine.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - July 2011

Georgia Magazine - July 2011
Contents
Viewpoint
Mailbox
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar
Currents
Georgia’s Energy Outlook
Special Energy Report
A Jewel Against the Sea
“A Special Blessing”
Your Own Backyard
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Gardens
Georgia Cooks
Cookbook of the Month
Snapshot

Georgia Magazine - July 2011

Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Georgia Magazine - July 2011 (Page Cover1)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Georgia Magazine - July 2011 (Page Cover2)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Georgia Magazine - July 2011 (Page 3)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Contents (Page 4)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Viewpoint (Page 5)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Mailbox (Page 6)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Picture This? (Page 7)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Georgia News (Page 8)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Georgia News (Page 9)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Calendar (Page 10)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Calendar (Page 11)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Calendar (Page 12)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Calendar (Page 13)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Currents (Page 14)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Georgia’s Energy Outlook (Page 15)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Special Energy Report (Page 16)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Special Energy Report (Page 17)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - A Jewel Against the Sea (Page 18)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - A Jewel Against the Sea (Page 19)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - A Jewel Against the Sea (Page 20)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - A Jewel Against the Sea (Page 21)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - A Jewel Against the Sea (Page 21A)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - A Jewel Against the Sea (Page 21B)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - “A Special Blessing” (Page 22)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - “A Special Blessing” (Page 23)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - “A Special Blessing” (Page 24)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - “A Special Blessing” (Page 25)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - “A Special Blessing” (Page 26)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - “A Special Blessing” (Page 27)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - “A Special Blessing” (Page 27A)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - “A Special Blessing” (Page 27B)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Your Own Backyard (Page 28)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Your Own Backyard (Page 29)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Your Own Backyard (Page 30)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Your Own Backyard (Page 31)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Your Own Backyard (Page 32)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Your Own Backyard (Page 33)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Your Own Backyard (Page 34)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Your Own Backyard (Page 35)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Your Own Backyard (Page 35A)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Your Own Backyard (Page 35B)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Around Georgia (Page 36)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Around Georgia (Page 37)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Around Georgia (Page 38)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Around Georgia (Page 39)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Around Georgia (Page 39A)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Around Georgia (Page 39B)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - My Georgia (Page 40)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - My Georgia (Page 41)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Gardens (Page 42)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Gardens (Page 43)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Georgia Cooks (Page 44)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Georgia Cooks (Page 45)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Georgia Cooks (Page 46)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Georgia Cooks (Page 47)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Georgia Cooks (Page 47A)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Georgia Cooks (Page 47B)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Georgia Cooks (Page 47C)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Georgia Cooks (Page 47D)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Cookbook of the Month (Page 48)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Cookbook of the Month (Page 49)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Snapshot (Page 50)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Snapshot (Page 50A)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Snapshot (Page 50B)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Snapshot (Page 50C)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Snapshot (Page 50D)
Georgia Magazine - July 2011 - Snapshot (Page 50E)
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