JEFFERSON - The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $74,953 in grants during its September meeting, including $65,500 to organizations and $9,453 to individuals. The agencies receiving grants that serve area residents include:
$15,000 to Teen Pregnancy Prevention in Gainesville to help fund the "Smart Girls" program in Hall County high schools that offers guidance and support through weekly sessions to provide girls with the knowledge, skills, self-esteem and self-confidence they need to make healthy decisions about sexual activity and dating relationships.
$11,000 to the Indigent Patient Fund, a program of The Medical Center Foundation of the Northeast Georgia Health System, to provide transportation to who have no access to or cannot afford transportation home from the hospital, along with medications prescribed at discharge that these patients have no resources to obtain.
$10,500 to the Fragile Kids Foundation to help fund the purchase and installation of critical medical equipment not covered by insurance, such as electronic wheelchair van lifts, for special needs children in the counties that Jackson EMC serves.
$10,000 to the Gwinnett Community Clinic to help fund a nurse practitioner and registrar who work with volunteer physicians and nurses to manage the clinic's primary care and chronic disease management program for roughly 1,000 patients who are uninsured and do not qualify for Georgia Medicaid.
$10,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Society