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Jackson EMC Foundation awards nearly $82k in grants

By Staff
JEFFERSON - The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $100,766 in grants during its November meeting, including $81,752 to organizations serving area residents.<br /> <br /> *$15,000 to the Athens Nurses Clinic to help cover the costs of expanding the current clinic hours of operation by 6 hours per week, allowing nurse practitioners to see about 24 percent more acutely ill patients a year and providing more time to focus on health promotion, education and wellness programs.<br /> <br /> *$15,000 to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia in Athens for its monthly Mobile Pantry Program, which distributes large quantities of food before its expiration date through partner agencies in nine local counties, eliminating the need for the agencies to store the food and allowing the Food Bank to distribute thousands of pounds of food to those in need at a fraction of the cost.<br /> <br /> *$15,000 to Tiny Stitches, Inc. in Suwanee, which uses a network of volunteers to make handmade tote bags filled with a 37-item layette that will keep the infant warm and dry for the first 2-3 months of life, donated to mothers in nine North Georgia counties who have little or nothing for their newborns.<br /> <br /> *$14,752 to Habitat for Humanity of Gwinnett County to upgrade a server and replace seven workstations in the affiliate's office, providing more efficient use of staff time and increase the availability of decent affordable homes.<br /> <br /> *$10,000 to Step by Step Recovery, a Lawrenceville community-based grassroots addiction recovery organization, to help purchase a 12- to 15-passenger van that will help residents comply with the courts, consistently meet with mental health providers, find gainful employment and attend 12-step meetings.<br /> <br /> *$6,000 to the Barrow County 4-H to purchase parts, materials, power tools and technology for its robotics program, which builds science, engineering and technology skills, inspires innovation and promotes well-rounded life skills in middle and high school students.<br /> <br /> *$6,000 to the Jackson County 4-H to purchase parts, materials, power tools and technology for its robotics program, which builds science, engineering and technology skills, inspires innovation and promotes well-rounded life skills in middle and high school students.<br /> <br /> The Jackson EMC Foundation has put more than $8 million back into local communities since it was founded in 2005, funding 791 grants to organizations and 278 grants to individuals. Cooperative members participating in Operation Round Up have their monthly electric bills rounded up to the next dollar amount, with the "spare change" going to the Foundation. <br /> <br /> Any individual or charitable organization in the ten 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 http://www.jacksonemc.com/foundation-guidelines or at local Jackson EMC offices. Applicants do not need to be a member of Jackson EMC.
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