Promise Place is a non-profit group established in 1987 to provide assistance to domestic violence victims and their children. Based in Fayette County, it is a part of the Griffin Judicial Circuit and began serving the needs of victims in Pike, Spalding and Upson counties. Board Co-Chair Lynn Vickers recently applied for an Operation Round Up® grant through the Southern Rivers Energy (SRE) Trust to help provide emergency shelter and support for victims in those three counties located in SRE’s service territory. The board awarded $10,000 to Promise Place, which was also recently named Organization of the Year by the Pike County Chamber of Commerce at their annual community awards banquet.
These Operation Round Up® grants are made possible by SRE members who volunteer to round up their electric bill to the nearest dollar. Members contribute anywhere from 1 cent to 99 cents each month but most average about 50 cents a month or just $6 per year. Funds are allocated by the SRE Trust board comprised of volunteer SRE members and grants are awarded based on need, project merit, available funding and scope of service. The money collected each month goes to local non-profit agencies serving needs within SRE’s service territory including Bibb, Coweta, Crawford, Lamar, Meriwether, Monroe, Pike, Spalding and Upson counties. Individual grants are also considered for SRE members in need of assistance for medical hardship or disaster relief. Grants will not be given to pay utility bills or general operating expenses. Visit southernriversenergy.com for more information on SRE’s Operation Round Up® program and many other programs and services provided by the cooperative.