GAB: Jackson EMC award grants to local agencies

Jackson EMC award grants to local agencies

The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $107,864 in grants during their July meeting, including $97,700 to organizations and $10,164 to individuals. Four agencies serving Gwinnett County residents received $46,500.

Those agencies and their grant amounts are:

• $15,000 to the Hi-Hope Service Center in Lawrenceville to help fund part-time nursing services for 24 developmentally disabled residents in Gwinnett County, providing services such as daily medication, insulin, blood checks and specialized medical treatment to an increasing number of residents who require onsite nursing care.

• $11,500 to I AM Inc., in Buford to purchase supplies for the Gaining Insight & Real Life Skills (GIRLS) leadership development program for girls age 10-18, aimed at reducing the instance of high-risk behaviors, increasing self-esteem and focusing on life skills that promote success, such as self-assessment, managing money, etiquette, goal-setting, public speaking and choosing a career.

• $10,000 to the Vision and Hearing Care Program, a service of the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, to help provide surgical procedures to restore sight, eye exams, and prescription eyewear for low-income residents in the 10 counties Jackson EMC serves, using Lighthouse medical equipment, volunteer doctors, staff and volunteers.

• $10,000 to the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, a multi-use science, history, culture, heritage and environmental facility located on a 700-acre campus in Buford, to allow students from low-income families to attend interpretative, hands-on field studies and educational programs.

The Jackson EMC Foundation has put more than $7.8 million back into local communities since it was founded in 2005, funding 768 grants to organizations and 270 grants to individuals. Cooperative members participating in Operation Round Up have their monthly electric bills rounded up to the next dollar amount, with the “spare change” going to the Foundation.

Any individual or charitable organization in the ten counties served by Jackson EMC (Clarke, Banks, Barrow, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe) may apply for a Foundation grant by completing an application, available online at http://www.jacksonemc.com/foundation-guidelines or at local Jackson EMC offices. Applicants do not need to be a member of Jackson EMC.

Local group holds pet adoptions for cats, kittens

A local resuce group is asking folks to adopt a study buddy and still have money left over for school supplies. Companion Animal Rescue League (CARL) is offering 50 percent off adoption fees for all cats and kittens through Labor Day.

CARL holds adoptions every Saturday at Petco in Buford and PetSmart in Johns Creek from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call CARL at 770-217-3699 or by email at carl@mail2help.com.

Tractor Supply stores holding Pet Week

Tractor Supply company is holding its third annual Pet Appreciation Week Aug. 14-18. The main event will be on Saturday, with each store hosting a pet adoption, giveaways, nutrition demonstrations and more. Each store will also have sale items throughout the pet department.

Local stores are located in Grayson at 90 Gryaon Industrial Parkway and in Duluth at 2875 N. Berkeley Lake Road To find out more about Pet Appreciation Week, visit www.TractorSupply.com/PAW201