Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Mattel Announces Continuation of Grant Program to Benefit Children

Mattel ( http://www.mattel.com ) and the Mattel Children's Foundation
( http://www.mattel.com/about_us/philanthropy/ci_mcf_philanthropy_mattelFoundation.asp ) have announced they will continue the Mattel Domestic Grantmaking Program, which provides funding for organizations benefiting children in the United States.

Mattel's funding priorities include: programs that directly and effectively impact children with demonstrated needs (physical,financial, emotional, and health-related); preferences to programs with demonstrated results; and organizations that use creative and innovative methods to address a locally defined need directly impacting children. Preference will be given to organizations or programs that align with Mattel's philanthropic priorities: Learning -- Increasing access to education for under-served children and, in particular, innovative strategies to promote and address literacy; Health -- Supporting the health and well-being of children, with particular emphasis on promoting healthy, active lifestyles; and Girl Empowerment - Promoting self-esteem in young girls, up to age 12.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity organizations (or have a fiscal sponsor with tax-exempt status) and must directly serve children in communities within the U.S.

Grants will range from $5,000 to $25,000 each for one fiscal year. Funds may be applied to programs or general operating costs. Visit the Mattel Web site for complete program guidelines, online eligibility quiz, and grant application.

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Governor Perdue Signs Executive Order Forming Georgia’s Child Abduction Response Team

Today Governor Sonny Perdue signed an executive order to form the Child Abduction Response Team (CART).

“This executive order will ensure a quick, deliberate response for missing and endangered children. The Child Abduction Response Team will guarantee the rapid collaboration of each agency and ensure disciplined recovery efforts,” said Governor Sonny Perdue. “The safety and security of all of our children remains a top priority for Georgia.”

The executive order addresses the time sensitive nature of child abduction cases by establishing a pre-planned response coordinated across various state agencies. Through CART, nine state agencies have formed a partnership, including the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), pulling together resources to aid in the search and rescue effort. Each agency will report to the GBI under supervision of Director Vernon M. Keenan.

“An immediate and organized response by state and local officials is imperative to the safe recovery of Georgia’s children,” said GBI Director Vernon Keenan. “The Child Abduction Response Team will provide superior training for all agencies involved with the search of a missing or abducted child.”

The text of the Governor’s Executive Order is below:

Whereas: The State of Georgia has a duty and responsibility to protect children from sexual predators and others who would do harm to our greatest resource; and

Whereas: The primary goal of the Child Abduction Response Team (CART) is to provide a coordinated local and state response to incidents of child abduction by organizing the resources and expertise of various agencies; and

Whereas: The State of Georgia shall implement the Child Abduction Response Team to aid in creating a Safer Georgia for children; and

Whereas: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Department of Public Safety, the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Department of Human Resources, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, the Georgia Department of Transportation, and the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles shall join together in a multi-agency effort to rescue abducted children and as needed, allocate their resources to missing or endangered children cases; and

Whereas: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation shall be responsible for coordinating the CART program and ensuring the agencies listed in this Executive Order work in partnership in response to child abduction incidents, training, and preventative measures; and

Whereas: The Georgia Emergency Management Agency shall support the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s activation of the CART program by establishing Unified Command and coordinating additional state resources as needed, consistent with the Georgia Emergency Operations Plan; and

Whereas: The agencies listed in this Executive Order shall execute a Memorandum of Understanding in regard to the guidelines for implementation of the CART program.

Now, therefore, by the power vested in me as Governor of the State of Georgia, it is hereby

Ordered: That the agencies listed in this Executive Order coordinate their available resources to implement the CART program and to adhere to the provisions of the CART Inter-Agency Memorandum of Understanding.

This 29th day of April, 2008.
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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Mark this very important date: May 2 at 7 p.m. at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds in Fayetteville

The Relay For Life of Fayette County event is quickly approaching- but there is still time to get involved, make a donation, or simply attend. If you’ve been contemplating how to make a contribution, consider the options listed below for some ideas:

You can a)join a team; b) walk/run the track as an individual or c) start your own team.You can also make a luminaria donation. During the 12-hour event, the Ceremony of Hope is held where bags (luminaria) are lit- some honoring those that are battling cancer and living to tell their story. Other luminaria honor those who have lost their lives to the disease.

Visit the Website: www. relay.acsevents.org and click on fundraisers. There, you will see a listing of ideas and places to go to make a financial donation.

If you just can’t make up your mind then just come to the Kiwanis Fairgrounds on May 2 at 7 p.m., in Fayetteville. The carnival-like evening promises to offer plenty of excitement joy and hope, for all in attendance.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Announces 2008 Route

Kyle Petty Selects Peachtree City, Ga., as Overnight Stop on 14th Annual Charity Ride to Support Chronically Ill Children

Riders, start your engines! The Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America has announced the route for its 14th annual motorcycle ride. After stopping in Atlanta for an afternoon, more than 250 riders will cruise into Peachtree City on Friday, July 18. NASCAR driver and Charity Ride founder Kyle Petty will lead the field as they wind their way from the Midwest to the Deep South in an effort to raise awareness of and funds for Victory Junction Gang Camp and other children’s charities.

Riders will depart from Traverse City, Mich., on July 13, making additional overnight stops in Elkhart Lake, Wis.; Lombard, Ill.; Lexington, Ky.; White Sulfur Springs, W.Va.; and Charlotte, N.C. before reaching Peachtree City and their final destination, Savannah, Ga., on July 19.
Since the Charity Ride’s inception in 1995, 5,700 participants have logged more than 7.2 million cumulative motorcycle miles and donated more than $10.5 million to Victory Junction Gang Camp and other charities that support chronically ill children. Petty and his wife, Pattie, founded the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, N.C., in 2004. The year-round camp serves children, ages 7 to 15, with a variety of health issues that would typically prevent them from attending camp. The camp operates solely on the donations of corporations, organizations and individuals. The Pettys recently announced the opening of a second Victory Junction Gang Camp in Wyandotte County, Kan.

“Pattie and I are constantly amazed and inspired by the dedication of our riders, sponsors and fans,” said Petty. “These companies and individuals are truly committed to bettering the lives of deserving children and their families. We’re looking forward to another great event – and more incredible results!”

Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy will join Petty on the Charity Ride. This year marks Chick-fil-A’s fifth year as the event’s title sponsor, and the company has extended its sponsorship agreement through 2009.

“We at Chick-fil-A are grateful for the opportunity to once again be the title sponsor of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride,” Cathy said. “Chick-fil-A is proud to be associated with such a worthy cause and is eagerly anticipating another exciting Ride.”

Riders will make a pit stop at Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman on July 17 during a camp session designed for children with physical disabilities. As a result of the 2007 Charity Ride’s efforts, 80 children will attend this five-day session free of charge.

Fans and spectators along the Charity Ride route can support Victory Junction Gang Camp through the Charity Ride’s “Small Change. Big Impact.” program. In 2007, donations from the “Small Change. Big Impact.” program alone totaled more than $64,000.

Additional sponsors of the 2008 Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America include Coca-Cola, Pilot Travel Centers LLC, Wells Fargo, Manheim, Racing Electronics, Dodge Motorsports, Wincraft Racing and FLUIDYNE Racing Products.

About The Kyle Petty Charity Ride

Led by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty, The Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America raises awareness of and funds for Victory Junction Gang Camp and other charities supporting chronically ill children. The Charity Ride is one of the most successful and popular charity events in NASCAR. Now in its 14th year, the Charity Ride has donated more than $10.5 million to children’s charities, with 5,700 participants logging more than 7.2 million cumulative motorcycle miles. In 2008, NASCAR celebrities, ride sponsors and motorcycle enthusiasts will travel from Traverse City, Mich. to Savannah, Ga. from July 13-20. www.kylepettycharityride.com

About Victory Junction Gang Camp

The Victory Junction Gang Camp is a not-for-profit organization founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife, Pattie, in honor of their son Adam. Located on 84 acres in Randleman, N.C., the camp opened its doors in 2004 to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound. The Pettys recently announced the opening of a second Victory Junction Gang Camp in Wyandotte County, Kan. www.victoryjunction.org
About Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Celebrating its 41st year in business, Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc., is the nation’s second-largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain (based on sales), with nearly 1,300 restaurants in 37 states and Washington D.C. In 2007, Chick-fil-A produced record sales of $2.6 billion – a 16 percent overall increase and an 8.47 percent same-store sales gain that helped extend the chain’s streak of consecutive sales gains to 40 years.

Credited with inventing the boneless breast of chicken sandwich and first introducing the chicken nugget concept, Chick-fil-A serves nutritious and freshly prepared food products in mall locations, stand-alone restaurants, drive-thru-only restaurants, Chick-fil-A Dwarf House® and Truett’s Grill® full-service restaurants, and through licensed outlets in college campuses, hospitals, airports, businesses and industrial sites. www.chick-fil-a.com or www.truettcathy.com

Thursday, April 24, 2008

America Supports You: Volunteers, Sponsors Drive Disabled Vets Sports Clinic

Photo: Gretchen Annan, a volunteer from the VA Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colo., helps Jarod Behee, an Army veteran blinded during operations in Iraq, through the food line at the 22nd National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo. (Defense Dept. photo by Donna Miles)

As nearly 400 disabled veterans enjoy the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic here, officials credit a legion of volunteers and sponsors as the driving force behind the clinic's success.

The six-day event, which opened here March 30 and continues through April 4, gives severely disabled veterans the opportunity to ski, rock climb, scuba dive, trapshoot, snowmobile, and try their hand at sled hockey and wheelchair fencing, among other activities -- all with the help of more than 600 volunteers.

In addition, 76 sponsors have joined forces with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Disabled American Veterans to fund the $1 million program, according to Edward Hartman, DAV's national director for voluntary services.

"None of this is possible without the power of all the people who make it happen," said Sandy Trombetta, who came up with the concept of the winter sports clinic and has served as VA's national director for the program throughout its 22-year history.

Trombetta praised the sponsors who finance the activities and volunteers who return year after year, giving up vacation time and paying their own way to get here to work with the veterans. "They all want to be part of something bigger than themselves," he said. "What you see here is people really giving back to others. It still leaves me awestruck."

Theresa Parks, event coordinator for the past five years, said it would be impossible to run the clinic without the volunteers' support. "What they do is huge," she said. "They all make such a commitment. There just isn't a better group of people to work with than our volunteers."

Parks called their efforts a labor of love that translates into a supportive environment where veterans with severe disabilities can push their limits, and, ultimately, form lasting friendships. "They treat the veterans like family, and embrace them like a brother or son or father," he said. "There's a real sense of connection that takes place here."

Among the volunteers are more than 200 certified adaptive ski instructors, including current and former members of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team, coaches and support staff.

Kevin Ridley, an adaptive ski instructor from Boston, is a first-time volunteer at the winter sports clinic after working with disabled veterans in New England for the past 12 years. "This is an awesome event, and what they are doing for these veterans is amazing," said Ridley, a Vietnam veteran.

Like other volunteers at the clinic, Ridley said he gets more out of his volunteerism than the participants, particularly when he sees them react after a run down the mountainside.

"Just to see the smiles on their faces and to see their confidence built up, with their recognition of what they can do, is the reward," he said.

While ski instructors make up a big percentage of the volunteer force, many volunteers at the winter sports clinic work in other capacities, running a full range of activities.

Among them is John Ognie, a Denver resident who has been volunteering at the clinic since 1995, most of those years teaching scuba diving. "It's a great thing for them because of the sense of freedom they get," he said. "They get in the pool and they don't want to come out."

A volunteer at the VA hospital in Denver for more than 20 years and a disabled veteran himself, Ognie said he gets a special sense of gratification helping his fellow veterans.

"I enjoy it," he said. "I just want to be here to help the veterans and their families."

Elizabeth Lowery, an employee at the VA medical center in Grand Junction, Colo., is volunteering at the clinic for the third year to schedule veterans for a variety of activities off the ski slopes, load them on buses and accompany them to the events.

"It's awe-inspiring just being here," she said. "Once you come one time, you always come back. There's just nowhere else you want to be."

Some, like eight volunteers from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., pick up veterans at the airport and transport them between venues during the event. Air Force Master Sgt. Bryan Malkowski of the 63rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit is back for his second year at the clinic helping any way he can.

"It's really rewarding to see their faces when they're doing something that they thought they would never get to do," he said. "Seeing them enjoy themselves is the best reward ever."

Gretchen Annan, also from the Grand Junction VA medical center, is here for her second clinic, helping veterans move their trays through the food lines in the dining room and get settled at their tables to eat three meals served each day.

Annan said she feels honored to get to work with such exceptional people who refuse to let a disability get in the way of living life to its fullest.

"I'm so thankful to be here, and nothing can make my day happier than seeing someone confronted with so many challenges still making it through the day," she said. "It's really inspiring."

Other volunteers, like John Corbett, known for his roles in "Sex and the City" and "My Big, Fat Greek Wedding" will take center stage later this week with his band to entertain the veterans. In addition, actress Bo Derek, honorary chair of VA's national rehabilitation special events, will attend activities throughout the week.

The Snowmass community has opened its arms to the participants, too, with local restaurants and hotels treating participants to two parties in the Snowmass Village mall. During the afternoon leading up to the opening ceremony, more than 10 local restaurants hosted a "Taste of Snowmass" event for attendees. An even larger event is slated for the clinic's final day, said Allison Campbell, Silvertree Hotel's director of conference services and coordinator for the event.

"Everybody wants to be a part of it," she said. "This is everyone's most favorite event of the year, and our way of giving back to these guys and girls who gave for us. ... It's a definite community thing, and I'm glad to be a part of it."

The gratification of providing support to disabled veterans makes volunteers "want to come back forever," Parks said. In fact, there's so little turnover in the clinic's volunteer force that Parks said she finds herself having to turn down offers from others who would like to contribute.

"Our biggest problem -- and it's hard to call this a problem -- is that we have to turn away hundreds of people every year who want to volunteer," she said. "Our volunteers come, and they stay."

The volunteers' dedication isn't lost on participants here.

"These volunteers are great people," said Jarod Behee, an Army veteran blinded during operations in Iraq who's attending the winter sports clinic for the first time this year. "I'm really thankful that they're here. They really make it special for us."

Hope Cooper, an Air Force veteran medically retired in 1989, said she's overwhelmed by the outpouring of volunteers who travel here "on their own dime to help us with everything and anything."

"They're giving of their lives to us this week, and what they do is heartfelt," she said. "And do you want to know the true reason they do it? It's because they love us. Knowing that is powerful, and it's healing."
By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Southwest Christian Care Finalist for TechBridge’s Technology Innovation Award

The Atlanta Business Chronicle announced the 3 finalists for TechBridge’s Technology Innovation Award. Southwest Christian Care located in Union City is one of the 3 finalists.

TechBridge’s Technology Innovation Award is presented to the nonprofit that demonstrates the most effective and innovative use of technology in one or more of the following areas: Advancing its mission, Increasing the efficiency of its day-to-day operations, Improving its effectiveness in serving clients and key stakeholders, and Increasing its fundraising, advocacy or volunteer efforts.

Southwest Christian Care is dedicated to providing the highest quality care and support for terminally ill patients, children with special needs, seniors in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia, Spiritual care and support all these clients’ families. The services provided to their patients, constituents and their families are provided no cost. Because all services are provided at no cost to the patients or their families, Southwest Christian Care depends on the generous gifts of individuals, churches, civic groups, corporations, businesses and foundations.

The Annual Benefit Dinner and Auction Gala is the largest of the ministry’s fund-raising events. In order to more efficiently and effectively manage the Banquet and Auction, Southwest Christian Care implemented a software programs called Auction Maestro Pro and qCheck. This software allows more efficient use of the staff and volunteers time. This software also improves the effectiveness in how donors register and check out at the Banquet and Auction. The decision on the winner of this award will be announced on May 10 at the TechBridge’s Digital Ball.
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We Are Still Seeking A Home Rental - Needy Family in Fayette County

We are STILL seeking rental or lease property for a family in Fayette County. The gracious leads that have been sent have not panned out. We want to see what the market will bear now-they need to move by May 1!

The family is comprised of dad, mom, teen son, teen daughter, and crib baby. Son is at FCHS the daughter is at Peeples.

We are looking for a three bedroom/two bath home. Rent must be $900 or under. Area is not so important.

If you have any leads please contact me as soon as possible.

Thank you.
Len Gough
ProMaker Marketing
525 Georgia Avenue East
Fayetteville, GA 30214-1720

770-716-8420 office
770-716-8418 fax
404-216-2566 cell

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

FACTOR Collaborative Meeting

Note: for those who aren't familiar with FACTOR here's a description:

FACTOR is Fayette Alliance Coordinating Teamwork, Outreach and Resources. It is part of the Family Connection Statewide Network sponsored by Family Connection Partnership, a public/private nonprofit organization.

The local group, FACTOR, is also a public/private partnership of public and private services agencies, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, businesses and citizens sharing the goal of improving the quality of life for all Fayette County citizens.

Bottom line? If you are a member of any group in Fayette County tasked with helping others, you'll want to check out FACTOR!

Monday, April 28th YMCA
11:30am-lunch starts Noon- meeting starts
We will spend most of the meeting in breakout groups to work on 2 of our proposed projects/programs for the coming fiscal year.
Teen drug use/underage drinking team- SAVE Fayette Coalition-
what will that look like
Parent Engagement Supervision team- Parent Resource Book-
outline what needs to be included in this book
Please RSVP for lunch by Friday afternoon.
See you there!!
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Friday, April 18, 2008

Georgia Center for Child Advocacy

Come celebrate for a cause! The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy is having its Annual Birthday Benefit on Saturday, April 26 at Turner Studios from 7:30 - 11:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening with fun-filled music, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and a silent auction, all in a really cool venue. Tickets are $100 each. Pre-registration is required.

To confirm attendance or make contributions, please e-mail LaVann Landrum at lavannl@georgiacenterforchildadvocacy.org.

The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy provides evaluation and treatment to aide in each child's long-term recovery and offers a statewide prevention and education program for sexual abuse on children.

For more information on the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, which has offices in DeKalb and Fulton counties, visit www.georgiacenterforchildren.org or call (404) 378-6100 for the DeKalb office and (678) 904-2880 for the Fulton office.
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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Clover Country CD generates funds for 4-H

A new country music CD featuring artists like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire has been released as a fundraiser for the nation’s 4-H program. The megastars on the compilation not only have their musical talents in common, they were all 4-H’ers.

“Clover Country” includes songs from country music singers and 4-H alumni Alabama, Glen Campbell, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Martina McBride.

Georgia artistsGeorgia 4-H’ers and country stars Luke Bryan and Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles are on there, too. Bryan is from Lee County, Nettles from Coffee County. Grammy-winning songwriter Hillary Lindsey from Wilkes County sings “The Clown,” a song she wrote exclusively for the project.

“Jennifer and Lindsay both made their musical debuts in Georgia 4-H’s Clovers & Co. performing arts group,” said Bo Ryles, Georgia state 4-H leader. “We couldn’t be more proud of these three, talented singer-songwriters and their contributions to Georgia 4-H and country music.”

Purchase funds 4-H programThe National 4-H Council partnered with EMI Music to create the CD which features 11 country songs.

The CD costs $9.99 plus shipping and handling. Orders can be placed through the Georgia 4-H Web site at www.georgia4h.org. For more information, contact Lindsey Fodor at 706-542-4H4H.

By Sharon Omahen
University of Georgia

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Fayette Benevolent Society Recognizes Public Safety Leaders

The Fayette Benevolent Society (FBS) recognized Interim County Administrator Jack Krakeel, Interim Director of Public Safety Allen McCullough and Interim Director of Fire Services Tom Bartlett for their service and commitment to public safety. The ceremony occurred at the Historic Train Depot & Welcome Center on March 28 during an informative lunch social.

All departments of public safety employees in Fayette County were represented during the social as Reverend Derek Porter of Brooks First United Methodist Church welcomed the crowd to the awareness campaign program.

“Without the continued support and efforts of Jack, Allen and Tom, the Society would not have been able to financially assist our members in need,” said Captain Mitch Warren, Officer and Fayette County Firefighter. “No public safety employee plans to get hurt but if they should find themselves in that unfortunate predicament, the Society gives them assurance that someone is there caring for them and their family.”

The FBS was founded in 2005 and has more than 147 members. It is a self-funded, member-driven society. The first annual FBS Golf Tournament fundraiser will be held at Fayetteville Golf Club, Wed., May 7 at 12:00 p.m. For golf sponsorship information and more information about FBS, please contact Captain Mitch Warren at 678-794-0635.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Fayette Solicitor-General to Recognize Victims with Charity Fundraiser

Once again, Fayette County Solicitor-General James K. Inagawa is doing some spring cleaning in hopes of cleaning up child abuse in our county. This year Inagawa and his staff will sponsor their second annual charity yard sale with all proceeds going to benefit Fayette Youth Protection Homes, a local organization dedicated to helping children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect. Last year the yard sale raised over $3,000 for Promise Place, Fayette County’s domestic violence emergency shelter.

This year, Inagawa has timed the fundraiser to coincide with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and National Child Abuse Prevention month.

Every hour in Georgia, three children are the victims of confirmed abuse or neglect. Statistics also show that over 250 incidents of child abuse and neglect are reported to the state daily. Fayette County is not immune to the problem. In 2006 alone, the county had 553 reported cases of child abuse.

"While I serve Fayette County in my role as Solicitor, I feel strongly that my staff and I should also give back to the community" said Inagawa. "I encourage everyone to join me in helping the youngest victims of violence, abuse and neglect in Fayette County. Aiding our youngest victims today will better our community tomorrow."

The yard sale will be held at the American Legion log cabin building in downtown Fayetteville on Thursday April 17th and Friday April 18th from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Also this year, Inagawa and his staff will also sell hotdogs and homemade baked goods to aid in their fundraising efforts.

Inagawa and his staff are currently collecting donations of clothing, furniture, small appliances and other household items for the sale. "We have already received many great items for the sale. It should be a wonderful event."

For more information about the event or to make a donation please call (770) 716-4260.

Delta Air Lines to Donate Record 2,250 Handmade Quilts to Primary Children’s Medical Center

Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) employees today presented Primary Children’s Medical Center with a gift of more than 2,250 handmade quilts during ceremonies at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City. In a breathtaking visual display, the facility’s entire playing surface and much of its lower level seating area were draped with the colorful bedcovers that were later delivered to the hospital and will be given to young patients requiring extended stays away from home.

“This project began as a labor of love for our flight attendants here in Salt Lake City, and it has continued to grow each year,” said Cindy Atkinson, manager - Delta In-Flight Service. “Now, we have participation from Delta employees, their families and friends from all over the world."

In recognition of Delta employees’ tireless efforts, Utah’s First Lady, Mary Kary Huntsman, was in attendance at the ceremonies to present a proclamation on behalf of her husband, Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. She officially named the day, “A Quilt for Every Bed” on behalf of Delta and its employees.

“The dedication and commitment our people have demonstrated year after year to support this cause is truly inspirational and a great source of pride for me and all of us at Delta,” said Sandy Gordon, vice president - Delta In-Flight Service Operations and Training. “Delta employees are passionate about being active in and giving back to the communities where they live and serve. And, nowhere is that more evident than in Salt Lake City.”

Delta’s annual community service outreach, now in its eighth year, has donated more than 8,500 quilts.

Delta’s tradition of donating handmade bedcovers to the Primary Children’s Medical Center dates back to 2001 when local Salt Lake City flight attendants began knitting the creations in their employee lounge while on breaks between flights. Approximately 335 quilts were donated as a result of that first year’s effort and, since then, the project has attracted the attention and support of Delta employees, their families, friends, and other volunteers throughout the country. Outside companies have also stepped up to lend their support to the effort. This year Carpenter – a company which provides fiberfill for everyday items such as beds, floors and boxes – donated the batting (padding) used in all of the quilts.

Delta Air Lines operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 306 destinations in 58 countries. Delta has added more international capacity than any major U.S. airline during the last two years and is the leader across the Atlantic with flights to 37 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers more than 517 weekly flights to 57 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on nearly 16,409 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 841 worldwide destinations in 162 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.

Monday, April 14, 2008

The Fayette Front Page Welcomes Another Outstanding Non-Profit - Clothes Less Traveled Thrift Shop!

The Clothes Less Traveled Thrift Shop is a not-for-profit thrift store, serving the needs of south Atlanta and providing an opportunity for people to have a place to volunteer and perform community service in a positive and productive way. They resell gently used clothing and household items at a fair and reasonable price. Profits, after expenses, are disbursed to needy organizations in the community. Find out more!

Clothes Less Traveled Thrift Shop Turns Treasures Into Dollars for Less Fortunate
4/13/08 (11:24 p.m.) The Clothes Less Traveled Thrift Shop in Peachtree City on Highway 74 South, is a great place to shop and a great place to donate gently used household items, furniture and clothing. Your "treasures" are then sold to the public and all proceeds go to help the less fortunate in the south Atlanta community. President Joan Velsmid recently presented a check for $3,500 to Christian City in support of their ongoing ministry to abandoned and abused children at The Children's Village. Clothes Less Traveled Thrift Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. For more information on Clothes Less Traveled Thrift Shop call:770-486-6517 or access www.clotheslesstraveled.org. For more information on Christian City call 770-703-2636 or access www.christiancity.org.

Clayton State Student Gives Back to Community Through Internship

Clayton State University Integrative Studies major Julia Jones (Forest Park) is giving back to her community through an internship thanks to some encouragement she received from Clayton State Assistant Professor of Journalism Dr. Randy Clark.

Inspired by Clark’s mentoring in public relations, Jones is making a difference by promoting Ovarian Cycle’s 2008 Ride to Change the Future, a stationary bike ride in which participants ride 100 virtual miles on indoor bikes to raise money for ovarian cancer research.

“This assignment has allowed me the opportunity to gain valuable skills and media outlet networks that I will be able to utilize for years to come,” says Jones, who plans to work in the non-profit sector after she graduates from Clayton State in spring 2009.

Jones’ internship has also equipped her with a broad knowledge of fundraising and grant award techniques that gives real-life application to the education she received in the Clayton State classroom.

“I will always remember Dr. Clark’s famous quote ‘Who is the target audience?’ and his methods for getting the exposure necessary to be successful when organizing or working as a publicist,” she shares.

During her involvement with the organization, Ovarian Cycle, Inc., has seen record-breaking registration numbers. The program has also recently expanded to include rides in Birmingham, Al., and Broomfield, Co.

Not only has Jones participated in promoting the 2008 Ride to Change, but she also plans to help at the Atlanta event by supporting the teams and riders and offering towels and water.

“I am also thinking about sponsoring an ‘empty bike’ in memory of my mother,” says Jones, who lost her mother to ovarian cancer.

Jones invites the community to join in the cause saying, “If you have a mother, daughter, sister or aunt, you have a reason to support earlier detection of ovarian cancer….We have the power and the responsibility to make a difference.”

Ride to Change the Future is scheduled for Apr. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Atlanta’s Midtown Athletic Club. For more information, visit www.ovariancycle.org. To learn more about Clayton State University’s Integrative Studies program contact the College of Arts & Sciences at (678) 466-4735.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding, comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

How to get the best auction items and door prizes

There's a lot of debate right now about the economy. Some are saying we're in a recession, some are saying we're in a temporary economic slowdown, some say we're all being silly and some say that all the talk in the media is fueling the fire ensuring we'll be in a recession soon.

No matter which of the many rosy to dismal scenarios you pick, pocketbooks are being firmly closed. One of the areas hardest hit during tough economic times is the charity and non-profit sectors. Unfortunately, that's when many charities need support the most simply because more folks show up on their doorsteps in need.

Annual fundraisers continue in good times or bad. However, in bad times they just don't pull in as much money. The focus of this blog isn't which fund raiser works better than the other, it's simply about one facet of fundraising ---- auctions and door prizes.

Most dinners and fund raisers have a silent and / or live auction these days. Many events raffle of items or give out door prizes.

I've been on all ends of the auction process. I've worked with charities for years, coordinating entire events and putting together auctions. I've also been on umpteen committees where we went scouting for items for auctions, raffles or door prizes.

In recent years I've donated many pieces of my pottery (Hummingbird Hollow Studios) and ads from the Fayette Front Page to local charities.

Here's a few things I've learned over the years:

Many businesses have a set amount they'll give each year whether it's dollars or product. If you want to get the best you need to be there with your hand out when they're deciding how to divvy up the dollars and items.

Personal connections are tops. It's all about relationships.

Most businesses like to give, but they like to be appreciated when they donate. Thank you cards, a quick note or even a phone call or email are a must.

Businesses want to be sure their company get recognition as a rule. They justify the donation by considering it part of their goodwill advertising. If you want a company to give again and again, make sure they get credit in your advertising, newsletters, flyers, programs and when the items are being given out.

When handing out a prize or announcing an auction winner, never, ever do something like "We have a nice lamp here. The winner is Joe Smith." It should always be a variation of, "We have a beautiful lamp donated by Company X in Fayetteville. If you've been admiring this lamp be sure to stop by their store on Main Street. While you're there, say thanks from our charity - they have been a supporter of ours for many years. The winner is..."

If they get business from your event they'll have something for you the following year, and chances are it'll be a bit better than the year before.

Make sure your auction or prize give-away is well organized. There is nothing worse than waiting around while the announcer is fumbling through paperwork or someone is digging around in a pile trying to figure out what to give out next.

If you have a few big prizes and a lot of lesser value prizes, hand out the little prizes first, then put all the numbers back in the hat and award the "good" prize or prizes. Be sure everyone knows they have a shot at the top prize. Again, those who donated those nice items are looking for maximum exposure. If you give out the small prizes and the winner knows they can't get the top prize, they're taking their toys and leaving... why should they wait around? By the time you get to the good stuff, you're looking at a much-diminished crowd which means the company that donated the biggest prizes gets the least advertising from their donation. They may smile, but in their mind they'll be writing that charity off their list (unless you have a really, really good relationship).

Don't lay all the prizes on a table in a corner where they can't be seen. Likewise, be sure that the items aren't all crowded together. Display them nicely so people can view them. They'll be more inclined to buy a raffle ticket or get their cards punched if they're enticed by what they see. Make sure the company or individual that donated the item has a flyer, business cards or otherwise recognized by the item.

If you can snap a photo of whoever wins the top prizes send one to whoever donated the item. Be sure your non-profit's banner is in the background. Chances are when the business gets the photo they'll display it somewhere and your charity will get a bit of advertising, too!

Don't go for quantity, go for quality. It is flat out boring to sit through drawing after drawing after drawing for t-shirts, hats and promo items. Bundle them if you have a large group --- take a hat, a t-shirt and a set of golf balls and make it one prize instead of three small ones. Instead of handing out all those caps one by one, have some fun! At random times toss hats into the crowd, have a clown who goes around handing out t-shirts to kids or people wearing your non-profit's gear. Keep the give-away time short and keep everyone's attention and enthusiasm!

Make sure whoever is announcing the prizes has a personality. If they can banter with the crowd people will remember the auction or raffle as fun and they'll leave feeling upbeat --- and, as long as the rest of the event was a good one, they'll want to come back the following year. If they've watched as their competition was recognized for a donation, they'll be more willing to give the following year.

I have more tips, but I bet you're as tired of reading as I am of writing! I'm sure you have some great suggestions, too. Hope you'll send them.

Friday, April 11, 2008

DFCS - general food list (Fayette County)

We have a very small space at DFCS for donated items. We keep small amounts of food and some other things we can pass on quickly to our families. We refer families to food pantries in the area. However, there are many times when we see families who need food right away and the pantries may be closed. So, I am sending you a list of items which would be good for us to have. If your group(s) would like to help, please pass along the attached list. Any thing any one wants to help with would be greatly appreciated.

Recommended List of Non-perishable Items for DFCS Food Pantry:

Canned corn
Canned beans
Canned peas
Canned tomatoes/sauce
Canned fruit
Canned meat
Canned soups
Ramen cups
Powdered milk
Boxed cereal
Peanut butter
Canned nuts
Macaroni and cheese dinner
Cleaning items or paper products are also needed.
Gift card to a food store is recommended for perishable items.

Sharon Herbert,
Community Resource Specialist
Fayette County DFCS
905 Highway 85 South
Fayetteville, Georgia 30215
Office: 770-460-2477
Fax: 770-460-2464 - Office
Fax: 770-359-1531 - Direct

Great resource for non-profits!

Greenlights' Resource Directory
Welcome to the Greenlights Resource Library. Here you can search, read, and download information to answer all of your nonprofit questions. To begin, either (a) select a topic category from the drop-down menu to see all resources in that category, or (b) search for a keyword in the document name or description.


(May have done it before, but wanted to be sure to thank Becky Smith for all her great emails chocked full of info like the tidbit above! If you're in Fayette County and you're a non-profit, you need to check out FACTOR. You'll get on their email list and receive Becky's neat info in your very own email inbox. Visit this link to find out more about FACTOR: http://www.fayettefrontpage.com/orgs/factor.htm)

Giving when it's tough to give...

I'm going to ramble as I try to capture all of the thoughts I've been trying to corral into a coherent article this morning. The problem is that there are so many facets of what I want to write about that I could do a series of blogs and still miss some profound thread that wafted through my head as I thought about this last night, all night off and on in fact.

Gotta try!

You're going to do a "huh?" and wonder why writing about this would be so tough when I tell you the topic! It's the Clothes Less Traveled (CLT) in Peachtree City, Georgia. I am one of the newest members of the Board for the CLT. I should say that I am privileged to be a member of the Board. I am going to love being a part of this group!

Let me tell you first a bit about CLT... it's a thrift shop started a bit over ten years ago by two ladies with huge hearts and great ability. CLT takes donations of items, organizes and spruces them up a bit if needed, pops a price tag on them and sells the clothes, furniture, household gadgets, toys, etc. to whoever walks through their doors.

But it goes beyond that.

CLT has partnerships with other non-profit organizations in the area. Items CLT can't sell are donated to non-profits, like the Salvation Army, to give or sell. Nothing (unless it should have been taken to the dump) is wasted. And... Other local charities and churches that partner with CLT are given credits or vouchers which allows them to send individuals over to pick up items at no cost or at a discounted cost. For instance, a family being helped by another organization, say Real Life in Tyrone, may need a television (although who really needs a television... but I'll save that for another blog ;-), clothing, dishes, utensils or other items. Real Life would call CLT, say they had an individual in need of clothes in order to get a job. The individual would come over with a voucher and shop for whatever was noted on the voucher.

There's more...

A big part of what CLT does is give all their money, above the cost of doing business, to local non-profits. Once a quarter our Board divvies up the dollars and writes checks to organizations with a demonstrated need.

Last night was my first "grant" night. What a blessing it was to be part of helping these groups who are doing so much to help others! What fun it was to be like a mini-Santa Claus for good. The organizations who will be receiving money from CLT are so deserving of all the help they can get. It made me want to work a bit harder to help just so there would be more money to hand out during the next grant cycle (it's in July, so non-profits should visit the website and get their grand aps in before the end of June, the earlier the better! Grant requests are on the website, http://www.clotheslesstraveled.org/).

The Board runs a tight ship. There's a grant process, each grant is closely scrutinized and organizations requesting money are thoroughly vetted. Some of the beneficiaries of past donations from CLT have included Southwest Christian Hospice, Christian City, the Promise Place, and the Fayette Samaritans (click here for a longer list).

It was a privilege to sit in a room with a group of people who are so obviously committed to giving. They are doing more than talking the talk --- they are walking the walk, and unpacking, and unloading trucks, and sticking price tags on items, and volunteering at the store, and the action list goes on and on. It's a working board but it's clear that it's a joyful work for all --- each has a talent they bring to the table.

Now, finally, to the title of the blog, "Giving when it's tough to give".

CLT depends on donations of items from individuals (and probably companies, I haven't been around long enough to know whether there are businesses who donate their old computers, etc. yet). The more you donate, the more they sell, the more they're able to give. With times getting tougher as gas and food prices rise, giving money to charity is going to be a line item with a line through it for many. However, you can always clean out the closet, empty those boxes you stuffed in the attic or finally clean out the garage!

Here's the fun part... once you donate all your "stuff" you can shop and buy someone else's stuff. I can't begin to describe the nice things you'll find at CLT --- they're picky about what goes on the shelves and hangers so you're gonna find something to take home!

Don't have anything in the closet to give? Don't want to buy anything? Volunteer.

There is always a need for volunteers at CLT - you can volunteer for as little as three hours a month! Here's an added incentive to volunteer and to maximize your giving: One volunteer a month is selected to be the "Volunteer of the Month" (could have the title wrong, but hey, you get the idea ;-) At the end of the year those twelve top volunteers choose their favorite charity and a thousand dollars (or more) is given to the group in the volunteer's name. Just think... if your charity sent over enough stellar volunteers to help out they could conceivably, in a perfect world, with perfect volunteers, take home the whole $12,000 . (Well, yeah, that ain't gonna happen 'cause I'm going to be over there volunteering to get that $1,000 for my charity so you might have to settle for $11,000 ;-)

Think about it. You volunteer at CLT, so you're helping those who shop (brownie points), those who benefit from the dollars CLT donates (more brownie points), plus you might maximize your time donation by getting a $1,000 for your charity (mega brownie points).

Have I mentioned the scholarships? No? I'll save that for another blog, this is getting way, way too long! Clean out your garage. Shop at CLT. Volunteer to help three or more hours a month.

Give when it's tough to give, it'll do your heart good and won't burden your budget.

How to get there:
Clothes Less Traveled is located on the south side of Peachtree City at 459 Hwy. 74 S. The store is approximately 1.5 miles south of the Hwy 54/Hwy 74 intersection on the right, next to Gill-Roy's hardware store.
From Tyrone, Fairburn: Take Hwy. 74 south into Peachtree City. The store is approximately 1.5 miles south of the Hwy 54/Hwy 74 intersection on the right, next to Gill-Roy's hardware store.
From Newnan or Fayetteville: Take Hwy. 54 towards Peachtree City and turn south onto Hwy. 74. The store is approximately 1.5 miles south of the Hwy 54/Hwy 74 intersection on the right, next to Gill-Roy's hardware store.
From Brooks, Senoia: Take Hwy. 74 north and the store is on the left next to Gill-Roy's hardware store. For a detailed map click here

- Janet Dunn

Thursday, April 10, 2008

April 20th Blood Drive Fayetteville First UMC

It's blood drive time again. The next blood drive is Sunday, April 20th. As always, the Red Cross requires a picture ID from all donors.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Tommy Webb
Fayetteville First United Methodist Church
770 631-1677


Here are some urgent requests from a case manager.THREE children have had to be placed with a caregiver who does not have small children of her own, but is willing to care for these kids all together and not have them separated or with strangers! Please consider if your group(s) can help with these needs and get back with me ASAP. URGENT NEEDS!

diapers: size 2
pull ups: size 3T
underwear: size 3T
(and wipes, lotion, diaper ointment)

shoes: size 8
shoes: size 10

Tee Shirts/Short Sets: size 6-9months (6 months old)
Short-Sets: size 3T (2 and 3 year old, wear same size)
These are brothers, ages 6 months, 2 years, and 3 years old.

Sharon Herbert,
Community Resource Specialist
Fayette County DFCS
905 Highway 85 South
Fayetteville, Georgia 30215
Office: 770-460-2477
Fax: 770-460-2464 - Office
Fax: 770-359-1531 - Direct

DFCS - Mother's Day Baskets

Greetings All!

It is nearly time for Mother's Day, May 11. I am accepting referrals from case managers and school counselors now through May 2, for mothers who could benefit from a basket. Many of you have participated in the past as sponsors. Please consider if you would like to sponsor a mother - or several - and let me know ASAP. What goes in the basket - food or comfort items - is up to you. Whatever you think a mother would enjoy or be uplifted by is fine! You may also host an event and invite the mother to attend and then give them the basket, or simply drop your basket at DFCS. Then, we will contact the mother to come by here and pick up her basket. Either way - your call. If you do choose to bring a basket to DFCS I am asking that all baskets be in the DFCS office by 5pm on May 6.

Please share this information with any others who you feel may be interested. As always, I appreciate you!

Sharon Herbert,
Community Resource Specialist
Fayette County DFCS
905 Highway 85 South
Fayetteville, Georgia 30215
Office: 770-460-2477
Fax: 770-460-2464 - Office
Fax: 770-359-1531 - Direct

DFCS - unusual request, just wondering....

I most often send you information about a family or child in need. But, this time, I want to let you know about an opportunity to help the folks, our DFCS Staff, who take care of those families and children.

May is Public Employee Appreciation Month. We want to plan some special activities for our staff. You probably realize that their jobs are not easy and they get few perks, outside of the privilege to serve families in need.

If you would like to help support our staff in any way, please contact me ASAP. I am listing some possible things you or your groups could do, but please do not limit yourself to this list.

Send a card of thanks, appreciation, cheer, etc.
Send a "treat" for staff - such as homemade cookies or store bought!
Send flowers - from your garden or florist, any would be fine!
Stop by and say "THANKS" in person
Stop by to volunteer: for filing, organizing our storage room, organizing the kitchen, etc.
Sponsor lunch for staff - pizza is awesome!
Make a monetary donation for a staff appreciation event

Any other ways you can think of, just to say "You Are Appreciated" would be great! We are small, about 35 total.

As always, I appreciate you very much and your partnership with this agency!

Sharon Herbert,
Community Resource Specialist
Fayette County DFCS
905 Highway 85 South
Fayetteville, Georgia 30215
Office: 770-460-2477
Fax: 770-460-2464 - Office
Fax: 770-359-1531 - Direct

Sergeant Donates Hair to Help Children

Photo: Air Force Staff Sgt. Jenet Akerson, 451st Expeditionary Communications Flight Network Control Center technician at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, looks at her new hair style March 31, 2008. Akerson donated 13 inches of her hair to "Locks of Love," a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children with long-term medical hair loss. She is deployed from the 435th Communications Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Demetrius Lester

An Air Force noncommissioned officer who had long hair all of her life decided during her deployment here to let her hair brighten some lives.

Staff Sgt. Jenet Akerson, a 451st Expeditionary Communications Flight Network Control Center technician, donated 13 inches of her hair to "Locks of Love," a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children with long-term medical hair loss.

"I never had short hair," she said. "I was raised in Hawaii; my mom has long hair, so it's part of my heritage."

Akerson said the decision was difficult, but that it was influenced by her admiration for her mother-in-law's experience with alopecia, a condition of patchy hair loss, most noticeably on the scalp.

"I never would have even thought to do something like that had it not been for her being an influence in my life," Akerson said. "She has a heart of gold and is the strongest woman I know, so really it was a dedication to her."

She explained she wanted to be with her mother-in-law when she cut her hair, but decided to cut it while deployed because she wanted to donate healthy hair, and the water here was damaging hers.

Although she was unable to be with her mother-in-law at the time, her husband was deployed with her and cut her hair.

"It meant a lot to be a part of it and to actually be the one to cut her hair," said Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeremy Akerson, a 451th Expeditionary Communications Flight planner.

His wife said it's taking a while to learn how to work with short hair, but that it's something she will get used to.

"We've decided that, as long as my hair grows healthy, as soon as it gets up to a decent length, we're going to cut it off every year," she said. "I don't color my hair, so I guess they will have some white streaks in it when I get older."

Her husband explained it was coincidence and luck they were both deployed at the same time to the same location, especially since they had not been stationed together since December 2006. The couple met in May 2005 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, where they were stationed together. They were married in September 2007, nine months after he was reassigned to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.

The couple hopes to be reunited on a joint assignment in March 2009 after Jenet Akerson meets the time-on-station requirement for reassignment.

(By Air Force Tech. Sgt. James Law, Special to American Forces Press Service; Air Force Tech. Sgt. James Law serves with 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs.)

Monday, April 07, 2008

Volunteers Needed to Participate in Evaluating Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program

The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy (GCCA) in collaboration with the Medical University of South Carolina is looking for 130 adults who work with children and youth from schools, faith-based organizations or youth-serving organizations to help evaluate “Stewards of Children,” a child sexual abuse prevention training program for adults. This could include anyone who works with children in a variety of capacities including youth groups and little league sports teams.

This 3-year, multi-site, federally-funded study will determine the effectiveness of the instructor-led and online versions of the training program. Participants should live or work within I-285 and be between the ages of 18-65.

The study will take anywhere from 1 to 3 ½ hours, and CEU credits are available. Participants will receive the actual training and materials at no cost. Compensation is provided to participants. To learn more about how to participate, call Nedra Manners, Study Site Coordinator for GCCA, at 770-942-2391 or email her at nedra.manners@innerharbour.net.

Relay For Life Looking For Cancer Survivors

The American Cancer Society of Fayette County and the Relay for Life Organizing Committee is searching for local cancer survivors who would like to participate in this year's Relay For Life event and attend the pre-event Survivor Dinner.

Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.

The 2008 Relay For Life of Fayette County will be held on Friday, May 2nd starting at 7:00 Pm. It will be held at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds off of Goza Road and Georgia Highway 85. The public is encouraged to attend and support the teams selling baked goods and crafts.

The pre-event Survivor Dinner will be held at April 27th at 5:30 p.m. in the Kiwanis building, located at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds. Dinner will be provided by Shane’s Rib Shack. Survivors and their caregivers will enjoy the company of others who have traveled the cancer journey. They will be entertained by guest speakers and the group, Music Alive.

To register to participate in the 2008 Relay For Life, Survivors need to complete a Survivor Form. Survivor Forms are available at the Fayette County American Cancer Society Office located at 301 Kelly Drive in Peachtree City. For more information about the Relay For Life event and the Survivor Dinner, please contact Anne Williams at 678-920-0353 or anne.williams@piedmont.org or the American Cancer Society's Fayette County Office at 770-631-0625.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

New Guidelines Created for How 9-1-1 Call Centers Handle Reports of Missing and Exploited Children

Time is critical when responding to reports of missing or sexually exploited children. How these reports are handled is important and can mean the difference between life and death for many children. Yet, there is no standardized process that is used by the nation’s 9-1-1 Call Centers when answering these types of calls. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) today (3/24/08) announced that a new standard has been created to address that problem which provides a step-by-step protocol of how call takers should handle calls of missing or sexually exploited children.Read the News Release

FREE WORKSHOP: How to Stay Out of Power Struggles With Children

Don't Get Drawn In!
How to Stay Out of Power Struggles With Children

John Roope, M.Ed. is a parent, stepparent, foster parent, and educator who has worked professionally with children and families for over twenty six years. He currently is the Director of the Chaddock Training Institute in Quincy, Illinois, and Project Manager for Caregiver Connections, the IDHS Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation initiative. As a presenter, John delivers useful information in a lively package.

John provides practical strategies and language for diffusing and preventing power struggles while building relationships with children. Help children become partners in the process of learning to control their own behavior.

This workshop is ideal for parents, foster parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, educators, social workers, church leaders and other professionals who work with children. When this is a shared effort with both teachers and parents it provides an excellent framework for consistency and support between home and classroom or other setting.

Dates: April 15th 6:30- 9PM or April 16th 9:00AM- 9PM (same session)
Where: Griffin Technical College, Lecture Hall
501 Varsity Road, Griffin. Directions : http://www.griffintech.edu/student_services/visitors.htm

Certificates of attendance will be provided.

Register by calling 770- 467-6136 ext. 2 Or arrive 30 minutes before sessions.


Ovarian Cycle, Inc is gearing up for their fifth annual Ride to Change the Future taking place on Saturday, April 26th at Midtown Athletic Club located at Windy Hill and I-75.

Training for the indoor cycling event began on March 15th at Atlanta-area health clubs. Participants wishing to complete the six hour journey on their own can take part in Saturday endurance rides to prepare their bodies for physical challenge.

“Being able to sit in the saddle for six hours does take some work,” says Ovarian Cycle founder Bethany Diamond, “but if you come to the training classes and even take part in some of the weekday classes offered by the participating clubs, I promise, you will be completely prepared for the challenge.”

In addition to the training regimen, Ovarian Cycle offers participants nutritional tips from a registered dietician.

“Going through this kind of training requires you to take care of your body to get the most out of it. We feel that rounding out the experience with nutritional tips for our participants is one of the things that make our event unique,” adds Diamond.

For those who don’t have time to commit to training but still want to be part of the event, Ovarian Cycle is offering the opportunity to take part as a team and share time on the bike. Additionally, outdoor riders can bring their road bikes and trainers indoors for the day and be part of changing the future.

“We want to make the event accessible to everyone. There are folks who just don’t have time to train or usually spend their Saturdays outside on the road. By offering these options, we open the door to greater participation and raising more dollars for critical ovarian cancer research,” says Ovarian Cycle Executive Director Anne Ehlers.

Participating Atlanta-area health clubs include: Athletic Club Northeast, Athletic Training Services, Full Cycle Fitness, The Gym at Buckhead, Marcus JCC of Atlanta, Midtown Athletic Club at Windy Hill and Urban Body Fitness.

2008 Ovarian Cycle: Ride to Change the Future sponsors include: All the Hits Q100 and Schwinn Fitness.

Note: Here's an earlier story we posted if you'd like to read for a more personal connection:
Clayton State Senior Raises Awareness for Ovarian Cancer
3/21/08 (Blogpost) Clayton State University Integrative Studies major Julia Jones (Forest Park) is earning more than class credit in her senior internship. Jones is raising funds to support earlier detection of ovarian cancer through Ovarian Cycle...

About The Ovarian Cycle
An annual event, Ovarian Cycle was founded in 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia, by local fitness expert Bethany Diamond. The organization’s mission is to inspire people to fitness while raising funds and awareness to support research leading to a reliable screening test for ovarian cancer. Ovarian Cycle is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. For more information please visit www.ovariancycle.org.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Group Knits Together for Atlanta’s Homeless

People to People, Friend to Friend…that’s the mantra and name of a caring group of knitters and crocheters who make hand-crafted scarves, hats and mittens for Atlanta’s homeless.

The initiative is the creation of Janet Kent and a band of fellow crafters who meet regularly at Fayette Senior Services new life enrichment center. Kent explains “the project incorporates a community spirit and individual effort extended to people in need. Our items are created to pass on the message ‘someone cares.’”

The People to People, Friend to Friend group has grown from just a few individuals to more than a dozen women of all ages. Every Monday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. you’ll find the group and their busy needles working away while nestled in one of the many cozy seating areas in the Center’s sprawling lobby.

There is no cost to join the group and patterns and yarn are supplied for free. If you are interested in joining People to People, Friend to Friend simply drop-in or call Fayette Senior Services at 770-461-0813 for more information. Fayette Senior Services, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes the emotional, social and physical well-being of adults age 50 and better. For more information about Fayette Senior Services visit www.fayss.org.

Fayette Fund Awards 2008 Grants

The Fayette Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta awarded its 2008 competitive grants. $35,000 was distributed to eight Fayette nonprofit organizations.

2008 grant recipients are Advo-Kids (CASA), FACTOR, Fayette Care Clinic, Fayette County Education Foundation, Fayette Family YMCA, The Joseph Sams School, Real Life Center and Southwest Christian Care.

The Fayette Fund is a local fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and connects donors, nonprofits, community leaders and other partners to make philanthropy happen for the benefit of Fayette County.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, with more that $750 million in assets, awarded more that 4,600 grants totaling $50 million to nonprofit organizations last year throughout 23 counties in the greater Atlanta region in the areas of arts and culture, community development, civic affairs, education, health, religion and human services.

Please visit our website at www.atlcf.org for more information or call Kim Frederking at 678-462-8320.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Infant Sleep Safety training

Attention Child Care Providers: Host an Infant Sleep Safety training at your agency and your staff will earn two DECAL-approved course hours.

Course Objectives:
Understand the medical definition of S.I.D.S.
Examine the S.I.D.S. statistics for your county
Learn the S.I.D.S. Risk Reduction measures for Child Care Providers
Review the emergency protocol for assisting an unresponsive infant
Become familiar with local, state and national resources for bereaved families and providers

Contact Allison Glover, S.I.D.S. training coordinator, for available training dates. All class materials and Back to Sleep media tools are provided free of charge.

Visit www.allisonglover.com or call 404-862-3824 for more information.

Fernbank Museum’s Annual Lost Oasis Fundraising Party is Set for a Tango on the Arctic Tundra

Get ready for a cool way to beat the summer heat with Fernbank’s Artemis guild of young professionals. On Saturday, June 14, 2008, Fernbank Museum of Natural History will host Lost Oasis: Tango on the Tundra. This summer party benefits BONES for Kids (Building on Experiences in Science), a fund established by Artemis to enrich children’s programs at the Museum.

Lost Oasis combines a fantastic party with a great cause and draws together dynamic and ambitious young professionals who care about the cultural vitality of metro Atlanta. The Artemis guild has been hosting the party to raise funds for Fernbank since 1995 and has successfully grown Lost Oasis into one of the most anticipated cultural events of the summer over its 14-year history.

This year, participants will enjoy live music by Limelight, cuisine from Proof of the Pudding, an open bar that includes specialty Tango-tinis and Cha-Cha Chills, and a fantastic silent auction and prize drawing. The Lost Oasis benefit will honor long-time Museum and Artemis supporters Kevin and Adrienne Maxim. Co-chairing the event are Sam and Ryan Dunlap and Tracey and Darren Moore.

“Darren and I are so excited to be co-chairs of Lost Oasis this year, not only because of this event’s impact on educational programming at Fernbank Museum,” Tracey Moore said, “but also for the chance to renew friendships, be an advocate for a great cause and, of course, demonstrate a regrettable array of dance moves!”

For tickets or to become a Patron Host, contact Chris Comfort at chris.comfort@fernbank.edu or 404.929.6404. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.fernbankmuseum.org for $100 each.

Signature Sponsor:
The Coca-Cola Company

Platinum Sponsors:
Adrienne & Kevin Maxim
Five Smiths Foundation, Inc.
The Home Depot
Isdell Family Foundation

Additional Sponsors Include:
Hunton & Williams, LLP
Premiere Global Services, Inc.
Shamrock Printing, Inc.
Troutman Sanders LLP
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Hood Avenue Primary School Supports Rehema Academy & Orphanage

Hood Avenue Primary School in Fayetteville launched a school supply drive to help support Rehema Academy & Orphanage during Random Acts of Kindness Month.

Rehema Academy & Orphanage is located in Bungoma, Kenya. It is home to 139 students who either have no parents or one parent is destitute. Rehema Academy & Orphanage provides its students with food, shelter, and education to help nurture their bodies and minds.

The students and staff at Hood Avenue donated over 1,000 items. Donated items included pencils, crayons, markers, books, glue, erasers, paper, and more.

Faculty member, Debbie Hogan, spearheads and coordinates this initiative. “This is the second year we have supported this program. It gives our students an opportunity to view education on a global perspective as well as teaches them the importance of helping others,” says Debbie Hogan, Technology Teacher.

Thursday, April 03, 2008


The Qwest Foundation and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) today announced the addition of a bilingual telephone hotline to NetSmartz411, a first-of-its-kind, free online safety resource for parents, guardians, children, teens, educators and law enforcement to raise online safety awareness and keep children safer on the Internet.

NCMEC announced last year that the number of reports of online sexual enticement of children to their CyberTipline had nearly doubled from 6,374 in 2006 to 11,386 in 2007. That increase inspired an immediate response from the Qwest Foundation to help supply more families with access to Internet safety resources by funding the new toll-free hotline, which provides direct contact with experts by dialing 1 888-NETS411 (1-888-638-7411).

Today’s announcement of another $350,000 contribution brings the Qwest Foundation’s investment in NetSmartz411 to $850,000. Created and, managed by NCMEC, NetSmartz411, debuted as an online helpdesk at NetSmartz411.org in February 2007. In the first year, it received more than 256,000 visitors who submitted nearly 1,000 questions that covered topics like cyberbullying, wireless mobile devices, online gaming, social networking and virtual worlds.

“The Qwest Foundation is proud to continue its support of NetSmartz411 and grow its relationship with NCMEC to ensure a safer, more enjoyable Internet experience for all users,” said Paula Kruger, Qwest Executive Vice President of Mass Markets, leader of the Qwest Foundation’s online safety efforts, and member of the NCMEC Board of Directors. “Qwest and the Qwest Foundation believe it’s crucial for families to learn how to help keep their children safer online, and the Foundation is pleased to augment last year’s online resources with the new hotline and the support of Members of Congress.”

NetSmartz411.org , where the experts will respond within one business day via e-mail. In addition, individuals can search the extensive online safety knowledge base at NetSmartz411.org to learn more about issues related to Internet safety and online security, and see the questions that others are asking.

“The first year of NetSmartz411 has been a tremendous success, reaching more than a quarter of a million people in more than 150 countries around the world. That feedback tells us that families everywhere are looking for help in keeping their children safer online and that they need more personal interaction with online safety experts,” said Ernie Allen, NCMEC President and CEO. “We are grateful to the Qwest Foundation for recognizing that need and making it possible, through the new hotline, for those parents and guardians without Internet access or who are more comfortable with a live conversation, to still have access to these important resources.”

Qwest Foundation have a long-standing commitment to online safety education. The Qwest Foundation and NCMEC have been working together to combat the online victimization of youth since 2003. Qwest and NCMEC also co-created the Online Safety Classroom resource located at www.IncredibleInternet.com/onlinesafety to provide parents and guardians with necessary resources to learn how to help keep their families safer on the Internet. Qwest works with key community leaders in education and government to raise online safety awareness. These efforts have reached more than 250 million individuals since 2003.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Spring Fly-In Benefits Liberty House

Airmasters Model Airplane Club invites you to attend our annual Spring Fly-in. This remote control flying event will be April 19, 2008 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm and will be held at our flying field. Our field is located north of Albany and east of Leesburg, GA on Hwy 32E. It's just east of the Lee County Public Works Dept., at the intersection of Mossy Dell Rd. & Hwy 32.

The AMAC membership has decided that this event will support Liberty House. Liberty House is a local organization serving victims of domestic violence and their children. They provide secure emergency shelter, support and counseling, and job training to the victims. Unfortunately, the number of domestic violence calls in our area is high and the end result can be a murder call. AMAC would like to do all that we can to raise awareness, educate the citizens and save as many of these victims as possible.

Registered pilots and spectators will be able to purchase tickets for several drawings that will be held during the day. The registered pilot tickets will also be used for the “Big Ticket” item, a 2.4 GHz system. That drawing will be at 3:00pm.

As always, we'll have coffee and doughnuts in the morning, hamburgers and hot dogs plus the trimmings beginning mid morning and soft drinks and water all day.

The first 30 pilots to register will receive a gift bag with an assortment of items. The pilot registration fee will be $10. A current AMA license is required to fly.

Although some of the best pilots in the area will be flying all day, there will be a mid day demonstration of various types of aircraft beginning about 12:30. The B-29 and Bell X-1 from Andersonville are included in the show.

This event is FREE TO THE PUBLIC, so come out and watch these skilled RC pilots. For additional information, please visit our web site at www.geocities.com/clubamac222/ or call (229) 436-2349.

“Chicken-Man Sited in Fayetteville”

The Chicken-Man made a rare appearance to Fayette County last weekend to help raise money for the upcoming 2008 Relay For Life of Fayette County. The Chicken Man, retired Delta Airlines Scheduler Mike Culver, used his unusual wit, comedic lip-sinking, and facial contortions to entertain patrons at the American Cancer Society fundraiser.

The Chicken-Man and guests were hosted by Lindsey Howard, the Owner of Long Branch Steak House in Fayetteville. The successful fundraiser was organized by Vickey Utting, Owner of Mellow Mushroom restaurant in Peachtree City. The silent auction, 50-50 raffle, and admission to the hilarity helped raise $2030.00, which brings the Mellow Mushroom total to $6, 782.00 for the 2008 Relay For Life.

The 2008 Relay For Life of Fayette County will be held Friday, May 2nd at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds. For more information about participating in the 2008 Relay For Life of Fayette County, please call Elizabeth Pool, Community Manager at your local American Cancer Society office, 770-631-0625, or see our web site at: www.events.cancer.org/rflfayettecounty

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

“Everyone Can Relay For Life”

One person really can make a difference, and nowhere will that be more evident than at this year’s Relay For Life, the annual American Cancer Society fundraiser, being held May 2nd at 7 p.m. at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds in Fayetteville. The event, which is open to the public, is a gathering of walkers, runners, and people selling items all with one goal: To raise as much money as possible to fund research and development towards patient treatment and finding a cure for cancer.

If you can’t attend the event, there are other ways to participate. Listed below is a sampling of the fundraisers going on throughout the community. To view all of the events, go to: www.events.cancer.org/rflfayettecounty or call the American Cancer Society’s office at 770-631-0625.

Delta’s Corporate Safety & Security Team is holding a golf tournament at 8:30 a.m. April 5th at Arbor Springs Golf & Resort in Newnan. Cost is $75 per person and includes the cart, green fees and range balls. For in formation regarding this event call 404-773-2085.
If you are a pizza lover, you can purchases used books, videos or cds at the Mellow Mushroom restaurant in Peachtree City. They are selling the used items and donating the money to Relay For Life. For further information call 770-632-6018.

East Fayette Elementary is holding a yard sale on April 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Assorted items will be for sale and all donations will be accepted. For information on donating items for this sale please call 770-461-0823.

The Fayette Front Page Welcomes Another Great Non-Profit!

ExceptionalOPS is the latest non-profit to join our growing directory of organizations helping to make Fayette County a better place to live and work!

ExceptionalOps was originally founded as Special People of Fayette County and was established in 1986 by a group of people with loved ones with developmental disabilities. ExceptionalOps is a registered 501 (c) 3 organization, funded entirely by membership dues and donations... More Non-Profit Directory

Note: The Fayette Front Page provides a FREE page to all non-profit groups operating in Fayette County, Georgia. Groups must be registered 501 (c) 3 organizations and have a base in or provide services to Fayette County. Visit our Non-Profit Directory! Pages are updated as we receive fresh information....


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