The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded $119,889 in grants during its August meeting, including $59,889 to organizations serving Hall County.
*$15,000 to Atlanta Community Food Bank to provide up to 60,000 meals to food-insecure families in Gwinnett, Hall and Lumpkin counties through partner agencies, eliminating the need for the agencies to store the food and allowing the Food Bank to distribute food at a fraction of the cost.
*$15,000 to Mosaic Georgia, formerly known as Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center & Children’s Advocacy Center based in Duluth, to provide assistance for family aftercare and counseling for clients in Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, and Lumpkin counties.
*$14,800 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Lanier, in Hall County for its Triple Play program that helps 1,300 youth increase their knowledge of healthy habits, good nutrition and physical fitness with the primary goal of reducing childhood obesity.
*$7,089 to North Hall Lions Club to purchase a spot vision screener for its Eyes for Education program, which provides trained volunteers to administer vision screenings to first and third-grade students in Hall County schools.
*$5,000 to H.O.P.E (Helping Other People be Empowered) in Duluth to help low-income single parents in Gwinnett and Hall counties with childcare and housing, enabling them to attend classes and earn a college degree.
*$3,000 to Georgia Center for Civic Engagement to help students throughout the Jackson EMC service area participate in Georgia Youth Assembly, a model state legislature for grades 6-12 where students learn the legislative process.
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Jackson EMC Foundation grants are made possible by the 192,422 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 1,432 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.