2018 Grants Awarded

October 2018

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $96,300 in grants during their October meeting, including $91,300 to organizations and $5,000 to an individual.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity for the “A Brush With Kindness” program, which offers home repair and preservation services to low-income homeowners so they can continue to live in safe, decent homes for years in the community that supports them. 
  • $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 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, for a case manager, childcare while homeless parents work or seek work, and the Extended Network Program. 
  • $15,000 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. 
  • $9,000 to Hall-Dawson CASA Program, Inc., which trains and supervises community volunteers who serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court proceedings in Hall and Dawson counties, to train new volunteers, cover costs for family visitation, and provide funding for children’s food and clothing.
  • $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 in an effort to end the intergenerational cycles of poverty and abuse.
  • $5,000 to Winder Noon Lions Club, in Barrow County, whose mission is sight conservation and treatment, to provide eyeglasses for 50 children and adults who are vision impaired.
  • $4,800 to Revved Up Kids, a program based in Peachtree Corners that teaches children to recognize unsafe people, avoid dangerous situations and escape attackers, to provide assistance with their sexual abuse prevention training seminars for middle school girls in Gwinnett County .
  • $4,000 to Lumpkin County Family Connection, to purchase food for its Backpack Buddy program, which provides six meals, snacks and drinks each week to children identified by Family Advocacy as food insecure.
  • $1,000 to Mountain Circuit CASA, which trains and supervises community volunteers who serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court proceedings in Franklin, Madison and Oglethorpe counties, to train new volunteers.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $5,000 to help provide assistance to a family with medical needs.

September 2018

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $64,725 in grants during their September meeting, including $59,725 to organizations and $5,000 to an individual.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Center Point Georgia, in Gainesville, for its Smart Girls program, which focuses on goal planning, social skills education, and decision-making as well as developing personal responsibility and safety for middle and high school students in Gainesville and Hall County schools.
  • $15,000 to Norcross Cooperative Ministry, in Gwinnett County, for its Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which provides matching funds to assist clients with one month’s housing costs. 
  • $10,000 to iServe Ministries, a Jackson County grassroots organization seeking to end generational poverty in northeast Georgia, for its “Bags of Love” program, which delivers a backpack full of food to more than 225 families in Jackson County schools each week. 
  • $10,000 to Our Neighbor, a Gainesville grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to assisting young adults with special challenges to reach their maximum level of independence, to assist with its independent living program for residents with disabilities.
  • $5,000 to Greater Atlanta Pathways, a community-based volunteer organization in Suwanee that offers support programs to adults with disabilities in Barrow, Gwinnett and Hall counties, for its Gwinnett Masters Special Teams program, which gives people with disabilities the opportunity to learn team sports, social skills and interaction, and benefit from physical exercise.
  • $4,725 to Franklin Life Pregnancy Resource Center, in Carnesville, for its Earn While You Learn Baby program, which provides educational materials on parenting and life skills to new and existing parents in Banks, Franklin, Jackson and Madison counties. 

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $5,000 to help provide a new HVAC unit for a family of senior citizens.
     

August 2018

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $94,311 in grants during their August meeting, including $87,032 to organizations and $7,279 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Children’s Center for Hope and Healing, in Gainesville, to provide 50 children in Barrow, Banks, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties 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.
  • $15,000 to Choices Pregnancy Center, in Gainesville, for its My Baby Counts program, which provides educational materials on parenting skills to pregnant women and new parents in Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties. 
  • $15,000 to Next Stop Foundation, a Lawrenceville grassroots organization that provides social interaction, recreational and life skills learning opportunities to young adults with mild to moderate disabilities in Gwinnett and Hall counties, to help fund programming for 25 people to become more fully integrated into society and achieve a higher level of independence.
  • $15,000 to SISU of Georgia, 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, in Suwanee, to provide materials and supplies for their network of volunteers to hand-craft a 28- to 32-piece layette of clothing and blankets to 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.
  • $9,532 to Hope for the Journey of North Metro, 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. 
  • $7,500 to Prevent Child Abuse Athens, a grassroots organization focused on ending neglect and abuse of children in Clarke, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties, to provide assistance with the First Steps primary prevention program, which offers support, parenting education materials and community resources and referrals to new parents to help them with the challenges of parenting. 

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $5,000 to help provide a new HVAC unit for a senior citizen with disabilities. 
  • $2,279 to help provide school transportation assistance for a student with disabilities.

July 2018

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $114,431 in grants during their July meeting, including $101,800 to organizations and $12,631 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to 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 the Lawrenceville Club’s Power Hour program, which is part of its overall Academic Success program that provides club members with daily support, resources and guidance needed to complete school assignments while maintaining educational confidence and ability. 
  • $15,000 to Eagle Ranch, a 310-acre campus in Flowery Branch for boys and girls in crisis serving all of Northeast Georgia, to allow 32 children to participate in its Equine Therapy Program. 
  • $15,000 to Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, to help provide its Helpline phone system, operated by volunteers, which serves as a one-stop referral service for callers seeking assistance with low cost medical care, food, rent and utility assistance, emergency shelter, counseling services and needs.
  • $15,000 to Gwinnett Student Leadership Program, for its student leadership program, which provides high school juniors and seniors in 23 public schools with practical leadership skills and training to return to their home high school and facilitate the core leadership principles there to increase the development of student leaders.
  • $14,800 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier in Hall County for its Triple Play program that helps 1,300 youth increase their knowledge of healthy habits, good nutrition and physical fitness with the primary goal of reducing childhood obesity. 
  • $12,000 to Atlanta Community Food Bank, to provide eight mobile food pantries in Gwinnett County that will feed 1,600 food-insecure families through partner agencies, eliminating the need for the agencies to store the food and allowing the Food Bank to distribute food at a fraction of the cost.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $5,000 to help purchase a wheelchair accessible vehicle for a family’s  disabled son.
  • $5,000 to help repair a deck and build a ramp for a disabled person.
  • $2,631 to help purchase hand controls for a vehicle and provide a driver evaluation for an amputee.

 

June 2018

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $81,000 in grants during their June meeting, including $76,000 to organizations and $5,000 to an individual.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Hall County Habitat for Humanity, to purchase building materials, including cabinet installation, drywall, electrical supplies, flooring, grading and paint, for a new home for a family of seven in Gainesville.
  • $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 all the counties served by Jackson EMC, to provide childcare tuition assistance at its Early Childhood Development Center for residents and program graduates. 
  • $15,000 to StepByStep Recovery, a Lawrenceville community-based grassroots addiction recovery organization that provides a safe and structured environment for men and women in Barrow, Gwinnett and Hall counties as they complete a 12-step program for drug and alcohol addiction, to assist with rent for the men’s and women’s units. 
  • $10,000 to Potter’s House, an Atlanta Mission facility, to help feed, house, counsel and provide educational programs such as adult literacy to men from Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Madison counties, who are recovering from substance abuse through the Transformational Recovery Services Program at its 570-acre working farm in Jefferson.
  • $7,500 to Athens Inclusive Recreation & Sports (AIRS), a non-profit organization promoting a greater wellness and quality of life by providing specific, adapted sports activities that accommodate people with disabilities, to help provide beep baseball and wheelchair basketball to participants from Banks, Clarke, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties.
  • $7,500 to Lekotek of Georgia, a charitable organization that provides accessible play, adaptive technology and toys, information and resources to children with disabilities from Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin and Madison counties, to provide services through its Gwinnett satellite office. 
  • $6,000 to Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta to offer Gwinnett County girls from low-income households The Girl Scout Leadership Experience, a program which impacts 15 developmental outcomes that help girls discover their own strengths, connect with others in healthy relationships and become more resourceful problem solvers.

Individual Grant Recipient:

  • $5,000 to provide assistance with purchasing a wheelchair accessible van for a family with a son disabled by Tay-Sachs disease.

May 2018

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $66,000 in grants during their May meeting, including $56,000 to organizations and $10,000 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $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 Wishes 4 Me, a Lawrenceville charitable organization that provides housing for low-income disabled adults in all the Jackson EMC service area so they may live independently and be a part of the community, to help purchase a new septic tank for a community home that will enable them to accommodate more residents. 
  • $7,000 to Quinlan Visual Arts Center, in Gainesville, to help provide for free or reduced cost art projects, classes and camps for children and teens in underserved communities in Hall County.
  • $5,000 to Angel House, a Gainesville recovery residence for women with alcohol and/or drug addiction, to enable indigent women with no financial resources or support in the Jackson EMC service area to participate in the twelve-month program by covering entrance fees, offering these women a second chance at life so they can become productive members of society.
  • $5,000 to Athens Community Council on Aging, serving Barrow, Clarke, Jackson and Madison counties, for healthcare screenings and monitoring for families participating in the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program, which supports grandparents who are primary caregivers for their grandchildren.
  • $5,000 to Georgia Options, an Athens-based non-profit organization serving Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties, to help provide services and resources for people with developmental disabilities to live in their own homes.
  • $4,000 to Legacy Youth Mentoring, a non-profit that seeks to offer in-school mentoring opportunities for adults and students in Jackson County, to provide training resources and publications for adult mentors. 

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $5,000 to provide roof repairs for a retired veteran in Hall County.
  • $5,000 to assist in purchasing a vehicle wheelchair lift for the disabled adult son of a senior citizen.

April 2018

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $115,800 in grants during their April meeting, including $112,550 to organizations and $3,250 to an individual.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Camp Koinonia, in Homer to provide 58 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.
  • $15,000 for 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. 
  • $15,000 to Extra Special People, in Watkinsville to provide an opportunity for 43 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 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 and Hall 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.
  • $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.
  • $12,500 to Young Women’s Christian Organization,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.
  • $6,000 to FOCUS (Families of Children Under Stress), 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.
  • $4,900 to Path Project, a community and youth development organization dedicated to empowering at-risk children in Gwinnett and Hall counties, to help fund a summer soccer camp for at-risk elementary school-aged children.
  • $2,500 to Camp To Belong (Foster Siblings Reunited), 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 Camp Twitch and Shout, to help three children, who are living with Tourette Syndrome, in Jackson EMC’s service area participate in a week-long overnight summer camp at Camp Will-a-Way at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder. 

Individual Grant Recipient:

  • $3,250 to provide roof repairs for a disabled resident in Clarke County.

 

March 2018

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $94,000 in grants during their March meeting, including $92,500 to organizations and $1,500 to an individual.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $10,000 to the Hall County Library System, to help purchase a Pop-Up Reading Room Kit, which provides a custom-designed rolling cart, benches and books in a transportable unit to festivals, schools and other presentations.
  • $10,000 for Books for Keeps, an Athens nonprofit organization sponsoring the Stop Summer Slide program to improve Clarke County children’s reading achievement, to provide books for summer reading to children in the Cleveland Road Elementary School, where 90 percent or more of the students receive free or reduced lunches. 
  • $10,000 to Gainesville Housing Corporation, 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 St. Vincent de Paul Society—Flowery Branch, for its Aid Hot Line program, which provides emergency aid to South Hall, North Gwinnett and West Jackson families in crisis for rent, mortgage and temporary housing to prevent homelessness and disrupted lives.
  • $10,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Society—Gainesville, to help fund direct aid for housing assistance, including rent, mortgage and temporary housing for Hall County families in crisis. 
  • $10,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Society—Jackson County, for its financial assistance program that provides funds to Jackson and Banks county families in crisis for rent, mortgage, food, transportation, car repair and insurance premiums, and medical assistance. 
  • $10,000 to YMCA--Athens, to help enable children in Clarke, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties to participate in its nine-week Summer Day Camp project, which serves young people by offering supervised sports and other activities, as well as teaching values and math and reading.
  • $10,000 to YMCA—Georgia Mountains, in Gainesville, to enable Hall County youth from pre-K to 10th grade from economically disadvantaged families to participate in a 10-week Summer Day Camp that teaches core values, conflict resolution and leadership skills.
  • $10,000 to YMCA—Georgia’s Piedmont, in Winder for its Summer Day Camp to help children from economically disadvantaged families in Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties attend a 10-week day camp.
  • $2,500 to Gainesville/Hall Community 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.

Individual Grant Recipient:

  • $1,500 to make a bathroom handicap accessible for a 17-year-old who is paralyzed and wheelchair bound.

 

February 2018

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $93,332 in grants during their February meeting, including $78,600 to organizations and $14,732 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Gwinnett Hospital System, which serves Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties to help purchase the Carestream DRX-Revolution X-Ray machine for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
  • $15,000 for the Indigent Patient Fund, a program of the Medical Center Foundation of the Northeast Georgia Health System, serving Banks, Barrow, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties, to provide transportation for patients who have no access to or cannot afford transportation home from the hospital and for medications prescribed at discharge that patients have no resources to obtain.
  • $15,000 to Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together (SAFFT) a non-profit organization serving abused and neglected children in Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties through its Family Life Center in Gainesville, to provide assistance for the Family Restoration Program to help 12-15 families with weekly supervised visitations, case management and parenting sessions and drug screens
  • $10,000 to Judy House Ministry, 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 food, household supplies and rent while they seek jobs and reconnect with their families and the community.
  • $10,000 to Mercy Health Center, an Athens ministry of professional and lay volunteers that provides primary and specialty medical care, dental and pharmacy services for low income uninsured patients in Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties, for its Whole Person Care Unit that helps expand medical care access to its uninsured clients. 
  • $10,000 to NOA’s Ark (No One Alone), a Dahlonega emergency shelter and comprehensive support program for women and children from Gwinnett, Hall and Lumpkin counties, who have survived domestic violence or sexual assault, to help with emergency financial assistance to families leaving the shelter. 
  • $3,600 to Economic Justice Coalition, an organization in Athens that assists the unemployed and underemployed in securing jobs and supplies monthly food deliveries to after-school programs at community centers, for its food distribution program in Clarke County.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $4,867 to replace a heat pump for an individual with a recent brain injury disability.
  • $4,565 to help pay for a home lift chair and for bathroom renovations to accommodate a lift for a senior citizen with a spinal cord injury.
  • $3,500 to assist with medical bills for a senior citizen with Alzheimer’s 
  • $1,800 to help purchase dentures for an elderly woman.

January 2018

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $117,000 in grants to organizations during their January meeting.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County to help purchase a 15-passenger van to provide safe, dependable transportation to the club after school, as well as to summer program field trips and activities.
  • $15,000 to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia in Athens for its monthly Mobile Pantry Program, which distributes food through partner agencies in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties in a farmer’s market style event, eliminating the need for the agencies to store the food and allowing the Food Bank to distribute an average of 11,000 pounds of food each month to those in need at a fraction of the cost.
  • $15,000 to Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too, an organization based in Stone Mountain and serving all counties in the Jackson EMC service area by helping people with injuries and disabilities of all ages regain their mobility, independence and quality of life, for its Home Medical Equipment Program, which refurbishes medical equipment, such as power lifts and motorized chairs.
  • $15,000 to Independent Transportation Network (ITN), a  Gainesville-based organization providing door-to-door transportation for adults 60 years and older and visually impaired individuals 18 years and older, to assist with its member and volunteer recruitment efforts in Banks, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties. 
  • $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, enabling them to maintain and enhance family bonds, as well as providing a safe and nurturing environment for their children when reunited.
  • $15,000 to the J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA for its Afterschool Enrichment Program in project-based STEM activities for at-risk youth from low income families, which helps them keep pace with science and math learning outside of school.
  • $12,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Conference-St. Matthew, in Winder, for its financial assistance program that provides funds to Barrow county families in crisis for rent, mortgage and food.
  • $10,000 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. 
  • $5,000 to Oglethorpe County 4-H, to help students in low-income households participate in 4-H Residential Leadership Events, including junior and senior conferences, state 4-H council, and district project achievement.