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The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $96,5000 in grants during its May meeting, including $78,500 to organizations serving Gwinnett County.

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $96,5000 in grants during its May meeting, including $78,500 to organizations serving Gwinnett County.

The local grants included:

♦ $15,000 to Hope Clinic, in Lawrenceville, which specializes in internal medicine and chronic care management for low-income patients to help them avoid costly hospitalizations, for one year of care in the Chronic Care Management Program for diabetic patients who qualify as extremely low income per federal guidelines.

♦ $15,000 to Spectrum Autism Support Group, a parent-run nonprofit group in Suwanee that provides Gwinnett and Hall County families with support, education and resources for the entire spectrum of autism disorders, to help disadvantaged autistic individuals ages four to 22 attend the organization’s weeklong summer camp program, with daily activities that teach social skills lessons.

♦ $10,500 to Bethany Christian Services of Georgia, to help provide financial assistance for foster care development and training throughout the Jackson EMC service area.

♦ $10,000 to Camp Amplify, in Winder, to provide 15 children ages eight to 12 from underserved communities with a week-long camping experience to develop character, leadership and teambuilding skills through a high adventure, overnight camp.

♦ $10,000 to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter, to help provide financial support for the patient travel assistance program, which aids qualified patients receiving blood cancer treatment to pay for treatment-related transportation expenses in the 10 counties Jackson EMC serves.

♦ $10,000 to Quinlan Visual Arts Center, in Gainesville, to help provide for free or reduced cost participation in the Summer Art Program for 90 children and teens in underserved communities in Banks, Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties.

♦ $5,000 to Muscular Dystrophy Association, to provide technology and program materials for a virtual summer camp for children living with neuromuscular disease in all of Jackson EMC’s service area.

♦ $3,000 to Iron Horse Therapy, Inc., in Milton, to provide hippotherapy treatment for children and youth with special needs from Gwinnett and Lumpkin counties to attend therapy sessions that use a horse’s movement to improve neuromuscular function.

Jackson EMC Foundation grants are made possible by the 201,511 participating cooperative members who have their monthly electric bills rounded to the next dollar amount through the Operation Round Up program. Their “spare change” has funded 1,638 grants to organizations and 400 grants to individuals, putting more than $16.8 million back into local communities since the program began in 2005.

Any individual or charitable organization in the 10 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 https://www.jacksonemc.com/foundation-apply or at local Jackson EMC offices.

Applicants do not need to be a member of Jackson EMC.

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