The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total of $111,850 in grants during its April meeting, including $68,450 to agencies serving Hall County residents:
$15,000 to the Summer Scholars Institute, a three-year academic enrichment program at the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus to help at-risk middle and high school students in Hall County prepare for college and careers.
$12,100 to Camp Twin Lakes, a nonprofit organization which offers year-round recreational, therapeutic and educational programs for children facing serious illness and other challenges.
$12,000 to Spectrum Autism Support Group, a parent-run non-profit group in Suwanee that provides support, education and resources for the entire spectrum of autism disorders to families in Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties.
$10,000 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help children and young adults with neuromuscular diseases attend Camp Walk N’ Roll, a week-long summer program with no boundaries for physical disabilities where campers can build confidence and independence while their caregivers have a break from the demands of constant care.
$2,000 to Camp To Belong, a free summer camp that reunites brothers and sisters living separately in foster care or other out-of-home care.
$1,650 to Urban Ministry-Gainesville First United Methodist Church to help fund a summer soccer camp for at-risk elementary school-aged children in the Baker and Glover neighborhood.
$1,100 to Camp Twitch and Shout to support camper sponsorships for two children living with Tourette’s Syndrome for a week-long overnight summer camp at Camp Will-a-Way at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder.
Jackson EMC Foundation grants are made possible by the more than 184,907 participating cooperative members who have their monthly electric bills rounded up to the next dollar amount through the Operation Round Up program. Their “spare change” has funded 1,188 grants to organizations and 345 grants to individuals, putting more than $12 million back into local communities since the program began in 2005.