Jackson Electric Membership Corporation has donated $30,000 to Path Project in Gainesville to purchase a van to transport students in the Baker & Glover Mobile Home Park to after-school tutoring support.
“This grant will allow us to provide student transportation outside the mobile home park neighborhood, since many families do not have vehicles,” Meredith Pierce, community director of Path Project, said in a press release. “We will be better able to offer elementary tutoring and homework help.”
The Path Project has delivered after-school programming in conjunction with Gainesville First United Methodist Church for 10 years in an effort to increase the high school graduation rate of students living in mobile home parks.
The Jackson EMC donation was made from margin refunds that have been unclaimed by the electric cooperative’s members for five years. Legislation passed in 2005 permits Georgia electric cooperatives to make charitable, education and economic development contributions of unclaimed margin refunds.