JEFFERSON - The Jackson EMC (JEMC) Foundation Board of Directors recently awarded a $5,000 grant to the Gainesville Rotary Club.
It was one of several grants approved at the foundation's December board meeting.
The money will be used for the club's Accessibility Ramp Program, to purchase materials and supplies to construct ramps at the primary entrance to the homes of people with disabilities or other mobility challenges.
Another $4,500 was awarded NOA's Ark, a Dahlonega emergency shelter and comprehensive support program for battered women and children, to help fund a Trauma Counseling Service that will reduce the risk of posttraumatic stress and other psychological problems.
The Rotary Club of Banks County was awarded $2,500 to purchase food for its Food2Kids Backpack Program, which provides a backpack of food for at-risk students to take home on weekends during the school year to ensure they have adequate nourishment.
The Jackson EMC Foundation has put more than $8.2 million back into local communities since it was founded in 2005, funding 811 grants to organizations and 281 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.
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.