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Jackson EMC Foundation awards $41K in grant money
Jackson EMC District Manager Bill Sanders presents Gainesville Action Ministries Program Director Terri Armour with a $10,000 grant check to help provide rent assistance and prevent homelessness in Gainesville/Hall County. - photo by For The Times

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $81,955 in grants during its June meeting, including $41,200 to organizations serving Hall County.

  • $10,000 to I Still Have a Dream Foundation to help purchase and equip a handicapped-accessible van that will allow the organization to serve more patients. The Athens-based nonprofit provides those who have had brain and spinal cord injuries in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties with transportation and supplies.
  • $10,000 to Gainesville Action Ministries to provide rent assistance. The ministry is a network of 17 Hall County congregations that work to prevent homelessness by providing emergency financial, food and clothing assistance and children’s services.
  • $7,000 to Angel House of Georgia to cover program fees enabling indigent women to participate in the 12-month program. The group is a Gainesville recovery residence for women with alcohol and/or drug addiction.
  • $6,000 to Guest House to provide low-income clients with access to the Gainesville nonprofit senior day care center. The center offers high-quality medical attention, personal care, occupational therapy and safety to older seniors and those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • $5,000 to the Girls Leadership Summer Program in Gainesville. The intensive six-week course for girls ages 13-17 establishes mentoring relationships between the girls and women in the minority community, develops leadership and collaboration skills and promotes the development of new leaders in the community.
  • $3,200 to Friends of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens to produce calendars used as learning tools by Garden Earth Naturalist Clubs, after-school science clubs that encourage youth ages 8-10 to study and explore natural habitats.

The Jackson EMC Foundation has put more than $8.7 million back into local communities since it was founded in 2005, funding 868 grants to organizations and 293 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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