Tuesday, May 15, 2018

BGCNCG Serves Rising Number of Foster Children

Christopher Lowell Jackson is an award-winning agency owner with Allstate Insurance in Greensboro, Georgia. In addition to his work as an agent, Christopher Lowell Jackson serves as a membership chair for the Greene and Putnam County Rotary Club and as a member of the Greene and Putnam County Chamber of Commerce. He has offered his agency’s services in support of area charitable organizations including the local Boys and Girls Club. 

The Boys and Girls Clubs of America aims to create a space where young people can gather and gain skills to help them be healthy and find success in their lives. The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia (BGCNCG) president and CEO Bob Mackey recently commented on the organization’s impact during a time when the number of foster children in the US is rising rapidly. 

While 7,600 children were in foster care in 2013, that number rose above 13,000 in 2016. This is due in part to the nation's opioid crisis, which is putting children and families at risk. While government resources for children and families are being stretched under the crisis, the need for organizations like the BGCNCG has greatly increased. In 2017, the BGCNCG served 500 foster children, and that number is expected to continue to rise in the coming years.

Friday, May 4, 2018

The LOABA Fran Faxon Scholarship Fund

Former Allstate Insurance agency owner Christopher Lowell Jackson received a number of awards and honors for his work during his time at the Greensboro, Georgia-based company. Christopher Lowell Jackson serves as an associate member of the Lake Oconee Area Builders Association (LOABA), which offers a scholarship through the Fran Faxon Scholarship Fund. 

Scholarships cover a single year of study, although students may reapply each subsequent school year for continued funding. Funds may go towards expenses for tuition, fees, books, and any tools or special supplies required for study. The scholarship honors building industry veteran Francis G. Faxon, who made multiple significant contributions to the Lake Oconee Area. 

Eligible applicants include the children, grandchildren, or spouse of a living or deceased employee of a LOABA company. Applicants must also be applying for or enrolled as a full-time student at a certified technical school or accredited post-secondary institution. Lastly, they must possess a C-grade average or better at the time they apply. 

Members of the Trustees of the Fund establish award amounts on an annual basis and select recipients based on their career goals, academic excellence, letter of recommendation, and other services and activities. Funds for the scholarship come from donations and contributions from LOABA and individual fundraisers.