During its April meeting, the Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total of $100,000 in emergency funding grants to North Georgia organizations responding to the impacts of COVID-19. Among the awards were grants totaling $40,000 to organizations serving Hall County.
- $10,000 to American Red Cross for biomedical services needed for blood collection in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe counties.
- $10,000 to Good News Clinics to provide medications and diabetic testing supplies to uninsured residents in Hall County.
- $10,000 to United Way of Hall County to help provide rent, mortgage, food and basic needs to Hall County low-income residents.
- $10,000 to University of North Georgia Foundation, a three-year academic enrichment program held at the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus to help at-risk middle and high school Hall County students prepare for college and careers by concentrating on the basic areas of reading, writing and mathematics, along with science for third-year students. The program will move to a virtual format for 2020.
Jackson EMC Foundation grants are made possible by the 195,551 participating cooperative members who have their monthly electric bills rounded to the next dollar amount through the Operation Round Up program. 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.