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Jackson EMC Foundation awards more than $32K to agencies serving Hall residents
Jackson EMC Foundation donation
A $10,000 Jackson EMC Foundation check to the Salvation Army — Gainesville will help fund its Financial Emergency Services Program. At the check presentation are, from left, Lt. Arnaldo Pena, Corps officer; Rebecca Walsh, regional resource development director; and David Lee, Jackson EMC district manager. - photo by For The Times
The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $99,545 in grants to organizations during their November meeting, including $32,635 to organizations serving Hall County.

  • $10,000 to the Salvation Army — Gainesville, which serves Banks, Barrow, Hall and Jackson counties, for its Financial Emergency Services Program that provides rent and mortgage assistance to residents in need to prevent homelessness and stabilize families in crisis.
  • $7,635 to Neighbor to Family, a foster care program designed to keep siblings together when they are removed from their parents’ care, to replace CPR and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Program training materials used to provide Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson County foster caregivers and staff with instruction to keep foster children safe.
  • $7,500 to Rainbow Children’s Home, a Dahlonega shelter for abused and neglected girls serving all counties in Jackson EMC’s service area, to help fund programs that go beyond the basics of food, clothing and shelter to provide services such as substance abuse treatment, independence and wellness training, and family reunification services.
  • $5,000 to H.O.P.E Inc., a Duluth non-profit serving low-income single parents in Gwinnett and Hall counties who are working to achieve their college degree, to help with child care and housing when either situation threatens the parent’s ability to continue their classes.
  • $2,500 to the Spirit of Joy Church Food Bank in Flowery Branch, which distributes food to those in need in Barrow, Hall and Jackson counties, to purchase food.
Jackson EMC Foundation grants are made possible by the more than 186,615 participating cooperative members who have their monthly electric bills rounded to the next dollar amount through the Operation Round Up program. Their “spare change” funds 1,253 grants to organizations and 349 grants to individuals, putting more than $12.7 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

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