2014 Grants Awarded

2014 Jackson EMC Foundation Annual Report Jackson EMC Foundation 2014 Annual Report

Turning Small Change Into Life Change

Jackson EMC members who contribute pennies through Operation Round Up® can take satisfaction in knowing that the small amount of change they give each month brings about worthwhile and positive change throughout our communities.

Almost 90 percent of Jackson EMC members take part in this philanthropic program.

The Jackson EMC Foundation 2014 Annual Report contains a list of Jackson EMC Foundation's annual donations, messages from President/CEO Chip Jakins and Foundation Chair Beauty Baldwin, and a few stories of how small change makes big life change possible.

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December 2014

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $113,540 in grants to organizations during their December meeting, including $104,000 to organizations and $9,540 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry for its Emergency Food Assistance Program, which provides clients with emergency food supplies, buying them time to deal with the difficult and frequently temporary circumstances they are facing and helping them get back on their feet.
  • $15,000 to the Norcross Cooperative Ministry for its Emergency Shelter Assistance Program, which provides up to four weeks stay at a local hotel for families that find themselves homeless.
  • $15,000 to the North Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry for its Medication Assistance Program, which covers the cost of non-narcotic/controlled substance prescriptions for senior citizens and families that qualify for assistance when the amount of medication is too much or the co-pays are too costly.
  • $10,000 to the Eyes of Love Lighthouse Mission in Buford, a grassroots ministry that collects and distributes clothes, food and furniture to those in need in Gwinnett, Hall, Barrow, Jackson and Clarke counties to help them get back on their feet, to help with rent on the building used to house the mission’s inventory.
  • $10,000 to the Lilburn Cooperative Ministry to provide 40 needy families with $250 assistance for rent or mortgage payments annually, helping them to avoid foreclosure or eviction.
  • $10,000 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 NOA’s Ark, a Dahlonega emergency shelter and comprehensive support program for women and children who have been the victims of domestic violence or sexual assault, to help fund a Trauma Counseling Service that provides individual and group counseling to reduce the risk of posttraumatic stress and other psychological problems.
  • $5,500 to Citizen Advocacy – Clarke County, a non-profit agency that develops one-to-one personal relationships between people with disabilities and local citizens for advocacy and protection, to help pay the salary of a part-time support coordinator.
  • $5,000 to Nothing but the Truth, a faith-based organization dedicated to meeting needs in the community, to purchase food for the Weekend Food Bag Ministry that provides food for the weekend to Gwinnett County public schoolchildren who have been identified by counselors as food insecure.
  • $4,000 to Randy and Friends, Inc., a Gainesville non-profit that employs adults with developmental disabilities, for a commercial-grade range, refrigerator/freezer and icemaker that will be used to expand the offerings of The Rooster’s Perch Café, where clients work as well as display and sell crafts they have created.
  • $2,500 to Books for Keeps, an Athens nonprofit organization that works to improve children’s reading achievement, for its Stop Summer Slide program, which provides books for summer reading to children in elementary schools where 90 percent or more of the students receive free or reduced lunches.
  • $2,000 to Northeast Church Women’s Mission Connection in Braselton for its Backpack Buddies program that sends two main meals, breakfast choices, snacks, juice and shelf milk home each weekend with  children in the West Jackson Primary, West Jackson Intermediate and Gum Springs Elementary schools who have been identified by counselors as being food insecure.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to help rebuild the home of a Banks County family that is trying to rebuild after a fire destroyed their home.
  • $3,500 to help fund training for a service dog that will assist a young man who has cerebral palsy and is legally blind as he attends college next fall.
  • $2,540 to convert an existing shower/tub enclosure to a handicap accessible shower for a disabled senior citizen.

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November 2014

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $86,000 in grants to organizations during their November meeting.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Jackson County to help rehab a former bank-owned modular home and bring it up to code as housing for a single mother and her son, as well as construct a second home for a family of eight that includes three generations and two members with disabilities.
  • $12,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Catherine Laboure in Jefferson for its financial assistance program which provides funds to families in crisis for rent, mortgage, food, transportation, gas, car repair and insurance premiums, and medical assistance.
  • $12,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Society of Peace Catholic Church in 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.
  • $12,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Michael in Gainesville to help fund direct aid for housing assistance, including rent, mortgage and temporary housing, for families in crisis.
  • $8,000 to Athens Urban Ministries, a grassroots organization dedicated to assisting those who need a hand up, to help provide instruction and materials for GED training to promote self-sufficiency.
  • $7,000 to Multiple Choices Center for Independent Living in Athens for its “Good Roots Project,” which trains developmentally disabled individuals organic vegetable growing techniques, providing local gardeners, commercial producers and community gardens with high-quality, organically grown seedlings, and providing the trainees with skills that could enable them to become independent business owners.
  • $5,000 to Freedom from Bondage, an Athens  recovery residence for women with drug and substance abuse dependency, to help pay entry fees and rent for those who have no resources, as well as providing bus passes and a desktop computer to help the women look for employment.
  • $5,000 to ChildKind, a non-profit supporting families that care for medically fragile children, to help provide in-home care instructions through its Home Based Services program, preparing parents in Banks, Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties to adequately and successfully care for their child or foster child at home.
  • $5,000 to Children First, an Athens community-based non-profit that works with families and the courts to ensure the children have safe, stable, nurturing living environments, to help provide supportive supervised visitation in a neutral setting for families whose children have been placed in foster care.
  • $5,000 to the Sexual Assault Center & Children’s Advocacy Center in Athens to cover the cost of 100 individual therapy sessions to give clients who are victims of child abuse and sexual assault the appropriate tools to cope emotionally and maintain a healthy life.

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September 2014

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $100,000 in grants during their September meeting, including $96,500 to organizations and $3,500 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Hebron Community Health Center in Lawrenceville, a nonprofit organization providing medical and dental care to low-income, uninsured Gwinnett residents, to provide diagnostic follow-up testing, eye exams and prescription glasses, and prescription medication, glucose monitors and glucose strips.
  • $15,000 to the Madison County Senior Center to help fund the Home Delivered Meals program, which allows frail and older citizens to maintain independence and dignity, while receiving nutritious meals, nutrition screening, education and counseling services, and opportunities for social contact.  The center currently serves 49 home delivered meals daily, five days a week, and has a waiting list of 30 people.
  • $15,000 to the Tree House, a children’s advocacy center working to reduce child abuse in Barrow, Jackson and Banks counties, for the Family Services Supervised Visitation Program, which provides a neutral, child-friendly environment for visits between children in foster care and their parents to enable them to maintain and enhance family bonds and provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children when reunited.
  • $13,500 to Mercy Health Center, an Athens ministry using 700 professional and lay volunteers to provide primary and specialty medical care, dental and pharmacy services for low income uninsured patients, to help fund the services of a nurse practitioner for new patient appointments and supplies to serve those patients.
  • $12,000 to the Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy to purchase materials and provide instructors for basic literacy classes for adults 16 and older and GED preparation classes for students who have not completed high school.  The 2011 U.S. Census reports that about 22 percent of Hall County residents are not high school graduates and 10 percent have less than a 9th grade education.
  • $10,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Matthew Conference in Winder to help provide needy individuals and families with food, prescription medication and rent assistance.  The volunteer organization is largely funded through parishioners’ monthly donations, and serves a growing client base in Barrow County.
  • $7,500 to Choices Pregnancy Care Center in Gainesville for ultrasound services to check for a pregnancy’s viability and eliminate the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy, and for sexual integrity presentations to middle and high school students in Hall County and Gainesville City Schools that teach the emotional and physical consequences of making poor sexual health choices.
  • $5,000 to the Ark United Ministry Outreach, an Athens agency that prevents homelessness by providing emergency assistance to families facing financial crisis, to provide $100 in additional rent assistance for 50 families facing eviction.
  • $2,500 to the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank, a non-profit that offers emergency aid to clients who cannot obtain assistance elsewhere because their situation often places them temporarily below the poverty line, to help replace an aging van used to move food.
  • $1,000 to Exceptional Kids Athletics, a Snellville non-profit that uses occupational therapists and former professional or college-level players as coaches along with youth volunteers to provide six-weeks of sports training to children ages 4-21 with physical or cognitive disabilities.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to install a handicap accessible shower for a visually impaired man who has additional serious health issues.

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August 2014

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $107,500 in grants during their August meeting, including $99,500 to organizations and $8,000 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Children’s Center for Hope & Healing in Gainesville to provide 37 children who have been sexually abused with therapy to reduce trauma symptoms such as nightmares, bed wetting, anxiousness, depression, anger, fatigue and self-hatred.
  • $15,000 to For Her Glory, a Gainesville agency that provides breast cancer patients with items that are not covered by insurance, such as wigs, bras, compression sleeves and gloves.
  • $15,000 to the Salvation Army of Athens for emergency shelter operations and to provide food to shelter residents and those in the community who are hungry and seek a meal at the nightly free dinner; the shelter provided 16,845 nights of shelter and 29,033 evening meals last year.
  • $15,000 to the Salvation Army of Gainesville to assist with the costs of providing Emergency Shelter to prevent homelessness and community meals for families and individuals who are struggling; the agency provided 8,732 nights of shelter and 9,002 evening meals last year.
  • $15,000 to the Salvation Army of Lawrenceville for the Family Emergency Services program, which prevents homelessness and stabilizes families by providing rent or mortgage financial assistance directly to the landlord or property holder; the agency provided 200 families with rent assistance in 2013.
  • $5,500 to Diamond In the Rough, a Snellville faith-based youth development and leadership program for girls 10-18, for the Clusters long-term mentoring and leadership development program which uses small group meetings one day per week for 1-2 hours during the school year to build self-image, character, leadership, health and wellness, financial stewardship, healthy relationships and spiritual enrichment.
  • $5,000 to ConnectAbility, a Dahlonega non-profit providing support services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families, for its Sidekicks Respite care, short-term care for individuals so that caregivers may have a break from constant caregiving responsibilities.
  • $5,000 to the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta to develop science, technology, engineering and math leadership among Gwinnett County elementary school girls, using program staff and volunteers to deliver four to six sessions of It’s Your Planet Love It and Imagine Your STEM Future curricula series.
  • $5,000 to the Salvation Army of Toccoa to assist with the costs of providing Emergency Shelter to prevent homelessness and community meals for families and individuals who are struggling; the agency provided 93 families with 20 weeks of stay through hotel/motel vouchers and 120 community meals last year.
  • $4,000 to Prevent Child Abuse Athens, a grassroots organization focused on ending neglect and abuse, to offer the First Steps primary prevention program that offers support, parenting education and community referrals to new parents to help them with the challenges of parenting.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to replace the heat pump of a senior citizen.
  • $3,400 to repair the roof of a senior citizen.
  • $1,100 to realign the dentures of a disabled woman.

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July 2014

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $80,000 in grants during their July meeting, including $75,000 to organizations and $5,000 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Barrow County in Winder for its Power Hour comprehensive homework help and tutoring program, and Goals for Graduation, a program that combats academic underachievement and links further aspirations with concrete actions today.
  • $15,000 to Hi-Hope Service Center in Lawrenceville to help fund part-time nursing services for 20 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.
  • $10,000 to Hope Clinic, a primary care internal medicine clinic founded to provide the uninsured working poor with affordable care, to help purchase an electrocardiogram and Spot Vital Sign equipment for its Chronic Care Management Program that treats patients with multiple chronic conditions.
  • $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.
  • $7,500 to the Asian American Resource Foundation, a Gwinnett non-profit which provides supportive services to members of the community in need, for its Transitional Housing Program that provides homeless single mothers and their children with up to 24 months of housing assistance and support services to transition them to permanent housing.
  • $7,500 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Athens for its Mind Blowers Program, a targeted supplemental math education program to teach essential problem-solving and quantitative skills that students will use in the classroom, work world and every-day life.
  • $5,000 to the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative, a Grayson non-profit that assists local families with food and financial support in their time of need, to help purchase a commercial refrigeration unit that will enable the cooperative to better use its supply chain of fresh produce.
  • $5,000 to the Rotary Club of Madison County to purchase materials for 10 handicap ramps, which are constructed by Rotary Club members for local individuals who cannot afford them, increasing their general mobility and improving safety in the event they need to evacuate their home.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $1,500 to purchase a ramp to carry the wheelchair of a disabled woman.
  • $3,500 to help purchase a handicapped accessible van for a child with cerebral palsy.

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June 2014

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $81,955 in grants during their June meeting, including $73,200 to organizations and $8,755 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Good Samaritan Health Center in Lawrenceville, to offer evening and weekend operating hours that give the working poor access to healthcare without having to take unpaid time off from work and risking their employment.
  • $15,000 to Interlocking Communities, a Lawrenceville grassroots community service organization focusing on education, to install support technology at new location, replace 10-year-old textbooks/workbooks, and hire two additional part-time classroom instructors for new location’s smaller classrooms.
  • $10,000 to I Still Have a Dream Foundation, an Athens-based non-profit that provides those who have had brain and spinal cord injuries in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties with transportation and supplies, to help purchase and equip a handicapped accessible van that will allow the organization to serve more patients.
  • $10,000 to Gainesville Action Ministries, a network of 17 Hall County congregations that work to prevent homelessness by providing emergency financial, food and clothing assistance, and children’s services, to provide rent assistance.
  • $7,000 to Angel House of Georgia, a Gainesville recovery residence for women with alcohol and/or drug addiction, to cover program fees that will enable indigent women to participate in the twelve-month program.
  • $6,000 to Guest House to provide low income clients with access to the Gainesville non-profit senior day care center, which offers high quality medical attending, personal care, occupational therapy and safety to older seniors and those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • $5,000 to the Girls Leadership Summer Program in Gainesville, an intensive six-week course for girls ages 13-17 that establishes mentoring relationships between the girls and women in the minority community, develops leadership and collaboration skills, and promotes the development of new leaders in the community.
  • $3,200 to Friends of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens to produce calendars used as learning tools by Garden Earth Naturalist Clubs, after-school science clubs that encourage youth ages 8-10 to study and explore natural habitats.
  • $2,000 to the Path Project, a Gwinnett non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk children close the achievement gap and find the right path for their lives, for college student interns that will lower the organization’s staff to child ratio at it summer camp.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,387 to repair the floors in the home of a disabled woman.
  • $2,870 to purchase a special stroller for a child with cerebral palsy.
  • $2,498 to purchase a scooter lift for a disabled woman.

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May 2014

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $82,400 in grants during their May meeting, including $75,700 to organizations and $6,700 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Annandale at Suwanee, a nonprofit community serving adults with developmental disabilities or traumatic brain injury, to purchase tablets, desktop computers, projector and smart board that will enable clients to learn daily living workforce readiness skills to maximize their abilities and enable them to successfully live and work independently.
  • $15,000 to Lindsay’s Legacy Mentoring, Inc. in Jackson County to help fund the coordinator’s position for a program which recruits and trains adult mentors to work with students kindergarten through 12th grade in all three school systems within the county, helping to ensure those young people become healthy, educated and employable.
  • $10,200 to Gateway House, a Hall County non-profit serving victims of domestic violence and their children, to provide emergency legal assistance to request, file and enforce a Temporary Protective Order (TPO) to keep abusive partners from having contact with or harassing victims..
  • $10,000 to Lanier Tech for its Accelerating Opportunities Student Program, which combines GED instruction with English as a Second Language, decreasing the amount of time it takes students to become gainfully employed and increasing Northeast Georgia’s work-ready workforce.
  • $9,000 to Eagle Ranch, a Chestnut Mountain home for boys and girls in crisis, to help remodel an outdoor fitness area to enable younger girls in two group homes to participate in regular exercise and recreational activities to help them develop self-discipline and establish a healthy lifestyle.
  • $5,000 to Families of Children Under Stress (FOCUS), a nonprofit agency serving children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities and their families, to help provide Camp Hollywood in Lawrenceville, a unique summer day camp where children with developmental disabilities can build social skills, self-respect, character and community living skills.
  • $5,000 to the Quinlan Arts Center, Inc., in Gainesville, to enable about 40 disadvantaged, but exceptional students with exemplary artistic skills entering 1st-8th grades at Title I schools in Hall, Jackson, Gwinnett, and Lumpkin counties attend one-week Art Camp sessions..
  • $4,000 to Nuci’s Space in Athens, a non-profit organization working to prevent suicide, to enable young people from low income families participate in Camp Amped, a summer day camp for northeast Georgia youth ages 11-18 focusing on positive mental health and music education.
  • $2,500 to H.O.P.E., Inc., a Duluth non-profit that serves low-income single parents working to achieve their college degree, to help with childcare and housing when either situation threatens the parent’s ability to continue their classes.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to help purchase a handicap accessible van for a family with two disabled children.
  • $3,200 to replace the HVAC unit of a disabled man.

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April 2014

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $110,000 in grants during their April meeting, including $106,500 to organizations and $3,500 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Camp Koinonia in Homer to provide 62 Banks County underprivileged 3rd through 6th grade students referred by Family Connection and DFACS with a five-day camping experience that provides positive learning experiences to establish strong character, leadership and teambuilding skills and build personal relationships.
  • $15,000 to Exodus Outreach, a Buford non-profit organization serving people in all walks of life who are hurting and in need of support, for a summer program that offers at-risk students in Kindergarten through eighth grade with a summer learning and development curriculum that provides supervision and readies the students to succeed in school in the fall.
  • $15,000 to the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team for its student leadership program, a two-year program serving high school juniors and seniors in 22 public schools, providing practical leadership skills and training to return to their home high school to facilitate the core leadership principles with groups there to increase the capacity to develop student leaders.
  • $13,500 to Extra Special People in Watkinsville to provide an opportunity for special needs or seriously ill children from low income or financially distressed families to attend a weeklong camp where they can explore nature, discover their own abilities, master new skills and make new friends.
  • $10,000 to Camp Twin Lakes, a not-for-profit organization which offers year-round recreational, therapeutic and educational programs for children facing serious illness and other challenges, to help children in Jackson EMC’s 10-county service area attend its state-of-the-art, fully accessible campsites.
  • $10,000 to the Spectrum Autism Support Group, a parent-run non-profit group in Suwanee that provides support, education and resources for the entire spectrum of autism disorders, to enable disadvantaged autistic individuals ages four to 22 to attend the organization’s weeklong summer camp program where daily activities are used to teach social skills lessons.
  • $7,000 to the Young Women’s Christian Organization (YWCO) in Athens to help girls from low income families attend the Girls Club, a structured recreational and educational summer program targeting young girls ages 5-14 from low-to-moderate income families, and to help defray bus transportation expenses.
  • $6,000 to the Gwinnett Public Library to purchase books for its Summer Reading Book Giveaway, which provides a free book to every child, from toddler to teenager, who completes their summer reading goal.
  • $5,000 to Camp Kudzu, a year-round camping program for children with diabetes and their families to teach diabetes management skills that will reduce their risk of diabetes-related complications, as well improve their attitude about living with the disease.
  • $5,000 to the Side by Side Brain Injury Club, a Gwinnett non-profit organization that helps individuals recovering from traumatic brain injury to regain employment and living skills, to provide 12 months of rehabilitation program fees for brain injured adults in the counties served by Jackson EMC.
  • $2,500 to the Gainesville 1st United Methodist Church Urban Ministry to help fund a summer soccer camp for at-risk elementary school-aged children in the Baker and Glover neighborhood.
  •  $2,500 to the Cross Pointe Church Food Pantry to purchase food.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to purchase a swivel seat to safely transfer a disabled young woman from her wheelchair to an automobile.

March 2014

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $83,795 in grants during their March meeting, including $78,700 to organizations and $5,095 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Project Adam, a non-profit focused on the prevention and treatment of alcohol and drug dependency, to help purchase a communications system for the agency’s new facilities in the former Barrow County Water & Sewer Authority property that will house its intensive outpatient and adolescent treatment services, risk reduction program and defensive driving course.
  • $15,000 to the Good News Clinics, a non-profit organization that provides free medical and dental care to the underserved and uninsured residents of Gainesville and Hall County, to replace inefficient and outdated computers in the transition to an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system.
  • $10,000 to the American Red Cross of Northeast Georgia to provide disaster relief assistance, including emergency food, shelter, clothing and other needs, to families and individuals in Hall and Lumpkin counties so they can begin the task of rebuilding their lives.
  • $10,000 to the Place of Seven Springs, a Snellville non-profit which provides food and emergency assistance to Gwinnett County residents in need, to provide funds for emergency housing, water bills, gas cards, food and non-narcotic prescription medicine.
  • $8,000 to The Potters House, an Atlanta Mission facility, to help feed, house, counsel and provide educational programs such as adult literacy to men who are recovering from substance abuse through an intensive residential program at this 570-acre working farm in Jefferson.
  • $7,500 to Project Safe, an Athens agency serving families in the counties Jackson EMC serves who are experiencing domestic violence, for a Transitional Housing Initiative that provides long-term housing and support services to domestic violence survivors who need extra assistance to become emotionally and financially self-sufficient.
  • $5,700 to ACTION, Inc., for the Full Plate Food Program, which uses staff and volunteers to collect surplus food donated by Athens area restaurants, which is then redistributed to homeless shelters and other human service agencies, reducing both hunger and the food budgets of those agencies.
  • $5,000 to the Athens Community Council on Aging for its Project Northeast Georgia Healthy Grandparents, a program that supports grandparents who are primary caregivers for their grandchildren, for UGA intern visits, transportation and needed materials, as well as afterschool and summer programs.
  • $2,500 to the Pantry at Hamilton Mill to purchase food.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $1,700 to purchase a hospital bed and shower chair for a disabled man.
  • $3,395 to repair the roof of a disabled woman.

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February 2014

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $86,738 in grants during their February meeting, including $82,400 to organizations and $4,338 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta’s Lawrenceville Unit for its Homework Help/Afterschool Program, which uses staff and volunteers to provide club members with homework help, specialized tutoring and high-yield learning activities.
  • $15,000 to the YMCA Piedmont Brad Akins Branch for its Summer Day Camp to enable 16 children and 14 teens from economically disadvantaged families to attend an 11-week day camp that provides a safe environment and nurturing quality programs for youths that might otherwise be “latchkey” kids during their schools’ summer break.
  • $14,400 to Meet the Need Ministry, Inc., a Barrow County non-profit organization that clothes, houses, feeds and transports men who find themselves homeless, hungry, addicted to drugs or alcohol, or just need a helping hand, to help cover rental expenses for a group home located in Gwinnett County that houses the men as they work toward recovery and self-sufficiency.
  • $10,000 to the American Red Cross – East Georgia Chapter to train disaster response volunteers and provide disaster relief, including food, shelter and clothing, to families in Jackson, Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties who have lost their home to a fire or natural disaster.
  • $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County for its Be GREAT: Graduate program, which helps youth who are at risk for dropping out of school to remain engaged in school and learning, and develop the academic, emotional and social skills necessary for success.
  • $6,000 to the Pilot Club of Winder to help implement Project Lifesaver International, a locating system using personalized tracking bracelets that allow adults with dementia or brain injuries and children with disorders such as autism or Down Syndrome who wander away and become lost to be located by the Sheriff’s Office.
  • $5,000 to Quilts for Kids – Northeast Georgia, a non-profit organization that uses volunteers to sew comforting quilts that are distributed to children at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gateway Domestic Violence Shelter and Family Promise of Hall County, for the purchase of fabric.
  • $2,500 to Gainesville/Hall Community Food Pantry to purchase food from the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.
  • $2,500 to Jefferson First Baptist Food Pantry to purchase food from the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.
  • $2,000 to Camp to Belong Georgia, a free summer camp that reunites brothers and sisters living separately in foster care or other out-of-home care to strengthen relationships, increase self-esteem, create healthier attitudes and childhood memories.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to repair the roof of a disabled woman.
  • $838 to purchase a lift chair for a disabled woman.

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January 2014

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $96,250 in grants during their January meeting, including $89,250 to organizations and $7,000 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Challenged Child and 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.
  • $15,000 to the Gwinnett Tech Accelerating Opportunity Program which pairs English as Second Language and Technical Education instructors in the classroom to advance students in both basic and professional/technical skills, working toward degrees and/or certificates, and preparing them for employment to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty.
  • $15,000 to Rainbow Village, a Duluth long-term, transformational housing program that provides fully furnished apartments and comprehensive support for homeless families with children in North Metro Atlanta, to help provide residents of its transitional housing with early childhood development facilities at the organization’s newly build community center.
  • $12,500 to the Ark of Jackson County, a community outreach effort by area churches that assists individuals who have experienced a loss of income due to circumstances beyond their control, to help fund emergency housing assistance for rent or mortgage, and prescription medicine assistance.
  • $10,750 to Creative Enterprises, a Lawrenceville agency serving the disabled, to help provide 50 weekly therapeutic sessions for 12 clients at DreamQuest, an equine-facilitated psychotherapy and therapeutic riding program that offers a unique counseling approach to personal growth and wellness.
  • $10,000 to the Georgia Children’s Chorus, an organization that provides vocal and choral training to young people who wish to pursue that field, to help 29 students from low-income families participate in the training program and concerts.
  • $10,000 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.
  • $1,000 to the Jackson County Arts Council to purchase art supplies for the middle and high school participants in its second annual Celebrate the Arts show, which allows serious art students to display their work and receive recognition for their achievements.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to replace the roof of a senior citizen.
  • $3,500 to purchase a computer with adaptive technology for a vision-impaired man and wife.

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