Jackson EMC gives grants to organizations

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Jackson EMC Foundation recently gave out $39,024 in grants to four organizations serving Gwinnett County residents.

The Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center and Children's Advocacy Center was awarded $10,000 for its TACT (Through Assault Case Tracking) data management system. TACT is uniquely designed to help provide victims services as well as maintain information on behalf of the victim, which is needed by the criminal justice system.

Barnabas Ministries, a Lawrenceville faith-based organization that provides encouragement and support to men while in prison and upon release, has received a $13,024 grant. The money will enable the ministry to rent space for offices and transitional housing for a year, as well as purchase equipment for educational services.

The Norcross Cooperative Ministry has been awarded a $10,000 grant for the Emergency Assistance Program. The funds will be used for rent assistance.

The Music Time Learning Center has been awarded a $6,000 grant for its Raising Musical Children Program. The nonprofit organization provides music education classes to Gwinnett County schools and day care centers that serve low-income families or children with developmental disabilities.

The grants are funded by contributions of the electric cooperative's members through Operation Round Up.

Any individual or charitable organization in the 10 counties served by Jackson EMC may apply for foundation funding by completing a grant application, available online at www.jacksonemc.com/Guidelines-for-Funding.106.0.html or at local Jackson EMC offices. Applicants need not be a member of Jackson EMC.

Preserve America accepting grant applications

LAWRENCEVILLE - The application period for Preserve America grants is now open.

Preserve America, a grant program that began in 2006, is a White House initiative that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy our nation's heritage.

Applications must be submitted by June 30. More than $4 million will be awarded in September.

More information on Preserve America, including a complete list of grant recipients, criteria and application forms for various initiative programs, can be found online at www.PreserveAmerica.gov.

Youth Athletic Association board president receives award check

DULUTH - Peachtree TV's executive director of community affairs, Jeff Johnson, and Park Pride Executive Director George Dusenbury presented a Green Thumb Award check to Peachtree Ridge Youth Athletic Association board president Dave Wengryn at Peachtree Ridge Park in Duluth.

This award is the first of many being presented by the Peachtree TV Green Team to raise awareness of environmental concerns in the Atlanta area.

The station's Green Team campaign is designed to provide helpful tips on how viewers can help preserve the environment and recognize community members who have lent a hand in improving Atlanta's environmental situation.

Green Team "Green Thumb" Awards are handed out on a monthly basis and recognize local individuals, businesses and organizations that practice innovative green practices. Each recipient will be featured in on-air spots recognizing their work on behalf of the Atlanta environment.

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