The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $81,572 in grants during their February meeting, including $75,737 to organizations and $5,835 to individuals.
Organizational Grant Recipients:
- $15,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Athens to hire part-time staff that will provide instruction at both club locations for its Mind Blowers Program, a targeted supplemental math education program that teaches essential problem-solving and quantitative skills students will use in the classroom, work world and every-day life.
- $10,000 to Athens Urban Ministries, a grassroots organization dedicated to assisting those who need a hand up, to help provide instruction, technology and materials for GED training to help 85 individuals in Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties achieve their potential through education and employment, with a goal of becoming self-sufficient.
- $9,604 to Gwinnett Special Forces, a community-based volunteer organization accredited under Special Olympics of Georgia that provides adults with intellectual and development disabilities in Barrow, Gwinnett and Hall counties the opportunity to play sports with a goal of promoting personal growth and athletic development, to purchase necessary equipment and uniforms.
- $8,000 to the Gainesville/Hall County 96 Roundtable, a non-profit organization formed to oversee operations and programs at the Lake Lanier Olympic Center for rowing, canoeing and kayaking, to purchase Automated External Defibrillators for the venue’s boathouse and Olympic Timing Tower that will provide emergency medical treatment in cases of cardiac arrest.
- $7,633 to the Choices Pregnancy Center in Gainesville to purchase parenting videos, literature and incentive baby items for its My Baby Counts program, which provides crucial parenting skills to pregnant women and new parents in Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties, and to conduct middle and high school sexual integrity programs in Gainesville City and Hall County schools.
- $7,500 to Judy House, a faith-based transition home for homeless men who have been incarcerated or under community supervision in Barrow, Gwinnett and Hall counties, to provide necessary personal expenses, transportation, food, household supplies and rent while they seek jobs and reconnect with their families and the community.
- $7,500 to the North Gwinnett Arts Association to provide art education, such as Drawing & Painting, Hand building with Clay, Pottery on the Wheel, Beginning Photography, Cartooning, Watercolor Painting, Acrylic Painting and Writing to students ages 5 to 90 who demonstrate financial need.
- $5,000 to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America to help 13 children from Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, and Jackson counties attend Camp Oasis, a six-day camping experience at Winder’s Camp Will-A-Way, that takes campers’ physical and social needs into consideration, provides dietary and medical support, and allows campers to interact with other children who face the same challenges of Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis.
- $3,500 to Guest House, a Gainesville non-profit senior day care center serving Banks, Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties that offers therapeutic activities, socialization, and professional medical services to frail seniors and those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia in the safest, most affordable and loving environment possible, to fund an art therapy program that can help enhance communication, brain function and social interaction in dementia patients.
- $2,000 to Casa de Amistad, an Athens non-profit providing social services, referrals, translation, education and advocacy to Latino and Hispanic families living below the poverty line in Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties, to provide free GED instruction in Spanish to help them achieve their potential through education and employment, with a goal of becoming self-sufficient.
Individual Grant Recipients:
- $2,800 to help replace the HVAC unit of an elderly disabled couple who have faced serious health issues and medical bills over the past two years.
- $3,035 to purchase a set of dentures for a diabetic senior citizen living on a fixed income.
The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $103,750 in grants to organizations during their January meeting.
Organizational Grant Recipients:
- $15,000 to Gainesville Action Ministries, a network of 25 Hall County congregations that work to prevent homelessness by providing emergency financial, food and clothing assistance, and children’s services, to provide rent assistance that enables clients to stay in their homes as well as case management for those clients and financial literacy training to help them break the cycle of poverty.
- $15,000 to ACTION, Inc., an Athens based organization serving Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties, for the Full Plate Food Program, which collects surplus food donated by Athens area restaurants and redistributes it to homeless shelters and other human service agencies, and for the Opportunities Now Program, which supports students seeking to improve their lives by completing a higher level of education.
- $15,000 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 in Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties to attend interpretative, hands-on field studies and educational programs.
- $15,000 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter to help cover copayments for qualified blood cancer patients in the 10 counties Jackson EMC serves. The society provides copay assistance from $2,500 to $10,000 per year per patient, depending on their diagnosis, and assisted 84 patients in Jackson EMC’s service area during the first three quarters of 2016.
- $15,000 to The Tree House, a children’s advocacy center working to reduce child abuse in Banks, Barrow and Jackson 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.
- $12,000 to Mercy Health Center, an Athens ministry using a community of professional and lay volunteers to provide primary and specialty medical care, dental and pharmacy services for low income uninsured patients in Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties, to provide “Whole Person Care” that meets patients’ physical, spiritual and emotional needs to improve health outcomes and manage resources more efficiently and effectively.
- $10,000 to Angel House of Georgia, a Gainesville recovery residence for women with alcohol and/or drug addiction, to enable indigent women with no financial resources or support in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Hall, Jackson and Madison counties to participate in the twelve-month program by covering their program fees and living expenses, offering these women a second chance at life so they can become productive members of society.
- $6,750 to Prevent Child Abuse Athens, a grassroots organization focused on ending neglect and abuse of children in Clarke, Madison and Oglethorpe counties, 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.