The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $103,005 in grants during its December meeting, including $42,000 to organizations serving area residents. Grants included:
•$12,000 to Sandy Creek Nature Center, in Athens, to help construct an outdoor play and exploration area for children throughout the Jackson EMC service area to enjoy when visiting the 225 acres of educational and recreational facilities.
•$10,000 to Eyes of Love Lighthouse Mission, Inc., in Buford, a grassroots ministry that collects and distributes clothes, food and furniture to needy families in Barrow, Gwinnett and Hall counties, to help with rent on the building housing the mission’s inventory.
•$10,000 to Junior Achievement of Georgia, Inc., for program materials, support materials and supplies for the JA Biztown and JA Finance Park interactive programs at Discovery High School to teach Gwinnett County middle school students the concepts of financial literacy, business, entrepreneurship and career readiness.
•$10,000 to Just People, a nonprofit organization serving adults with developmental disabilities, head injuries and mental illness in Gwinnett and Hall counties, to help purchase a vehicle to transport individuals to work and day programming.
Jackson EMC Foundation grants are made possible by the 194,463 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 1,468 grants to organizations and 385 grants to individuals, putting more than $15 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 https://www.jacksonemc.com/foundation-apply or at local Jackson EMC offices. Applicants do not need to be a member of Jackson EMC.