The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $93,200 in grants during their January meeting, including $83,200 to organizations and $10,000 to individuals.
Organizational Grant Recipients:
- $20,000 to North Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry, for its Medication Assistance Program, which covers the cost of non-narcotic/controlled substance prescriptions for senior citizens and families who qualify for assistance, to provide consistent access to medication when costs or co-pays are too much.
- $15,000 to L.A.M.P Ministries, in Gainesville for its Community Youth and Children’s program, which combines group and individual counseling, community activities and mentoring to provide high risk youths in Banks, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties with a positive alternative to gangs, drugs and other delinquent behaviors.
- $15,000 to Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry, for its Emergency Assistance Program, which provides a safety net for clients dealing with difficult and often temporary circumstances by providing emergency food supplies, shelter, prescription medications and referrals to local clinics, enabling them to move toward self-responsibility.
- $10,000 to Banks Jackson Food Bank, a Commerce-based non-profit organization, to help purchase food for needy families in Banks and Jackson counties.
- $9,200 to Hope Pregnancy Resource Center, a pregnancy and family resource center serving Jackson County, to help purchase new curriculum and lesson modules, as well as its Earn While You Learn Program, which provides clients an opportunity to learn about infancy, child care, parenting, and life skills while earning needed supplies.
- $5,000 to Bethany Christian Services of Georgia, to help provide financial assistance for foster care development, training, recruitment and home study materials throughout the Jackson EMC service area.
- $5,000 to Jewish Family & Career Services, a nonsectarian agency providing human services programs, for its Ben Massell Dental Clinic in Gwinnett County to provide dental care to 232 uninsured, low-income residents.
- $2,500 to Happy Sacks, a program of the Duluth First United Methodist Church, to provide weekend back packs filled with nutritious foods to needy children in seven local schools.
- $1,500 to Cozy Quilters of St. Matthew Women’s Club, in Winder, to help purchase fleece, thread and other materials and supplies to make quilts for distribution to the sick, injured or terminally ill in Jackson, Barrow and Gwinnett counties.
Individual Grant Recipients:
- $5,000 to provide assistance with a new HVAC unit for a senior citizen.
- $5,000 to provide assistance with a new heat pump for a senior citizen.