The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $91,504 in grants during its December meeting, including $87,304 to organizations and $4,200 to an individual.
Organizational Grant Recipients:
- $15,000 to Family Promise of Athens (Interfaith Hospitality Network), a network of 41 area congregations and more than 1,000 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 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.
- $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.
- $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.
- $15,000 to Side By Side Brain Injury Clubhouse, Inc., a Stone Mountain nonprofit organization that helps individuals recovering from traumatic brain injury to regain employment and living skills, to provide rehabilitation services for adults from Gwinnett county who are permanently disabled by traumatic brain injury.
- $7,304 to Jefferson Lions Club, to purchase a spot vision screener for its Kidsight USA program in Jackson County, which provides trained volunteers to administer vision screenings to children in local schools.
- $2,500 to Cresswind LL Veterans, Inc., a Gainesville-based nonprofit serving veterans and their families, for its Helping Others Program, which focuses on helping financial assistance, food, clothing, shelter and mentoring to needy and homeless veterans in Hall County.
- $2,500 to Spirit of Joy Food Pantry, in Flowery Branch, which distributes food to those in need in Banks, Barrow, Hall and Jackson counties, to purchase food.
Individual Grant Recipient:
- $4,200 to a disabled senior citizen to replace a ramp and porch.