Jackson EMC Foundation awards $45k to agencies serving Gwinnett County residents

Norcross co-op ministry

A $15,000 Jackson EMC Foundation check to the Norcross Cooperative Ministry will fund its Health Advocacy Program.  At the check presentation are (from left): Gwinnett District Manager Randy Dellinger, Executive Director Shirley Cabe, and Jackson EMC Foundation board members Jim Puckett and Beauty Baldwin.

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $122,618 in grants during their June meeting, including $45,000 to organizations serving Gwinnett County.

$15,000 to Auditory Verbal Center for a therapist, clinical supplies, and equipment maintenance, repair and calibration, used to help children under the age of five in the counties served by Jackson EMC who have cochlear implants overcome their hearing loss and learn to communicate without the use of sign language.

$15,000 to Norcross Cooperative Ministry for its Health Advocacy Program, which offers access to a nurse for clients seeking assistance with medical issues and provides resources for clients’ medical appointments, labs and prescriptions while they apply for Medicaid or pharmacy assistance programs.

$15,000 to L.A.M.P. Ministries in Gainesville for its Community Youth and Children’s program, three-month sessions open to young people ages 7-17, which combines group counseling and community activities to provide high risk youths in Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties with a positive alternative to gangs, drugs and other delinquent behavior.

Jackson EMC Foundation grants are made possible by the more than 185,200 participating cooperative members who have their monthly electric bills rounded to the next dollar amount through the Operation Round Up program. Their “spare change” has funded 1,208 grants to organizations and 345 grants to individuals, putting more than $12.2 million back into local communities since the program began in 2005. 

Any individual or charitable organization in the ten counties served by Jackson EMC (Clarke, Banks, Barrow, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe) may apply for a Foundation grant by completing an application, available online at http://www.jacksonemc.com/foundation-guidelines or at local Jackson EMC offices.  Applicants do not need to be a member of Jackson EMC.