2020 Grants Awarded

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 $142,257 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.
  • $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 – Athens to help provide emergency housing and food assistance in Clarke, Madison and Oglethorpe counties.
  • $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.
  • $5,000 to Salvation Army – Toccoa to help provide emergency housing and food assistance in Franklin and Lumpkin counties.
  • $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.
  • $2,500 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 $67,500 in grants to organizations during its March meeting. Note: The Jackson EMC Foundation is closely watching the coronavirus situation in the event that social distancing guidelines require the cancellation of summer camp programs.

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 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 the curriculum-based RISE Summer Education Program for low-income and at-risk youth of Gainesville and Hall County.  
  • $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.
  • $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 10-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 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.
  • $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.

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.