Posted: Sunday, February 10th 2013 at 8:58am
3 Gainesville-based groups benefit from JEMC grants
JEFFERSON - During their January meeting, the Jackson EMC (JEMC) Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $84,196 in grants, including $82,960 to organizations and $1,236 to individuals. Among the grants awarded were $33,000 to four agencies that provide programs or services to the residents of Hall and Lumpkin Counties:
*15,000 to Challenged Child & Friends, a Gainesville non-profit organization providing educational, therapeutic, nursing and family support services to children with disabilities, to support the Early Intervention Program that provides special needs children with classroom instruction, individualized therapy and nursing services.
*7,500 to Good Samaritan Ministries in Buford to help fund the residential inmate recovery program, which provides inmates three months of self-study, classes and work therapy, followed by nine months of employment either inside or outside the ministry, to help them become productive members of society by working on drug and alcohol issues.
*7,500 to L.A.M.P. Ministries in Gainesville for its Community Youth Outreach program, three-month sessions that combine group counseling and community activities to provide high risk youths with a positive alternative to gangs and other delinquent behavior.
*3,000 to the American Red Cross – Northeast Georgia Chapter (Gainesville) to recruit and train disaster response volunteers in Hall and Lumpkin counties, and to provide Family Emergency Disaster Relief to families in those counties who lose their homes in a fire.
The Jackson EMC Foundation has put more than $7.3 million back into local communities since it was founded in 2005, funding 712 grants to organizations and 253 grants to individuals. Cooperative members participating in Operation Round Up have their monthly electric bills rounded up to the next dollar amount, with the “spare change” going to the Foundation.
Any individual or charitable organization in the ten counties served by Jackson EMC (Clarke, Banks, Barrow, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe) may apply for a Foundation grant by completing an application, available online at http://www.jacksonemc.com/foundation-guidelines or at local Jackson EMC offices. Applicants do not need to be a member of Jackson EMC.
Link: Jackson EMC Foundation
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