The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total of $92,275 in grants during its July meeting, including $20,595 to agencies serving Hall County residents.
The grants were:
• $10,000 to Tiny Stitches Inc. in Suwanee, which uses a network of volunteers to make handmade tote bags filled with a 37-item layette that will keep the infant warm and dry for the first 2-3 months of life, donated to mothers in Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties who have little or nothing for their newborns.
• $7,500 to Ser Familia, a comprehensive social services program in Buford for Latino families in Gwinnett, Hall and Barrow counties, to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health counseling services, including domestic violence, sexual abuse and suicide counseling.
• $3,095 to the Dahlonega Care Center for its Pregnancy Resource Center’s Earn While You Learn program, which provides life skills training necessary for successful parenting while earning credits that can be used for child care essentials such as diapers, wipes, formula and baby clothes.
Jackson EMC Foundation grants are made possible by the more than 182,800 participating cooperative members who have their monthly electric bills rounded to the next dollar amount through the Operation Round Up program. Their “spare change” has funded 1,107 grants to organizations and 334 grants to individuals, putting more than $11.2 million back into local communities since the program began in 2005.
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 or at local Jackson EMC offices. Applicants do not need to be a member of Jackson EMC.