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Jackson EMC Foundation awards nearly $108K in grants

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Jackson EMC Gainesville District Manager Bill Sanders presents a $12,500 Jackson EMC Foundation grant check to Gainesville Jaycees Vocational Rehabilitation Center Director Paula Phillips (center) and Administrative Assistant Beth Cook to help fund the Follow Along Services that enable clients to work and maintain their independence.
JEFFERSON - The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $107,864 in grants during its July meeting, including $97,700 to organizations and $10,164 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

$15,000 to the Hi-Hope Service Center in Lawrenceville to help fund part-time nursing services for 24 developmentally disabled residents in Gwinnett County, providing services such as daily medication, insulin, blood checks and specialized medical treatment to an increasing number of residents who require onsite nursing care.

$15,000 to Our Neighbor, a Gainesville grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to assisting young adults with special challenges, to provide two developmentally disabled men with a year of rent at the organization’s fifth house, groceries and personal care items, as well as extra caregiving not currently covered.

$12,500 to the Gainesville Jaycees Vocational Rehabilitation Center, which provides vocational services to individuals with disabilities or others with similar vocational needs, to fund Follow Along Services, individualized support provided by team members, co-workers, family members and other supporters that enable individuals to work successfully, maintaining their employment and independence.

$11,500 to I AM, Inc., in Buford to purchase supplies for the Gaining Insight & Real Life Skills (GIRLS) leadership development program for girls age 10-18, aimed at reducing the instance of high-risk behaviors, increasing self-esteem and focusing on life skills that promote success, such as self-assessment, managing money, etiquette, goal-setting, public speaking and choosing a career.

$10,000 to the Vision and Hearing Care Program, a service of the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, to help provide surgical procedures to restore sight, eye exams, and prescription eyewear for low-income residents in the 10 counties Jackson EMC serves, using Lighthouse medical equipment, volunteer doctors, staff and volunteers.

$10,000 to the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, a multi-use science, history, culture, heritage and environmental facility located on a 700-acre campus in Buford, to allow students from low-income families to attend interpretative, hands-on field studies and educational programs.

$7,000 to the Rainbow Children’s Home, a Dahlonega shelter for abused and neglected children, to help fund “Lydia’s Place,” a group home that provides supervision and support and that serves as a stepping stone to independent living for teens that have aged out of the foster care system.

$5,000 to the Gainesville/Hall County Fellowship of Christian Athletes to present the One Way 2 Play – Drug Free Program, which confronts the problem of drug use among students by instilling values, encouraging goal setting and establishing accountability through positive peer pressure in middle and high schools in Banks, Hall and Jackson counties.

$4,200 to the Barrow County Special Olympics to purchase equipment and supplies for nearly 300 special needs athletes and athletes-in-training from 16 county schools so they can compete in basketball, bocce, soccer, softball, swimming, and track and field events.

$2,500 to iServe Ministries, a Jefferson grassroots organization that helps churches recognize community needs and helps get those needs met, for backpacks and food for its “Bags of Love” program that sends students from disadvantaged families home each weekend with enough food for 4-6 family meals and snacks.

$2,500 to Safe Kids Athens, a coalition that works to prevent accidental injury among children under the age of 15, to help fund a Bike Rodeo that teaches bike safety and skills, check bicycles and helmets for proper adjustment, and replace helmets that do not meet federal regulations.

$2,500 to Disabled American Veterans – Chapter 92 for its Veterans Relief Fund that provides assistance for emergency needs such as rent, medical bills, groceries, or a bus ticket home to veterans and their families.

Individual Grant Recipients:

$3,500 to help a disabled woman obtain dental work and dentures.

$3,454 to purchase adaptive technology for a visually disabled man to return to school.

$2,970 to purchase a new HVAC unit for a disabled woman.
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