The Jackson EMC Foundation awards grants to organizations based in Suwanee
At its April meeting, the Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded grants to two Suwanee-based organizations.
The Jackson EMC Foundation is a non-profit organization created to represent Jackson EMC members and allocate funds raised through Operation Round Up. Its mission is to distribute the money raised for worthwhile charitable purposes that will improve lives and meet immediate needs in the counties where Jackson EMC provides electrical service.
The foundation awarded $15,000 to PCOM Georgia in Suwanee to provide anatomy equipment and supplies for its science and math summer academy for 10th and 11th graders in Gwinnett County Public Schools. PCOM Georgia is a private, nonprofit college for students pursuing health professions.
A $7,500 prize was awarded to Tiny Stitches Inc. in Suwanee to provide materials and supplies to a network of volunteers to handcraft a 28-32 piece layette of clothes and blankets to keep a baby in warm and dry for the first three months of life. The clothes are donated to mothers in Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties who cannot afford to support their newborns.
The foundation has also awarded grants to organizations serving Gwinnett County, including:
- $20,000 to Extra Special People in Watkinsville to enable special needs or critically ill children from low-income or financially challenged families in surrounding counties, including Gwinnett, to attend an eight-week camp.
- $20,000 to LAMP Ministries, Inc. in Gainesville for its community-based youth and children’s program that combines group and individual counseling, community activities and mentoring to provide high-risk youth, including those in Gwinnett, a positive alternative to gangs, drugs and other delinquent behavior.
- $15,000 to the University of North Georgia Foundation Inc. for its Steps to College program, which provides high school summer classes for English language learners throughout the Jackson EMC service area, including Gwinnett County , in order to obtain credits towards obtaining the diploma.
- $10,000 to MUST Ministries, Inc., for its Summer Meal Program, which provides breakfast and lunch to needy children in Gwinnett County five days a week for nine weeks.
- $5,000 to Bridge the Gap Ministries, Inc. for its housing assistance program for low-income and homeless families in Gwinnett.
- $5,000 to Foster Siblings Reunited (Camp to Belong) to enable children in the 10 counties that Jackson EMC serves, including Gwinnett, to attend Virtual Sibling Connection summer camps and events.