Posted: Thursday, October 31st 2013 at 1:45pm
Jackson EMC Foundation awards $78k; Hall Co. groups getting 4 of the grants
JEFFERSON - The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $81,941 in grants during their October meeting, including $78,441 to organizations serving area residents.
*$14,941 to the Infant Car Seat Safety Program, a service of the Gwinnett Hospital System, to purchase 192 approved, rear-facing car safety seats for infants born in system facilities whose parents cannot afford to purchase them.
*$10,000 to the St. Vincent de Paul Society – Flowery Branch for its Aid Hot Line program, which provides emergency aid to families in crisis for rent, mortgage and temporary housing to prevent homelessness and disrupted lives.
*$10,000 to the St. Vincent de Paul Society – St. Michael Church in Gainesville to help fund direct aid for housing assistance, including rent, mortgage and temporary housing, for families in crisis.
*$10,000 to the St. Vincent de Paul Society – Jackson County for its St. Catherine Laboure assistance program which provides funds to families in crisis for rent, mortgage, food, transportation, gas, repair and insurance premium, education assistance and medical assistance.
*$10,000 to Family Promise of Gwinnett County to help fund a part-time staff member that will allow its SaltLight Center temporary shelter for homeless women to expand its operations from five nights a week to seven.
*$10,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Jackson County to purchase plumbing, electrical equipment, HVAC and cabinets for its eleventh house, being built for the single mother of two young children.
*$6,000 to Family Promise of Hall County to purchase four desktop computers and Microsoft licenses for the day center to provide families with a computer lab to use for applications and job searches, resumes and cover letters, as well as signing up for TANF, food stamps, birth certificates and other necessities.
*$5,000 to the Boy Scouts of America Northeast Georgia Council to provide uniforms, handbooks and summer camp fees that will help underprivileged youth participate in scouting, teaching them to make ethical choices and promoting citizenship, leadership, mental and physical fitness.
*$2,500 to the Spirit of Joy Food Bank in Flowery Branch to purchase food for the more than 30 families they serve in an average month.
The Jackson EMC Foundation has put more than $8 million back into local communities since it was founded in 2005, funding 791 grants to organizations and 278 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.
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