Representatives from Amicalola Electric Membership Corp. stopped by Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Headquarters Monday morning to present a donation to the department.
Amicalola EMC CEO Todd Payne and company board members John Bennett and Travis Cline introduced Tim Prather, Chief of the Cherokee County Fire Department, with a check for $ 7,000 raised through the Operation Round-Up program. ‘company. Every month, Amicalola EMC rounds off the electricity bills of participating members and since the program began in 1999, the company has been able to donate $ 2.3 million to individuals and charitable organizations within the its service area.
In a press release, Prather said the money would go to the department’s Fire Explorer program, a career-based learning opportunity open to young men and women aged 14 (and completed eighth grades) to 20 with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of fire and emergency services.
“The main objectives of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within the fire and emergency services and challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and country,” Prather said.
Amicalola EMC has always been a supporter of local firefighters in Cherokee County and donated thousands of dollars to fire stations in their service area when the stations were run by volunteers.