JEFFERSON - The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $83,795 in grants during its March meeting, including $68,000 to organizations serving area residents.
*$15,000 to the Good News Clinics, a non-profit organization that provides free medical and dental care to the underserved and uninsured residents of Gainesville and Hall County, to replace inefficient and outdated computers in the transition to an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system.
*$15,000 to Project Adam, a non-profit focused on the prevention and treatment of alcohol and drug dependency, to help purchase a communications system for the agency's new facilities in the former Barrow County Water & Sewer Authority property that will house its intensive outpatient and adolescent treatment services, risk reduction program and defensive driving course.
*$10,000 to the Gainesville-based American Red Cross of Northeast Georgia to provide disaster relief assistance, including emergency food, shelter, clothing and other needs, to families and individuals in Hall and Lumpkin counties so they can begin the task of rebuilding their lives.
*$10,000 to the Place of Seven Springs, a Snellville non-profit which provides food and emergency assistance to Gwinnett County residents in need, to provide funds for emergency housing, water bills, gas cards, food and non-narcotic prescription medicine.
*$8,000 to The Potters House, an Atlanta Mission facility, to help feed, house, counsel and provide educational programs such as adult literacy to men who are recovering from substance abuse through an intensive residential program at this 570-acre working farm in Jefferson.
*$7,500 to Project Safe, an Athens agency serving families in the counties Jackson EMC serves who are experiencing domestic violence, for a Transitional Housing Initiative that provides long-term housing and support services to domestic violence survivors who need extra assistance to become emotionally and financially self-sufficient.
*$2,500 to the Pantry at Hamilton Mill to purchase food.
The Jackson EMC Foundation has put nearly $8.5 million back into local communities since it was founded in 2005, funding 838 grants to organizations and 287 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.