The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded $74,705 in grants during its November meeting, including $30,000 to organizations serving Jackson County residents. Grants included:
- $15,000 to For Her Glory, a Gainesville agency that provides breast cancer patients throughout the Jackson EMC service area with items that are not covered by insurance, such as wigs, bras, compression sleeves, gloves, and nutritional supplements.
- $15,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Society—Jefferson, for its financial assistance program that provides funds to Jackson and Banks County families in crisis for rent and mortgage.
Jackson EMC Foundation grants are made possible by the 204,299 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 1,685 grants to organizations and 408 grants to individuals, putting more than $17.3 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.