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Jackson EMC awards $34K to area nonprofits
Jackson EMC Gainesville District Manager Bill Sanders, left, presents Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County Executive Director Steven Mickens with a $10,000 Jackson EMC Foundation grant check for programming that encourages members to stay in school and develop the skills needed for success.

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded $86,738 in grants at its February meeting, including $33,900 to organizations serving Hall County.

Grants awarded were:

* $14,400 to Meet the Need Ministry, Inc., a Barrow County nonprofit that clothes, houses, feeds and transports men who find themselves homeless, hungry, addicted to drugs or alcohol, or just need a helping hand, to help cover rental expenses for a group home in Gwinnett County that houses the men as they work toward recovery and self-sufficiency.

* $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County for its Be GREAT: Graduate program, which helps youth who are at risk of dropping out of school to remain engaged in school and learning, and develop the academic, emotional and social skills necessary for success.

* $5,000 to Quilts for Kids – Northeast Georgia, a nonprofit that uses volunteers to sew comforting quilts distributed to children at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gateway Domestic Violence Shelter and Family Promise of Hall County, for the purchase of fabric.

* $2,500 to Gainesville/Hall Community Food Pantry to purchase food from the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

* $2,000 to Camp to Belong Georgia, a free summer camp that reunites brothers and sisters living separately in foster care or other out-of-home care to strengthen relationships, increase self-esteem, create healthier attitudes and childhood memories.

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