Jackson EMC Donates $10K to Extra Special People
(JEFFERSON, GA. Jan. 5, 2018) – Jackson EMC donated $10,000 to Extra Special People in Watkinsville for its Camp Hooray property. ESP serves children and young adults with developmental disabilities and their families through year-round programming, family support and community involvement.
“This donation will give kids and adults of all abilities the chance to engage in sustainability programs and projects at Camp Hooray,” said Ashley Hilmer, coordinator of development for Extra Special People (ESP). “Specifically, we will be able to create a special camp garden with raised beds for our after-school and camp programs.”
Camp Hooray will one day be the home of ESP's summer camp, serving children throughout Georgia. Currently, the rustic camp provides a space for outdoor enrichment, summer recreation, and quality family time to ESP's 300 families.
The Jackson EMC donation was made from margin refunds that have been unclaimed by the electric cooperative’s members for five years. Legislation passed in 2005 permits Georgia electric cooperatives to make charitable, education and economic development contributions of unclaimed margin refunds.
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 225,000 meters with 14,000 miles of energized wire. For more information, visit jacksonemc.com.
Photo: A $10,000 Jackson EMC check to Extra Special People will enable Camp Hooray to create a sustainable camp garden. At the check presentation are (from left): Jean Mullis, Jackson EMC district manager; Ashley Hilmer, ESP Coordinator of Development; and Kelly McCabe, ESP board member.