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2013 Grants Awarded


December 2013

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $73,440 in grants during their December meeting, including $70,290 to organizations and $3,150 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Banks County Literacy Council to help purchase age-appropriate books for pre-Kindergarten children through the Imagination Library program to improve the reading efficiency of children entering the county’s education system, as well as distribution of books through schools and community event, and GED assistance.
  • $15,000 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.
  • $10,000 to the Norcross Cooperative Ministry for its Emergency Shelter Assistance Program, which provides up to four weeks stay at a local hotel for families that find themselves homeless.
  • $5,500 to Citizens Advocacy Athens-Clarke, a non-profit agency that develops one-to-one personal relationships between people with disabilities and local citizens for advocacy and protection, to help pay the salary of a part-time support coordinator.
  • $5,290 to the Athens Area Homeless Shelter to fund two sets of Going Home Kits, basic household supplies used to establish families in apartments through its rehousing program, which also provides case management support, budgeting skills training and rental/utility assistance as a permanent solution to homelessness.
  • $5,000 to the Rotary Club of Gainesville for its Accessibility Ramp Program, to purchase materials and supplies to construct solid, safe accessibility ramps at the primary entrance to the homes of local citizens with disabilities or other mobility challenges.
  • $5,000 to Georgia Community Support Solutions in Norcross, which provides developmentally disabled adults and youth with a variety of facility and community-based activities that help them achieve independence, personal development and community inclusion; to purchase training/educational materials for parents and staff, therapeutic supplies and community outings.
  • $4,500 to NOA’s Ark, 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.
  • $2,500 to Books for Keeps, an Athens nonprofit organization that works to improve children’s reading achievement, to expand its Stop Summer Slide program, which provides 12 books for summer reading to each child in elementary schools where 90 percent or more of the students receive free or reduced lunches.
  • $2,500 to the Rotary Club of Banks County to purchase food for its Food2Kids Backpack Program, which provides a backpack of food for at-risk students to take home on weekends during the school year to ensure they have adequate nourishment.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,150 to help catch up mortgage and car payments for the mother of four disabled children.

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November 2013

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $100,766 in grants during their November meeting, including $97,352 to organizations and $3,414 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Athens Nurses Clinic to help cover the costs of expanding the current clinic hours of operation by 6 hours per week, allowing nurse practitioners to see about 24 percent more acutely ill patients a year and providing more time to focus on health promotion, education and wellness programs.
  • $15,000 to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia in Athens for its monthly Mobile Pantry Program, which distributes large quantities of food before its expiration date through partner agencies in nine local counties, 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.
  • $15,000 to Tiny Stitches, Inc. in Suwanee, which uses a network of volunteers to make handmade tote bags filled with a 37-item layette that will keep the infant warm and dry for the first 2-3 months of life, donated to mothers in nine North Georgia counties who have little or nothing for their newborns.
  • $14,752 to Habitat for Humanity of Gwinnett County to upgrade a server and replace seven workstations in the affiliate’s office, providing more efficient use of staff time and increase the availability of decent affordable homes.
  • $10,000 to Step by Step Recovery, a Lawrenceville community-based grassroots addiction recovery organization, to help purchase a 12-passenger van that will help residents comply with the courts, consistently meet with mental health providers, find gainful employment and attend 12-step meetings.
  • $7,500 to Athens Urban Ministries, a grassroots organization dedicated to assisting those who need a hand up, to help provide instruction and materials for GED training to promote self-sufficiency.
  • $6,100 to the Lumpkin County Family Connection for the Lumpkin County Mentor Program, which trains volunteer adult mentors to work with at-risk students in all five county schools as individual mentors, classroom mentors and tutors.
  • $6,000 to the Barrow County 4-H to purchase parts, materials, power tools and technology for its robotics program, which builds science, engineering and technology skills, inspires innovation and promotes well-rounded life skills in middle and high school students.
  • $6,000 to the Jackson County 4-H to purchase parts, materials, power tools and technology for its robotics program, which builds science, engineering and technology skills, inspires innovation and promotes well-rounded life skills in middle and high school students.
  • $2,000 to Reins of Life, a Franklin County non-profit that uses hippotherapy treatment to special needs and at-risk children, youth and their families, to help construct a larger covered arena that will provide patients a longer riding straight-away to fully benefit from the horse’s movement.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $2,914 to help purchase a wheelchair accessible van for a disabled woman.
  • $500 to replace a leaking refrigerator for a disabled man.

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October 2013

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $81,941 in grants during their October meeting, including $78,441 to organizations and $3,500 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $14,941 to the Infant Car Seat Safety Program, a service of the Gwinnett Hospital System, to purchase 192 approved, rear-facing car safety seats for infants born in system facilities whose parents cannot afford to purchase them.
  • $10,000 to the St. Vincent de Paul Society – Flowery Branch for its Aid Hot Line program, which provides emergency aid to families in crisis for rent, mortgage and temporary housing to prevent homelessness and disrupted lives.
  • $10,000 to the St. Vincent de Paul Society – St. Michael Church in Gainesville to help fund direct aid for housing assistance, including rent, mortgage and temporary housing, for families in crisis.
  • $10,000 to the St. Vincent de Paul Society – Jackson County for its St. Catherine Laboure assistance program which provides funds to families in crisis for rent, mortgage, food, transportation, gas, repair and insurance premium, education assistance and medical assistance.
  • $10,000 to Family Promise of Gwinnett County to help fund a part-time staff member that will allow its SaltLight Center temporary shelter for homeless women to expand its operations from five nights a week to seven.
  • $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Jackson County to purchase plumbing, electrical equipment, HVAC and cabinets for its eleventh house, being built for the single mother of two young children.
  • $6,000 to Family Promise of Hall County to purchase four desktop computers and Microsoft licenses for the day center to provide families with a computer lab to use for applications and job searches, resumes and cover letters, as well as signing up for TANF, food stamps, birth certificates and other necessities.
  • $5,000 to the Boy Scouts of America Northeast Georgia Council to provide uniforms, handbooks and summer camp fees that will help underprivileged youth participate in scouting, teaching them to make ethical choices and promoting citizenship, leadership, mental and physical fitness.
  • $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.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to replace a heat pump for a disabled senior citizen.

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September 2013

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $74,953 in grants during their September meeting, including $65,500 to organizations and $9,453 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Teen Pregnancy Prevention in Gainesville to help fund the “Smart Girls” program in Hall County high schools that offers guidance and support through weekly sessions to provide girls with the knowledge, skills, self-esteem and self-confidence they need to make healthy decisions about sexual activity and dating relationships.
  • $11,000 to the Indigent Patient Fund, a program of the The Medical Center Foundation of the Northeast Georgia Health System, to provide transportation to who have no access to or cannot afford transportation home from the hospital, along with medications prescribed at discharge that these patients have no resources to obtain.
  • $10,500 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.
  • $10,000 to the Gwinnett Community Clinic to help fund a nurse practitioner and registrar who work with volunteer physicians and nurses to manage the clinic’s primary care and chronic disease management program for roughly 1,000 patients who are uninsured and do not qualify for Georgia Medicaid.
  • $10,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Society – St. Monica’s Conference in Duluth, a non-profit social services agency dedicated to serving members of the community during time of need, to help provide Gwinnett County families and individuals with funds for emergency shelter, rent, food, medical needs, and transportation.
  • $9,000 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 2012, the organization served 168 children.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,350 to replace rotten flooring in the home of a disabled senior citizen.
  • $3,300 to replace a heat pump for a senior citizen.
  • $2,803 to replace an HVAC system for a woman who cares for her handicapped sister.

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August 2013

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $87,998 in grants during their August meeting, including $76,800 to organizations and $11,198 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Salvation Army – Athens for emergency shelter operations and to provide food to shelter residents and those in the community who are hungry and seek a meal at the nightly free dinner; the shelter typically serves 50 residents a day and 85 people from the community at night.
  • $15,000 to the Salvation Army – Gainesville to assist with the costs of providing Emergency Shelter to prevent homelessness and community meals for families and individuals who are struggling; the agency provided 9,027 nights of shelter and 7,750 meals last year.
  • $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; the agency provided 200 families with rent assistance in 2012.
  • $10,000 to the YMCA-Athens to provide 28 underprivileged children access to the After School Program, providing opportunities for them to participate in activities such as study hall, football, soccer, basketball, Tae Kwon Do, cheerleading, swimming, modern dance, and arts and crafts.
  • $7,500 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 48 home delivered meals daily, five days a week, and has a waiting list of 10 people.
  • $6,800 to the Hall County Library System to provide bilingual Awe Early Literacy stations, computers which have software and applications that promote six primary literacy skills, for the Blackshear Place and Murrayville Branches.
  • $5,000 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.
  • $2,500 to Nothing but the Truth, a faith-based organization dedicated to meeting needs in the community, to purchase food for the Weekend Food Bag Ministry that provides bags of food for the weekend to children in Gwinnett County Schools who have been identified by counselors as food insecure.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to help purchase a new heat pump for a disabled woman.
  • $3,489 to help a disabled woman obtain dental work necessitated by an automobile accident.
  • $3,300 to purchase a new HVAC unit for a disabled man.
  • $909 to purchase a bath lift for a disabled woman.

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July 2013

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $107,864 in grants during their July meeting, including $97,700 to organizations and $10,164 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Hi-Hope Service Center in Lawrenceville to help fund part-time nursing services for 24 developmentally disabled residents in Gwinnett County, providing services such as daily medication, insulin, blood checks and specialized medical treatment to an increasing number of residents who require onsite nursing care.
  • $15,000 to Our Neighbor, a Gainesville grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to assisting young adults with special challenges, to provide two developmentally disabled men with a year of rent at the organization’s fifth house, groceries and personal care items, as well as extra caregiving not currently covered.
  • $12,500 to the Gainesville Jaycees Vocational Rehabilitation Center, which provides vocational services to individuals with disabilities or others with similar vocational needs, to fund Follow Along Services, individualized support provided by team members, co-workers, family members and other supporters that enable individuals to work successfully, maintaining their employment and independence.
  • $11,500 to I AM, Inc., in Buford to purchase supplies for the Gaining Insight & Real Life Skills (GIRLS) leadership development program for girls age 10-18, aimed at reducing the instance of high-risk behaviors, increasing self-esteem and focusing on life skills that promote success, such as self-assessment, managing money, etiquette, goal-setting, public speaking and choosing a career.
  • $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, and prescription eyewear for low-income residents in the 10 counties Jackson EMC serves, using Lighthouse medical equipment, volunteer doctors, staff and volunteers.
  • $10,000 to the Gwinnett Environmental & 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.
  • $7,000 to the Rainbow Children’s Home, a Dahlonega shelter for abused and neglected children, to help fund “Lydia’s Place,” a group home that provides supervision and support and that serves as a stepping stone to independent living for teens that have aged out of the foster care system.
  • $5,000 to the Gainesville/Hall County Fellowship of Christian Athletes to present the One Way 2 Play – Drug Free Program, which confronts the problem of drug use among students by instilling values, encouraging goal setting and establishing accountability through positive peer pressure in middle and high schools in Banks, Hall and Jackson counties.
  • $4,200 to the Barrow County Special Olympics to purchase equipment and supplies for nearly 300 special needs athletes and athletes-in-training from 16 county schools so they can compete in basketball, bocce, soccer, softball, swimming, and track and field events.
  • $2,500 to iServe Ministries, a Jefferson grassroots organization that helps churches recognize community needs and helps get those needs met, for backpacks and food for its “Bags of Love” program that sends students from disadvantaged families home each weekend with enough food for 4-6 family meals and snacks.
  • $2,500 to Safe Kids Athens, a coalition that works to prevent accidental injury among children under the age of 15, to help fund a Bike Rodeo that teaches bike safety and skills, check bicycles and helmets for proper adjustment, and replace helmets that do not meet federal regulations.
  • $2,500 to 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.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to help a disabled woman obtain dental work and dentures.
  • $3,454 to purchase adaptive technology for a visually disabled man to return to school.
  • $2,970 to purchase a new HVAC unit for a disabled woman.

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June 2013

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $66,380 in grants during their June meeting, including $55,880 to organizations and $10,500 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Piedmont Regional Library System to purchase current non-fiction children’s books on animals, plants, environment & conservation, space, oceanography, countries, states, biographies, mathematics and health for system libraries in Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties..
  • $8,000 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 kitchen education program that teaches practical life skills.
  • $7,880 to Good Samaritan Health Center in Lawrenceville, to upgrade older computers and laptops, along with associated software, to gain the highest level of performance from the Center’s Electronic Health Record initiative, which ended the center’s reliance on paper health records.
  • $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.
  • $7,500 to the Partnership Against Domestic Violence in Gwinnett County to help fund the Children in Shelter program, a service provided at the domestic violence shelter that allows children and teens to improve self-esteem, modify inappropriate behavior, build skills for safety, resolve conflicts without violence and focus on healthy play.
  • $5,000 to Lekotek of Georgia, a charitable organization that provides children with disabilities with accessible play, adaptive technology and toys, information and resources, to provide staff and services through its Duluth satellite office.
  • $5,000 to the Girls Leadership Summer 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.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to repair the roof of a senior citizen.
  • $3,500 to purchase adaptive technology for a visually disabled woman.
  • $3,500 to repair the roof of a disabled woman.

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May 2013

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $89,960 in grants during their May meeting, including $86,500 to organizations and $3,460 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Gwinnett Children’s Shelter to help fund a medical services position that manages the medical and dental needs of the shelter’s resident by providing health assessments, administering medications, completing medication audits, scheduling medical appointments, accompanying young people to medical appointments, and handling clinic duties.
  • $15,000 to Lindsay’s Legacy Mentoring, Inc., in Jackson County to help fund the coordinator’s position for a 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 The Tree House, a children’s advocacy center working to reduce child abuse in Barrow, Jackson and Banks counties, for the Family Services 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.
  • $10,000 to the Gainesville/Hall Co. 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 2011 U.S. Census reports that about 22 percent of Hall County residents are not high school graduates and 9% have less than a 9th grade education.
  • $10,000 to the Georgia Mountain Food Bank for its Summer Feeding Program which provides simple meals for at-risk children through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County, Brenau University’s “Rise” Social Entrepreneurship Program, the Dahlonega Parks & Recreation Department and Dahlonega First United Methodist Church’s Wellington Project to ensure they receive proper nutrition while schools are in recess for the summer.
  • $5,000 to Families of Children Under Stress (FOCUS), a nonprofit agency serving children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities and their families, to help provide Camp Hollywood in Lawrenceville, a unique summer day camp where children with developmental disabilities can build social skills, self-respect, character and community living skills.
  • $5,000 to Quinlan Arts, Inc., in Gainesville, to enable about 40 disadvantaged, but exceptional students with exemplary artistic skills entering 1st-8th grades at Title I schools in Hall, Jackson, Gwinnett, and Lumpkin counties attend one-week Art Camp sessions.
  • $5,000 to The Ark United Ministry Outreach Center in Athens to provide emergency rent assistance to lower income residents who are facing reduced work hours, and to senior citizens living on low, fixed incomes.
  • $4,000 to Nuci’s Space in Athens, a non-profit organization working to prevent suicide, to enable young people from low income families participate in Camp Amped, a summer day camp for northeast Georgia youth ages 11-18 focusing on positive mental health and music education.
  • $2,500 to the Charity Baptist Church Food Bank in Homer to purchase a year of basic staples for 16 families.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $2,990 to get dentures for a disabled woman.
  • $470 to purchase a new wheelchair for a senior citizen.

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April 2013

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $97,510 in grants during their April meeting, including $89,500 to organizations and $8,010 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 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.
  • $15,000 to Peace Place, a domestic violence shelter in Winder, to help provide expanded and enhanced transitional housing support through an Empowerment Advocate who will provide direct case management and empowerment based counseling to program participants to help them address issues of safety, self-sufficiency, stable housing and employment, and financial planning.
  • $15,000 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 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.
  • $6,500 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 Camp Kudzu, a year-round camping program for children with diabetes and their families to teach diabetes management skills that will reduce their risk of diabetes-related complications, as well improve their attitude about living with the disease.
  • $5,000 to the Hope Resource Center in Jefferson to purchase parenting videos and equipment for its Earn While You Learn program, which provides pregnant women, mothers and fathers of babies and toddlers with crucial parenting skills to break the cycle of inadequate parenting, neglect and abuse.
  • $3,000 to Gainesville 1st United Methodist Church Urban Ministry to help fund a summer soccer camp for at-risk elementary school-aged children in the Baker and Glover neighborhood.
  • $5,000 to the Young Women’s Christian Organization (YWCO) to help girls from low income families attend the Girls Club, a structured recreational and educational summer program targeting young girls ages 5-14 from low-to-moderate income families, and to help defray bus transportation expenses.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,390 to repair rotted flooring in the home of a senior citizen.
  • $2,870 to install a heat pump for a senior citizen.
  • $1,750 to install a stair lift for a disabled man.

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March 2013

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $70,879 in grants during their March meeting, including $66,000 to organizations and $4,879 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Hebron Community Health Center in Lawrenceville, a nonprofit organization providing medical and dental care to low-income, uninsured Gwinnett residents, to provide diagnostic follow-up testing, eye exams and prescription glasses, and prescription medication, glucose monitors and glucose strips.
  • $12,500 to My Sister’s Place, a Gainesville shelter for homeless women and children, to purchase appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerator, freezer and oven, along with desktop computers for the shelter’s expansion at a new location that will enable it to serve a greater number of people.
  • $8,000 to The Potter’s House to help feed, house, counsel and provide educational programs such as adult literacy to men recovering from substance abuse through an intensive residential program of the Atlanta Mission on a 570-acre working farm in Jefferson.
  • $7,500 to American Heart Association – Athens to purchase CPR Anytime for Family and Friends kits that contain everything needed to learn basic CPR skills, for distribution to community organizations in Clarke, Barrow and Madison counties.
  • $7,500 to American Heart Association –Gainesville to purchase CPR Anytime for Family and Friends kits that contain everything needed to learn basic CPR skills, for distribution to community organizations in Hall, Gwinnett, Jackson, Banks and Lumpkin counties.
  • $5,500 to the 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 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 brain injured adults in the counties served by Jackson EMC.
  • $2,500 to Childkind, a non-profit supporting families that care for children with special health care needs and developmental disabilities, to purchase supplies for its Home Based Services program that prepares parents to adequately and successfully care for their child or foster child at home.
  • $2,500 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:

  • $3,190 to repair damaged bathroom flooring and replace a dangerous porch for a senior citizen.
  • $1,689 to help a disabled senior citizen purchase a hearing impaired phone assistance device and a rolling walker, and repair a dangerous walkway.

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February 2013

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $78,621 in grants during their February meeting, including $68,691 to organizations and $9,930 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to CFY-Atlanta to help fund the “Digital Learning Program” at Louise Radloff Middle School in Duluth where about 300 sixth graders, 75 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 work.
  • $14,691 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 Meet the Need Ministry, Inc., a Barrow 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 a group home located in Gwinnett County that houses the men as they work toward recovery and self-sufficiency.
  • $9,000 to Eagle Ranch, a Chestnut Mountain home for boys and girls in crisis, to help build a secure outdoor fitness area that will enable children to two group homes to participate in regular exercise and recreational activities to help them develop self-discipline and establish a healthy lifestyle.
  • $7,500 to Choices Pregnancy Care Center in Gainesville to purchase parenting videos and literature, and incentive baby items for its My Baby Counts program, which provides pregnant women, mothers and fathers of babies and toddlers with crucial parenting skills to break the cycle of inadequate parenting, neglect and abuse.
  • $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 purchase a passenger van used for character building activities.
  • $2,500 to the Community CarePointe Food Bank, a ministry of the Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, to purchase food supplies.
  • $2,500 to the Gainesville/Hall Community Food Pantry to purchase food supplies.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to replace the heating and air conditioning unit of a low-income resident.
  • $3,430 to help with dental work and dentures for a senior citizen.
  • $3,000 to purchase hearing aids for a senior citizen.

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January 2013

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $84,196 in grants during their January meeting, including $82,960 to organizations and $1,236 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 Mercy Health Center, an Athens ministry using 623 volunteers to provide primary and specialty medical care, dental and pharmacy services for low income uninsured patients, to help furnish an expanded facility that will allow the clinic to grow from 2,800 square feet of space to 10,000 square feet to serve more clients.
  • $14,960 to View Point Health, a Gwinnett County agency providing support to clients with behavioral health conditions, addictive diseases and developmental disabilities, to provide uninsured and underinsured clients with primary and specialty health care by assisting with copays for office visits, lab work, and pharmacy screenings through Four Corners Primary Care.
  • $10,000 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 families in Jackson, Banks and Barrow counties who have lost their home to a fire or natural disaster.
  • $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 assistance for rent or mortgage, and prescription medicine assistance.
  • $7,500 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.
  • $7,500 to L.A.M.P. Ministries in Gainesville for its Community Youth Outreach program, three-month sessions that combine group counseling and community activities to provide high risk youths with a positive alternative to gangs and other delinquent behavior.
  • $3,000 to the American Red Cross – Northeast Georgia Chapter to recruit and train disaster response volunteers in Hall and Lumpkin counties, and to provide Family Emergency Disaster Relief to families in those counties who lose their homes in a fire.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $1,236 to help cover funeral expenses of an emotionally challenged youth shot by police during a domestic disturbance.

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