JEFFERSON - The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $96,250 in grants during a recent meeting $89,250 to organizations serving area residents.
*$15,000 to Challenged Child and Friends, a Gainesville non-profit organization providing educational, therapeutic, nursing and family support services to children with disabilities, to support the Early Intervention Program that provides special needs children with classroom instruction, individualized therapy and nursing services.
*$15,000 to the Gwinnett Tech Accelerating Opportunity Program which pairs English as Second Language and Technical Education instructors in the classroom to advance students in both basic and professional/technical skills, working toward degrees and/or certificates, and preparing them for employment to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty.
*$15,000 to Rainbow Village, a Duluth long-term, transformational housing program that provides fully furnished apartments and comprehensive support for homeless families with children in North Metro Atlanta, to help provide residents of its transitional housing with early childhood development facilities at the organization's newly build community center.
$12,500 to the Ark of Jackson County, a community outreach effort by area churches that assists individuals who have experienced a loss of income due to circumstances beyond their control, to help fund emergency housing assistance for rent or mortgage, and prescription medicine assistance.
*$10,750 to Creative Enterprises, a Lawrenceville agency serving the disabled, to help provide 50 weekly therapeutic sessions for 12 clients at DreamQuest, an equine-facilitated psychotherapy and therapeutic riding program that offers a unique counseling approach to personal growth and wellness.
*$10,000 to the Georgia Children's Chorus, an organization that provides vocal and choral training to young people who wish to pursue that field, to help 29 students from low-income families participate in the training program and concerts.
*$10,000 to L.A.M.P. Ministries in Gainesville for its Community Youth Outreach program, three-month sessions that combine group counseling and community activities to provide high risk youths with a positive alternative to gangs and other delinquent behavior.
*$1,000 to the Jackson County Arts Council to purchase art supplies for the middle and high school participants in its second annual Celebrate the Arts show, which allows serious art students to display their work and receive recognition for their achievements.
The Jackson EMC Foundation has put more than $8.3 million back into local communities since it was founded in 2005, funding 819 grants to organizations and 283 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.