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The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $100,000 in grants during its September meeting, including $19,500 to agencies serving Hall and Lumpkin County residents.
* $12,000 to the Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy. The money will 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.
The 2011 U.S. Census reports about 22 percent of Hall County residents are not high school graduates and 10 percent have less than a ninth-grade education.
* $7,500 to Choices Pregnancy Care Center in Gainesville. Funds will be used for ultrasound services to check for a pregnancy’s viability and eliminate the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy, and for sexual integrity presentations to middle and high school students in Hall County and Gainesville City Schools that teach the emotional and physical consequences of making poor sexual health choices.
Since its founding in 2005, the Jackson EMC Foundation has put nearly $9.1 million back into local communities, funding 896 grants to organizations and 299 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.