Organizations receive Jackson EMC grants

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Jackson EMC Foundation awarded $99,440 in grants to eight charitable organizations serving Gwinnett County residents.

The Foster Children's Foundation in Duluth received a $15,000 grant for the Tomorrow Matters Mentoring Program, which teaches young people in the foster care program independent living skills.

Step by Step Recovery Inc. in Lawrenceville received a $15,000 grant for its nonprofit efforts to help men and women overcome alcohol or drug addiction.

The Four Corners Primary Care Center in Lawrenceville received a $15,000 grant to help keep the clinic, which serves the under- and uninsured, open.

I AM Inc. of Buford received a $14,940 grant to purchase supplies for its Gaining Insight Real Life Skills (GIRLS) leadership development program.

Gwinnett Student Leadership Team received a $12,000 grant to support its student leadership program for high school juniors and seniors.

Tiny Stitches in Suwanee received a $10,000 grant for its network of volunteers who make layettes for struggling area mothers with newborns.

The Norcross Cooperative Ministry received a $10,000 grant to help prevent homelessness through its Emergency Assistance Program.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Lawrenceville and Norcross received a $7,500 grant for their "Power Hour" homework and tutoring programs.

Funding for the grants, awarded in the second quarter of 2009, was made possible by Jackson EMC's Operation Round Up, which allows members to round up their monthly electric bills to the nearest dollar amount and deposit the "spare change" in the foundation.

Office schedules free dentistry day

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry will sponsor Dentistry From the Heart, its third annual free dentistry day, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12.

The event offers free dental care, including fillings, extractions and cleanings. Patients must be at least 14 years old and accompanied by an adult if under the age of 18. No appointments or registration are available prior to the event. Numbers will be handed out beginning at 6:30 a.m. to 125 people to guarantee a spot.

The event will be held at Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry, 2100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 130, in Lawrenceville.

For more information, visit the event Web site at

Organization wins excellence award

GAINESVILLE - ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, the parent company of Lanier Village Estates in Gainesville, has been selected to receive the 2009 Excellence in the Workplace Award from the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA).

The award is given in recognition of the organization's effectiveness in advancing a healthy workplace culture and environment that promotes recruitment, retention and development of staff. ACTS will accept the award at AAHSA's annual meeting exposition in November.

ACTS owns and operates 19 active lifestyle senior communities. ACTS Retirement-Life Communities' Lanier Village Estates in Gainesville employs approximately 150 workers.

For more information, visit

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