2020 Grants Awarded

September 2020

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $77,595 in grants during its September meeting, including $73,485 to organizations and $4,110 to an individual.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Jackson County, to provide supplies, materials and technology for its academic development and achievement program in the Jefferson and Commerce club locations.
  • $15,000 to Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, to provide financial assistance for the Home of Hope program, which includes up to 12 months of transitional housing, life skills training, individual and family therapy, and life coaching so families can emerge from homelessness into a sustainable mode of living.
  • $15,000 to Gwinnett County Habitat for Humanity, to purchase materials for two homes, including an HVAC unit, cabinets, paint and trim.
  • $15,000 to Georgia Mountains YMCA, in Gainesville, to help underprivileged elementary and middle school students attend its afterschool program, which provides a safe environment with homework assistance, enrichment activities, relationship building, sports, games and arts and crafts on site at Hall County and Gainesville City elementary schools.
  • $6,985 to North Hall Lions Club, in Clermont, to purchase a spot vision screener for its Eyes for Education program that will screen K-5th grade students in the Hall County School System.
  • $6,500 to Rotary Club of Gainesville, for its Accessibility Ramp Program, to purchase materials and supplies to construct solid, safe accessibility ramps at the primary entrance to the homes of local citizens with disabilities or other mobility challenges.

Individual Grant Recipient:

  • $4,110 to help an elderly citizen purchase an HVAC unit.

August 2020

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $67,400 in organizational grants during its August meeting.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $12,400 to Jackson County Certified Literacy Community Program, which addresses low adult literacy rates and has a goal to reduce the functional illiteracy rate by 50% within 10 years, to provide financial assistance for students to take the GED exam.
  • $10,000 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. 
  • $10,000 to Ark: United Ministry Outreach Center, in Athens, to provide emergency financial assistance for rent, which prevents eviction for workers in low-wage jobs, the disabled and the elderly in Clarke, Madison and Oglethorpe counties who are facing unexpected expenses.
  • $10,000 to United Way of Hall County, in Gainesville, for its GAP Funding and Basic Needs program to provide emergency rental assistance for its low-income clients.
  • $10,000 to United Way of Northeast Georgia, to allow 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.
  • $7,500 to Prevent Child Abuse Athens, a grassroots organization focused on ending neglect and abuse of children in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, 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.
  • $5,000 to Burn Foundation of America, to provide financial assistance with purchasing specialized pressure garments and distraction therapy supplies, which assist in healing and help reduce stress during procedures, for burn patients and their families in all Jackson EMC counties.
  • $2,500 to River Community Church Food Pantry, in Murrayville, to provide assistance with the purchase of food and for the expansion of the food pantry with a roll-up door to aid distribution efforts to its low-income and homeless clients in Hall County.

July 2020

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $89,302 in grants during its July meeting, including $86,000 to organizations and $3,302 to an individual.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $20,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta—Gwinnett, divided between the Norcross and Lawrenceville clubs’ Power Hour programs, 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 Children’s Center for Hope and Healing, in Gainesville, to provide 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 to decrease their families’ sense of isolation, strengthen the family, assist with parent-child attachment and family functioning.
  • $13,500 to Food to Kids Madison County, a program promoting literacy by alleviating hunger in children, to purchase food for its Weekend Backpack Program that provides food for the weekend to families who have been identified by counselors in four Madison County elementary schools as food insecure.
  • $10,000 to St. Mary’s Independent Living Extension (SMILE), a Lawrenceville nonprofit where adults with developmental disabilities receive care and instruction so they can engage and thrive in communities where they live, work and play, for its Asleep But Not at Risk program, which provides overnight care staff for those adults.
  • $10,000 to United Methodist Children’s Home of North Georgia (Wellroot Family Services), in Gainesville, which provides financial assistance for foster care development, training, recruitment and community building throughout Jackson EMC’s service area, to help close the gap between the need in Northeast Georgia and the number of available homes.
  • $10,000 to YMCA of Georgia’s Piedmont, Inc., in Winder, for its Pryme Tyme program providing homework help, sports, arts and crafts to children from economically disadvantaged families in Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties.
  • $7,500 to Bethel Haven, in Watkinsville, to support mental health services and therapeutic counseling sessions for distressed children, teens, adults and families in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Madison, and Oglethorpe counties

Individual Grant Recipient:

  • $3,302 to provide a disabled applicant with the dental surgery necessary to be considered for an organ transplant.

June 2020

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $40,000 in grants to organizations during its June meeting.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $10,000 to Potter’s House, an Atlanta Union Mission facility, to help feed, house, counsel and provide educational programs, such as adult literacy, to men recovering from substance abuse through the Transformational Recovery Services Program at its 570-acre working farm in Jefferson. 
  • $10,000 to Good News at Noon, a Gainesville-based community ministry and transitional shelter for men providing daily meals and weekly bags of groceries, for its Meal Ministry program, which serves 100 meals each day of the year.
  • $7,500 to St. Vincent De Paul Society—Norcross, to help fund direct aid for housing assistance, including rent, mortgage and temporary housing for Gwinnett County families in crisis. 
  • $7,500 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. .
  • $5,000 to Winder Noon Lions Club, in Barrow County, whose mission is sight conservation and treatment, to provide exams and eyeglasses for 50 children and adults who are vision impaired.

May 2020

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $139,150 in grants during its May meeting, including $37,650 in emergency grants to nonprofits responding to COVID-19, $97,000 to organizations and $4,500 to an individual.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA, for its emergency childcare program for frontline employees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and its hunger relief program for Gwinnett County children and senior citizens who have been affected by the pandemic.
  • $15,000 to Georgia Mountains YMCA in Gainesville, for its crisis childcare program for families of first responders, medical professionals and other essential employees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • $7,650 to Geekspace Gwinnett, a nonprofit makerspace, for supplies to make approved face shields and masks for first responders and healthcare workers in Gwinnett County hospitals.
  • $7,500 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.
  • $7,500 to North Gwinnett Cooperative for its Prescription 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. 
  • $7,500 to NSPIRE Outreach Ministries, serving at-risk and homeless men and women in Barrow, Gwinnett and Hall counties, for assistance with housing for its transitional program.
  • $7,500 to Project Adam, an organization focused on the prevention and treatment of alcohol and drug dependency for men in Barrow, Banks, Clarke, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties, to provide community treatment services.
  • $7,500 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.
  • $7,500 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 Salvation Army--Gwinnett, for its Financial Emergency Services Program, which provides rent and mortgage assistance to Gwinnett County residents in need to prevent homelessness and stabilize families in crisis. 
  • $7,500 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.  
  • $7,500 to St. Vincent De Paul Society—Lawrenceville for its Food4Kids program that prepares and packages nutritional food bags for children in low-income families during the summer.
  • $7,500 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.
  • $5,000 to Muscular Dystrophy Association, to provide technology and program materials to help the organization transition to a virtual summer camp for children living with neuromuscular disease in all of Jackson EMC’s service area.
  • $5,000 to Salvation Army—Toccoa, for its Pathway to Hope Program in Franklin and Lumpkin counties, to provide shelter and re-housing assistance and financial literacy through case management for families in crisis.
  • $5,000 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. 
  • $2,500 to Sugar Hill United Methodist Church, to purchase fresh and nutritiously balanced food for its Summer Sack Lunch Program for school-age children in Gwinnett County.

Individual Grant Recipient:

  • $4,500 to help purchase a new HVAC unit for a senior citizen.

April 2020

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $100,000 in emergency funding grants to organizations responding to the impacts of COVID-19 and $10,000 in grant funds to a virtual academic enrichment program during its April meeting.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $20,000 to Atlanta Community Food Bank, in Gwinnett, to purchase food.
  • $20,000 to North Gwinnett Cooperative to purchase food and provide assistance with medications for Gwinnett residents.
  • $10,000 to American Red Cross for biomedical services needed for blood collection in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe counties.
  • $10,000 to Athens Community Council on Aging to provide 2,000 meals to serve 400 senior citizens in Clarke County.
  • $10,000 to Good News Clinics to provide medications and diabetic testing supplies to uninsured residents in Hall County.
  • $10,000 to iServe Ministries to purchase food for needy families in Jackson and Madison counties.
  • $10,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Society-Winder to help provide rent, mortgage and food assistance in Barrow County.
  • $10,000 to United Way of Hall County to help provide rent, mortgage, food and basic needs to Hall County low-income residents.
  • $10,000 to University of North Georgia Foundation, 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. The program will move to a virtual format for 2020.

March 31, 2020

As a result of growing community needs in response to the coronavirus health emergency, the Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors held a special meeting on March 31 to review applications for emergency support. The board awarded a total $140,757 in special grants to area organizations:

  • $10,000 to Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, in Athens, to help provide emergency food assistance in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Jackson, Madison, and Oglethorpe counties.
  • $10,000 to Georgia Mountain Food Bank, in Gainesville, to help provide emergency food assistance in Hall and Lumpkin counties.
  • $10,000 to Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry to help provide emergency food assistance in Gwinnett County.
  • $10,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Flowery Branch to help provide rent, mortgage and food assistance in Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties.
  • $10,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Gainesville to help provide rent and mortgage assistance in Hall County.
  • $10,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Jefferson to provide rent and mortgage assistance in Jackson County.
  • $10,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Lawrenceville to help provide rent and mortgage assistance in Gwinnett County.
  • $10,000 to Salvation Army – Athens to help provide emergency housing and food assistance in Clarke, Madison and Oglethorpe counties.
  • $8,857 to New Path 1010 to provide emergency food assistance to Barrow County seniors, Project Adam residential treatment program clients, and students.
  • $8,000 to Madison County School District to help provide food for its weekend backpack program, and for the installation of a SmartBus WiFi system that will provide Internet access to students who are digitally learning at home.
  • $5,000 to Banks Jackson Food Bank to help provide emergency food assistance in Banks and Jackson counties.
  • $5,000 to Community Helping Place, in Dahlonega, to help provide emergency food assistance in Lumpkin County.
  • $5,000 to Lumpkin County Family Connection, in Dahlonega, to help provide emergency food for its Backpack Buddy Program.
  • $5,000 to Salvation Army – Gainesville to help provide emergency housing and food assistance in Banks, Barrow, Hall and Jackson counties.
  • $5,000 to Salvation Army – Gwinnett to help provide emergency housing and food assistance in Gwinnett County.
  • $3,600 to Commerce City Schools for the installation of a SmartBus WiFi system to provide Internet access to students who are digitally learning at home.
  • $3,000 to Jefferson City Schools for the installation of a SmartBus WiFi system to provide Internet access to students who are digitally learning at home.
  • $3,000 to Mending the Gap, in Lawrenceville, to provide emergency food assistance to Gwinnett County senior citizens.
  • $3,000 to Norcross Meals on Wheels, for emergency food delivery to Gwinnett County senior citizens.
  • $2,800 to Jackson County School System for the installation of a SmartBus WiFi system to provide Internet access to students who are digitally learning at home.
  • $2,500 to Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church Food Pantry to provide emergency food assistance in Barrow, Gwinnett and Hall counties.
  • $1,000 to Happy Sacks, in Duluth, to help provide emergency food for its weekend backpacks for needy children in seven local schools. 

March 2020

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $34,500 in grants to organizations during its March meeting. 

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $10,000 to Annandale of Suwanee, a nonprofit community serving adults with developmental disabilities or traumatic brain injury, to provide funding for renovation supplies, including concrete, paint, flooring and trim, for the Haas independent living apartment building common area.
  • $10,000 to Hall County Library System, to help fund the Tutor.com program, which provides a full learning suite of homework help, personalized tutoring, skills building, SAT and ACT test preparation, self-study tools and job search assistance, for all Hall County library card holders.​
  • $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 Whitehead Road Elementary School, the largest elementary school in Athens-Clarke County where 92 percent or more of the students receive free or reduced lunches.  
  • $5,000 to Foundation of Wesley Woods, for Lanier Gardens of Athens, to help provide a wellness nurse to provide preventative care support, especially fall reduction, to foster independent living among its senior citizen residents.
  • $2,000 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.

February 2020

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $77,500 in grants to organizations during its February meeting.

Organizational Grant Recipients:

  • $15,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Winder-Barrow, for its Goals for Graduation program that uses goals for school attendance, homework completion and positive study habits to promote academic achievement in middle and high school-aged members.
  • $15,000 to Eagle Ranch, a 310-acre Flowery Branch campus serving Northeast Georgia boys and girls in crisis, to help provide therapeutic counseling session for both children and families. 
  • $15,000 to Hebron Community Health Center in Lawrenceville, a nonprofit providing low-income, uninsured Gwinnett residents with medical and dental care, to fund the Next Step Project, which provides diagnostic referrals and testing and prescription medication and supplies.   
  • $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 Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties with a positive alternative to gangs, drugs and other delinquent behaviors. 
  • $7,500 to Food Bank of Northeast Georgia in Athens, for its Mobile School Food Pantry Program, which takes food bags directly to schools in Oglethorpe, Jackson and Clarke counties for students whose families are identified as food insecure. 
  • $5,000 to Heirborn Servants, serving Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Jackson and Madison counties, to provide assistance with its Give Rides program, which partners with community groups, transitional housing organizations and rideshare companies to ensure survivors of human trafficking or domestic violence can get to therapy and employment.
  • $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 Hall County individuals and families who are low income and in need of food assistance.
  • $2,500 to Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church Food Pantry, for its Food First Initiative, to purchase food from the Atlanta Community Food Bank to distribute to needy families in Barrow, Gwinnett and Hall counties.

January 2020

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $91,504 in grants during its January 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.