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Jackson EMC Role Models Volunteerism and Service

Jackson EMC employees routinely put the seventh Cooperative Principle - “Concern for Community” - in action when they volunteer to help local organizations that serve others.

One organization that benefits from our employees’ volunteerism is the American Cancer Society. Each of Jackson EMC’s four offices support the nonprofit organization. Many employees participate in Relay for Life, as well as help organize fundraisers leading up to the annual event.

At the Lawrenceville office, Residential New Development Advisor Nathan Bohannon heads up Relay for Life activities. “We’ve been involved with Relay for Life for more than two decades with many of our employees in Gwinnett County involved from the very beginning, giving their own personal time and talents to the cause,” says Nathan. “The event is held at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds and is one of the largest Relays in the nation. Thousands come out every year, and we give bucket truck rides to raise money that we then donate to the American Cancer Society.”

Jackson EMC volunteers start setting up their site at Relay for Life mid-morning and spend the rest of the afternoon getting ready for the evening event.

“It’s a picnic-type atmosphere, and this event serves as an opportunity for team building as well as a time to get to know fellow employees and their families,” says Nathan.

Leading up to the event, Jackson EMC offices hold a variety of fundraisers to add to their Relay for Life donations.

In Lawrenceville, several employee breakfasts, a gift basket raffle, and a chili cook-off – along with bucket truck rides at the Relay event — brought in $3,000, according to Nathan; cook-off winners were Gary Davis, lineman, for best chili, and Chris June, lineman, for white chicken chili. In addition, Jackson EMC served as a Relay for Life sponsor, pledging $5,000 toward the event in Gwinnett County.

In Jefferson, a burger/hotdog lunch, a gift basket raffle, bucket truck rides at the Relay for Life event, and the Annual Ride for Life event brought in a total of $20,194. According to Jackson County American Cancer Society Community Manager, Timothy Carithers, Jackson EMC was the leading team this year among Jackson County participants, beating out the second-highest contribution by over $2,000.

Each year, Jackson EMC displays Concern for Community by supporting events like Relay for Life. Volunteering to help local organizations that serve others is the co-op difference.