29
September
2015
|
08:40 PM
America/New_York

2008 Grants Awarded


December 2008

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $83,931 in grants during their December meeting, including $80,431 to organizations and $3,500 to an individual.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to NSPIRE Atlanta, an outreach effort of St. David's Community Church in Suwanee that provides skills and tools to local homeless men, women and children that will help them leave the streets and become independent; to provide continuing education through GED courses, online courses, career training or attending a local college or technical school.
  • $15,000 to the Gwinnett Children's Shelter in Lawrenceville, to help support its PACTS program of weekly parenting classes that seeks to decrease family violence by helping parents develop and improve their parenting skills and helping teens better understand parenting issues and family dynamics.
  • $15,000 to the Georgia Mountain YMCA in Gainesville to permit 40 underprivileged children to attend its Afterschool Program, which gives children from kindergarten to 8th grade a home-away-from-home environment with activities that include homework assistance, enrichment activities, relationship building, sports and games, and arts and crafts.
  • $15,000 to 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.
  • $9,000 to Women to the World, Inc., in Athens for its Partnering Ambassadors for Life and Service program that offers impoverished adult women a unique, individualized program to obtain their GED and mentors capable of teaching skills for self-sustaining employment; to purchase new computers and software for GED and keyboarding training classes.
  • $6,000 to The Potter's House, a residential recovery program of the Atlanta Union Mission, located on a 570-acre working farm in Jefferson; to help feed, house, counsel and provide educational programs such as adult literacy to men recovering from substance abuse.
  • $5,431 to the Gwinnett Community Clinic, a Snellville volunteer-based not-for-profit clinic that serves the working poor of the area, to update the clinic's telephone system, greatly reducing the time required to handle messages left on the answering system and eliminating unnecessary appointments by providing quicker access for questions that can be handled by a nurse practitioner.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to help a family build a handicapped accessible addition on their manufactured home for their disabled daughter.

Back to top


November 2008

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $101,100 in grants during their November meeting, including $94,400 to organizations and $6,700 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Challenged Child & Friends, a Gainesville non-profit organization providing educational, therapeutic, nursing and family support services to children with disabilities, to support the Early Intervention Program that provides special needs children with classroom instruction, individualized therapy and nursing services.
  • $15,000 to A Step to Independence in Dacula, a non-profit organization serving children with motor and/or movement disabilities, to help provide Conductive Education that incorporates repetition, cognitive discipline, social learning and fun to train children how to crawl, kneel, sit, stand, transition from one position to another and even walk without assistance.
  • $15,000 to the Ark of Jackson County, a community outreach effort by area churches that provides assistance to individuals who have experienced a loss of income due to circumstances beyond their control, to provide funds for emergency housing and prescription medicine expenses.
  • $15,000 to the Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services, a collaborative of providers that seeks to increase Gwinnett residents’ independence and access to support services, to upgrade the network server for the Gwinnett Helpline referral resource, publish informational materials and to support the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute.
  • $15,000 to Health Access Initiative, a non-profit agency that provides medical care to uninsured, indigent Hall County adults through a network of 171 volunteer physicians, to help fund a position that processes referrals, conducts screening interviews and enrolls clients, as well as coordinates physician appointments, arranges diagnostic tests and follows up with clients.
  • $8,400 to Mercy Health Center an Athens non-profit organization that provides volunteer-based medical, dental and pharmaceutical care to the area’s uninsured residents, to develop a Volunteer Command Center and training program that will provide up-to-date, concise training for the center’s more than 350 volunteers.
  • $6,000 to the Georgia CHIP (Child Identification Program), a free service provided through the Georgia Masonic Charities that provides parents with a comprehensive child identification package, to purchase additional computers that would allow Georgia CHIP to respond to growing demand for the program.
  • $5,000 to March of Dimes North Georgia Division to purchase and stock a bedside reading cart in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville that will enable parents to read to their premature babies, as well as other children in the family, and promote crucial bonding.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to purchase a wheelchair lift for a disabled senior citizen’s vehicle.
  • $3,200 to replace the HVAC unit of a single mother who returned to school in order to get the education that would help her support her three children.

Back to top


October 2008

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $72,264 in grants during their October meeting, including $62,000 to organizations and $10,264 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Fragile Kids Foundation to support the "Single Mother and Grandmother" project, which provides rehabilitation equipment, respite services and critical supplies to women, who are the sole caregivers of medically fragile children in nearly half of all cases, in the counties served by Jackson EMC.
  • $15,000 to Parkwood Farms Therapy Center in Snellville, a nonprofit organization that provides hippo-therapy for special needs children, to allow 320 visits by children who participate in therapy through horsemanship, farm and yard maintenance and related chores.
  • $15,000 to the Children's Center for Hope & Healing in Gainesville, formerly the Family Relations Program, to provide 30 children who have been sexually abused with therapy to reduce trauma symptoms such as nightmares, bed wetting, anxiousness, depression, anger, fatigue and self-hatred.
  • $10,000 to the Hebron Community Health Center in Lawrenceville, a nonprofit organization providing medical and dental care to low-income Gwinnett residents with no health insurance, to help cover the costs of patient tests previously provided at no cost by other medical facilities.
  • $5,000 to the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, a subsidiary of the Family Promise organization that assists homeless families in need, to provide homeless families served by the network's 14 area congregations with childcare so parents can work or seek work and to cover emergency dental, medical and prescription medicine expenses.
  • $2,000 to the South Hall Community Food Pantry, a community outreach effort by three Oakwood churches that help Hall County residents who have fallen on hard times, to purchase supplies for the emergency food program that provides at least three days worth of food for individuals and families.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to repair a disabled senior citizen's leaky roof.
  • $3,375 to repair a senior citizen's leaky roof.
  • $3,039 to purchase a wheelchair lift for the vehicle of a senior citizen with a disabled daughter.
  • $350 to install a donated wheelchair lift in the vehicle of a disabled woman.

Back to top


September 2008

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $92,501 in grants during their September meeting, including $82,275 to organizations and $10,226 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Hope Clinic in Lawrenceville, a primary care internal medicine clinic founded to provide the uninsured working poor with affordable care, to assist in the cost of treating chronically ill patients who cannot work due to their illness and who cannot afford treatment for their complex conditions.
  • $15,000 to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Gainesville's St. Michael Catholic Church, a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides support to those in need regardless of background or faith, to assist individuals and families with rent, medical needs, emergency shelter, transportation, food, clothing and other emergency assistance required.
  • $15,000 to Signs & Wonders, Inc. in Lawrenceville, a nonprofit organization that offers assistance to the homeless and needy on a non-discriminating basis, to help operate the Quinn House group homes for the homeless which provide shelter to men with alcohol and substance abuse problems and women with children under 10 years of age who need a hand-up while they become employed and financially stable.
  • $15,000 to Rainbow Village in Norcross, a nonprofit that provides transitional housing for homeless families in domestic or economic crisis, and enables them to rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient. Funds will be used to hire a part-time case manager who will work with the growing number of families served by the expanding facility.
  • $15,000 to YMCA Piedmont in Winder to enable 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.
  • $7,275 to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens for its Garden Earth Naturalist environmental education program that provides children Pre-K through grade 12 with a living classroom on the environment and science as it relates to their lives, and the Forest Fest and Insectival bi-annual family festivals.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to a disabled man to help purchase a wheelchair accessible van.
  • $2,695 to make repairs to the manufactured home of a disabled woman.
  • $3,230 to help bring current the mortgage of the mother of five children who is suffering from a brain tumor.

Back to top


August 2008

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $58,362 in grants during their August meeting, including $48,750 to organizations and $9,612 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $10,000 to the Lilburn Cooperative Ministry to assist needy families with $250 assistance annually for rent or mortgage payments, helping them avoid 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 English as a second language classes and a single parent support group.
  • $10,000 to Lumpkin County Family Connection to fund four Family Advocates who provide services and case management through local schools 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 that can provide assistance.
  • $10,000 to The Tree House, a children's advocacy center providing services in Barrow, Jackson and Banks counties, to help continue and expand the Stop It Now program that creates awareness of healthy sexual development in children and behavioral warning signs of potential perpetrators, and the Someone To Talk To program that uses a puppet show to teach 2nd graders about child abuse in an age appropriate manner and makes children award of personal safety issues and who they should talk with.
  • $5,200 to the Franklin Adoptive and Foster Parent Association, a non-profit, grassroots group that provides support to adoptive and foster parents and children, to purchase a portable building that will be used as a food bank to ensure these children receive adequate nutrition.
  • $5,000 to Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library to purchase large print books for senior citizens and DVDs for children and adults as part of the group's mission to enrich the lives of area citizens and increase literacy.
  • $3,000 to the Sexual Assault Center of Northeast Georgia in Athens, to help provide victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse with counseling and trauma-focused therapy that will help them begin their healing process.
  • $3,000 to the Clarke County Mentor Program to assist with the broad-based, grassroots effort to provide individual support for public school students in 1st through 12th grades, 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 900.
  • $2,550 to the Gainesville Care Center to purchase printed materials for the "Hang On To Your Hormones" class that is presented to Hall County middle and high school students. The class discusses sexual abstinence and sexually transmitted diseases, and encourages student to make wise choices.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $5,000 to make handicapped-accessible modifications to the bathroom of a man who was paralyzed by a spinal cord injury, and to purchase food and/or gas during his transition from The Shepherd Center to home.
  • $1,408 to purchase a new central air conditioning unit for a disabled woman.
  • $3,204 to purchase hand controls for the wheelchair-accessible van of a young woman who is physically disabled due to a childhood injury.

Back to top


July 2008

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $88,545 in grants during their July meeting, including $84,070 to organizations and $4,475 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Good Samaritan Ministries in Buford to help fund the residential inmate recovery program. The program provides inmates three months of self-study, classes and work therapy, followed by nine months of employment either inside or outside the ministry, to help them become productive members of society by working on drug and alcohol issues, and building discipline and self-esteem.
  • $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.
  • $13,830 to Citizens for a Better Auburn, a non-profit, grassroots organization formed to better the lives of present and future residents, to fund adult literacy classes in cooperation with Lanier Technical College that will enable area residents to improve the quality of their lives by earning their GED.
  • $10,000 to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia in Athens for the Mobile Pantry Program. Through monthly mobile pantries, the Food Bank moves large quantities of food to partner agencies in nine local counties, distributing it before its expiration date, eliminating the need for the agencies to store the food and allowing the Food Bank to distribute thousands of pounds of food to those in need at a fraction of the cost.
  • $8,200 to Gateway House, a Gainesville organization providing emergency shelter, transitional housing, legal advocacy and support services to victims of domestic violence, to help fund the Domestic Violence Outreach and Education Program for elementary and middle school students.
  • $7,500 to Junior Achievement of Georgia - Gainesville District to recruit, train and place business and community volunteers in local schools. The Junior Achievement program teaches students the fundamentals of the private enterprise economic system and provides them with the practical and realistic hands-on experience in the economics of life, including finances, career opportunities and good consumer habits.
  • $5,040 to the Side By Side Brain Injury Clubhouse, a Gwinnett non-profit organization that helps individuals recovering from traumatic brain injury to regain employment and living skills, to provide rehabilitation program fees for seven brain injured adults in the counties served by Jackson EMC.
  • $5,000 to the Young Women's Christian Organization of Athens to help with expenses for buses leased from the Clarke County School System to provide transportation for its Girls Club, which provides a structured recreational and educational summer program for young girls ages 5-14 from low to moderate income families.
  • $2,500 to the Parachute Packers Mentor Program, a group of Flowery Branch High School sophomore students who mentor at-risk Davis Middle School eighth graders, for meetings and teambuilding activities. The mentoring program better prepares the middle school students for the transition to high school and gives them the necessary tools for success.
  • $2,000 to North Gwinnett Cooperative Ministries, a non-profit that provides food, clothing, medication and utility assistance to Buford families in need, to purchase four new upright freezers.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to help a disabled man purchase a wheelchair accessible van.
  • $975 to help a disabled woman have a wheelchair lift installed in her van.

Back to top


June 2008

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $102,500 in grants during their June meeting, including $99,000 to organizations and $3,500 to an individual.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Come Alive Ministries of Barrow County, a non-profit community outreach funded by donations from businesses, churches and individuals, to expand and update Pregnancy Care Center programs, and provide supplies such as diapers, wipes, cribs and car seats to women facing unplanned pregnancies.
  • $15,000 to the Summer Scholars Institute, a three-year academic enrichment program designed to help at-risk middle and high school students prepare for college and careers. The summer program, held at Gainesville State College, concentrates on the basic areas of reading, writing and mathematics, along with science for third-year students.
  • $15,000 to the Madison County Rotary to purchase books and dictionaries for the organization's Literacy Program, a four-phase effort beginning at the pre-Kindergarten level designed to improve the reading efficiency of elementary and intermediate school children in the county.
  • $15,000 to Meet the Need Ministry, a Gwinnett County non-profit organization that clothes, houses, feeds and transports men who find themselves homeless, hungry, addicted to drugs or alcohol, or just need a helping hand, to help cover rental expenses for five homes that house the men as they work toward recovery and self-sufficiency.
  • $8,000 to the Barrow County Transition Council, a coalition of educators, businesspeople and parents that assists special education students leaving high school for the workforce, for "Employment Now" grants that would purchase work clothes, such as uniforms, workpants and steel-toed shoes, and tools for students.
  • $7,500 to the YMCA of Athens to provide 22 underprivileged children access to the After School Program, providing opportunities for them to participate in activities such as football, soccer, basketball, roller hockey, cheerleading, modern dance, swimming, creative writing and art.
  • $6,000 to the American Red Cross - East Georgia Chapter to provide Family Emergency Disaster Relief to eight families in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties who lose their homes in a fire, including supplying temporary shelter, clothing and food vouchers, toiletries, medications, bedding and baby items.
  • $5,000 to 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 offer encouragement, advice and academic help to complete their high school education and go on to succeed in life.
  • $5,000 to Newtown Community Land Trust, a Gainesville non-profit organization which acquires and develops real estate in the community to make housing available to low-to-moderate income residents who cannot afford it on their own, to help subsidize the construction of two new houses.
  • $5,000 to the Northeast Atlanta Ballet Ensemble in Lilburn, for its outreach program that provides school groups and home-schooled children with the opportunity, perhaps for the first time, to experience a full-scale classical ballet performance. Funds will be used to help cover the costs of four school-length performances of two ballets at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center.
  • $2,500 to the Spirit of Joy Church in Flowery Branch to purchase food supplies for its food bank, which in 2007 served nearly 1,600 people, many referred by DFACS, Gainesville Ministry Cooperative, churches and other non-profit organizations.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to help a senior citizen replace a badly leaking roof.

Back to top


May 2008

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $90,158 in grants during their May meeting, including $77,000 to organizations and $13,158 to individuals.

Organization Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Next Stop, a Lawrenceville grassroots organization that provides vital social interaction, recreational and life skill learning opportunities to young adults with mild to moderate special needs, to add an employee who would help create new activities for participants and handle some administrative duties.
  • $15,000 to Spectrum Autism Support Group, a parent-run non-profit group in Grayson that provides support, education and resources for the entire spectrum of autism disorders, to enable 50-55 autistic individuals ages four-22 to attend the organization's weeklong summer camp program that uses daily activities to teach social skills lessons.
  • $11,000 to the EV Education Program, a statewide grassroots education effort designed to provide high school and middle school students with a hands-on learning experiences with electric vehicles, to purchase a Master Teaching Vehicle kit that can be used at workshops to train teachers and provide three participating schools with matching funds to start an EV Education Program.
  • $10,500 to the Project Adam Community Assistance Center, a Winder non-profit facility providing education, treatment and prevention services to those affected by drug and alcohol addictions, to provide for the health care needs of indigent inpatient clients and to purchase an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) device.
  • $7,500 to L.A.M.P. (Latin American Missionary Program) Ministries, in Gainesville, to help provide high risk youths with a positive alternative to gangs and other delinquent behavior through its Community Youth Outreach program, 3-month sessions that combine group counseling and community activities.
  • $6,500 to the Boys and Girls Club of Hall County to provide software, computers, books and educational supplies for its Reading Program, which provides members in grades 2-5 with hour-long sessions five days per week designed to increase reading levels using Merit Reading Comprehensive Booster software and the Book Adventure online reading comprehensive program.
  • $5,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Barrow County for its "Power Hour" comprehensive homework help and tutoring program, which provides members with support, resources and guidance to complete their homework and start the school day with a sense of self-confidence and ability.
  • $3,000 to Madison County Mentor Program, a non-profit, community-based volunteer program which helps students improve academic performance, behaviors and attitudes, to recruit and train mentors, and help fund sharing sessions between mentors, parents and teachers.
  • $2,500 to the Nuci Phillips Memorial Foundation in Athens, a non-profit organization which works to prevent suicide and promote community wellbeing, to enable young people from low income families to participate in Camp Amped, a summer music day camp for Northeast Georgia youth ages 11-18 that focuses on positive mental health and music education.
  • $1,000 to Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County, a program focusing on child safety education and injury prevention, to help provide helmets to the city and county schools' second grade children, the highest risk age group for these types of head-related injuries, who could not otherwise afford them.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to help a senior citizen replace a worn out furnace.
  • $3,500 to help pay past due medical bills for a woman involved in an automobile accident.
  • $3,350 to purchase a hearing aid for a senior citizen.
  • $2,808 to install an automatic door operator for an elderly stroke victim.

Back to top


April 2008

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $54,850 in grants during their April meeting, including $50,850 to organizations and $4,000 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Madison County Habitat for Humanity to help construct the third house in the organization's planned 15-home Habitat Community, and install an energy-efficient heat pump and ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washer.
  • $10,000 to the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry for its Emergency Food Assistance Program, which provides clients with emergency food supplies, buying them time to deal with the difficult and frequently temporary circumstances they are facing and helping them get back on their feet.
  • $7,500 to Good News Clinics, a non-profit organization that provides free medical and dental care to the underserved and uninsured residents of Gainesville and Hall County, to provide toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to individuals attending a dental education program on proper brushing and flossing techniques for children and their parents.
  • $7,350 to Sonrise Camp, Inc., a summer camp for special needs children, to provide children from low-income families with access to the camp. Sonrise Camp uses a sensory-rich environment and activities to help children become more aware of their bodies and how the interpret sensory input, improve muscle tone and coordination, increase motor skills and build relationships.
  • $5,000 to Camp Kudzu, a summer camp for children with diabetes, where they are taught diabetes management skills to reduce their risk of suffering from diabetes-related complications and are exposed to positive role models facing similar medical challenges to improve their attitude about living with the disease, as well as build their social skills and self-esteem.
  • $3,000 to Harmony House Child Advocacy Center, a non-profit organization serving Madison, Franklin and Oglethorpe counties that coordinates child abuse investigation and intervention services, to help purchase a colposcope for the S.A.N.E. (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Examination Room where victims are interviewed, examined and evidence collected in a secure facility.
  • $3,000 to the Enotah CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program which serves Lumpkin county by training community volunteers who represent the best interests of abused and neglected children, to fund the needs of CASA children not covered by DFCS, such as therapeutic needs, special medical needs and school activities.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to help pay past due medical bills for a cancer patient.
  • $500 to repair the HVAC system for a senior citizen.

Back to top


March 2008

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $94,500 in grants during their March meeting, including $86,000 to organizations and $8,500 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the UGA Cooperative Extension Service of Banks County to help purchase a mini-bus that would be used to safely transport small groups of Banks County 4-H Club members to events and competitions that help them increase their knowledge, life skills and independence.
  • $10,000 to NOA's (No One Alone) Ark, a Dahlonega program providing emergency shelter and comprehensive support services to battered women and children, to help fund a Trauma Counseling Service that will reduce the risk of posttraumatic stress, depression and other psychological problems experienced by both adult and child victims of domestic violence.
  • $10,000 to the Georgia Children's Chorus, an organization that provides and concerts.
  • $9,000 to Barrow County Family Connection, a grassroots collaborative organization of key stakeholders who work together on issues affecting families and children, to fund the organization's three year evaluation which will be closely tied to its Community Strategic Plan, and to help fund the organization's Youth Connections program.
  • $6,000 to Music Time Learning Center for "Raising Musical Children" music vocal and choral training to young people who wish to pursue that field, to help up to 16 students from low-income families participate in the training program education classes provided to Gwinnett County schools and daycare centers serving low-income families or children with developmental disabilities, helping improve learning skills, attitudes and readiness to learn.
  • $6,000 to Young At Heart, a Lumpkin County non-profit organization serving clients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and dementia, to help fund the Alzheimer's Respite Program offering a weekly break for caregivers at no charge and refreshments, group activities and social opportunities for patients in a setting supervised by trained volunteers.
  • $5,000 to the Athens Justice Project, a non-profit organization that works to break the cycle of crime and poverty with a combination of legal representation, social work and employment opportunities, to help fund the Recovery and Reentry Program's job readiness and employment assistance support.
  • $5,000 to the Madison County Health Department for its Cabbage Patch Program, which provides education, resources and support to pregnant adolescents and women who run a high risk of delivering preterm or low birth weight infants.
  • $5,000 to the Winder-Barrow Community Theater to help fund its Children's Summer Drama Camp, a half-day, week-long "hands-on" learning experience in theater arts, offering small group training in movement, flexibility, self-expression, team work and coordination to all local children 6-11 and 12-16 years of age at no cost.
  • $5,000 to the Athens Tutorial Project, a community-based after-school tutorial and cultural enrichment effort serving students in grades K-12 who are experiencing academic and social problems, to help fund the "Project Techno Boost" program that uses computers to reinforce reading, math and writing skills.
  • $5,000 to the Rainbow Children's Home, a Lumpkin County facility that has transitioned from a children's emergency shelter to a long-term care shelter for abused and neglected teenage girls, for a Youth Mentoring Program that will help the girls deal with trauma related to physical, sexual and emotional abuse, extreme neglect and parental substance abuse that makes it difficult or impossible for them to thrive in traditional family and school settings.
  • $5,000 to Prevent Child Abuse Athens to help fund the Healthy Families Program, which provides at-risk parents of newborns with intensive home visits that teach parenting skills and link the families with a range of community support services.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $1,600 to purchase a new wheelchair that allows a handicapped man to "stand up" so that he can work.
  • $3,500 to purchase a wheelchair lift for a disabled senior citizen.
  • $3,500 to repair the roof of a senior citizen's home.

Back to top


February 2008

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $94,024 in grants during their February meeting, including $87,024 to organizations and $7,000 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $13, 024 to Barnabas Ministries, a Gwinnett County faith-based organization which works to reduce recidivism and help prisoners successfully return to their families and society by providing temporary support, counseling, life skills training and temporary housing to men while in prison and upon their release, to cover one year's rent for office facilities and a transitional house, and purchase supplies.
  • $10,000 to Hope House of Dahlonega to provide residential substance abuse treatment free of charge, or for a reduced fee, to 7-30 clients who lack the necessary financial resources to attend on their own.
  • $10,000 to the Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center and Children's Advocacy Center to help fund the TACT (Thorough Assault Case Tracking) information and data management system, which stores information about individual sexual assaults and produces discharge instructions tailored to each victim's individual needs.
  • $10,000 to the Healing Place of Athens to help provide homeless men with shelter, food, clothing and personal items, along with transportation to medical and mental health appointments and job searches, in order to support and encourage them in their pursuit of an independent and productive life of sobriety.
  • $10,000 to Norcross Cooperative Ministry's Emergency Assistance Program, which provides emergency funds for rent, mortgage and temporary lodging each month to more than 900 families that are experiencing temporary or long-term hardship, many of whom are referred by local churches, schools and agencies.
  • $9,000 to the Piedmont Rape Crisis Center in Winder to purchase a new colposcope, a lighted magnifying instrument used to examine rape victims and gather evidence that can later be used in court to show physical injuries and provide the substantial evidence needed to find and arrest sexual offenders.
  • $7,500 to For Her Glory, a Gainesville agency that purchases items for breast cancer patients that are not covered by insurance, such as wigs, bras, compression sleeves and gloves.
  • $7,500 to Creative Enterprises, a Lawrenceville agency serving the disabled, to help purchase a mini-van that would be used to transport smaller groups of clients on outings and to activities in the community such as classes and work.
  • $5,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Athens to help fund the Career Prep Program, which educates young teens about career opportunities and builds skills in older teens that they will need to find, obtain, keep and excel in a job.
  • $5,000 to AIDS Athens to purchase books and supplies for an AIDS Education Library that will provide people with the disease, caregivers and health professionals with up-to-date resources on the disease, medical tests and treatments, nutrition, prevention, and mental and spiritual health.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to help put a new roof on the home of a senior citizen suffering from Lymphoma.
  • $3,500 to help a cancer patient purchase a vehicle that will enable her to get to work and doctor's appointments.

Back to top


January 2008

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $104,722 in grants during their January meeting, including $94,580 to organizations and $10,142 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Good Samaritan Health Center's Giving Well program, which provides a "medical home" for the working poor who do not qualify for government assistance and are unable to afford health insurance, to help provide a full-time physician's assistant.
  • $10,000 to The Salvation Army of Athens to assist with family emergency assistance for rent, clothing vouchers and medical prescriptions, as well as breakfast, sack lunch and supper for transitional housing program participants and those served by the soup kitchen for breakfast and supper.
  • $15,000 to Peace Place, a domestic violence shelter in Winder, to make repairs and renovations to two houses donated to the agency that will be used as transitional housing for families leaving the shelter.
  • $10,000 to The Salvation Army of Gainesville to assist with family emergency assistance for rent, clothing vouchers and medical prescriptions, as well as breakfast, sack lunch and supper for transitional housing program participants and those served by the soup kitchen for breakfast and supper.
  • $12,380 to the YMCA of Metro Atlanta in Lawrenceville for its Partner With Youth program, which provides financial support for after school care, summer day camp, swim lessons or teen/senior programs to individual low income or refugee families, or families that are experiencing hardship due to loss of work or serious medical issues.
  • $10,000 to Gainesville Action Ministries, a network of 20 Hall County churches that work to prevent homelessness by providing emergency financial, food and clothing assistance, and children's services, to enable the ministry to increase rent assistance to a month's rent for up to three months.
  • $10,000 to The Salvation Army of Lawrenceville for the Family Emergency Services program, which provides families with financial assistance to pay rent, purchase clothing or buy prescription medicine.
  • $7,200 to United Way of Northeast Georgia to help print "Critical Years, Critical Needs" booklets, a resource guide in English and Spanish on early childhood developmental needs and good child care practices and distribute to new parents through a partnership with St. Mary's and Athens Regional hospitals.
  • $5,000 to Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta's Lawrenceville and Norcross clubs for supplies and incentives used in "Power Hour," a comprehensive homework help and tutoring program attended by all club members.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to help purchase a wheelchair-accessible van for the mother of a child disabled by cerebral palsy.
  • $3,331 to help the father of a child suffering from Budd-Chiari Syndrome with past due bills incurred while caring for the child.
  • $3,156 to purchase a wheelchair lift for a man disabled by a spinal cord injury.
  • $154 to assist an elderly woman with dental work.

Back to top