The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded $97,510 in grants at its April meeting, including $89,500 to organizations and $8,010 to individuals.
About $54,500 was awarded to six agencies that provide programs or services to the residents of Hall County. They are:
$15,000 to Exodus Outreach, a Buford nonprofit organization serving people in all walks of life who are hurting and in need of support, for a summer program that offers at-risk students in kindergarten through eighth grade a summer learning and development curriculum that provides supervision and readies students to succeed in school in the fall.
$15,000 to Summer Scholars Institute, a three-year academic enrichment program designed to help at-risk middle- and high-school students prepare for college and careers. The summer program at Gainesville State College concentrates on the basic areas of reading, writing and mathematics, along with science for third-year students.
$10,000 to Spectrum Autism Support Group, a parent-run nonprofit group in Suwanee that provides support, education and resources for the entire spectrum of autism disorders, to enable disadvantaged autistic individuals ages 4 to 22 in Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties to attend the organization’s weeklong summer camp program where daily activities are used to teach social skills lessons.
$6,500 to Center Point, a Gainesville nonprofit that mentors at-risk young people in Gainesville City and Hall County schools, to provide free and low-cost counseling to youth and their families who could not otherwise participate in therapy.
$5,000 to Camp Kudzu, a year-round camping program for children with diabetes and their families to teach diabetes management skills that will reduce their risk of diabetes-related complications, as well as improve their attitude about living with the disease.
$3,000 to Gainesville First United Methodist Church Urban Ministry to fund a soccer camp for at-risk elementary school-age children in the Baker and Glover neighborhoods.
The Jackson EMC Foundation has put more than $7.5 million into local communities since it was founded in 2005, funding 739 grants to organizations and 261 grants to individuals. Cooperative members participating in Operation Round Up have their electric bills rounded up to the next dollar amount, with the “spare change” going to the Foundation.
Any individual or charitable organization in the 10 counties served by Jackson EMC may apply for a grant by completing an application online at www.jacksonemc.com/foundation-guidelines or at local Jackson EMC offices. Applicants do not need to be a member of Jackson EMC.