Wellroot Family Services Receives Cooperative Grant
Wellroot Family Services was awarded a $5,000 grant through a nomination by Jackson EMC to the CoBank Sharing Success Program. The grant will help Wellroot pilot the nationally-recognized home visitation program called Healthy Families America for families in Gainesville.
“This grant enables us to serve 150 at-risk parents and their infants through the Healthy Families America program, which provides home visits for new parents facing challenges, such as history of abuse, substance use, mental health issues or domestic violence,” said Sharon Brewer, community cultivator for Wellroot.
Families enroll voluntarily in Healthy Families America as early as prenatally or at birth and work one-on-one with a family support specialist in the home, receiving services tailored to their needs, until the child is five years old. Family service specialists provide information on parenting and child development, parenting classes and case management.
In 2020, Jackson EMC provided Wellroot Family Services with a $25,000 donation, which was made possible using margin refunds that had been unclaimed by the electric cooperative’s members for five years. Legislation passed in 2005 permits Georgia’s electric cooperatives to make charitable, education and economic development contributions of unclaimed margin refunds.
The Jackson EMC donation made the nonprofit organization eligible for a grant nomination from the CoBank Sharing Success program. The program matches contributions — up to $10,000 —made by its cooperative members, including Jackson EMC.
CoBank is a national cooperative bank serving industries and utilities in rural areas of all 50 states. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing, and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water, and communications providers.
Wellroot Family Services, formerly known as The United Methodist Children’s Home, responds to the needs of children and families through its foster care, transitional living and family housing programs.
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 241,000 meters on 14,527 miles of energized wire. For more information, visit jacksonemc.com.