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Jackson EMC Employee Wins Statewide Volunteer Award

(JEFFERSON, GA. Nov. 14, 2017) — During a statewide meeting on Monday, Jackson EMC employee and long-standing community servant Melanie Berryman was presented the Georgia EMC 2017 Community Service and Volunteerism Award for EMC employees.

According to Jackson EMC Neese District Manager Jean Mullis, Berryman has made a lasting impact in northeast Georgia.

“Melanie’s heart lies in her mentorship of teen mothers,” Mullis says. “Through the Madison Area Resource Team (MART) Teen Parent Support Group, she has mentored more than 100 teen moms in the past 20 years.”

“She encourages them to complete their high school education, and many proceed to college, too,” Mullis notes. “Her most recent success is a young mom who earned her high school diploma and is earning her college degree while working at a local high school.”

Moreover, Berryman coordinates every aspect of the MART’s annual “Back to School Supply Rally” and procures school supplies from local businesses, secures sponsors, fills grade-appropriate backpacks, recruits volunteers, and develops all supporting materials.

“I have the privilege of working with Melanie in many areas,” says Shirley Aaron, director, Madison County Mentor Program. “Although she has been a mentor in our program since 2002, she actually began mentoring high school teen parents in 1996, two years before our mentor program was even founded. The support she gives these teens prepares them to be good parents and keeps them in school to graduate.”

Berryman’s other chief contribution in Madison County involves serving on the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Council. She trains and presents the “Bird and Bees, Not Fish and Flies” educational curriculum for parents and community groups to help parents talk with their children about appropriate sexual behavior. She actively coordinates community fair displays, summits and conferences to educate the community on teen pregnancy prevention.

In addition, Berryman donates time and attention to Family Connection of Madison County, the Madison County School System, and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Action Team—Madison County Health Department.

Nominations for the Community Service and Volunteerism Awards were reviewed by an independent panel of judges from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, including Division Director of Community Development Rusty Haygood; Executive Assistant to the Commissioner Traci Turgeon; and Community Development Specialist Cam Yearty.

The purpose of the Georgia EMC Community Service and Volunteerism Award is to spotlight the outstanding efforts and initiatives of EMC management, individual directors and employees who are working to build stronger communities.

About 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 225,000 meters on 14,000 miles of energized wire. For more information, visit jacksonemc.com.

About Georgia EMC

Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association representing the state’s 41 electric membership cooperatives, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp. Through this statewide network, the EMCs provide electricity and related services to 4.4 million people, nearly half of Georgia’s population, across 73 percent of the state’s land area.