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Jackson EMC Foundation awards nearly $22,000
Jackson EMC Gainesville District Manager Bill Sanders, right, presents a $15,000 Jackson EMC Foundation grant check to Salvation Army – Gainesville Capt. James Cunningham to assist with the costs of providing emergency shelter and community meals to those in need. The Gainesville Salvation Army serves Banks, Barrow, Hall and Jackson counties.

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded $87,998 in grants during the August meeting, including $76,800 to organizations and $11,198 to individuals. Two agencies serving Hall County residents received $21,800. They were:

* $15,000 to the Salvation Army of Gainesville to assist with the costs of providing emergency shelter to prevent homelessness and community meals for families and individuals who are struggling.

* $6,800 to the Hall County Library System to provide bilingual Awe Early Literacy stations, computers which have software and applications promoting six primary literacy skills, for the Blackshear Place and Murrayville branches.

The Jackson EMC Foundation has put more than $7.9 million into local communities since it was founded in 2005, funding 776 grants to organizations and 274 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.

Any individual or charitable organization in the 10 counties served by Jackson EMC (Clarke, Banks, Barrow, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe) may apply for a Foundation grant by completing an application, available online at or at local Jackson EMC offices. Applicants do not need to be a member of Jackson EMC.