Local programs receive grants

SNELLVILLE - Snellville's Diamond in the Rough Youth Development Program has been awarded a $12,000 grant by the Jackson EMC Foundation for its Clusters program.

Through a wide variety of activities, including training, coaching, family enrichment activities, and special workshops and events, Diamond in the Rough seeks to empower girls physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and financially.

The Clusters program is a long-term mentoring and leadership development program for girls between the ages of 10 and 18, using weekly meetings during the school year to work on self-image, character, leadership, health and wellness, finance and stewardship, healthy relationships and spiritual enrichment.

Grant funds will be used to help with program development, volunteer recruitment and training, program activities and costs of the one-day camp kickoff.

Foundation grants are funded through the Operation Round Up program. Participating members' monthly electric bills are rounded up to the next dollar amount, an average of $6 per year. Since the beginning of the program in 2005, more than $1.85 million has been awarded by the Jackson EMC Foundation since 2005, including 155 grants to organizations and 72 grants to individuals.

Jackson EMC Foundation grants assist charitable and community organizations, as well as individuals. Any individual or organization in the counties served by Jackson EMC - Athens/Clarke, Banks, Barrow, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe counties - may apply for a Foundation grant. Those seeking funding must complete a grant application, available at local Jackson EMC offices or as an interactive .pdf form at www.jacksonemc.com/Guidelines-for-Funding.106.0.html

Baseball teams partner with local car dealers

LAWRENCEVILLE - Local Gwinnett baseball teams ended their season on a high note.

Grayson Youth Baseball, the Greater Buford Athletic Association, Lilburn Dixie Youth and the North Gwinnett Baseball and Softball Association all partnered with local Chevrolet dealers as part of the Chevy Youth Baseball program, and received more than $6,700 in funds donated by the dealerships and private parties.

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