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Jackson EMC awards $58K to nonprofit agencies serving Hall County

POSTED: May 18, 2014 1:00 a.m.
/For The Times

Jackson EMC Gainesville District Manager Bill Sanders presents Good News Clinics Director Mary Baxter with a $15,000 check to help the clinics replace inefficient and outdated computers, allowing the nonprofit to transition to an Electronic Medical Records system.

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The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded $58,000 in grants during their March meeting to organizations serving Hall County.

The following nonprofits receiving funds are:

* $15,000 to the Good News Clinics, a nonprofit organization that provides free medical and dental care to the underserved and uninsured residents of Gainesville and Hall County, to replace inefficient and outdated computers in the transition to an Electronic Medical Records system.

* $15,000 to Project Adam, a nonprofit focused on the prevention and treatment of alcohol and drug dependency, to help purchase a communications system for the agency’s new facilities in the former Barrow County Water & Sewer Authority property that will house its intensive outpatient and adolescent treatment services, risk reduction program and defensive driving course.

* $10,000 to the American Red Cross of Northeast Georgia to provide disaster relief assistance, including emergency food, shelter, clothing and other needs, to families and individuals in Hall and Lumpkin counties to begin rebuilding their lives.

* $8,000 to The Potters House, an Atlanta Mission facility, to help feed, house, counsel and provide educational programs such as adult literacy to men who are recovering from substance abuse through an intensive residential program at this 570-acre working farm in Jefferson.

* $7,500 to Project Safe, an Athens agency serving families in the counties Jackson EMC serves who are experiencing domestic violence, for a Transitional Housing Initiative that provides long-term housing and support services to domestic violence survivors who need extra assistance to become emotionally and financially self-sufficient.

* $2,500 to the Pantry at Hamilton Mill to purchase food.

The Jackson EMC Foundation has put nearly $8.5 million back into local communities since it was founded in 2005, funding 838 grants to organizations and 287 grants to individuals. Cooperative members participating in Operation Round Up have their monthly electric bills rounded up to the next dollar amount, with the “spare change” going to the Foundation.


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