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Jackson EMC Donates $50,000 to Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett

Jackson EMC donated $50,000 to the Young Adults Learning Life Skills (YALLS) Program, a division of Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett, which serves young adults with disabilities as they transition into adulthood.  

 “This donation will enable us to provide the perfect environment for these young adults to further grow their skills in a variety of areas, emphasizing housekeeping, hospitality, culinary and foodservice,” said Jamie Hamilton, the school’s executive director.  

 “With purposefully built spaces, industry partnerships, enriching programming, and real-world training opportunities these young adults will develop meaningful skill sets that will open doors for employment. This space will also allow us to welcome as many as 20 new young adults to the program and create multiple full and part-time job opportunities,” Hamilton said. 

The comprehensive renovation will create the Jackson EMC YALLS Life Skills Development Center and include partnerships with organizations like CUSA Hospitality, LLC, a hospitality management firm, that will furnish space with authentic fixtures, aid in the creation of training programs, and provide on-the-job learning opportunities.  Similar partnerships are being formed to support the culinary and foodservice training programs. 

 "The YALLS group focuses on growing independence in the community, workplace and home. Ongoing training, education and support ensure that each participant finds their niche that will provide them with a sense of fulfillment and pride that will keep them looking forward,” said Hamilton. 

The Jackson EMC donation was made possible using 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 247,000 meters on 14,654 miles of energized wire. For more information, visit jacksonemc.com.