The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $93,332 in grants during their February meeting, including $75,000 to organizations serving Hall County.
- $15,000 to the Gwinnett Hospital System, which serves Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties to help purchase the Carestream DRX-Revolution X-Ray machine for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
- $15,000 for the Indigent Patient Fund, a program of the Medical Center Foundation of the Northeast Georgia Health System, serving Banks, Barrow, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties, to provide transportation for patients who have no access to or cannot afford transportation home from the hospital and for medications prescribed at discharge that patients have no resources to obtain.
- $15,000 to Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together, a nonprofit organization serving abused and neglected children in Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties through its Family Life Center in Gainesville, to provide assistance for the Family Restoration Program to help 12-15 families with weekly supervised visitations, case management and parenting sessions and drug screens.
- $10,000 to Judy House Ministry, a faith-based transition home for homeless men who have been incarcerated or under community supervision in Barrow, Gwinnett and Hall counties, to provide necessary food, household supplies and rent while they seek jobs and reconnect with their families and the community.
- $10,000 to No One Alone’s Ark, a Dahlonega emergency shelter and comprehensive support program for women and children from Gwinnett, Hall and Lumpkin counties who have survived domestic violence or sexual assault, to help with emergency financial assistance to families leaving the shelter.
- $10,000 to the Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy to purchase materials and provide instructors for basic literacy classes for adults 16 and older, and GED preparation classes for students who have not completed high school.
Jackson EMC Foundation grants are made possible by the more than 187,654 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 1,279 grants to organizations and 357 grants to individuals, putting more than $13 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 at https://www.jacksonemc.com/foundation-apply or at local Jackson EMC offices. Applicants do not need to be a member of Jackson EMC.