Jackson EMC Holiday Cheer
Throughout the year, Jackson EMC has committed to giving back to the community. During the holiday season, employees from the cooperative help spread cheer in the community. Through partnering with local volunteer initiatives and supporting families in need, Jackson EMC employees come together to make a positive impact.
Contact Center representatives collected 159 blankets along with Christmas tree ornaments and décor for Banks County seniors. Deidra Moore, director of the Banks County EMA, lead the community effort to provide blankets for seniors at Northridge Nursing Home, Habersham Retreat Assisted Care and Meals on Wheels. Brenda Moore, billing and collections coordinator at Jackson EMC, coordinated the effort at the cooperative with a goal of 100 blankets. “My co-workers have always stepped up and exceeded our goals each year,” Moore said. “Seniors have a special place in our hearts, and each year, we choose a project to help our local senior citizens who are in nursing homes.”
Employees also donated gifts to local families in need. Jackson EMC employees at the cooperative’s offices in Gainesville and Oakwood adopt a family in need each year. For 2019, a family with five children was selected. Employees brought toys, clothes and shoes to the office for an annual gift-wrapping party for the family. “My co-workers are so generous,” said Jill Talley, district administrative assistant, who helped coordinate the Christmas project this year. “We were able to provide lots of toys and warm clothing for the family in need.”
Tate O’Rouke, business development manager, and Kevin Cash, line foreman, coordinated Jackson EMC employee’s float participation in the annual Braselton Christmas Parade, which won second place in the float decoration contest. “We were able to use the $50 prize toward gifts for our sponsored family,” O’Rouke said.
Employees at the cooperative’s office in Hull plan for Christmas gift-giving throughout the year thanks to their honor-system vending snack box in the employee break room, as well as donations from employees. “Shopping for our sponsored families is rewarding because we know the children will have a visit from Santa,” said Melanie Berryman, district administrative assistant, who coordinates the effort with lineman Taylor Houser. This year, they shopped for four families. “Thanks to the generosity of my co-workers, we were able to purchase clothing, coats, shoes, and toys for nine children ranging in age from two to 10 years old,” Houser said.
Following the shopping expedition, customer service representative Wanda Scott and facilities technician Randall Echols delivered gifts to the Madison County Food Bank.
Bobbie Rooker, director of the Madison County Food Bank, along with community volunteers, received applications to serve more than 200 children with the Christmas Assistance Program in Madison County. “We are grateful for Jackson EMC employees who act as Santa’s elves for children in our community,” Rooker said.
“Sponsoring children is one of our favorite ways to celebrate the season of giving,” said Jackson EMC Neese District Manager Jean Mullis.
Jackson EMC employees also donated toys for the Banks County Schools annual Christmas Banquet for students with special needs and their families. Grove Level church hosted the evening with more than 120 people in attendance, including a special visit from Santa.