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GWINNETT GAB: Organizations get $22K in grants

Organizations get $22K in grants

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Jackson EMC Foundation, a charity funded by donations from the cooperative's members through Operation Round Up, has awarded four Gwinnett County charitable organizations $22,000 to provide programs and services to area residents.

Barnabas Ministries in Dacula was awarded a $10,000 grant for rent on transitional housing and to purchase materials for employment and life skills training for men and women who were recently released from prison.

Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse in Stone Mountain, which assists adults recovering from traumatic brain injury, was awarded a $5,000 grant to provide program fees for clients who do not have sufficient funding.

Diamond in the Rough, a Snellville faith-based youth development organization, has been awarded a $4,000 grant for a mobile computer lab that will enable the mentoring program to offer computer access in a safe, structured and supervised setting to girls with little access to computers that will help them complete projects, assist with college searches and scholarship applications, and develop technological skills.

IDEALS Leadership in Lawrenceville has been awarded a $3,000 grant to help train high school athletes in leadership skills.

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

Duluth resident awarded Governor's Commendation

DULUTH — Duluth resident Bill Roa, assistant director of photography and creative imagery at Georgia Perimeter College, will receive a Governor's Commendation for Excellence in Customer Service award this month at a statewide event.

The award recognizes state government employees who represent the best of "Team Georgia" by providing faster, friendlier, easier service to their customers.

"The college has only one official photographer, but Bill Roa seems to have clones," an excerpt from his nomination states. "Bill can be seen at all times of the day at all GPC campuses — often many miles apart. Fulfilling this role sometimes is difficult, because of short notice or long hours required to cover all events that need photographed, but Bill always accepts these assignments with a friendly, ‘can-do' attitude, putting everyone he photographs at ease."

Roa also provides photographic coverage of the annual luncheon honoring the DeKalb County police, works as a mentor for Hispanic Connection, and offered his services to take photographs of award recipients at the Governor's and Chancellor's Award ceremonies.

"In addition to sharing his skills, Bill brings his positive attitude, laughter and engaging smile to all photo shoots," the nomination states. "Bill treats his customers with respect and exemplifies the customer service attributes of being helpful, courteous and responsive."

Georgia Perimeter College's Public Safety Department will also receive an award.

CSX official named as trustee for Leadership Georgia

LAWRENCEVILLE — Craig Camuso, regional vice president of state government relations for CSX Transportation, has been named to the 2010 Board of Trustees for Leadership Georgia.

Camuso has served as a mentor for the CSX Associate Development Program. He is an active participant with the Georgia Railroad Association, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Operation Lifesaver Inc. and the University of Georgia Alumni Association. He and his wife, Kim, are 2006 graduates of Leadership Georgia.

Leadership Georgia is one of the nation's oldest leadership training programs for young business, civic and community leaders with desire and potential to work together for a better Georgia. Its primary purpose is to identify, train and inspire a network of emerging young leaders, whose ages typically range from 25 to 45. Affiliated with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the organization has fielded numerous highly influential state and national leaders.

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