09:00 AM

CoBank Awards $5K Grant to Path Project in Gainesville

(JEFFERSON, Ga. June 10, 2019)—The Path Project was awarded a $5,000 grant through a nomination by Jackson EMC to the CoBank Sharing Success Program. The grant will fund a covered classroom extension at its community center in the Baker & Glover Mobile Home Park in Gainesville.

“We are grateful to Jackson EMC for nominating us for this grant,” said Meredith Pierce, community director for Path Project. “We will be able to enclose the deck to create more classroom and learning space. Right now, students have to wait outside, in any weather condition, to take turns for homework help inside the trailer.”

In 2018, Jackson EMC provided the the Path Project with a $30,000 grant, made possible by margin refunds that were unclaimed by the electric cooperative’s members for five years. The Jackson EMC grant made Path Project eligible for a nomination to the CoBank Sharing Success Program. The program matches contributions — up to $7,500 —made by its cooperative members, which includes Jackson EMC.

Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, the largest electric cooperative in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation, is headquartered 50 miles northeast of Atlanta in Jefferson, Ga. The cooperative serves more than 230,000 meters on 14,000 miles of energized wire. For more information, visit jacksonemc.com.

CoBank is a $126 billon cooperative bank serving industries and utilities in rural areas of all 50 states.

The Path Project is a non-profit organization that delivers after-school programming in an effort to increase the high school graduation rate of students living in mobile home parks. The program works with community leaders, churches and local schools to build positive relationships and empower kids academically.