Jackson EMC awards grants
LAWRENCEVILLE — The Jackson EMC Foundation, a charity funded by members of the electric cooperative through their contributions to the Operation Round Up program, has awarded $58,000 in grants to organizations serving Gwinnett County residents.
• $15,000 was awarded to Computers for Youth to help fund the “Take IT Home” program at Sweetwater Middle School in Lawrenceville, where about 460 sixth-graders received free refurbished computers loaded with a suite of educational and word processing software to improve home learning, involve parents and help students stay engaged in school.
• $12,000 was awarded to Hope Clinic in Lawrenceville, a primary care internal medicine clinic founded to provide the uninsured working poor with affordable care, to help purchase a BVI 9600 Patient Assessment Kit, a 3-D ultrasound instrument which can provide preventative and lifesaving diagnoses of urinary system disorders and abdominal aortic aneurysms.
• $10,000 was awarded to Exodus Outreach, a Buford nonprofit organization serving people in all walks of life who are hurting and in need of support, for a summer program that offers at-risk students in kindergarten through eighth grade with a summer learning and development curriculum that provides supervision and readies the students to succeed in school in the fall.
• $10,000 was awarded to Spectrum Autism Support Group, a parent-run nonprofit group in Suwanee that provides support, education and resources for the entire spectrum of autism disorders, to enable disadvantaged autistic individuals ages 4 to 22 to attend the organization’s weeklong summer camp program where daily activities are used to teach social skills lessons.
• $7,500 was awarded to Nspire Outreach in Lawrenceville, an outreach effort providing homeless men and women in Gwinnett County with skills and tools that will help them leave the streets and become independent, to provide continuing education through GED courses, online courses, career training or courses at local colleges or technical schools.
• $3,500 was awarded to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help children and young adults with neuromuscular diseases from the counties served by Jackson EMC attend Camp Walk N’ Roll, a week-long summer program with no boundaries for physical disabilities where campers can build confidence and independence while their caregivers have a break from the demands of constant care.
Park volunteers donate 316 hours
LAWRENCEVILLE — More than 65 Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation volunteers provided 316 hours of service on May 13, 14 and 16, sowing 1,400 plants and grooming 2.2 miles of trails in three parks.
Beginning May 13, volunteers from the Gwinnett Chamber and Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation staff worked to beautify Shorty Howell Park.
On May 14, volunteers from HOOKED: Teen Volunteer Club and Gwinnett United In Drug Education (GUIDE) arrived at Tribble Mill Park to help with Saturday In The Park. Throughout the day volunteers helped at the registration table and in the kid’s area with face painting, crafts and crazy hair styles. Volunteer also worked to clean up and remove trash at the conclusion of the event that had more than 900 attendees.
At Little Mulberry Park on May 16, volunteers from XL group presented a check to the Gwinnett Parks Foundation in support of its unbeLEAFable day event. The event will be held at Little Mulberry Park on Sept. 24, and all proceeds will be used to build a playground in honor of Karina Miller, whose love for the preservation of the natural habitat inspired the park’s Karina Miller Nature Preserve.
Following the check presentation, XL group volunteers set out to clear underbush and trim 2.2 miles of trails work as well as trimming sections of the meadow.
Walton EMC gives scholarships to local students
MONROE — Outstanding students from Walton Electric Membership Corporation’s 10-county service area are the beneficiaries of the cooperative’s latest round of Operation Round Up college scholarships.
Winners are Quinn Butler of Apalachee High; Callie Rowe of Archer High; Felicia Escobar and Carolina Walter, both of Brookwood High; Hannah Barney, Ashley Lockwood, Holly Nix and Anna Wood, all of Grayson High; Alex Steahr of GSMST; Kayla Farmer of Loganville Christian Academy; Emmie Gibbs, Taylor Greenfield, Ian Gunn, Justin Hornsby, Jenna Landis, Cole Rice and Benjamin Witcher, all of Loganville High; Ben Redford, Rena Ross and Lauren Salter, all of Parkview High; and Nyia Gore of South Gwinnett High.
The money for these scholarships comes from unclaimed refunds. No regular monthly Round Up contributions are used for the awards. Since the scholarship program began, 141 scholarships worth $275,000 have been given.
Local Girl Scout participates in chef competition
SUWANEE — Suwanee resident Caitlin Andrews from Girl Scout Troop 14255 competed in the first Top Cookie Chef Competition in May, which benefited the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta.
Andrews, 15, was a member of the Girl Scout team, which included girls ages 14 to 17 throughout the Atlanta region who are cadette, senior and ambassador Girl Scouts. Additionally, 15-corporate sponsored teams participated in the event, which was won by the team from Atlanta Gas Light.
The “Iron Chef”-like competition has been conducted by Bold American Events and Catering as a team-building exercise for many of Atlanta’s leading companies. For the first time, the Top Cookie Chef event transformed the competition to cooking for a cause, with a fundraising cook-off to make one hot dessert and one cold dessert from the iconic cookies.
Girl Scouts will celebrate their 100-year anniversary in 2012, and fundraising events such as the Top Cookie Chef competition are part of the planned calendar of events.
Christian Terrace celebrates 30th anniversary
LILBURN — Gwinnett Christian Terrace celebrated its 30th anniversary by hosting a gala event on May 20.
More than 300 residents, family members, board members, staff and local dignitaries, such as Lilburn Mayor Diana Preston, were in attendance.
Gwinnett Christian Terrace opened in June 1981 and was the first senior housing facility of its kind in Gwinnett County. The secluded property, nestled between the Kroger shopping center and Berkmar High School, is a six-story, mid-rise building that offers affordable housing to low-income seniors and those who have mobility disabilities. The parent organization is Decatur Church of Christ Senior Housing.
For the past eight years, Jeff Bird has served as executive director. The project administrator, Sharon McNair, will celebrate her 25th year at the facility in September.
The board of directors is comprised of volunteers. Current members are Eric Anderson, Al Bastin, Monica Bradshaw, Phil Bowers, Dr. Frank Brown, Sabrina Churchwell, Dr. Greg Hayes, Joe Page, John Hemby, Jeff Hendrick, Patty Mankin, Shannon Shakkour and JoAnne Stubblefield.
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