2017 Grants Awarded

December 2017

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $86,280.00 in grants during their December meeting, including $72,300 to organizations and $13,980 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry for its Emergency Assistance Program, which provides clients with emergency food supplies, shelter, prescription medications and referrals to local clinics, buying them time to deal with the difficult and frequently temporary circumstances they are facing and helping them get back on their feet.
  • $10,500 to Elachee Nature Center in Gainesville, to assist students in Title 1 schools in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin and Madison counties attending the Nature Education and Environmental Conservation Programs for PreK-12 school children.
  • $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 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 Rape Response, a Gainesville community-based non-profit that provides comprehensive services to adolescent and adult victims of sexual violence in Hall and Lumpkin Counties, to help fund aftercare and Emergency Room clothing and comfort items for victims, as well as recruitment and training for volunteer advocates.
  • $7,500 to Adventure Bags, an Auburn-based nonprofit that creates comfort bags and distributes them to displaced children through local DFCS offices, domestic violence shelters, fire departments, group homes and children’s shelters in Jackson EMC’s service area to provide comfort and security in a crisis.
  • $7,500 to North Georgia Interfaith Ministries, based in Dahlonega, for Jeremiah’s Place, Lumpkin County’s only transitional housing program, which assists homeless families from Lumpkin and Hall counties get back on their feet and find safe, stable housing. 
  • $5,000 to Rock Goodbye Angel, a Gainesville-based non-profit, to assist with its pregnancy and infant loss grief support program that covers Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin counties. 
  • $2,500 to Community Helping Place, a Dahlonega non-profit that addresses hunger in the Lumpkin County community, to purchase food for its food pantry.
  • $2,300 to Spirit of Sharing, in Winder, for it Youth Enrichment outreach program for children ages six to 18 in low-income families.
  • $2,000 to Penfield Christian Homes to provide assistance for people living in one of the ten counties served by Jackson EMC to participate in the substance abuse treatment program.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to a 30-year-old individual for assistance in purchasing a wheelchair lift for a vehicle to transport a disabled son’s power chair.
  • $3,480 to a 54-year-old individual for assistance with replacing her HVAC unit.
  • $3,500 to an 81-year-old individual for assistance with repairs to the bathroom to make it handicapped accessible for her disabled daughter.
  • $3,500 to a family for assistance with purchasing a wheelchair lift for a vehicle to transport two disabled children.

November 2017

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $99,545 in grants during their November meeting, including $96,045 to organizations and $3,500 to an individual.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Salvation Army – Gwinnett County for its Financial Emergency Services Program, which provides rent and mortgage assistance to Gwinnett residents in need to prevent homelessness and stabilize families in crisis.
  • $15,000 to View Point Health, a Lawrenceville agency providing support to clients with behavioral health conditions, addictive diseases and developmental disabilities, to provide uninsured and underinsured clients with primary and specialty health care by assisting with copays for office visits, lab work, and pharmacy screenings through Four Corners Primary Care.
  • $14,000 to the United Way of Northeast Georgia to allow 480 Clarke County children under the age of five to participate in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program which provides monthly age-appropriate books, supporting childhood literacy and success in school.
  •  $10,000 to the Salvation Army - Athens, which serves Clarke, Madison and Oglethorpe counties, 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 Athens agency provided about 50 individuals a day with emergency shelter and served 31,884 meals last year.
  • $10,000 to the Salvation Army - Gainesville, which serves Banks, Barrow, Hall and Jackson counties, for its Financial Emergency Services Program which provides rent and mortgage assistance to residents in need to prevent homelessness and stabilize families in crisis.
  • $7,635 to Neighbor to Family, a foster care program designed to keep siblings together when they are removed from their parents’ care, to replace Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Program training materials used to provide Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson County foster caregivers and staff with instruction to keep foster children safe.
  • $7,500 to Georgia Community Support & Solutions, a Norcross agency serving Autistic adults in Gwinnett County, to help purchase a 15-passenger van that will allow participants access to community-based activities that allow them to practice and hone skills learned at the facility and integrate into the community.
  • $7,500 to Rainbow Children’s Home, a Dahlonega shelter for abused and neglected girls serving all counties in Jackson EMC’s service area, to help fund programs that go beyond the basics of food, clothing and shelter to provide services such as substance abuse treatment, independence and wellness training, and family reunification services.
  • $5,000 to H.O.P.E, Inc., a Duluth non-profit serving low-income single parents in Gwinnett and Hall counties who are working to achieve their college degree, to help with childcare and housing when either situation threatens the parent’s ability to continue their classes.
  • $2,500 to the Spirit of Joy Church Food Bank in Flowery Branch, which distributes food to those in need in Barrow, Hall and Jackson counties, to purchase food.
  • $1,910 to Reins of Life, a Franklin County non-profit that offers hippotherapy treatment for special needs and at-risk children, youth and their families, to help five Franklin County clients attend therapy sessions that use a horse’s movement to improve neuromuscular function.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to help dig a new well and replace the pump system of a single mother who has faced serious health issues and has been unable to work.

October 2017

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $94,000 in grants to organizations during their October meeting.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Gateway House, a Hall County non-profit serving victims of domestic violence and their children, to provide emergency legal assistance in requesting, filing and enforcing a Temporary Protective Order (TPO) and safety planning to keep abusive partners from having contact with or harassing domestic violence victims.
  • $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, prescription medication, and diabetic supplies.
  • $15,000 to Jackson County Habitat for Humanity, to purchase materials for its 16th house, including electrical, plumbing and an HVAC unit.
  • $12,500 to Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, a network of 31 area congregations and more than 800 volunteers, for its Hospitality Shelter Program that provides temporary housing and services to homeless families in need, a case manager and childcare so homeless parents can work or seek work, and for its Extended Network Program.
  • $12,500 to Ser Familia, a comprehensive social services program in Buford for Latino families, to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health counseling services, including domestic violence, sexual abuse and suicide counseling, to purchase materials and supplies to prepare a child’s therapy room and tele-psychiatry client service hours.
  • $10,000 to Nothing But the Truth, a Dacula faith-based organization dedicated to meeting needs in the community, to purchase food for the Weekend Food Bag Program that provides food for the weekend to Gwinnett County public school children who have been identified by counselors as food insecure.
  • $5,000 to Helping Mamas, a Snellville nonprofit that provides essential baby items to Gwinnett County women and children in need, to help purchase breast pumps, pack and plays, and car seats not available through public assistance programs.
  • $5,000 to Jewish Family & Career Services, a nonsectarian agency providing human services programs to a diverse population of low to moderate income, underserved and in need individuals in Gwinnett County, for basic dental services provided through its Ben Massell Dental Clinic.
  • $4,000 to Lumpkin County Family Connection, to purchase food and the delivery fee for its Backpack Buddy program, which provides a supply of 10 pounds of food for seven meals and four snacks each week to children identified by Family Advocacy as food insecure.

September 2017

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $119,233 in grants to organizations during their September meeting. 

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Girls Scouts of Historic Georgia, serving girls in Clarke, Hall and Jackson counties, to help fund the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which teaches girls how to understand themselves and their values, use that knowledge to explore the world, care about and team with others, and take increasing responsibility for designing and implementing activities to make the world a better place.
  • $15,000 to Hi-Hope Service Center in Lawrenceville to help fund part-time nursing and nutrition services for 20 developmentally disabled residents from Gwinnett and Barrow counties, providing services such as daily medication, insulin, blood checks and specialized medical treatment to residents who require onsite nursing care.
  • $15,000 to Junior Achievement of Georgia for program materials, support materials and supplies, and program development to provide the JA Biztown and JA Finance Park interactive programs at Discovery High School to more than 30,000 Gwinnett County middle school students, teaching them the concepts of financial literacy, business, entrepreneurship and career readiness.
  • $15,000 to Peace Place, Inc., domestic violence shelter in Winder, to help refurbish four apartments and two houses that serve as safe transitional housing for women and children in Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties who have survived domestic violence and are seeking to rebuild their lives, independently and free of abuse.
  • $14,985 to Boy Scouts of America, NEGA Council, serving all Jackson EMC counties for underprivileged youth, 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.
  • $13,248 to Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse, a Stone Mountain nonprofit organization that helps individuals recovering from traumatic brain injury to regain employment and living skills, to provide four weeks of rehabilitation services for nine adults from Gwinnett county who are permanently disabled by traumatic brain injury.
  • $12,500 to Georgia Children’s Chorus, an organization that provides vocal and choral training to young people in Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties pursuing choral music education, to help up to 20 students from low-income families participate in choral training and performance opportunities. 
  • $10,500 to Asian American Resource Foundation a Gwinnett non-profit that 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.
  • $8,000 to Barrow Ministry Village in Winder, which provides food distribution, foster family resources and affordable counseling services to needy families in Barrow County, for its counseling program to serve 30 individuals struggling with PTSD, anxiety and other family issues.

August 2017

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $98,877 in grants to organizations and individuals during their August meeting, including $92,700 to organizations and $6,177 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Center Point Georgia to offer the Smart Girls program that builds character skills to help girls make healthy choices, to students in Gainesville and Hall County schools.
  • $15,000 to 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 ensure clients of its Sam Poole Medical Clinic have laboratory tests necessary for physicians to determine their health care needs and provide them with appropriate care.
  • $15,000 to Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett, which provides quality, affordable and accessible healthcare and dental services to the poor and uninsured in Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties, to support the Women’s Health Advantage Program covering the costs of mammograms for 176 women.
  • $15,000 to SISU (formerly Challenged Child & Friends), a Gainesville non-profit organization providing educational, therapeutic, nursing and family support services to children with disabilities in Banks, Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties, to support the Early Intervention Program that provides special needs children with classroom instruction, individualized therapy and nursing services.
  • $10,000 to Tiny Stitches, Inc. in Suwanee, which uses a network of volunteers to make handmade tote bags filled with a 35-piece layette that will keep an infant warm and dry for the first three months of life, donated to mothers in Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties who have little or nothing for their newborns.
  • $7,500 to Bridging the Gap of Georgia, which serves veterans across the Jackson EMC service area impacted by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury, Combat Stress and/or homelessness, to help with renovation costs for a donated Oakwood home that will support the Veteran Life Community Program.
  • $5,200 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 disadvantaged students in Jackson and Madison counties home each weekend with enough food for family meals and snacks.
  • $5,000 to For Her Glory, a Gainesville agency that provides breast cancer patients in Banks, Barrow, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties with items that are not covered by insurance, such as wigs, bras, compression sleeves and gloves.
  • $5,000 to 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:

  • $3,500 to help a family, whose child was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, to replace their home’s roof.
  • $2,677 to help an elderly man purchase a lift for his vehicle so he can use his Hoveround scooter.

July 2017

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $97,785 in grants during their July meeting, including $95,075 to organizations and $2,710 to an individual. 

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the American Red Cross of Northeast Georgia to provide disaster relief, including food, shelter, personal needs and clothing, to families in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe counties who have lost their home to a fire or natural disaster.
  • $15,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta--Gwinnett for its Power Hour program, which is a comprehensive education program providing club members with daily support, resources and guidance needed to complete school assignments while maintaining educational confidence and ability. 
  • $15,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Winder-Barrow in Winder for its Homework Power Hour, which provides comprehensive homework help and tutoring for elementary-aged members, and Goals for Graduation, a program that combats academic underachievement in middle and high school-aged members to set and work toward goals for school attendance, homework completion and positive study habits.
  • $15,000 to Children’s Center for Hope & Healing in Gainesville to provide 36 children who have been sexually abused with therapy to reduce trauma symptoms such as nightmares, bed wetting, anxiousness, depression, anger, fatigue and self-hatred, and for their families to decrease the sense of isolation, strengthen the family, assist with parent-child attachment and family functioning.
  • $14,800 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier for its Triple Play program, which will help 1,300 youth during a 48-week period to increase their knowledge of healthy habits, good nutrition and physical fitness with the primary goal to reduce childhood obesity.
  • $12,775 to Athens Nurses Clinic, a non-profit health care clinic providing free services to uninsured low-and-no income residents, to help implement the Free From C program, which provides health education, testing and treatment for the Hepatitis C virus.
  • $7,500 to CHRIS 180 (Creativity, Honor, Respect, Integrity and Safety) Gwinnett Counseling Center, which serves Banks, Gwinnett and Hall counties with a mission to heal children, strengthen families and build community, to support mental health services and trauma counseling for uninsured and underinsured clients at the Lawrenceville location in an effort to end the intergenerational cycles of poverty and abuse.

Individual Grant Recipient:

  • $2,710 to help purchase dental work and dentures for a low income senior citizen.

June 2017

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $122,618 in grants to organizations during their June meeting. 

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Potter’s 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.
  • $15,000 to Auditory Verbal Center for a therapist, clinical supplies, and equipment maintenance, repair and calibration, used to help children under the age of five in the counties served by Jackson EMC who have cochlear implants overcome their hearing loss and learn to communicate without the use of sign language.
  • $15,000 to Norcross Cooperative Ministry for its Health Advocacy Program, which offers access to a nurse for clients seeking assistance with medical issues and provides resources for clients’ medical appointments, labs and prescriptions while they apply for Medicaid or pharmacy assistance programs.
  • $15,000 to L.A.M.P. Ministries in Gainesville for its Community Youth and Children’s program, three-month sessions open to young people ages 7-17, which combines group counseling and community activities to provide high risk youths in Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties with a positive alternative to gangs, drugs and other delinquent behavior.
  • $13,000 to Georgia Mountain Food Bank in Hall County to assist with the purchase of a vehicle for the Neighborhood Grocery Delivery Program, which coordinates with community agencies to identify people in their communities who are unable to come to the Mobile Food Pantry due to limited transportation, age, disability, serious illness or extreme poverty, to distribute food in areas of most defined need.
  • $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity—Madison County to purchase materials such as drywall, HVAC equipment, fixtures, vinyl siding that have not been donated for its ninth house, being built for a family of four identified through Jubilee Partners. 
  • $10,000 to Madison County Senior Center to help fund the purchase of a vehicle to deliver meals to senior citizens in Madison County as part of 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.
  • $10,000 to Piedmont Regional Library System, which serves Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties, to cover its electronic book system fee and hosting costs, and purchase additional Ebooks, providing a quality selection of Ebook titles and free access to technology they might not be able to afford.
  • $8,000 to Our Neighbor, a Gainesville grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to assisting young adults with special challenges, to assist with home upgrades to make wheelchair accessible, to provide occupational, physical, speech and communication therapy for residents.
  • $6,000 to Enotah CASA of Lumpkin County, to assist with the needed resources to implement the Paths to Permanency Program that pairs CASA volunteers with DFACS caseworkers, supports more frequent meetings with the children, provides camp tuition, education tools and literature, workshops and research to find appropriate permanent homes for children in foster care.
  • $5,618 to Family Promise of Hall County, a community effort to end the cycle of family homelessness, to purchase equipment for the Day Center, one Next Step Program Home, which allows program graduate families to live in safe, affordable housing temporarily, and the Little Steps Day Care, which provides free, temporary child care option while parents search for employment. 

May 2017

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total of $105,000 in grants to organizations during their May meeting.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Family Ties-Gainesville for the Parenting 101 program that teaches effective communication, discipline and positive reinforcement skills that prevent and break the cycle of child abuse and neglect, for counseling services for children and their parents and for parenting instructors.
  • $15,000 to Gwinnett Children’s Shelter to provide 120 homeless children and their mothers with the Home of Hope program, which provides a 3-12 month transitional living experience where children can regain a sense of security and mothers can work with a life coach to develop a customized plan to help them achieve financial security and permanent housing to prevent future homelessness.
  • $15,000 to Habitat for Humanity—Gwinnett County for the “A Brush With Kindness” program, which provides minor home repairs, painting, landscaping and weatherization to low-income seniors, the disabled and low-income homeowners who financially struggle to maintain their home in decent and safe condition.
  • $15,000 to Hope Clinic, in Gwinnett County, which specializes in internal medicine and chronic care management for low-income patients to help them avoid costly hospitalizations, for one year of care in the Chronic Care Management Program for diabetic patients who qualify as extremely low income per federal guidelines.
  • $15,000 to Lindsay’s Legacy Mentoring in Jackson County to help fund the coordinator’s position for a program that 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.
  • $11,000 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 as improve their attitude about living with the disease, to help children from the 10 counties served by Jackson EMC attend a one-week overnight summer camp.
  • $10,000 to Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville to enable 80 underserved students with exemplary artistic skills entering 1st-8th grades at Title I schools in Barrow, Hall, Jackson, Gwinnett and Lumpkin counties to attend one-week Art Camp sessions. 
  • $5,000 to Positive Impact Health Centers in Duluth to help provide transportation assistance for medical appointments at the Center’s Gwinnett Clinic, which provides client-centered care for the HIV community.
  • $4,000 to Nuci Phillips Memorial Foundation in Athens, a nonprofit organization working to prevent suicide, to enable young people from low income families to participate in Camp Amped, a summer day camp for northeast Georgia youth ages 11-18 focusing on positive mental health and music education.

April 2017

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $111,850 in grants to organizations during their April meeting, including $107,350 to organizations and $4,500 to individuals. 

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Extra Special People in Watkinsville to provide an opportunity for special needs or seriously ill children from low income or financially distressed families in Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Jackson and Madison counties to attend an eight week camp experience where they can explore nature, discover their own abilities, master new skills and make new friends.
  • $15,000 to Gwinnett Student Leadership for its two-year student leadership program serving high school juniors and seniors in 23 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.
  • $15,000 to the Summer Scholars Institute, a three-year academic enrichment program held at the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus to help at-risk middle and high school students in Hall County prepare for college and careers by concentrating on the basic areas of reading, writing and mathematics, along with science for third-year students.
  • $13,000 to Camp Koinonia in Homer to provide 60 Banks County underprivileged third through sixth 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.   
  • $12,100 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.
  • $12,000 to 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 families in Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties, 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.
  • $10,500 to 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.
  • $10,000 to Muscular Dystrophy Association to help children and young adults with neuromuscular diseases from the counties served by Jackson EMC attend Camp Walk N’ Roll, a week-long summer program with no boundaries for physical disabilities where campers can build confidence and independence while their caregivers have a break from the demands of constant care.
  • $2,000 to Camp To Belong, 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, to enable children in the 10 counties Jackson EMC serves to attend the camp.
  • $1,650 to Urban Ministry-Gainesville First United Methodist Church to help fund a summer soccer camp for at-risk elementary school-aged children in the Baker and Glover neighborhood.
  • $1,100 to Camp Twitch and Shout to support camper scholarships for two children from Jackson EMC’s service area living with Tourette Syndrome for a week-long overnight summer camp at Camp Will-a-Way at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder. 

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to help a disabled individual purchase dental work.
  • $1,000 to help a disabled, older couple pay for a handicapped accessible bathroom.

March 2017

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $112,450 in grants to organizations during their March meeting, including $108,950 to organizations and $3,500 to an individual.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $12,450 to Three Dimensional Life in Gainesville, a non-profit organization that provides a 10-month residential recovery for young men 14-19 years old from Banks, Clarke, Gwinnett, Hall, and Jackson counties who are struggling with destructive behaviors, to provide 200 family counseling sessions. 
  • $12,000 to St. Vincent De Paul Society in Flowery Branch for its Aid Hot Line program, which provides emergency aid to South Hall and North Gwinnett families in crisis for rent, mortgage and temporary housing to prevent homelessness and disrupted lives.
  • $12,000 to St. Vincent De Paul Society in Gainesville to help fund direct aid for housing assistance, including rent, mortgage and temporary housing for Hall County families in crisis.
  • $12,000 to St. Vincent De Paul Society in Jefferson for its financial assistance program that provides funds to Jackson and Banks families in crisis for rent, mortgage, food, transportation, gas, car repair and insurance premiums, and medical assistance.   
  • $12,000 to Step by Step Recovery, a Lawrenceville community-based grassroots addiction recovery organization which provides a safe and structured environment for both men and women over 6 months to 2 years as they complete a 12-step program to deal with drug and alcohol addiction, to assist with rent for men’s and women’s units.
  • $12,000 to YMCA of Georgia’s Piedmont in Winder for its Summer Day Camp to enable 20 children ages 5-13 from economically disadvantaged families in Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties to attend a 10-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. 
  • $10,000 to Gainesville Housing Corp., which provides affordable living environments, improved quality of living, economic opportunities and fair housing to working poor families of Hall County, to provide quality programming through the RISE Summer Program for low-income and at-risk youth of Gainesville and Hall County.
  • $10,000 to YMCA of Athens, to provide scholarships to 45 children for its Summer Day Camp project, which serves more than 1,000 young people by offering supervised sports and other activities, as well as teaching values and responsibility that help kids feel good about themselves, enjoy life and avoid the dangers of drugs or gangs.
  • $7,500 to Hope for the Journey, Inc., a compassionate community cancer outreach program in Lawrenceville that works closely with the American Cancer Society to provide support, meals and educational materials to children and adult cancer victims and their families in Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties.
  • $5,000 to Books For Keeps, an Athens nonprofit organization sponsoring the Stop Summer Slide program to improve children’s reading achievement, providing books for summer reading to children in Clarke County elementary schools where 90 percent or more of the students receive free or reduced lunches, for the Cleveland Road Elementary School. 
  • $2,500 to Gainesville/Hall County Food Pantry to purchase food from the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Georgia Mountain Food Bank for distribution to those in need in Hall County.
  • $1,500 to Cozy Quilters in Winder to buy materials and supplies to make quilts for distribution to the sick, injured or terminally ill in Jackson, Barrow and Gwinnett counties.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $3,500 to help a single mom purchase a handicapped accessible van for her child who has cerebral palsy.

February 2017

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.

January 2017

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.