The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $80,000 in grants to organizations during its February meeting.
Organizational Grant Recipients:
- $15,000 to Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry, Inc., an emergency food bank for residents of Lawrenceville and Dacula in Gwinnett County, for its Emergency Assistance Program to purchase food from the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
- $15,000 to Neighborhood Cooperative Ministry, Inc., for its Emergency Food Assistance Program, which provides a four-to-five-day supply of food to needy residents in the Norcross area of Gwinnett County, to purchase food from the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
- $15,000 to Mending the Gap, Inc., a Lawrenceville-based nonprofit organization serving the basic needs of low-income seniors, to help purchase a freezer, refrigerator, toiletries, groceries and storage space and shelving for food storage for its Save Our Seniors Project, which delivers a monthly care package of nutritious food, personal care items, cleaning supplies and toiletries.
- $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 life skills, to provide rehabilitation services for adults from Gwinnett County who are permanently disabled due to traumatic brain injury.
- $10,000 to CHRIS 180 (Creativity, Honor, Respect, Integrity and Safety) Gwinnett Counseling Center, with a mission to heal children, strengthen families and build community, to assist children, teens and families receive trauma-informed counseling in order to heal, building coping resiliency skills and thrive.[SA1]
- $7,500 to Rainbow Children’s Home, a Dahlonega shelter for abused and neglected girls serving all counties in Jackson EMC’s service area, to help fund programs that go beyond the basics of food, clothing and shelter to provide services such as substance abuse treatment, independence and wellness training, and family reunification services.
- $2,500 to Spirit of Joy Food Pantry, located in Flowery Branch, which distributes food to those in need in Banks, Barrow, Hall and Jackson counties, to purchase food.
The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $155,648 in grants during its January meeting, including $137,500 to organizations and $18,148 to individuals.
Organizational Grant Recipients:
- $15,000 to Barrow County Habitat for Humanity, to purchase materials, such as drywall, insulation, plumbing, interior construction and an HVAC unit, that have not been donated for a house being built for a partner family.
- $15,000 to Center Point, GA, Inc., in Gainesville, for its Smart Girls program, which focuses on goal planning, social skills education, and decision-making as well as developing personal responsibility and safety for middle and high school students in Gainesville and Hall County schools.
- $15,000 to Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Inc., to help underserved girls in Barrow and Clarke counties participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which prepares girls with the skills and experiences they need to empower themselves for life.
- $15,000 to Hi-Hope Service Center, in Lawrenceville, to help fund part-time nursing and nutrition services for 20 developmentally disabled Gwinnett residents who require onsite nursing care for services such as daily medication, insulin, blood checks and specialized medical treatment.
- $15,000 to Junior Achievement of Georgia, Inc., for program materials, support materials and supplies for the JA Biztown and JA Finance Park interactive programs that teach the concepts of financial literacy, business, entrepreneurship and career readiness to Gwinnett County Public Schools middle school students.
- $15,000 to Mosaic Georgia, formerly known as Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center & Children’s Advocacy Center, based in Duluth, to provide assistance for its Children’s Advocacy Center program that includes family aftercare and counseling for clients in Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Hall, and Jackson counties.
- $15,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lawrenceville, for its financial assistance program that provides funds for rent and mortgage to Gwinnett County families in crisis.
- $10,000 to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, to provide support for its mental health counseling program, which works to improve mental functioning and increase coping skills for vulnerable citizens in Gwinnett County through trained bilingual counselors.
- $10,000 to Gainesville/Hall County Alliance for Literacy, to purchase materials and provide instructors for basic literacy classes for adults 16 and older, and GED preparation classes for students who have not completed high school.
- $7,500 to Rotary Club of Madison County Foundation, to purchase materials for handicap ramps, which are constructed by Rotary Club members for local individuals who cannot afford them, increasing their general mobility and improving safety in the event they need to evacuate their home.
- $5,000 to Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition, to allow children under the age of five to participate in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program that provides monthly age-appropriate books, supporting childhood literacy and success in school.
Individual Grant Recipients:
- $5,000 to replace an HVAC unit for a senior citizen.
- $5,000 to help build a handicap accessible bathroom for a senior citizen.
- $5,000 to provide assistance replacing a heating system for a senior citizen.
- $3,148 to provide dental services for a kidney transplant recipient.