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HEMC Awards More Than $15,000 to Agencies Serving Local Residents

Posted: February 1, 2019

plant growing out of jar full of coinsAs an electric membership cooperative owned by the members we serve, Habersham EMC (HEMC) is committed to giving back to our community. House Bill 431 allows electric cooperatives in Georgia to use capital credits that go unclaimed for five years to fund education, economic development and 501(c)3 charitable organizations in our service area.

In 2018, HEMC donated a total of $15,063.71 in unclaimed capital credits to the following organizations:

$5,500 to local Special Olympics in Habersham, Rabun, Stephens and White counties

To help fund year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to become physically fit, demonstrate courage, experience joy and share gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

$3,000 to North Georgia Technical College Foundation

To fund a scholarship to the college’s Electrical Lineworker Apprentice program. The Electrical Lineworker certificate program equips students with the knowledge and skills to gain employment as an entry-level lineworker with electrical utility companies, both public and private.

$3,000 to Lanier Technical College Foundation

To fund a scholarship to the school’s Electrical Utility Technology program. The program is designed to meet the needs of students interested in attaining entry-level knowledge and skills required to work in the electrical utility industry. It helps students develop academic, technical and professional knowledge, work ethics and the practical skills required for a job in the electrical utility industry.

$3,563.71 to Habersham EMC Foundation Inc.

Administers Habersham EMC’s Operation Round Up program, which provides funds for special and individual needs, particularly when help is not available through other channels. All funds collected through this program provide financial assistance for worthwhile activities and worthy individuals in Habersham EMC’s service area.

Any individual or charitable organization in the counties served by HEMC (Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens and White) may apply for an Operation Round Up grant by completing an application, available online at or at local Habersham EMC offices. Applicants do not need to be a member of Habersham EMC.