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The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded $110,500 in grants to organizations during its February meeting, including $41,000 to agencies serving Hall and Lumpkin county residents.
- Center Point, a Gainesville nonprofit that provides mentors to at-risk youths in Gainesville and Hall County schools, received $15,000.
- L.A.M.P. Ministries in Gainesville received $10,000 for its community youth outreach program, which involves three-month sessions that combine group counseling and community activities to provide high-risk youths with alternatives to gang activity and other delinquent behavior.
- Teen Pregnancy Prevention in Gainesville received $10,000 to help fund the “Smart Girls” program in Hall and Gainesville high schools. The program, through weekly sessions, aims to help girls make healthy decisions about dating and sexual activity.
- Good Samaritan Ministries, a Gainesville nonprofit that provides food, clothing, furniture, job counseling and education assistance to those in need in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties, received $3,500 to purchase food and personal hygiene items.
- The Gainesville/Hall Community Food Pantry received $2,500 to purchase food from the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Georgia Mountain Food Bank for distribution to those in need in Hall County.