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2007 Grants Awarded


December 2007

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $89,314 in grants during their December meeting, including $83,345 to organizations and $5,969 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Boys and Girls Club of Jackson County to purchase an outdoor fitness center for students ages 5-8 that will encourage daily exercise, maintenance of a healthy weight and focus in the classroom.
  • $15,000 to Family Promise of Gwinnett County to help purchase a 15-passenger van that will transport homeless families from their host congregations to the day center for daily activities such as child care and seeking employment or housing.
  • $15,000 to Christian Outreach Ministry in Commerce to help remodel a home that will serve as a Kid's Resource Center, providing a safe and healthy temporary home for young people who are in state custody or have run away from home.
  • $14,075 to I AM in Buford to purchase supplies for the I am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. leadership development program for girls age 10-19, aimed at reducing the instance of high-risk behaviors and focusing on life skills that promote success.
  • $10,000 to Georgia Options in Bogart to help purchase a van that will provide flexible wheelchair-accessible transportation for 13 people with significant disabilities, allowing them to work, attend school and be involved in community functions.
  • $4,850 to Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America to purchase 200 Eagle Scout Recognition Kits, presented to those who achieve the Boy Scout's highest honor, that include the Eagle Scout badge, medal, father's pin, mother's pin and certificate.
  • $3,500 to Home Development Resources, a Hall County organization that provides housing rehabilitation and down payment assistance, to help make repairs to the unsanitary, unsafe and deteriorating home of a disabled Vietnam veteran.
  • $3,420 to Bigger Vision of Athens to pay the February and March rent of an emergency shelter for area homeless individuals, where they can find a safe and warm place to sleep as well as assistance with employment opportunities, financial literacy and mental health and substance abuse counseling.
  • $2,500 to Reins of Life in Eastanolee to provide assistance with the STRIDES program, which uses trained therapy horses in a therapeutic approach to help regional at-risk young people and families with emotional and behavioral issues.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to assist in the purchase of a reliable vehicle for a disabled woman who cares for her disabled grandson.
  • $1,594 to make repairs to a van for a family with disabled children.
  • $875 to build a wheelchair ramp for an elderly disabled woman.

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November 2007

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $78,243 in grants during their November meeting, including $68,500 to organizations and $9,743 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Hall County to purchase framing packages for two houses that will be built by the High School Build Program, a joint venture between the Hall County School System, the Habitat affiliate and the Hall County Homebuilders Association, which gives high school students seeking a construction industry career the opportunity to learn all aspects of home building.
  • $15,000 to Tiny Stitches, Inc., which uses a network of more than 200 volunteers to make hand-made tote bags filled with a 35-item layette that are donated through social workers and nurses at hospitals, health departments and other facilities in a nine county area to mothers who have little or nothing for their newborns.
  • $15,000 to Prevent Child Abuse -- Gainesville, an organization that educates the community on recognizing and preventing child abuse and neglect, for materials, facilitators and childcare workers that will help the agency provide free 8-9 week parenting classes in both English and Spanish.
  • $13,500 to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 92 to help purchase a van through the DAV Transportation Network to transport veterans who have no way to get to medical facilities for treatment to and from the Athens VA Clinic, which will serve an estimated 4,000 veterans in the surrounding seven county area by the end of this year.
  • $10,000 to the Madison County Pregnancy Center, a volunteer, Christian ministry that provides testing, counseling and parenting classes for expectant teens and their families, to purchase supplies such as diapers, baby wipes, car seats and strollers which are distributed to teen mothers.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,400 to install a new septic tank system for a man disabled following a series of strokes.
  • $3,350 to purchase a hearing aid for a woman suffering from Treacher Collins Syndrome.
  • $2,993 to provide assistance with medical bills for a woman disabled following a brain tumor operation.

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October 2007

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $109,967 in grants during their October meeting, including $96,345 to organizations and $13, 621 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Community Helping Place, a charitable humanitarian services organization in Lumpkin County, for the baby pantry, emergency assistance for families, installation of a small phone system, client management and follow-up software, and a payroll increase to provide additional part-time employee hours so more clients can be served.
  • $15,000 to the Jackson County Family Connection to fund the coordinator's position for the Lindsey's Legacy mentoring program, which recruits and trains adult mentors to work with students kindergarten through 12th grade in all three county school systems, helping to ensure those young people become healthy, educated, employable and connected through participation in family and community life.
  • $15,000 to the Piedmont Regional Library System for the Winder Library Children's Services program, which offers a weekly story time program, bi-weekly Head Start program presentations, and an annual Vacation Reading program with weekly events and performers; to purchase 1,000 Easy Reader collection books for those beginning to ready or not yet reading and 30-40 books on DC that will update the library's current worn and outdated collection.
  • $13,800 to Project Safe in Athens, an agency that serves families experiencing domestic violence in Clarke, Madison, Oglethorpe and Oconee counties, to help upgrade and maintain their 16-bed emergency shelter by replacing 21 windows that are rotting and covering labor costs for window and gutter installation.
  • $12,000 to the Diamond in the Rough Youth Development Program, a Snellville faith-based youth program for girls 10-18, for the Clusters long-term mentoring and leadership development program which uses small group meetings one day per week for 1-2 hours during the school year to build self-image, character, leadership, health and wellness, financial stewardship, healthy relationships and spiritual enrichment.
  • $10,000 to the Hebron Community Health Center, a Lawrenceville free clinic staffed by volunteer medical personnel which offers medical and dental services to low income, uninsured residents; to provide central information on each patient by unifying medical and dental files, replace broken and antiquated instruments and equipment, and provide prescription medicine.
  • $8,145 to the Piedmont CASA Program to recruit and train community volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court proceedings in Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties.
  • $7,400 to the Hall-Dawson CASA Program, which trains and supervises community volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court proceedings in Hall and Dawson counties, to provide crisis intervention funds, furnish a visitation room for the children served, purchase a DVD laptop for use in training and parent education, and purchase 40 volunteer training manuals.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to purchase a wheelchair lift for a young man disabled following a brain tumor operation.
  • $3,418 to purchase a wheelchair lift for a disabled woman.
  • $3,402 to purchase a wheelchair lift for a man disabled by post-polio syndrome.
  • $1,700 to repair the heating and air conditioning system of a senior citizen who cares for her disabled daughter.
  • $1,600 to purchase a special lift chair that will enable a disabled woman to more easily get into and out of her wheelchair.

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September 2007

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded at total of $70,388 in grants during their September meeting, including $62,475 to organizations and $7,913 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Foster Children's Foundation in Duluth for the SPEAR Program, which will enhance an existing mentoring program for teens in foster care by furnishing a Resource Center with training tables, chairs, shelves, partitions and educational resource materials to teach life skills to help them reach their potential.
  • $15,000 to the Jackson County Certified Literate Community Program to provide a teacher, materials and supplies to teach GED classes in partnership with the Jackson County Adult Learning Center.
  • $15,000 to the YMCA of Winder-Barrow for 20 underprivileged children to attend the PrYme Tyme after school program. The program provides activities for children from kindergarten to 8th grade, including homework, sports, games, arts, crafts, songs, skits, daily devotions, and more, in a safe environment while their parents are at work.
  • $7,475 to fund the Jackson County Choices Program, an interactive decision-making workshop, taught by area business volunteers, that empowers 7th grade students to achieve academic success and pursue their career and life goals by making them aware of the lifelong impact that the choices they make today can have on their lives.
  • $5,000 to the Gwinnett Community Clinic to help purchase a new EKG machine for the non-profit, volunteer center that provides basic health care to uninsured, unemployed and low income residents of the county.
  • $5,000 to the Gainesville Care Center to help provide free testing for sexually transmitted diseases for low income residents in the area, helping to stop the spread of those diseases, preventing STD-caused infertility and encouraging clients who test positive to make lifestyle changes.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to assist a single mother with car repairs to get to work.
  • $2,613 to assist a cancer patient to help with medical and prescription drug expenses.
  • $1,800 to help pay medical and prescription drug bills for a disabled couple.

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August 2007

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $85,934 in grants during their August meeting, including $64,320 to organizations and $21,614 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Empowered Youth Program in Athens to support the Saturday Academy’s Reading Comprehension Rotation program that, by encouraging participants to read more, increases vocabulary, reading comprehension and overall love of reading. EYP’s goals are to increase enrollment in college prep courses, increase school attendance, reduce discipline referrals, and improve exam and academic performance.
  • $15,000 to the Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services to upgrade the Gwinnett Helpline, which provides a one-stop referral source for callers in crisis or in need of assistance; and to provide tuition assistance for the Leadership Institute, a program that trains and educates community leaders on issues facing Gwinnett County so that they can promote positive change in their neighborhoods and communities.
  • $14,820 to The Disability Resource Center to purchase equipment and software that will allow the agency to provide individualized instruction in basic computer and assistive technology skills to people with disabilities. Training will increase client’s access to information, technology skills and employability, while improving their self-confidence in their ability to master those skills.
  • $7,500 to Gwinnett Council for the Arts' smART Honors Program, an ongoing program that enables at-risk students who excel in art but are otherwise underserved to attend advanced art instruction at the Hudgens Arts Center each Saturday morning throughout the school year. Funds will be used to purchase art supplies for the smART scholarship recipients.
  • $12,000 to The Ark of Jackson County to increase emergency rent and prescription medicine assistance provided to families who have experienced a loss of income, sickness or death.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to purchase a wheelchair lift for a disabled senior citizen.
  • $3,500 to install a heating and air conditioning system for a disabled man.
  • $2,664 to purchase a smaller wheelchair and vehicle hand controls for a disabled man.
  • $3,335 to replace the heating and air conditioning unit for a senior citizen and her disabled granddaughter.
  • $3,500 to help with past due mortgage for a mother of four going through a divorce.
  • $3,500 to help pay for a handicapped accessible van for a man with multiple sclerosis.
  • $995 to purchase dentures for a disabled woman.
  • $620 to purchase dentures for a senior citizen.

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July 2007

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $100,549 in grants during their July meeting, including $83,084 to organizations and $17,465 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Winder-Barrow Coalition for Adults & Continuing Education to replace 18 computers purchased in 1999 for the adult literacy program’s learning lab. The computers are used for reading, language, math and job search instruction. Since its founding in 1993, the Coalition has helped more than 7,340 individuals improve their literacy skills, learn to read, write and speak English, or earn a GED diploma.
  • $15,000 to the Clarke County Mentor Program to assist with the broad-based, grass-roots effort to provide individual support for public school students in first through 12th grade, promoting academic and personal success. Founded as a partnership between the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and the Clarke County School District, the program has grown from 30 original mentors to more than 850.
  • $15,000 to the Lumpkin County Family Connection to fund four Family Advocates who are housed in local schools and provide services and case management to families who are living in poverty, at risk of abusing or neglecting their children, or experiencing other crisis situations that affect their children. Family Advocates provide food and clothing, help families develop plans to help their children succeed in school and link these families with other agencies who can provide assistance.
  • $14,880 to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Georgia to provide 250 underprivileged girls in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe counties with Girl Scout membership assistance. Part of the Strong Troops Obtaining Maximum Potential (STOMP) program, this outreach effort offers Scouting to girls in public housing, low income and other hard-to-serve areas, giving girls an opportunity to develop their potential and become a vital part of their communities.
  • $13,600 to Good Samaritan Ministries in Buford to help fund the Good Samaritan Inn, a one-year residential prison inmate recovery program that provides three months of classes and work therapy and nine months of employment either inside or outside the ministry. The program is designed to help inmates become productive members of society by working on drug and alcohol issues, and building discipline and self esteem.
  • $7,800 to the Gainesville Area Citizen Advocacy, community-based organization that organizes voluntary citizen advocacy relationships for the developmentally disabled, to assist with program costs, including replacing outdated computers and office equipment, and refurbishing the organization’s office. The organization recruits, matches and supports over 35 local disabled citizens and their volunteer advocates to bring persons with developmental disabilities into greater contact with the community.
  • $1,804 to the West Jackson Lions Club to expand The Dictionary Project, which has purchased student dictionaries for third grade students at West Jackson Intermediate School, to third grade students in all Jackson County public and private schools. The program is designed to increase children’s reading ability and comprehension.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to install a walk-in shower for a disabled senior citizen.
  • $3,500 to replace the heating and air conditioning unit of a disabled senior citizen.
  • $3,500 to help purchase a handicapped accessible van for a disabled man.
  • $3,500 to purchase a wheelchair lift for a disabled man.
  • $3,100 to replace the heating and air conditioning unit for a disabled senior citizen.
  • $365 to replace upper dentures for a disabled woman.

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June 2007

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $103,796 in grants during their June meeting, including $87,500 to organizations and $16,296 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Gwinnett Housing Resource Partnership in Duluth for the Home Investment Academy, which provides money management classes for underprivileged Gwinnett County residents to help prepare them for housing issues and homeownership.
  • $15,000 to Extra Special People in Watkinsville to provide an opportunity for 35 special needs or seriously ill children from low income or financially distressed families to attend a weeklong camp where they can explore nature, discover their own abilities, master new skills and make new friends.
  • $15,000 to Hope Clinic in Lawrenceville, an agency that provides primary and internal medicine care to the uninsured, to help fund a bi-lingual full-time physician’s assistant position that will enable the clinic to meet growing patient demand and non-emergency referrals from local hospitals.
  • $15,000 to Teen Pregnancy Prevention in Gainesville to help fund “Smart Girls,” a program offered in Hall County middle and high schools that provides girls with the knowledge, skills, self-esteem and self-confidence to make healthy decisions about sexual activity and dating relationships.
  • $15,000 to Camp Koinonia in Cornelia to provide about 40 Banks County underprivileged children, referred by Family Connection, with a five-day camping experience that provides positive learning experiences to establish strong character, leadership and teambuilding skills and personal relationships.
  • $7,500 to the YMCA of Athens to provide 22 underprivileged children access to the After School Program, providing opportunities for the children to participate in activities such as football, soccer, basketball, roller hockey, cheerleading, modern dance, swimming, creative writing and art.
  • $5,000 to Family Connection Partnership to help volunteers who work with Family Connection collaborative in the counties served by Jackson EMC participate in the 2007 Family Connection Conference where they can gather information , including the latest research and best practices, that they use to help strengthen their communities.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to make repairs to a truck equipped with a wheelchair lift for a child with Cerebral Palsy.
  • $3,500 to install a wheelchair lift on the vehicle of a disabled senior citizen.
  • $3,468 to repair the storm damage to the roof of a senior citizen.
  • $2,308 to help pay medical and pharmacy bills for a woman whose illness caused financial hardship.
  • $2,820 to repair the roof of an older manufactured home for a senior citizen.
  • $700 to make repairs to a septic system for a senior citizen.

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May 2007

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $79,288 in grants during their May meeting, including $60,395 to organizations and $18,893 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $12,000 to The Ark: United Ministry Outreach Center in Athens to provide emergency rent or mortgage assistance to lower income residents who have suffered a loss of income, and to help senior citizens who cannot afford medical costs or have assumed parenting responsibilities for their grandchildren.
  • $15,000 to the Barrow County Boys and Girls Club to provide the Homework Power Hour, a comprehensive homework help and tutoring program that provides club members with support, resources and guidance to complete their homework and start the school day with a sense of confidence and ability.
  • $5,495 to Jackson County 4-H to help 70 young people and their adult volunteers participate in the County and District Project Achievement, a learning and leadership event requiring students to prepare a speech and visual aids on a topic of their choice that they present in competitions with students from other counties.
  • $6,000 to Rising Son Ministries in Gainesville to help fund Operation Global Impact, a program that reaches out to fatherless sons, providing resources and training for mentors and opportunities for fatherless young men and their mentors to engage in activities that will help those young men develop life skills, character and work ethics.
  • $6,900 to Casa de Amistad in Athens to expand its Youth and Family Education Project computer lab by upgrading hardware and software to provide directed computer instruction for Latino children that will help with homework and provide tutoring, as well provide instruction for adults that would increase job readiness, including GED and English classes.
  • $15,000 to Mercy Health Center in Athens to help renovate and prepare a new, larger facility that will allow it to expand the non-profit, volunteer-based medical, dental and pharmaceutical care it offers to the area’s uninsured residents, and accept additional volunteers.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to install a wheelchair lift for a disabled senior citizen who lives alone.
  • $3,400 to install a heating and air conditioning unit in the home of a single mother whose husband passed away last year.
  • $2,200 to replace a well pump that was hit by lightning for a disabled woman who lives alone.
  • $2,800 to replace the roof of an older manufactured home for a disabled senior citizen.
  • $3,493 to purchase specialized computer equipment for a legally blind man so that he can work from home.
  • $3,500 to install a wheelchair lift on the vehicle of a disabled senior citizen.

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April 2007

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $73,235 in grants during their April meeting, including $70,000 to organizations and $3,235 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Annandale Village in Suwannee to help create a self-sustaining micro-enterprise program that will allow developmentally disabled adults to create, market and sell art items, providing them with a sense of accomplishment, pride and improved self-image. Funds from the sales will be returned to participating individuals as income and be used by them to purchase additional art supplies.
  • $15,000 to Gwinnett SeniorNet Learning Center to help purchase computers for a Satellite Learning Center at the George Pierce Park in Suwanee and replace five-year-old computers at the SeniorNet Learning Center at Bethesda Park. SeniorNet is an international, volunteer-based organization that provides computer and computer program education for adults 50 years and older, enabling them to access Internet information and maintain social contact.
  • $15,000 to Our Neighbor, Inc. in Gainesville to help purchase a handicapped accessible van that will allow the four physically disabled residents of a group home to remain independent and active in the community. Currently the residents are dependent on public transportation and are home-bound when it is not in service.
  • $10,000 to the Athens Community Council on Aging for its Project Northeast Georgia Healthy Grandparents, a program that provides social, legal and health support to grandparents who are primary caregivers for their grandchildren. Grandparents and their grandchildren can participate in support groups, receive health evaluations and follow-ups, and obtain legal help with custody issues.
  • $10,000 to the Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic to produce five textbooks through “Adopt-A-Text,” a program providing educational materials in an audio format that allows students with disabilities to bookmark where they stop and use the recording as study material. The books would be made available to schools in Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall and Clarke counties.
  • $5,000 to the East Hall Branch Special Needs Library to help replace worn and purchase new equipment for special needs children and adults. The equipment for the East Hall Branch includes such items as a scanner/reader, closed circuit televisions, lighted magnifiers, hand-held lighted magnifiers, a personal amplification system for the reading room and a laptop with voice recognition and signing program.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $1,400 to install a new well for a disabled couple with no access to county or city water.
  • $1,835 to install a walk-in shower in the home of a senior citizen who lives alone and cannot use the tub by himself.

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March 2007

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $36,995 in grants during their March meeting, including $26,000 to organizations and $10,995 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $5,000 to the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy in Gainesville to help provide training and program expenses for the Plain Talk Program, a neighborhood- based initiative that helps adults, parents and community leaders develop the skills needed to effectively communicate the importance of abstinence to young people.
  • $15,000 to Mended Hearts, Inc. in Commerce, a support group for individuals with heart disease, to assist with the purchase of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for public buildings in Banks County.
  • $1,000 to the Spirit of Joy Food Bank in Flowery Branch to purchase food that the organization distributes to people who are in need due to such transitional events as illness, loss of job, etc.
  • $5,000 to the Gainesville/Hall County Alliance for Literacy to help teach basic literacy skills to adults 16 years and older who have not graduated from high school, and provide instruction that prepares students to successfully pass the GED test.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,100 to a disabled, home-bound man for the installation of a heating and air conditioning system.
  • $3,500 to a senior citizen who lives alone on a fixed income to replace a water heater, furnace and air conditioning coils.
  • $3,500 to a severely disabled woman to purchase a mini-van that will be used for transportation to medical appointments.
  • $895 to a disabled senior citizen to assist with the purchase of dentures.

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February 2007

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $72,800 in grants during their February meeting, including $59,500 to organizations and $13,300 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $7,000 to the Barrow County Special Olympics to purchase equipment for about 200 special needs athletes and athletes-in-training from 17 county schools so they can compete in basketball, bocce, bowling, soccer, softball, alpine skiing, swimming, and track and field events.
  • $7,500 to the Center Point Mentor Program in Gainesville to recruit, train and place caring mentors with at-risk young people in Gainesville City and Hall County schools. Mentors provide one-on-one support to provide encouragement, advice and academic help to complete their high school education and go on to succeed in life.
  • $10,000 to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia in Athens to continue supplying food to those in need through its mobile pantry program. The mobile pantry enables the Food Bank to move large quantities of food, as well as distribute food before its expiration date, and eliminates the need for storage space.
  • $15,000 to assist a Summer Scholars Institute that provides intensive academic enrichment to at-risk middle and high school students. The summer program, held at Gainesville College, provides skills that will help students be successful and concentrates on the basic areas of reading, writing and mathematics, along with science for third-year students.
  • $5,000 to The Guest House in Gainesville to help provide a hot, balanced and nutritious lunch and snack to frail, elderly clients who receive day health services at the agency. Guest House allows seniors with functional impairments to maintain some independence, promotes social contact and provides caregivers with a respite.
  • $7,500 to provide Junior Achievement curriculum materials to 220 students in Hall County Title I schools. The program teaches students the fundamentals of the private enterprise economic system and provides them with practical and realistic hands-on experience in the economics of life, including finances, career opportunities and good consumer habits.
  • $7,500 to Lilburn Cooperative Ministry to assist needy families with a maximum $250 assistance annually for rent or mortgage payments, helping them prevent foreclosure or eviction. The ministry’s 40 partner churches minister to the material and spiritual needs of those in crisis, including providing a food pantry and thrift store, as well as assistance with school supplies and Christmas gifts.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 for the installation of a heating and air conditioning system in the home of a single mother and her child.
  • $2,800 for the installation of a heating and air conditioning system in the home of a visually impaired man and his disabled wife.
  • $3,500 for the installation of a wheelchair lift on the truck of a disabled senior citizen.
  • $3,500 to help purchase a mini-van that will be used to transport a family's special needs children to medical appointments.

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January 2007

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $100,790 in grants during their January meeting, including $87,500 to organizations and $13,290 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $10,000 to Colbert Lions Club to help renovate the old Colbert School, creating a community center that could be used by all local organizations and residents. The area has no community meeting space outside of local churches, and the school building has been vacant for 20 years.
  • $10,000 to help fund counseling and psychological outreach services for the Good News Clinic, Gainesville, using Brenau University student counselors. The program, an extension of a service currently offered on the Brenau campus would provide individual, couples and family counseling to low-income residents who are already seeking medical, dental and pharmaceutical services at the clinic.
  • $15,000 to Dream House for Medically Fragile Children in Lawrenceville to help fund Family for Keeps, a program begun in 2005 that provides support, education and skills for those who provide care to children relying on life support, medication, therapies or equipment to live. Skills training are available to foster parents, family members, teachers, Sunday school teachers and others who care for special needs children.
  • $15,000 to the Gwinnett County Association for Retarded Citizens in Lawrenceville to help construct a new, completely accessible group home that will provide four developmentally disabled adults the opportunity to live an independent life. This will be the Association’s fourth group home built in Gwinnett County.
  • $15,000 to Jackson Creative Community Resource Center in Commerce to help purchase a mini-van that will be used to transport clients to various community activities and jobs. The mini-van will replace an aging vehicle and allow the center to continue integrating developmentally disabled adults into the community and providing them with life-skill training.
  • $15,000 to NOA’s Ark (No One Alone) in Dahlonega to help provide counseling services to victims of domestic violence. The agency provides a safe shelter for women and their children, along with advocacy and support services in a caring, nurturing environment to assure the victim’s safety, enhance children’s self-esteem and promote the positive parent-child relationship that helps keep families together.
  • $7,500 to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Matthew’s Church in Winder to help provide needy individuals and families with food, prescription medication and rent assistance. The volunteer organization is funded through parishioners’ monthly donations, and serves a growing client base in Barrow and Jackson counties, along with a portion of Gwinnett County.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,234 to provide needed oral surgery and dentures for an elderly man who lives alone on a fixed income.
  • $2,500 to help purchase adaptive computer and software technology for a visually impaired student so that she can continue her education and remain independent.
  • $3,300 for the installation of a heating and air conditioning unit in the home of a single mother.
  • $756 to repay a promissory note for a disabled woman.
  • $3,500 to make repairs to the leaking roof of an older manufactured home for a disabled woman.

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