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Flint Energies donates $25,000 to COVID-19 efforts

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VP of Cooperative Communications Flint Energies

Marian McLemore has more than 25 years experience in public relations, with more than 20 of those in the electric cooperative industry.  Currently, Marian is the Vice President of Cooperative...

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Flint Energies and its philanthropic arm, the Flint Energies Foundation, donated $25,000 to the Emergency Management Association of Georgia – Area 4, Feeding the Valley and Middle Georgia Community Food Bank to assist with their COVID-19 pandemic response efforts. Flint made the contribution from monies generated by its Operation Round Up® program and through a matching grant.

Feeding the Valley and Middle Georgia Community Food Bank each received $8,500 to feed those in need across the Cooperative’s service territory. The Emergency Management Association of Georgia – Area 4 received $8,000 to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and first responders.

“Since our inception as a rural electric cooperative, Flint Energies has worked to improve the quality of life for our members. This is especially true in times of crisis. One way we can help is by assisting local food banks in providing food for families in need and providing PPE for frontline workers in the COVID-19 battle,” says Flint Vice President of Cooperative Communications Marian McLemore. “We believe this donation will benefit many Flint Energies consumer-members and their families.”

A portion of the funds ($10,000) is the result of a matching grant by CoBank, one of Flint’s lenders. CoBank’s Sharing Success program doubles the contribution of its co-op customers to the charitable organization of their choice.


About Operation Round Up and Flint Energies Foundation

Flint Energies adopted this uniquely simple and rewarding way to enable members to raise money for local charities and service organizations—Operation Round Up®. The electric cooperative’s members contribute nearly $170,000 annually to the Flint Energies Foundation, which supports worthy causes in the 17 counties it serves. Operation Round Up is a way for members to add voluntarily to those funds in their own unique way. Participating members allow Flint Energies to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar. On average, a member will contribute only about $6 a year. Nearly 40% of Flint’s members have chosen to participate. Donations to Operation Round Up are tax deductible.

The Flint Energies Foundation, a state-chartered, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, disburses all contributions to approved projects; member contributions are not used for administration costs. Funding applications are available by contacting Flint Energies at 1.800.342.3616 or visiting the My Community section of

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Matt Chester on Jun 2, 2020

I love the idea of allowing customers to round up for these causes. Really shows the value of a very small act taken many times over having a powerful aggregate impact. Would love to see similar programs spread

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Susan Brissette on Jun 3, 2020

A great example of being a good neighbour. This kind of philanthropy also contributes to employee engagement and positive stakeholder relations. 

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