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Jackson EMC Foundation awards nearly $108K in grants

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JEFFERSON - The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $107,864 in grants during its July meeting, including $97,700 to organizations and $10,164 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

$15,000 to the Hi-Hope Service Center in Lawrenceville to help fund part-time nursing services for 24 developmentally disabled residents in Gwinnett County, providing services such as daily medication, insulin, blood checks and specialized medical treatment to an increasing number of residents who require onsite nursing care.

$15,000 to Our Neighbor, a Gainesville grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to assisting young adults with special challenges, to provide two developmentally disabled men with a year of rent at the organization's fifth house, groceries and personal care items, as well as extra caregiving not currently covered.

$12,500 to the Gainesville Jaycees Vocational Rehabilitation Center, which provides vocational services to individuals with disabilities or others with similar vocational needs, to fund Follow Along Services, individualized support provided by team members, co-workers, family members and other supporters that enable individuals to work successfully, maintaining their employment and independence.

$11,500 to I AM, Inc., in Buford to purchase supplies for the Gaining Insight & Real Life Skills (GIRLS) leadership development program for girls age 10-18, aimed at reducing the instance of high-risk behaviors, increasing self-esteem and focusing on life skills that promote success, such as self-assessment, managing money, etiquette, goal-setting, public speaking and choosing a career.

$10,000 to the Vision and Hearing Care Program, a service of the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, to help provide surgical procedures to restore sight, eye exams, and prescription eyewear for low-income residents in the 10 counties Jackson EMC serves, using Lighthouse medical equipment, volunteer doctors, staff and volunteers.

$10,000 to the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, a multi-use science, history, culture, heritage and environmental facility located on a 700-acre campus in Buford, to allow students from low-income families to attend interpretative, hands-on field studies and educational programs.

$7,000 to the Rainbow Children's Home, a Dahlonega shelter for abused and neglected children, to help fund "Lydia's Place," a group home that provides supervision and support and that serves as a stepping stone to independent living for teens that have aged out of the foster care system.

$5,000 to the Gainesville/Hall County Fellowship of Christian Athletes to present the One Way 2 Play
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