The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded $78,600 in grants during its September meeting, including $63,400 to organizations serving Hall County.
*$15,000 to Boy Scouts of America, Northeast Georgia Council, serving all Jackson EMC counties, to provide uniforms, handbooks and camp fees that will help underprivileged youth participate in scouting, teaching them to make ethical choices and promoting citizenship, leadership, mental and physical fitness.
*$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, to provide mental health services to uninsured patients in Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, and Jackson counties.
*$15,000 to SISU of Georgia, a Gainesville non-profit organization providing educational, therapeutic, nursing and family support services to children with disabilities in Banks, Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties, to support the Early Intervention Program that provides special needs children with classroom instruction, individualized therapy and nursing services.
*$10,000 to NOA’s Ark, Inc., in Dahlonega, to provide assistance with trauma and support group counseling to survivors of domestic violence in Gwinnett, Hall, and Lumpkin counties.
*$8,400 to Hall County Special Olympics, to help provide registration fees, uniforms, equipment, and training to more than 900 special needs athletes who are competing in the state-wide Winter Games.
Jackson EMC Foundation grants are made possible by the 192,865 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 1,439 grants to organizations and 382 grants to individuals, putting more than $14 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 https://www.jacksonemc.com/foundation-apply or at local Jackson EMC offices. Applicants do not need to be a member of Jackson EMC.