2019 Grants Awarded

July 2019

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $114,832 in grants to organizations during its July meeting.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $20,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta—Gwinnett, with $10,000 each designated for the Norcross and Lawrenceville clubs’ 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 Elachee Nature Science Center, in Gainesville, to assist students in Title 1 schools in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin and Madison counties attending the STEM-based Nature Education and Environmental Conservation Programs for PreK-12 school children.  
  • $15,000 to J.M. Tull—Gwinnett Family YMCA, in Lawrenceville, 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.
  • $15,000 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.  
  • $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 United Way of Northeast Georgia, to allow 484 Clarke County children under the age of five to receive one age-appropriate book each month for one year, supporting childhood literacy and success in school, as part of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program.
  • $10,000 to United Methodist Children’s Home—North Georgia Conference, in Gainesville, to provide financial assistance for foster care development, training, recruitment and home studies throughout Jackson EMC’s service area to help close the gap between the need in Northeast Georgia and the number of available homes.
  • $5,332 to Family Promise of Hall County, a community effort to end the cycle of family homelessness, to purchase equipment for the Little Steps Day Care Center, which provides free, temporary child care option while parents search for employment, and the L.I.F.E. program (Local initiative for Family Empowerment), which provides life-skills training for low-income families in Hall County. 
  • $4,500 to Madison County Health Department, for its Cabbage Patch Program, which provides education, resources and support to pregnant adolescents and women who run a high risk of delivering preterm or low birth weight infants.

June 2019

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $77,000 in grants to organizations during its June meeting.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 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.
  • $15,000 to Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett, for its North Gwinnett Quick Clinic initiative, which will eventually provide full-time charitable medical services in 10 Gwinnett County cities that currently do not have a charitable health clinic, to help purchase equipment for its first Quick Clinic in Buford.  
  • $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 the counties served by Jackson EMC to participate in the program by covering entrance fees and one month of living expense, offering these women a second chance at life so they can become productive members of society.  
  • $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 who are recovering from substance abuse through the Transformational Recovery Services Program at its 570-acre working farm in Jefferson. 
  • $10,000 to I Am, Inc., in Buford, for it Gaining Insight & Real Life Skills (GIRLS) leadership development program for girls age 6-18 in Barrow, Gwinnett and Hall counties, providing training and skills through mentoring sessions and experiential learning to become socially, academically, emotionally, economically and physically competent.
  • $9,500 to Place of Seven Springs, a Snellville nonprofit which provides assistance to Gwinnett County residents in need, to provide funds for emergency housing, food and prescription medication.
  • $7,500 to Creative Enterprises, in Lawrenceville, to purchase industrial workstation stools for its Work Evaluation and Adjustment Program, which provides employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

May 2019

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $97,631 in grants during its May meeting, including $93,500 to organizations and $4,131 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Salvation Army - Gwinnett, 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. 
  • $12,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Society – Flowery Branch, to help fund direct aid for housing assistance, including rent, mortgage and temporary housing for Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson County families in crisis.  
  • $12,000 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 Banks County Senior Life Center, in Homer, to support the wellness and fitness activities program for senior citizens, which helps them maintain physical fitness and improve functionality. 
  • $10,000 to Salvation Army - Athens, for its Pathway to Hope Program in Clarke, Madison and Oglethorpe counties to provide shelter and re-housing assistance and financial literacy through case management for families in crisis.
  • $10,000 to Salvation Army - Gainesville,  for its Pathway to Hope Program in Banks, Barrow, Hall and Jackson counties, to provide shelter and re-housing assistance and financial literacy through case management for families in crisis.
  • $7,500 to Asian American Resource Foundation, in Duluth, which provides supportive services to members of the community in need, for its Rapid Re-Housing Program that provides low-income homeless families with safe and affordable permanent housing within 30 days of program entry.
  • $7,000 to the Quinlan Arts Center, in Gainesville, to help provide for free or reduced cost participation in the Summer Art Program for 80 children and teens in underserved communities in Hall County.
  • $5,000 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.
  • $5,000 to Salvation Army – Toccoa, for its Emergency Social Services program in Franklin and Lumpkin counties, which provides non-perishable food and clothing to individuals and families experiencing a crisis. 

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $2,631 to provide assistance for roof repairs for an elderly resident.
  • $1,500 to help provide a pediatric car booster seat for a disabled child.

April 2019

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $101,350 in grants during its April meeting, including $96,850 to organizations and $4,500 to an individual.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Camp Koinonia, in Homer to provide 55 underprivileged third through sixth grade Banks County students referred by Family Connection and DFACS with a five-day camping experience that uses positive learning experiences to establish strong character, leadership and teambuilding skills, and build personal relationships.
  • $15,000 to Camp Twin Lakes, a not-for-profit organization that offers year-round recreational, therapeutic and educational programing 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 Spectrum Autism Support Group, a parent-run nonprofit  group in Suwanee that provides Gwinnett and Hall County families with support, education and resources for the entire spectrum of autism disorders, to help disadvantaged autistic individuals ages four to 22 attend the organization’s weeklong summer camp program, with daily activities that 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 Hall County students 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 35 girls from low income families attend the Girls Club, a structured recreational and educational summer program targeting young girls aged 5-14 from low-to-moderate income families, and help defray bus transportation expenses. 
  • $10,000 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 Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties to attend an eight-week camp experience where they can explore nature, discover their own abilities, master new skills and make new friends.
  • $6,550 to Path Project, a community and youth development organization dedicated to increasing graduation rates for at-risk children growing up in mobile home parks in Gwinnett and Hall counties, to help fund a summer soccer camp for 50 elementary school-aged children.
  • $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 20 children the opportunity to build social skills, self-respect, character and community living skills at Camp Hollywood in Lawrenceville. 
  • $2,500 to Camp To Belong,  (Foster Siblings Reunited), to enable children in the 10 counties Jackson EMC serves to attend a 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. the camp.
  • $1,800 to Child Impact at East Jackson Elementary, in Jackson County, to provide a leadership training course at Rock Eagle for 15 fourth and fifth grade students serving as mentors to students in K-2. 

Individual Grant Recipient:

  • $4,500 to provide assistance for a new HVAC unit for an elderly resident without heating and air conditioning.  

March 2019

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $90,530 in grants to organizations during its March meeting.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Ser Familia, a comprehensive social services program for Latino families in Buford, to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health counseling services, including domestic violence, sexual abuse and suicide counseling. 
  • $14,230 to New Directions Georgia, in Suwanee, a day program serving adults with autism in a home-like setting, to purchase an HVAC system to turn unused space within the existing building into a life skills transition apartment. 
  • $10,000 to New Path 1010, a nonprofit organization targeting hunger and poverty in Barrow County, for its Weekend Food Bag Program that supplies students identified as food insecure with bags of food to take home.
  • $10,000 to Gainesville Housing Corporation, which provides working poor families of Hall County affordable living environments, improved quality of living, economic opportunities and fair housing, to provide through the curriculum-based RISE Summer Education Program for low-income and at-risk youth of Gainesville and Hall County.  
  • $10,000 to Georgia Mountains YMCA, in Gainesville, to enable pre-K to 10th grade Hall County youth from economically disadvantaged families to participate in a 10-week Summer Day Camp that teaches core values, conflict resolution, teamwork and leadership skills.
  • $10,000 to YMCA of Athens, to help enable children in Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties to participate in its nine-week Summer Day Camp project, which offers supervised sports and other activities, as well as teaches math, reading and values. 
  • $10,000 to YMCA of Georgia’s Piedmont, in Winder, for its Summer Day Camp to help children from economically disadvantaged families in Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties attend a nine-week day camp offering sports, reading, games, arts and crafts to build a healthy spirit, body and mind. 
  • $7,500 to Books for Keeps, an Athens nonprofit offering the Stop Summer Slide program that improves 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.  
  • $3,800 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.


February 2019

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $81,150 in grants during its February meeting, including $75,050 to organizations and $6,100 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, in Athens, for its monthly Mobile Pantry Program, which distributes large quantities of food to communities in need through partner agencies in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties, eliminating the need for the agencies to store the food and distributing an average of 11,000 pounds of food each month at a fraction of the cost. 
  • $15,000 to Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too, in Stone Mountain, which helps people with injuries and disabilities of all ages regain their mobility, independence and quality of life throughout the Jackson EMC service area, for its Home Medical Equipment Program that refurbishes medical equipment, such as power lifts and motorized chairs. 
  • $15,000 to Georgia Mountain Food Bank, which serves Hall and Lumpkin counties, for its Prescriptive Food Box program, which provides healthy food and nutrition information tailored for low-income patients with cancer, diabetes or cardiac disease.
  • $15,000 to Good News Clinics, in Gainesville, which provides free medical and dental care to the underserved and uninsured residents of Hall County, to provide clients of its Sam Poole Medical Clinic with laboratory tests that help physicians to determine their health care needs and provide appropriate care.  
  • $10,000 to the Sexual Assault Center and Children’s Advocacy Center, in Athens, to provide assistance for survivors of sexual assault with access to therapeutic intervention to begin the healing process. 
  • $3,050 to Allen R. Fleming, Jr. Post #20-American Legion, in Clarke County, to provide assistance for 10 students to participate in Georgia Boys State and Georgia Girls State, programs where high school students learn about municipal, county and state government through mock elections, governance and legislative bill-writing. 
  • $2,000 to Penfield Christian Homes, to assist people living in the Jackson EMC service area to participate in the substance abuse treatment program.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $4,500 to provide assistance with home repairs for a senior citizen.
  • $1,600 to provide assistance with home repairs for a senior citizen. 

January 2019

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $93,200 in grants during their January meeting, including $83,200 to organizations and $10,000 to individuals.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $20,000 to North Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry, for its Medication Assistance Program, which covers the cost of non-narcotic/controlled substance prescriptions for senior citizens and families who qualify for assistance, to provide consistent access to medication when costs or co-pays are too much. 
  • $15,000 to L.A.M.P Ministries, in Gainesville for its Community Youth and Children’s program, which combines group and individual counseling, community activities and mentoring to provide high risk youths in Banks, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties with a positive alternative to gangs, drugs and other delinquent behaviors.
  • $15,000 to Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry, for its Emergency Assistance Program, which provides a safety net for clients dealing with difficult and often temporary circumstances by providing emergency food supplies, shelter, prescription medications and referrals to local clinics, enabling them to move toward self-responsibility.
  • $10,000 to Banks Jackson Food Bank, a Commerce-based non-profit organization, to help purchase food for needy families in Banks and Jackson counties. 
  • $9,200 to Hope Pregnancy Resource Center, a pregnancy and family resource center serving Jackson County, to help purchase new curriculum and lesson modules, as well as its Earn While You Learn Program, which provides clients an opportunity to learn about infancy, child care, parenting, and life skills while earning needed supplies. 
  • $5,000 to Bethany Christian Services of Georgia, to help provide financial assistance for foster care development, training, recruitment and home study materials throughout the Jackson EMC service area.
  • $5,000 to Jewish Family & Career Services, a nonsectarian agency providing human services programs, for its Ben Massell Dental Clinic in Gwinnett County to provide dental care to 232 uninsured, low-income residents.
  • $2,500 to Happy Sacks, a program of the Duluth First United Methodist Church, to provide weekend back packs filled with nutritious foods to needy children in seven local schools.
  • $1,500 to Cozy Quilters of St. Matthew Women’s Club, in Winder, to help purchase fleece, thread and other materials and supplies to make quilts for distribution to the sick, injured or terminally ill in Jackson, Barrow and Gwinnett counties.

Individual Grant Recipients:

  • $5,000 to provide assistance with a new HVAC unit for a senior citizen.
  • $5,000 to provide assistance with a new heat pump for a senior citizen.