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.
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.