Coweta-Fayette EMC’s Operation Round Up project donated $15,000 to the Boys & Girls Club’s campaign to put a youth center in the historic Howard Warner School.
The donation was presented Wednesday morning at the EMC’s headquarters on Collinsworth Road near Palmetto. Amy Lott, communications coordinator for the EMC, said the funds constitute a matching grant toward the renovation of the 1934 school on Savannah Street for a new Boys & Girls Club facility.
The project will serve approximately 600 families in the Chalk Level neighborhood. Currently, there are no recreation facilities in walking distance of the neighborhood.
Lott said the funds will go toward providing a safe and secure gymnasium/community center that will “improve the lives of countless local children for decades to come.”
Operation Round Up is a Coweta-Fayette EMC program that contributes more than $250,000 each year to groups in the cooperative service area. These awards are made possible by voluntary contributions from EMC members who round up the amount owed on their monthly bills. The money is managed through the board of a separate entity, the Coweta-Fayette Trust, Inc.
Taking part in the check presentation were EMC trust board members David Thompson and Glenn Valencia, with Bob Coggin and Dr. Rebecca Gibson representing the Howard Warner project.
Earlier this year, Gibson, chairman of the Chalk Level Association, applied to the trust for the grant. In her application, she explained that the funds would be used to help the Chalk Level Association in its efforts to match the $50,000 challenge grant made by the Swope and Coggin families.
With this grant, approximately $29,000 has been raised toward matching the Swope-Coggin $50,000 challenge.