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2011 Grants Awarded


December 2011

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $90,556 in grants during their December meeting, including $85,100 to organizations and $5,456 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry to provide clients with emergency funds for water bills, prescription medicine and shelter through its Emergency Assistance Program, helping them deal with difficult and frequently temporary circumstances and getting them back on their feet.
  • $15,000 to the YMCA-Piedmont in Winder to enable ten underprivileged children from kindergarten to 8th grade to attend the PrYme Tyme afterschool program for a year, participating in activities that include homework, sports, arts, crafts and more in a safe environment while their parents are at work.
  • $15,000 to Friends of the Gwinnett County Senior Services, a non-profit organization that works with the county’s agency on aging, to help provide home-delivered meals to senior citizens as well as meals served at Senior Centers.
  • $15,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrenceville for supplies and incentives used in “Power Hour,” a comprehensive homework help and tutoring program attended by club members ages 6-18.
  • $10,000 to The Ark of Jackson County, a community outreach effort by area churches that assists individuals who have experienced a loss of income due to circumstances beyond their control, to help fund emergency housing, dental and prescription medicine assistance.
  • $7,500 to the Lilburn Cooperative Ministry to provide 30 needy families with $250 assistance for rent or mortgage payments annually, helping them to avoid foreclosure or eviction.
  • $5,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Society – St. Luke’s Conference in Dahlonega to help fund the Direct Aid program that offers financial assistance to those in need for medical or dental care, prescription medicine, counseling, rent or housing, food, legal fees, transportation, burials and education.
  • $2,600 to the Jackson County 4-H to fund the livestock and llama education programs that enable students to gain new knowledge, skills and attitudes through real life experiences.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to help purchase a used car for a man so he can support himself.
  • $1,956 to catch up car payments and make repairs so a disabled man can get to doctor’s appointments.

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November 2011

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $108,351 in grants during their November meeting, including $97,951 to organizations and $10,400 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team to help support its student leadership program, serving high school juniors and seniors in 20 public schools. The two-year program provides students with practical leadership skills and trains them to return to their home high school to facilitate the core leadership principles with groups there, increasing the capacity to develop student leaders.
  • $15,000 to the Piedmont Regional Library System, which serves residents of Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties, to join the Georgia Download Destination (GADD), a consortium of 24 public library systems in the state that allows library patrons to browse, checkout and download electronic books (ebooks) and audiobooks free of charge.
  • $15,000 to The Tree House, a children’s advocacy center working to reduce child abuse in Barrow, Jackson and Banks counties, for the Supervised Visitation Program, which provides a neutral, child-friendly environment for visits between children in foster care and their parents to enable them to maintain and enhance family bonds and provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children when reunited.
  • $13,837 to Success By 6, a program of the United Way of Northeast Georgia, to help print “Critical Years, Critical Needs” booklets in English and Spanish, a resource guide on early childhood developmental needs and good child care practices that is distributed to new parents through a partnership with St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens Regional Medical Center and Barrow County Medical Center.
  • $10,000 to the Gainesville Care Center, a pregnancy resource center, to replace an ultrasound machine for which parts are no longer available with an upgradable machine that should serve clients for years.
  • $7,864 to Action Ministries-Athens, a grassroots organization dedicated to assisting those who need a hand up, to help provide instruction and materials for GED and computer skills training to promote self-sufficiency.
  • $5,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Athens to help fund the Passport to Manhood program that helps adolescent boys ages 11-14 address several key areas of development while promoting positive attitudes and the character traits they need to become responsible men.
  • $5,000 to IDEALS Leadership School, a Lawrenceville program that helps high school athletes develop into positive role models and influential leaders in their schools and on their teams.
  • $4,750 to the Madison County Pregnancy Center, a volunteer, Christian ministry that provides testing, counseling, and parenting classes for expectant teens and their families, to help provide the “Earn While You Learn” program that teaches parenting skills and provides essential child care items.
  • $4,500 to Community Connection of Northeast Georgia to fund a software upgrade and annual support fee for the 2-1-1 Information and Referral database used to provide the public a one-stop resource for human and social services information and referral.
  • $2,000 to the Duds & Spuds Food & Clothing Pantry in Braselton to purchase bulk food for its food pantry.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to make roof repairs for a disabled senior citizen.
  • $3,500 to install a wheelchair lift for a disabled woman.
  • $3,400 to purchase a portable oxygen tank for a disabled senior citizen.

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October 2011

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $81,008 in grants during their October meeting, including $69,600 to organizations and $11,408 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Health Access Initiative, a Gainesville non-profit that provides medical care to uninsured, indigent Hall County adults through a collaboration of 215 private physicians, to help fund a position that processes referrals, conducts screening interviews and enrolls clients, as well as coordinating physician appointments, arranging diagnostic tests and following up with clients.
  • $12,000 to Barrow County Family Connection for the Youth Action Team, a collaborative group of middle and high school aged youth who plan, implement and lead peer-focused prevention education and community service projects that will train, mobilize and empower their peers to prevent self-destructive behavior.
  • $10,000 to Signs and Wonders in Lawrenceville, a nonprofit organization that offers assistance to the homeless and needy on a non-discriminating basis, to purchase two storage sheds that will be used to store nonperishable food items, improving the capability to serve needy senior citizens and families in Gwinnett County.
  • $7,500 to the Athens Area Homeless Shelter to provide child care vouchers to single, homeless mothers with children in the Transitional Shelter Program so they may seek and maintain the employment, educational and or professional training opportunities that will enable them to achieve self-sufficiency.
  • $7,500 to Athens-Clarke County Literate Community Alliance to help fund a series of workshops to equip 30 volunteers who teach GED, adult literacy and English as a second language courses with the latest in adult education strategies, giving them the potential to reach 400 adult learners every year.
  • $7,600 to Good Samaritan Ministries in Buford to help fund the residential inmate recovery program, which 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.
  • $4,000 to the Madison County Youth Leadership Program, which uses instructional materials from the University of Georgia’s Fannin Institute to teach Madison County High School students how groups work and how to cooperate in a group, as well as skills that will allow them to be effective leaders, for a ropes course at Camp Mikell Blue Ridge Outdoor Center and instructor/participant manuals.
  • $2,500 to the Charity Baptist Food Bank in Homer to purchase food for the 14 families it serves in an average month.
  • $2,500 to the Spirit of Joy Food Bank in Flowery Branch to purchase food for the more than 30 families they serve in an average month.
  • $1,000 to Reins of Life, a Franklin County non-profit, for its Heads Up Hippotherapy Program, a physical therapy treatment that uses the horse’s movement to improve neuromuscular function.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to help pay past due bills for a man disabled by cancer.
  • $3,500 to help a woman who is raising funds for a liver transplant.
  • $3,214 to install a wheelchair lift for a disabled man.
  • $1,194 to pay past due car payments for a cancer patient and her disabled husband.

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September 2011

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $68,640 in grants during their September meeting, including $62,500 to organizations and $6,140 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to 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 Teen Pregnancy Prevention in Gainesville to help fund the “Choosing the Best Journey” program, which takes the messages of healthy futures, decision making and abstinence to ninth grade health classes in Hall County and Gainesville City Schools.
  • $12,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Society of Duluth, a non-profit social service organization dedicated to serving members of the community during time of need, to assist with rent and mortgage assistance, temporary lodging, transportation, food and medical expenses.
  • $10,000 to Meet the Need Ministry, Inc., 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 located in Gwinnett and Barrow counties that house the men as they work toward recovery and self-sufficiency.
  • $7,500 to Step by Step Recovery, a Lawrenceville community-based grassroots addiction recovery organization which provides a safe and structured environment for both men and women over 6 months to 2 years as they complete a 12 step program to deal with drug and alcohol addiction, for help with rent of men’s and women’s units.
  • $3,000 to the Housing First Program of the Stable Foundation, an Athens non-profit with the mission of eradicating homelessness, to provide housing subsidies as part of a program that also provides case management and housing coordination to families so they can become self-sufficient and maintain stable housing.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to help make a bathroom handicap accessible for a disabled senior citizen.
  • $2,640 to replace a heating and air unit for a senior citizen.

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August 2011

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $81,800 in grants during their August meeting, including $75,000 to organizations and $6,800 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Peace Place, a domestic violence shelter in Winder, to help proactively provide access to services by reaching out to Barrow County domestic violence victims and survivors through a community liaison in the county Magistrates Court.
  • $15,000 to the Salvation Army – Lawrenceville for the Family Emergency Services program, which prevents homelessness and stabilizes families by providing rent or mortgage financial assistance directly to the landlord or property holder.
  • $15,000 to the Salvation Army – Gainesville for the Social Services Program, which prevents homeless by providing emergency financial assistance for rent and clothing vouchers to individuals and families who have experienced a lack of income or other crisis.
  • $10,000 to the Salvation Army – Athens to assist with the increasing costs of providing meals served to both shelter residents and those who are served each night at the community meal.
  • $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Madison County for the construction of its seventh house, a 1,050 square foot model being built for a young family with a two-year-old child, in memory of Forrest Vereen, a young former Habitat volunteer who died in a 2009 motorcycle accident.
  • $5,000 to Tiny Stitches, Inc. in Suwanee, which uses a network of volunteers to make handmade tote bags filled with a 35-item layette that are donated to mothers in nine North Georgia counties who have little or nothing for their newborns.
  • $2,500 to the Disabled American Veterans – Chapter 92 for its Veterans Relief Fund that provides assistance for emergency needs such as rent, medical bills, groceries, or a bus ticket home to veterans and their families.
  • $2,500 to Cross Pointe Food Pantry, an all-volunteer outreach of Cross Pointe Church at Gwinnett Center, that provides food to needy families in the community.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to help pay living expenses for a single woman with cancer.
  • $3,300 to replace a heating and air unit for a disabled woman.

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July 2011

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $100,451 in grants during their July meeting, including $93,150 to organizations and $7,301 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County for its Power Hour comprehensive homework help and tutoring program, which provides members with the support, resources and guidance necessary to complete their homework, and to renew licenses for Kidstrax membership tracking software that will enable the club to track and report membership information.
  • $15,000 to Family Promise of Gwinnett County for its Family Mentoring Program, which assigns trained volunteer mentors who work one-on-one over an extended period of time with low-income families that have overcome homelessness to help them manage stresses that can disrupt their lives and lead to recurring homelessness.
  • $15,000 to Rainbow Village, a Duluth nonprofit that helps families in domestic or economic crisis rebuild their lives, to provide counseling for residents of its transitional housing to help adult heads of households gain financial skills, such as budgeting and establishing strategies to address financial problems, that will help them become self-sufficient.
  • $14,850 to Mercy Health Center, an Athens ministry providing primary and specialty medical care, dental and pharmacy services for low income uninsured patients, to provide salaries for professional staff and supplies that will allow the clinics to increase the number of patients served by 66 a year and add 330more patient encounters.
  • $10,000 to the Vision and Hearing Care Program, a service of the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, to help provide surgical procedures to restore sight, eye exams, prescription eyewear and digital hearing aids for low-income residents in the 10 counties Jackson EMC serves, using Lighthouse medical equipment, volunteer doctors, staff and volunteers.
  • $8,300 to Guest House, a Gainesville nonprofit that helps seniors with functional impairments maintain some independence and social contact while providing caregivers with a respite, to help provide a hot, balanced and nutritious lunch and snack to these frail, elderly clients.
  • $5,000 to The Ark United Ministry Outreach Center in Athens to provide emergency rent assistance to lower income residents who have been laid off and for the Noah Fund that provides grants to senior citizens.
  • $5,000 to NOA’s Ark (No One Alone), a Dahlonega emergency shelter and comprehensive support program for battered women and children, to help fund a Trauma Counseling Service that will reduce the risk of posttraumatic stress and other psychological problems.
  • $5,000 to the Healing Place of Athens to help provide homeless men with shelter, food, clothing, personal items, transportation to medical and mental health appointments and job searches, to support and encourage them in their pursuit of an independent and productive life of sobriety.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to relocate the manufactured home of a widow to a location she can afford.
  • $3,200 to replace a heating and air unit for a disabled woman.
  • $601 to replace a bariatric rolling walker and clothes dryer for a disabled man.

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June 2011

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $106,655 in grants during their June meeting, including $93,400 to organizations and $13,255 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Hi-Hope Service Center in Lawrenceville to help fund part-time nursing services for developmentally disabled residents in six Gwinnett County group homes, providing an increasing number of residents who require onsite nursing services such as daily medication and blood checks with that care.
  • $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. Held at Gainesville State College, the summer program concentrates on the basic areas of reading, writing and mathematics, along with science for third-year students.
  • $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Hall County to fund the windows, doors, driveway and final grading for the group’s next house, an energy efficient 3-bedroom, 2-bath home which will be built off of Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville for a single mother with two daughters.
  • $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Jackson County to fund the windows and trim, cabinetry, grading and landscaping for the group’s next house, an energy efficient 3-bedroom, 2-bath home which will be built in Commerce.
  • $10,000 to the YMCA of Athens for its Summer Day Camp project, which serves nearly 700 young people by offering supervised sports and other activities, as well as teaching values and responsibility that help kids feel good about themselves, enjoy life and avoid the dangers of drugs or gangs.
  • $7,500 to For Her Glory, a Gainesville agency that provides breast cancer patients with items that are not covered by insurance, such as wigs, bras, compression sleeves and gloves.
  • $7,500 to Three Dimensional Life in Gainesville, a non-profit organization that provides a long-term residential recovery for young men 14-20 years of age who are struggling with addiction, to help replace a passenger van used for character building activities.
  • $5,400 to the Athens Community Council on Aging for its Project Northeast Georgia Healthy Grandparents, a program that provides support groups, health evaluations and follow-ups, and legal help with custody issues to grandparents who are primary caregivers for their grandchildren.
  • $5,000 to the Girls Leadership Program in Gainesville, an intensive six-week course for girls ages 13-17 that establishes mentoring relationships between the girls and women in the minority community, develops leadership and collaboration skills, and promotes the development of new leaders in the community.
  • $5,000 to Next Stop, a Lawrenceville grassroots organization that provides social interaction, recreational and life skill learning opportunities to young adults with mild to moderate disabilities, for a part-time planning assistant who creates activities for participants and handles some administrative duties.
  • $3,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Lumpkin County for its Minor Repair Project, to fund four repair projects that address health, access and/or safety issues in the homes of elderly, handicapped and low income residents.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,438 to install a wheelchair lift in a disabled man’s vehicle.
  • $3,000 to repair the septic tank of a senior citizen.
  • $2,800 to repair the septic tank of a senior citizen.
  • $2,600 to purchase dentures for a senior citizen.
  • $1,721 to help make handicap accessible van modifications for a mother with a disabled son.

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May 2011

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $102,785 in grants during their May meeting, including $91,494 to organizations and $11,291 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Camp Koinonia in Homer to provide about 70 Banks County underprivileged 3rd through 6th grade students who are referred by Family Connection and DFACS with a five-day camping experience that provides positive learning experiences to establish strong character, leadership and teambuilding skills and build personal relationships.
  • $15,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Winder-Barrow to help fund after school programs and activities for school-age youth, providing young people from disadvantaged circumstances with constructive activities as well as educational support, healthy habits and a positive self-image.
  • $15,000 to the Fragile Kids Foundation to help fund the purchase and installation of critical medical equipment not covered by insurance, such as electronic wheelchair van lifts, for special needs children in the counties that Jackson EMC serves.
  • $15,000 to the Madison County Senior Center to help fund the Home Delivered Meals program, which allows frail and older citizens to maintain independence and dignity, while receiving nutritious meals, nutrition screening, education and counseling services, and opportunities for social contact. The center currently serves 50 home delivered meals daily, five days a week, and has a waiting list of 15 people.
  • $10,000 to the Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy to purchase materials and provide instructors for basic literacy classes for adults 16 and older and GED preparation classes for students who have not completed high school. The Alliance estimates that more than 29 percent of Hall County residents are not high school graduates and generally earn 35 percent less per week than graduates.
  • $10,000 to the Georgia Mountain Food Bank for its Summer Feeding Program, which provides simple meals for at-risk children at two Gainesville Boys & Girls Clubs to ensure they receive proper nutrition while schools are in recess for the summer.
  • $5,094 to Piedmont CASA, a non-profit organization that uses community volunteers to provide a voice in Juvenile Court for the best interest of abused and neglected children in Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties, to recruit and train community volunteers. In 2010, the organization served 151 children.
  • $4,000 to Nuci’s Space in Athens, a non-profit organization working to prevent suicide and promote community wellbeing, to enable young people from low income families participate in Camp Amped, a summer music day camp for Northeast Georgia youth ages 11-18 focusing on positive mental health and music education.
  • $2,400 to Prevent Child Abuse Athens, a grassroots organization focused on ending neglect and abuse, to help fund 24 Parenting Skills classes to teach positive discipline, communication, how to handle feelings, stress reduction and child development stages.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,445 to repair a senior citizen’s roof.
  • $3,290 to repair a senior citizen’s roof.
  • $2,665 to make repairs to a disabled man’s home and build a wheelchair ramp.
  • $1,056 to have a lump removed and biopsied for a woman without health care benefits.

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April 2011

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $88,050 in grants during their April meeting, including $75,874 to organizations and $12,176 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Computers for Youth to help fund the “Take It Home” program at Sweetwater Middle School in Lawrenceville where about 465 sixth graders, 86 percent of whom are disadvantaged, will receive free refurbished computers pre-loaded with a suite of educational and word processing software to improve home learning, involve parents and help students stay engaged in school.
  • $12,000 to Hope Clinic in Lawrenceville, a primary care internal medicine clinic founded to provide the uninsured working poor with affordable care, to help purchase a BVI 9600 Patient Assessment Kit, a 3-D ultrasound instrument which can provide preventative and lifesaving diagnoses of urinary system disorders and abdominal aortic aneurysms.
  • $10,000 to Exodus Outreach, a Buford non-profit organization serving people in all walks of life who are hurting and in need of support, for a summer program that offers at-risk students in Kindergarten through eighth grade with a summer learning and development curriculum that provides supervision and readies the students to succeed in school in the fall.
  • $10,000 to Extra Special People in Watkinsville to provide an opportunity for 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.
  • $10,000 to Spectrum Autism Support Group, a parent-run non-profit group in Suwanee that provides support, education and resources for the entire spectrum of autism disorders, to enable disadvantaged autistic individuals ages four to 22 to attend the organization’s weeklong summer camp program where daily activities are used to teach social skills lessons.
  • $7,500 to Nspire Outreach in Lawrenceville, an outreach effort providing homeless men and women in Gwinnett County with skills and tools that will help them leave the streets and become independent, to provide continuing education through GED courses, online courses, career training, or courses at local colleges or technical schools.
  • $5,000 to the Athens Young Women’s Christian Organization (YWCO) to help girls from the Hispanic community attend the Girls Club, which provides a structured recreational and educational summer program for young girls ages 5-14 from low-moderate income families, and help defray bus transportation expenses.
  • $3,500 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help children and young adults with neuromuscular diseases from the counties served by Jackson EMC attend Camp Walk N’ Roll, a week-long summer program with no boundaries for physical disabilities where campers can build confidence and independence while their caregivers have a break from the demands of constant care.
  • $2,874 to the Pilot Club of Madison County to hold a Child Safety Day for the residents of Madison and surrounding counties that will teach car seat safety and the safe use of helmets to prevent brain injuries.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to provide clinical evaluation and driver training for a disabled young woman.
  • $3,500 to repair the roof a disabled applicant.
  • $3,000 to provide assistance with past due car payments for a single mother who had surgery.
  • $2,176 to help a senior citizen pay past due bills for medication.

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March 2011

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $91,788 in grants during their March meeting, including $77,788 to organizations and $14,000 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Gateway House, a Hall County non-profit serving victims of domestic violence and their children, to provide emergency legal assistance to request, file and enforce a Temporary Protective Order (TPO) to keep abusive partners from having contact with or harassing victims.
  • $15,000 to Jackson County Family Connection to help 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 school systems within the county, helping to ensure those young people become healthy, educated and employable.
  • $15,000 to Partnership Against Domestic Violence – Gwinnett for its Children & Youth Program at the Gwinnett Safe House, to help battered women understand the impact of domestic violence on their children, teach children to be safe and cope with violence they have witnessed or experienced, and empower parents and children to interact through nonviolent means.
  • $7,500 to the Clarke County Mentor Program, a broad-based, grassroots effort to provide individual support for public school students in 1st through 12th grades, promoting academic and personal success; to recruit, train and support new mentors.
  • $7,500 to the Northeast Georgia History Center in Gainesville, to develop history exhibits in a trunk that could be checked out by teachers in the region for use in their classrooms to teach the history of the Cherokee, Georgia pioneer life, the Civil War, World War II and the general history of Northeast Georgia.
  • $7,500 to Our Neighbor, a Gainesville grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to assisting young adults with special challenges, for The Next Chapter Book Store, which trains and employs young adults with disabilities, helping them fund independent housing, build self-esteem and increase confidence.
  • $5,288 to Opportunity House, a Franklin County non-profit that provides support for adults with intellectual disabilities, to purchase touchscreen computers and comprehensive life skills software that will enable clients to learn while enjoying social interaction, being intellectually stimulated and building self-worth.
  • $5,000 to Lumpkin County Family Connection to help fund 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.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to replace the HVAC system of a senior citizen.
  • $3,500 to repair the roof a senior citizen.
  • $3,500 to making handicap accessible modifications to a disabled senior citizen’s bathroom.
  • $3,500 to help a disabled applicant purchase a handicap accessible van.

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February 2011

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $77,215 in grants during their February meeting, including $72,325 to organizations and $4,890 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Gainesville Action Ministries, a network of 17 Hall County churches that work to prevent homelessness by providing emergency financial, food and clothing assistance, and children’s services, to help provide long-term rent assistance to give families much needed time to work toward self-sufficiency.
  • $15,000 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 prescription medication for patients of its Sam Poole Medical Clinic and Green Warren Dental Clinic.
  • $10,000 to the Georgia Children’s Chorus, an organization that provides vocal and choral training to young people who wish to pursue that field, to help 29 students from low-income families participate in the training program and concerts.
  • $10,000 to the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, a multi-use science, history, culture, heritage and environmental facility located on a 700-acre campus in Buford, to allow students from low-income families to attend interpretative, hands-on field studies and educational programs.
  • $10,000 to the Potters House, an intensive 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.
  • $5,000 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 12 months of rehabilitation program fees for five brain injured adults in the counties served by Jackson EMC.
  • $5,000 to the Southern Ballet Theatre of Georgia in Lawrenceville to provide tickets to its production of Aladdin to 400 underprivileged Gwinnett County children who might otherwise never experience ballet, along with a classroom study guide for teachers to use before and after the performance.
  • $2,325 to Diamond in the Rough, a Snellville faith-based youth development and leadership 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.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to repair the septic tank of a disabled man.
  • $956 to catch up mortgage payments for a cancer patient.
  • $434 to pay medical bills for a senior citizen.

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January 2011

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $70,604 in grants during their January meeting, including $65,908 to organizations and $4,696 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Dream House for Medically Fragile Children in Snellville to help fund the Family for Keeps Transition Care Home, a facility manned by a clinical care team providing respite care for up to six medically fragile children while their own biological, foster and adoptive families take a temporary break from the often exhausting challenges faced by caregivers.
  • $15,000 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 provide diagnostic mammograms and biopsies, and medication for patients suffering from hypertension and diabetes.
  • $9,408 to the American Red Cross – East Georgia Chapter to train disaster response volunteers, purchase disaster education materials, and provide disaster relief, including food, shelter and clothing, to six Jackson County families who have lost their home to a fire or natural disaster.
  • $7,000 to Center Point, a Gainesville non-profit which mentors at-risk young people in Gainesville City and Hall County schools, to provide free and low-cost counseling to youth and their families who could not otherwise participate in therapy.
  • $5,000 to Children First, a part of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program serving Clarke and Oconee Counties, to provide transportation to and from supervised family visits for children who have been abused or neglected, supervision during the visit and assistance with parenting skills.
  • $5,000 to Georgia Options in Bogart to help purchase a van that will provide flexible wheelchair-accessible transportation for 15 people with significant disabilities, allowing them to work, attend school and be involved in community functions.
  • $5,000 to Project Safe, an Athens agency that serves families experiencing domestic violence in Clarke, Madison, Oglethorpe and Oconee counties, for a Transitional Housing Initiative that provides long-term housing and support services to domestic violence survivors who need extra assistance to become emotionally and financially self-sufficient.
  • $2,500 to the Gainesville/ Hall Community Food Pantry to purchase food.
  • $2,000 to the South Hall Community Food Pantry in Oakwood to purchase food and household items.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,306 to purchase a wheelchair lift for a disabled woman.
  • $1,390 to repair the roof of a disabled woman.

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