The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total of $105,000 in grants to organizations during its May meeting.
*$15,000 to Family Ties-Gainesville for the Parenting 101 program that teaches effective communication, discipline and positive reinforcement skills that prevent and break the cycle of child abuse and neglect, for counseling services for children and their parents and for parenting instructors.
*$15,000 to Gwinnett Children’s Shelter to provide 120 homeless children and their mothers with the Home of Hope program, which provides a 3-12 month transitional living experience where children can regain a sense of security and mothers can work with a life coach to develop a customized plan to help them achieve financial security and permanent housing to prevent future homelessness.
*$15,000 to Habitat for Humanity—Gwinnett County for the “A Brush With Kindness” program, which provides minor home repairs, painting, landscaping and weatherization to low-income seniors, the disabled and low-income homeowners who financially struggle to maintain their home in decent and safe condition.
*$15,000 to Hope Clinic, in Gwinnett County, which specializes in internal medicine and chronic care management for low-income patients to help them avoid costly hospitalizations, for one year of care in the Chronic Care Management Program for diabetic patients who qualify as extremely low income per federal guidelines.
*$15,000 to Lindsay’s Legacy Mentoring in Jackson County to help fund the coordinator’s position for a program that recruits and trains adult mentors to work with students kindergarten through 12th grade in all three school systems within the county, helping to ensure those young people become healthy, educated and employable.
*$11,000 to Camp Kudzu, a year-round camping program for children with diabetes and their families, to teach diabetes management skills that will reduce their risk of diabetes-related complications, as well as improve their attitude about living with the disease, to help children from the 10 counties served by Jackson EMC attend a one-week overnight summer camp.
*$10,000 to Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville to enable 80 underserved students with exemplary artistic skills entering 1st-8th grades at Title I schools in Barrow, Hall, Jackson, Gwinnett and Lumpkin counties to attend one-week Art Camp sessions.
*$5,000 to Positive Impact Health Centers in Duluth to help provide transportation assistance for medical appointments at the Center’s Gwinnett Clinic, which provides client-centered care for the HIV community.
*$4,000 to Nuci Phillips Memorial Foundation in Athens, a nonprofit organization working to prevent suicide, to enable young people from low income families to participate in Camp Amped, a summer day camp for northeast Georgia youth ages 11-18 focusing on positive mental health and music education.