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Jackson EMC awards $79K to area agencies
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The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $89,960 in grants during the May meeting, including $86,500 to organizations and $3,460 to individuals. Eight agencies serving area residents received $79,000.

Grant recipients:

$15,000 to Gwinnett Children’s Shelter to help fund a medical services position that manages the medical and dental needs of the shelter’s residents by providing health assessments, administering medications, completing medication audits, scheduling medical appointments, accompanying young people to medical appointments and handling clinic duties.

$15,000 to Lindsay’s Legacy Mentoring Inc., in Jackson County to help fund the coordinator’s position for a program which recruits and trains adult mentors to work with students kindergarten through 12th grade in all three school systems in the county, helping ensure young people become healthy, educated and employable.

$15,000 to the Tree House, a children’s advocacy center working to reduce child abuse in Barrow, Jackson and Banks counties, for the Family Services Supervised Visitation Program, which provides a neutral, child-friendly environment for visits between children in foster care and their parents to enable them to maintain and enhance family bonds and provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children when reunited.

$10,000 to the Gainesville/Hall Co. Alliance for Literacy to purchase materials and provide instructors for basic literacy classes for adults 16 and older and GED preparation classes for students who have not completed high school. 

$10,000 to the Georgia Mountain Food Bank for its Summer Feeding Program which provides simple meals for at-risk children through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County, Brenau University’s “Rise” Social Entrepreneurship Program, the Dahlonega Parks & Recreation Department and Dahlonega First United Methodist Church’s Wellington Project to ensure they receive proper nutrition while schools are in recess for the summer.

$5,000 to Families of Children Under Stress (FOCUS), a nonprofit agency serving children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities and their families, to help provide Camp Hollywood in Lawrenceville, a unique summer day camp where children with developmental disabilities can build social skills, self-respect, character and community living skills.

$5,000 to Quinlan Arts Inc., in Gainesville, to enable 40 disadvantaged, but exceptional students with exemplary artistic skills entering first through eighth grades at Title I schools in Hall, Jackson, Gwinnett and Lumpkin counties attend one-week Art Camp sessions.

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