The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded $119,233 in grants to organizations during its September meeting, including $29,985 to organizations serving Hall County:
*$15,000 to the Girls Scouts of Historic Georgia, serving girls in Clarke, Hall and Jackson counties, to help fund the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which teaches girls how to understand themselves and their values, use that knowledge to explore the world, care about and team with others, and take increasing responsibility for designing and implementing activities to make the world a better place.
*$14,985 to Boy Scouts of America, NEGA Council, serving all Jackson EMC counties for underprivileged youth, to provide uniforms, handbooks and summer camp fees that will help underprivileged youth participate in scouting, teaching them to make ethical choices and promoting citizenship, leadership, mental and physical fitness.
(Click here to see a list of all of the grants awarded at the September meeting.)
Jackson EMC Foundation grants are made possible by the more than 186,055 participating cooperative members who have their monthly electric bills rounded to the next dollar amount through the Operation Round Up program. Their “spare change” has funded 1,233 grants to organizations and 348 grants to individuals, putting more than $12.5 million back into local communities since the program began in 2005.
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.