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Jackson EMC Foundation Awards $69k to Agencies Serving Gwinnett County Residents

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $119,233 in grants to organizations during their September meeting, including $68,733 to organizations serving Gwinnett County.

  • $15,000 to Hi-Hope Service Center in Lawrenceville to help fund part-time nursing and nutrition services for 20 developmentally disabled residents from Gwinnett and Barrow counties, providing services such as daily medication, insulin, blood checks and specialized medical treatment to residents who require onsite nursing care.
  • $15,000 to Junior Achievement of Georgia for program materials, support materials and supplies, and program development to provide the JA Biztown and JA Finance Park interactive programs at Discovery High School to more than 30,000 Gwinnett County middle school students, teaching them the concepts of financial literacy, business, entrepreneurship and career readiness.
  • $14,985 to Boy Scouts of America, NEGA Council, serving all Jackson EMC counties for underprivileged youth, to provide uniforms, handbooks and summer camp fees that will help underprivileged youth participate in scouting, teaching them to make ethical choices and promoting citizenship, leadership, mental and physical fitness.
  • $13,248 to Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse, a Stone Mountain nonprofit organization that helps individuals recovering from traumatic brain injury to regain employment and living skills, to provide four weeks of rehabilitation services for nine adults from Gwinnett county who are permanently disabled by traumatic brain injury.
  • $10,500 to Asian American Resource Foundation a Gwinnett non-profit that provides supportive services to members of the community in need, for its Transitional Housing Program that provides homeless single mothers and their children with up to 24 months of housing assistance and support services to transition them to permanent housing.

Jackson EMC Foundation grants are made possible by the more than 186,055 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 1,233 grants to organizations and 348 grants to individuals, putting more than $12.5 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 or at local Jackson EMC offices. Applicants do not need to be a member of Jackson EMC.

In this photo: A $15,000 Jackson EMC Foundation check to the Hi-Hope Service Center will help fund nursing and nutrition services for disabled residents. At the check presentation are (from left): Chief Development Officer Kevin Fenton, Jackson EMC Foundation board member Beauty Baldwin, Health Services Manager Lori Macalady and Gwinnett District Manager Randy Dellinger.