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2016
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Funding for the Future by Aiding and Inspiring Our Youth

For 11 years, the Jackson EMC Foundation has provided funding for a multitude of community-based programs throughout the 10 counties served by Jackson EMC. Grants have gone to support food banks and community health clinics, educational initiatives and emergency shelters, and so much more.

As an electric cooperative, Jackson EMC provides power to more than 221,000 meters across northeast Georgia. As a community partner, the Jackson EMC Foundation empowers youth throughout the region.

The impact is possible thanks to Jackson EMC members who participate in Operation Round Up® by rounding up their monthly power bills to the next dollar, with the extra pennies set aside for charity. Jackson EMC Foundation’s volunteer board of directors meets monthly to study grant requests from hundreds of area organizations and distributes grants to projects that impact the most citizens. The Foundation routinely provides assistance to programs that aid and inspire area youth.

This funding for youth has run the gamut—from providing for after school homework programs and organizations for developmentally challenged children to purchasing library books for kids and funding programs that deliver youth from the influence of gangs and violence.

Read the 2016 Annual Report, to learn about eight organizations that positively impact the youth of Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe counties. The report is available online at: www.jacksonemc.com/foundation.

 

Adventure Bags $7,500 for Comfort bags for displaced children. The goal is simple: provide security and comfort to a child in crisis. Adventure Bags does this by supplying children with essential items so that, as they transition during a crisis, they have something that’s all their own. Adventure Bags President and CEO Debbie Gori is affectionately called “the Bag Lady.” Learn more at adventurebags.org.

L.A.M.P. Ministries $11,000 for community youth and children's program. The Jackson EMC Foundation grant supports L.A.M.P.’s Community Youth and Children’s Program, which features three-month sessions open to children, ages 7-17, at risk of becoming involved in gang activity. Group counseling, community activities and education assistance provide a positive alternative to gangs, drugs and crime. Learn more at lampga.org.

Jackson County 4-H Robotics Program $6,000 for equipment for first robotics competition. For six weeks each winter, the Jackson County 4-H Robotics Team lives, breathes, eats and sleeps robotics. It’s practically a must when competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The acronym stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” and the global competition reinforces STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills while inspiring innovation and promoting life skills. Learn more at team4189.org/joomla/index.php/about-us.

C.O.R.E. $10,000 for program costs for participants. C.O.R.E. improves the lives of adolescents struggling with weight by promoting Confidence, Ownership, Responsibility and Exercise through a 12-week program of high intensity, high impact exercise and instruction on healthy eating and behavior modification. At the end of three months, C.O.R.E. participants find themselves stronger, more confident and more interested in fitness. Coach Chris Jordan works out with C.O.R.E. participants at the punching bags. Learn more at mulherinfoundation.com.