Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Year to Volunteer! Helping Others in 2010 Among Leading New Year's Resolutions for Americans, Survey Shows

/PRNewswire/ -- Pledges to lose weight or pay off debts typically find a way into conversations this time of year, as the anticipation of New Year's resolutions approaches. However, according to a study from Disney Parks and HandsOn Network, 2010 may see a surge of helping hands and giving hearts, as more families resolve to volunteer.

The survey, conducted by New York-based Kelton Research Nov. 18-23, 2009, found that 59 percent of Americans plan to volunteer in 2010. Interestingly, more women than men (62 percent vs. 54 percent) include volunteering as a goal for next year.

Survey results also showed that 41 percent of Americans would rather pledge to help others, such as volunteering, than resolve to do something that is purely self-serving. In fact, when asked what they anticipate they could accomplish in 2010, 52 percent of Americans surveyed identified spending more time together, followed by 30 percent who selected volunteering as foreseeable goals.

HandsOn Network, the nation's largest volunteer network, is working with Disney to help make 2010 the ideal year to realize those goals and make volunteering a family resolution.

Beginning on Jan 1, 2010, Disney Parks officially launches "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day," a first-of-its-kind initiative with the help of HandsOn Network. Through the program, Disney Parks hopes to inspire 1 million people to perform a day of volunteer service for a participating organization in 2010 by giving them a free, one-day admission ticket to a Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort theme park. Families are encouraged to visit to research and sign up for a volunteer opportunity in their local community.

"Disney Parks, through HandsOn Network, is making it easy for volunteers of all ages to find an organization in need," said Maggie Jones Patton, executive director of Youth HandsOn Network, the youth activating arm of HON. "There has never been a better time to start a new tradition of volunteering together as Disney Parks celebrates good deeds with a free Disney theme park ticket."

A Family That Volunteers Together ...

The Kelton Research survey also found that more parents than single adults (68 percent vs. 55 percent) plan to volunteer in some way when the New Year arrives.

Volunteerism also has its "youth movement." The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that young adults, ages 16-24, are helping lead the way in volunteerism - with more than 441,000 young volunteers in 2008 versus 2007. It also found that the youth today believe it is essential and "very important" to help others in need.

And according to Just Kid Inc., 37 percent of kids, 44 percent of tweens and 46 percent of teens said they would do more volunteering if given the opportunity. When that happens, almost all youth (99 percent) say they were satisfied with their chosen volunteer service.

How to Get Involved

HandsOn Network has 250 on-the-ground volunteer action centers across the country and connects volunteers to more than 70,000 non-profit agencies that need help. With Americans already thinking about various volunteer opportunities as their New Year's resolutions, 28 percent would be most interested in packaging donations at a food pantry or soup kitchen or helping out at a clothing or toy drive, the survey said.

Below are additional examples of opportunities available through HandsOn Network and its local affiliates. Families are encouraged to visit for additional ways to help.

-- Plant, weed and tend a community garden
-- Read to or spend time with children at a local daycare center or
-- Assemble backpacks or supplies for under-resourced schools
-- Help spruce up a local school, library or outdoor park
-- Visit nursing homes to play games, make crafts or share talents with
senior residents

Through volunteering, communities benefit from the small steps taken to help rebuild local areas, and nonprofits receive valuable assistance. Since 2007, the number of people working to fix a community problem has risen by 31 percent - a dramatic increase - further benefiting local communities especially during the current economy, according to Volunteering in America 2009.

Starting Jan. 1, guests may pre-register and sign up for an eligible volunteer opportunity at Disney theme park ticket quantities for this program are limited. Must be at least age 6 to participate. One admission ticket per eligible person. Other terms and conditions apply. For details, see

Survey Methodological Notes

The Disney Parks Survey was conducted of 1,000 persons by Kelton Research between Nov. 18-23, 2009, using an e-mail invitation and an online survey. Quotas are set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the entire U.S. population, ages 18 and over. Results are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

It’s almost Christmas...need a last minute gift idea?

Why not give a gift that will touch a heart and help a child in need?

You make a donation to the Children’s Village (at Christian City) or sponsor a child in honor of a friend or family member. It truly is the perfect gift idea. You would be helping others that are less fortunate, and your friends and family won’t get that fruitcake they will never eat!

Donations to the Children’s Village go directly to helping the children who live in the cottages at Christian City. These children have been subject to tragic situations of abuse, abandonment, and neglect. The Children’s Village provides children a safe haven, food, clothes, a solid education, medical/dental care, emotional support, and the daily guidance of loving Christian house parents.
The children at the Children’s Village need your help. By giving a gift in honor of someone, you can make an impact and finish your shopping all in a matter of minutes.

It's Easy! Here's How: Donate or sponsor a child online at or give us a call at 770-703-2636 and we will take your donation over the phone.

Many blessings to you and your family,
Bob Crutchfield

Please visit to make a contribution online or to find more information on our child sponsorship program.

Note: We at the Georgia Front Page and the Fayette Front Page have long supported Christian City, and the Children's Village at Christian City. It is an exemplary organization. It's great to give to local groups, to know exactly where your dollars are going and who they're helping. We invite you to donate, or to call and set up a visit so you can see how your donation can help those in need. - Janet, Editor, Georgia Front Page

Clayton State Angel Tree Volunteers Dig Deep

Just over a week before Christmas; faculty, staff and students from Clayton State University’s College of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences (CIMS) and College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) found out that 200 children were going to go unsponsored in this year’s Salvation Army Angel Tree program.

“Everyone dug deep in their pockets to buy an additional 100 toys so that these children would receive something for Christmas,” says Mary Hudachek-Buswell, lecturer of Computer Science and Mathematics in CIMS. “This is our 10-year anniversary of participating with the Angel Tree program. Each year we feel like we can help more, and we were glad to take on more this year.”

And they did, raising more in funds and gifts in 2009 than in any of the previous nine years that these two Clayton State colleges have participated in Angel Tree.

“So even during this recession, Clayton State gave to those in more need than we are,” adds Hudachek-Buswell. “The Salvation Army officers in Jonesboro were close to tears when we showed up with two cars filled to roof with toys yesterday.”

Pictures of Clayton State students sorting the Angel tree gifts can be found on Facebook at;

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Big Brothers Big Sisters & African American Fraternities to Develop Bold Plan to Help Black Boys Succeed

/PRNewswire/ -- On December 18, Big Brothers Big Sisters and leaders of the network's Black Fraternity Coalition will meet in Atlanta (Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, 165 Courtland, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) to develop a bold strategy and detailed plan aimed at giving African American boys every opportunity to succeed. Leaders of the nation's largest donor-supported volunteer mentoring network and their fraternity partners say they will significantly increase the number of African American Big Brothers, beginning in 2010.

The African American Mentoring summit, sponsored by the Arby's Foundation, is the second step in Big Brothers Big Sisters' announcement of its unprecedented collaboration with Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi fraternities aimed at getting more black men engaged in long-term mentoring. Recognizing that children of color, particularly African American boys, disproportionately represent children waiting to be matched, Big Brothers Big Sisters and its African American Roundtable (internal and external advisors) have made engaging black men a priority.

Big Brothers Big Sisters, proven to help vulnerable youth beat the odds, matches and supports more children and mentors of color in long-term one-to-one mentoring than any organization in the nation. The donor-supported volunteer network has seen a steady increase in both African American Littles and Bigs (see statistics below) since 2000. Still, with boys waiting to be matched disproportionately representing African Americans; the national donor-supported volunteer network continues its intentional focus on attracting more black men.

"Alpha Phi Alpha, our first fraternity partner, as well as Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi know our track record -- that children in our programs are more likely to improve in school, stay out of trouble and have positive relationships with their families," said Karen Mathis, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and Chief Executive Officer, who will speak at the summit. "At the end of the day, we will have a specific strategy for joining forces with the fraternities to support the growing numbers of parents, most of them, single mothers, who look to Big Brothers Big Sisters to help their sons succeed."

Even as economic challenges have slowed match growth for many of the mentoring network's agencies, the national non-profit expects by year's end to have a slight increase in African American male mentors for its community-based programs. The organization attributes this year's progress in part to President Barack Obama's Call to Service and local efforts by their fraternity partners, particularly Alpha Phi Alpha, which began supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters 18 years ago with recruiting and fundraising activities. Credit also goes to the organization's Campaign for Men, an Arby's Foundation-supported marketing program and its 2009 Mentoring Brothers efforts, led by syndicated radio personalities the 2 Live Stews with support from Tom Joyner and other African American syndicated radio personalities.

At the Mentoring Roundtable, Georgia Congressman John L. Lewis and Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Jr. will share strategies with the national non-profit and fraternity leaders about how to build national movements. Goode, former Philadelphia mayor and member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, is the father of the national non-profit's successful Amachi Mentoring Children of Prisoners program and serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania. Lewis, a renowned civil rights leader, is a member of Phi Beta Sigma, another fraternity expected to join the national black fraternity mentoring collaboration. Summit leaders will also hear from African American male matches from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta.

Big Brothers Big Sisters receives referrals from longtime partners 100 Black Men, Susan Taylor's National Cares Mentoring Movement, MENTOR, and other mentoring advocacy organizations. In the past decade, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been intentional about servicing America's most vulnerable children, those of single, low-income or incarcerated parents, who are disproportionately children of color.

-- From 2000 to 2008 the percentage of African American Bigs has
increased from 8% of total to 16%--from 9,440 to 40,800. The
percentage of African American Littles has increased from 22% to
36%--from 25,960 to 91,800. This is the largest group of African
American mentors and mentees in the country. (Big Brothers Big Sisters
tracks each match.)
-- From 2000 to 2008 the percentage of Bigs of color (black, white, mixed
race and other) has increased from 18% to 34%--from 21,240 to 86,700.
The percentage of Littles of color has increased from 41% to 67%--from
48,380 to 170,850.
-- From 2000 to 2008 the percentage of African American Littles who are
matched with African-American Bigs has increased from 36% to 44%. The
percentage of Littles of color with Bigs of color has increased from
43% to 49%.
-- With its Amachi program; in the early 2000's Big Brothers Big Sisters
set out to significantly increase service to children of incarcerated
parents. As of 2009, 16% of all youth served by the national
non-profit are children of incarcerated parents -- 88% of these are
African American. Started in Philadelphia, headed by Rev. Dr. Wilson
Goode with 43 African American churches; the program includes
guidelines for its agencies on how to partner with African American
churches to mentor children of incarcerated parents.
-- Big Brothers Big Sisters' African American Task Force and African
American Advisory Council, active since 2003, in 2009 with the
fraternity collaboration has become the African American Mentoring
Action Round Table in 2009.
-- Big Brothers Big Sisters' African American Fraternity partnership
started 18 years ago with Alpha Phi Alpha (their call for 10,000
mentors) and as of 2009 includes Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi;
with two other fraternity partnerships possible in coming months
making Big Brothers Big Sisters the only organization with a
partnership with three African American fraternities
-- Focus groups were conducted in 2007 on how Big Brothers Big Sisters
can been connect to recruit African-American men
-- Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2008 established,
which has attracted more than a million new visitors in 2009, thanks
in large part to the advocacy work of syndicated sports radio
personalities, the 2 Live Stews, Doug and Ryan Stewart, Big Brothers
who used promoted Big Brothers Big Sisters on African American talk
radio programs this year such as the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Rickey
Smiley Show, Warren Ballentine, Rolling Out TV and national programs
with large black male audiences.
-- Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2009 formed a partnership with the African
Methodist Episcopal Church.
-- Big Brothers Big Sisters of America hosts Diversity and Cultural
inclusion training; workshops at its national conferences.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Charitable Mileage Rates

The IRS has lowered the standard mileage rates used to deduct costs of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving purposes. The standard mileage rate for employees - including nonprofit employees - will decrease effective January 1, 2010, from 55 cents per mile to 50 cents per mile. The rate for driving for medical or moving purposes will decrease from 24 cents per mile to 16.5 cents. The IRS has authority to change those rates to reflect costs incurred. But Congress set the mileage for charitable volunteers in statute and locked in the rate at just 14 cents a mile and has not adjusted the rate in the last 12 years. Because it costs volunteers as much to fill up their gas tanks as it does employees, the National Council continues to advocate that Congress eliminate this unfair treatment of nonprofit volunteers.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Challenges Individual Donors to Join Hosea Feed the Hungry in the Fight Against Hunger and Homelessness

/PRNewswire/ -- The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation (AMBFF) is providing Atlanta-based Hosea Feed the Hungry (HFTH), the Southeast's largest food bank serving families and individuals directly, with a $50,000 challenge grant in 2010. The grant, which will specifically support HFTH's operating budget in 2010 and help fund the salaries of a case manager and human services director, is also meant to inspire individual donors to support HFTH's efforts to end hunger and homelessness.

HFTH, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary of serving the needy in Atlanta and around the world, will immediately receive $25,000 from AMBFF and up to another $25,000 dollar-for-dollar match of individual contributions between now and March 31, 2010.

"We are proud to partner with HFTH, especially during this critical time when so many in our community are struggling to meet their most basic needs," said Foundation President Penelope McPhee. "We hope this challenge grant will encourage other donors to help HFTH reach out to our community's most vulnerable residents."

Because of the economy, corporate and individual contributions are down 35 percent, while monthly calls for help with human services are up a staggering 45 percent. Additionally, HFTH has announced a major capital campaign for 2010 to raise money for a new Care Center where it can better serve the working poor and homeless with critical, year-round human services like rent assistance, help to pay utilities, weekly food boxes, counseling, employment services and help finding temporary housing.

"This is a serious economic time for HFTH as we are constantly evaluating our ability to impact the needy in our community by carefully tracking service requests, coordinating with city and county agencies as well as other area nonprofit organizations to prevent duplication of services, and empowering a governing board with oversight," said HFTH Executive Director Elisabeth Omilami. "This generous gift from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation gives us the critical financial support for program managers who regularly engage in qualitative evaluation so our clients' needs are met through HFTH programs or referral to other agencies."

HFTH's valued community partners will ensure that it continues serving those in need for another 40 years. Everyone can make a difference in helping those in need, no matter how large or small a contribution. Please go to for the various needs and opportunities available to give back to the community.

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Kaiser Permanente Gives $5 Million to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

/PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente of Georgia today announced a $5 million multi-year gift to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta with the goal of improving access to care for low-income children.

The gift helps fund the construction and operation of a new, state-of-the-art hospital that replaces the existing Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding facility in downtown Atlanta. In addition, half of the donation will help fund healthcare at the facility for Metro Atlanta children who are uninsured or underinsured.

"As a non-profit health plan, Kaiser Permanente understands and appreciates the important safety net role Children's Healthcare Atlanta, and particularly their Hughes Spalding facility, has in our community, especially for our most vulnerable population. We want to do our part to help it continue to serve as such a vital resource," said Peter Andruszkiewicz, president of Kaiser Permanente of Georgia.

The new Children's at Hughes Spalding facility is designed to enhance access and quality of care and reduce the care disparities and inequities that exist for many children in the metro area. Generations of families have received care at the Hughes Spalding location and consider it their medical home.

"With this new facility, all children in metro Atlanta will have access to superb pediatric healthcare, regardless of their family's income," said Dr. Rob Schreiner, executive medical director of Kaiser Permanente. "High quality health care will be provided in a safe, modern and family-friendly environment."

The new building will help to transform the care of the 71,000 inpatient admissions, emergency department visits and outpatient appointments made every year. The facility features brighter colors, child-friendly surfaces, interactive entertainment centers, a consumer library, child life specialists and up-to-date equipment.

"Kaiser Permanente's generosity is a wonderful example of how groups within the health care industry are working collaboratively to solve important issues, as well as serve the most vulnerable population -- our children," said Donna Hyland, President and CEO, Children's. "We are grateful Kaiser Permanente has entrusted these funds to us so that together, we can serve Georgia's children now and in the future."

The multi-year gift includes a $1 million donation from Kaiser Permanente each year through 2013. Overall in 2009, Kaiser Permanente has provided more than $21 million in community benefit funding to improve access to care and coverage for low income populations, support to safety net clinics, scholarships for health professions, an educational theatre program, and grants that promote healthy eating and active living.

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Amerigroup Foundation Supports Empty Stocking Fund

/PRNewswire/ -- The Amerigroup Foundation announced today that it is awarding a grant of $10,000 to the Empty Stocking Fund, Inc.

For more than 80 years, the Empty Stocking Fund has brought holiday cheer to underprivileged children in the Atlanta area. Through contributions received from Atlanta citizens, local businesses and foundations, the Empty Stocking Fund provides gifts for tens of thousands of children from birth to 13 years of age in nine Georgia counties -- Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties. During the 2008 holiday season, the Empty Stocking Fund distributed more than 210,000 items to over 52,000 children. The organization was able to coordinate their efforts with the participation of two full-time employees and more than 4,000 volunteers.

"Each year, the Empty Stocking Fund helps many children see their holiday wishes come true," said John E. Littel, Chairman of the Amerigroup Foundation. "We at Amerigroup support and admire the organization's mission to empower parents and guardians of children living at or below the poverty level by providing them with an opportunity to give their children gifts during the holidays."

"The Empty Stocking Fund sincerely appreciates the generous grant from the Amerigroup Foundation and the volunteer support of the Atlanta office of Amerigroup, which will greatly assist our efforts to provide toys and gifts to over 50,000 underprivileged children during the 2009 Christmas holiday season," said Don Crawford, Executive Director of the Empty Stocking Fund.

The Amerigroup Foundation periodically awards grants to vital community organizations, including community health centers, service organizations, and local programs that have made a significant difference in the communities served by its corporate underwriter, Amerigroup Corporation. Through its subsidiaries, Amerigroup Corporation administers publicly funded health care programs such as Medicaid and Medicare for state and federal governments. Amerigroup Community Care of Georgia currently brings health care services to 236,000 Georgia citizens enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Today Management, Inc. Collected Food for the North Fulton County Charities Food Bank

/PRNewswire/ -- Today Management, Inc., an Associa Company, held a two-week Food Drive to collect canned food and dry goods for the North Fulton County Charities Food Bank. The Food Banks of North Fulton have suffered from decreased donations and increased needs. Gracious donations from employees, clients and vendors went to help replenish needed resources for the Food Bank.

After learning of the low levels of donations and food at the local Food Banks, Today Management staff quickly organized a two-week collection period and asked vendors and clients to help with the cause with food donations. On Tuesday, November 24, 2009, the Today Management team loaded up a large SUV with canned goods and dry food and delivered it to the North Fulton County Charities Food Bank.

"Our staff felt a warm sense of giving as we pushed grocery cart after grocery cart up the ramp to fill the food bank shelves," said Kelley Brewster, President of Today Management. "We hope our efforts helped ensure no family went hungry over the Thanksgiving holiday."

Since 1984, Today Management, Inc. has been providing community association management and developer consulting services to the greater Atlanta area. Today Management's sole focus is providing exceptional customer service, management and accounting services. Together with Associa, Today Management is also able to offer a variety of supplementary programs and services specifically designed to meet the unique needs of today's community associations.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Payless ShoeSource Announces Non-Profit Partners in Southeast Region to Join Payless Gives(TM) Shoes 4 Kids Holiday Giving Program for Children

Payless ShoeSource Announces Non-Profit Partners in Southeast Region to Join Payless Gives(TM) Shoes 4 Kids Holiday Giving Program to Give $1.2 Million in Free Shoes to Children of Families in Need

/PRNewswire/ -- Leading family footwear retailer, Payless ShoeSource, announced today that more than 750 nonprofit partners located across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and in 10 Latin American countries have officially joined Payless in its Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program, a grass-roots effort aimed at giving more than $1.2 million in free shoes to children of families in need this holiday season.

Payless will give more than 77,000 total gift coupons redeemable through Feb. 28, 2010, toward a new pair of kids' shoes at any of its more than 4,500 stores located in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and in Latin American countries including the Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua and Colombia.

A total of nearly 150 nonprofit partners chosen from the United States' Southeast region include, among others:

-- Kids to Love Foundation (Huntsville, AL)
-- Our House (Little Rock, AR)
-- Horton's Kids (Washington, DC)
-- Clothes to Kids (Clearwater, FL)
-- YWCA of Tampa Bay (St. Petersburg, FL)
-- Albert T. Mills Enrichment Center (Atlanta, GA)
-- Family Scholar House (Louisville, KY)
-- Great Expectations Foundation (New Orleans, LA)
-- We Care Community Services (Vicksburg, MS)
-- Florence Crittenton Services (Charlotte, NC)
-- Epworth Children's Home (Columbia, SC)
-- Agape Child and Family Services (Memphis, TN)
-- CHIP of Roanoke Valley (Roanoke, VA)

To see all of the selected 2009 Payless Gives non-profit organizations in your region, state or city, please visit

Payless said that all the charity partners should receive their free shoe gift coupons by today along with a personal letter from Matt Rubel, chairman and chief executive officer of Collective Brands, Inc., the parent company of Payless, and LuAnn Via, chief executive officer and president of Payless, with a special request to get the coupons into the hands of the children that need them in time for the holidays. The quantity of gift coupons per agency is based on agency size and the number of constituents served and includes an average of about 100 coupons per charity partner. Many non-profit partners will also provide transportation for group shopping trips to the local Payless stores and already shopping trips have been coordinated for children in Los Angeles, San Juan and Cincinnati by charity partners.

"Kids have already started shopping for their free shoes," said Rubel. "Last year's program was truly amazing and we saw our charity partners coordinate directly with our local store teams to hold special shopping events outside of normal store hours -- many partners and store teams went above and beyond with special touches that included hot coco and other treats for the kids in addition to the free shoes," said Rubel.

"Already this year we've heard similar stories including NFL Hall-of-Famer, Anthony Munoz, and his foundation giving limo service and lunch for a group of second grade children in Cincinnati. Free shoes is an amazing gift to these kids, but to be able to shop with a super star athlete like Anthony makes it all even more special. We are thrilled with the hundreds of charity partners who are joining us this year in our massive holiday giving effort, and we look forward to seeing the smiling faces and hearing the heartfelt, inspiring stories that will result from this year's program."

The company launched the application phase for the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program on Oct. 15 with a call-to-action to the non-profit community to apply to be Payless partners in the shoe-gifting campaign to build a network of hundreds of localized organizations across the Western Hemisphere. This grass root approach is critical for immediate, direct access to kids in need at the holidays. In a 21-day application period, the retailer received nearly 3,000 applicants at its application website and inquiries from nearly 37,000 visitors representing 109 countries across the globe. The application period is now closed.

Payless said its Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids non-profit network includes a total of more than 750 agencies: more than 670 charities in the United States, more than 70 in Canada, five in Puerto Rico, and 20 throughout Latin America.

"We were overwhelmed by the response from the non-profit community to join us in this important effort - to give a free pair of shoes to children in need this holiday season," said Payless CEO Via. "Our intent is to work with and through a diverse network of localized non-profits that have direct and immediate access to the children. Our chosen partners - more than 750 in all -- represent every state in the U.S., as well as organizations across Canada and in Puerto Rico and 10 Latin American countries in which we have stores. Together we've created a diverse international network of non-profits located in small towns, mid-sized and large cities, as well as rural areas so that we can blanket these countries and most effectively reach those in need."

Payless initiated the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program last year in response to the economic crisis, its impact on the underprivileged, the significant need across the United States for children's shoes, and to support smaller, localized nonprofits with a tool to assist them in helping those in need during the holidays. The retailer expanded the program internationally across the Western Hemisphere for 2009 because the need for children's shoes continues, the need is international and Payless is in a strong position to help.

A striking number of children don't have shoes that fit. Studies show that properly fitting shoes can enhance self confidence in children and aid in their proper development and growth. As well, with rising unemployment and food costs, it is difficult for parents to cover basic needs, thus making the holidays an even more stressful time for struggling families.

Greater Horizons of Kansas City, also a nonprofit, served as the independent third-party to manage the bulk of the selection process, based on Payless' core selection criteria, for the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids charity partners. For a complete list of the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids partners, please go to

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Winship Volunteer Inspires With Healing Power of Music

When Brenda Nease was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999, listening to music and playing the piano helped her through her treatment and recovery.

Now Nease uses music to help other patients and their families at Emory Winship Cancer Institute. Several years after her treatment, Nease became a volunteer and a member of the Emory Winship advisory board.

In honor of Nease's work, a longtime friend Howard Tellepsen and his family donated $25,000 to Emory Winship to establish the Brenda Nease Fund.

Through support from the fund, Nease suggested the purchase of a Yamaha C1 baby grand piano for Emory Winship's lobby. The gift also supports the piano's maintenance.

Every week Nease can be found playing everything from old standards to classical tunes in the institute's lobby.

"We encourage volunteers, students, faculty, and members of the Emory community to come and play whenever they can," says Nease, who plays at least once a week. "Now some of the patients are even beginning to come in and play the piano, which is better than I ever imagined. The piano is so beautiful, and I am just thrilled so many people have been playing."

Tellepsen, a Georgia Tech graduate, understands how Nease's personal experiences have led to her dedication. His 93-year-old mother also is a breast cancer survivor.

"Brenda is so pleased to be on the advisory board at Emory Winship, and I was honored when she called and gave me an opportunity to make a gift," says Tellepsen, chairman and CEO of a 100-year-old, family-owned construction company in Houston. "I'm just happy to be able to help her help others. This is a gift that keeps giving because it is not only a gift for Emory Winship, but for all of the patients."

Emory Winship executive director Walter J. Curran shares this sentiment.

"The gifts of time, talent, and philanthropy that Brenda Nease brings to her volunteerism efforts at Emory Winship make a meaningful difference for everyone. We are humbled by her thoughtful focus on the patient experience," Curran says.

Since the piano was delivered in September, patients arriving at Emory Winship for early morning appointments have often been greeted by the sound of staff member Tricia Harper playing hymns before her shift begins.

"When I saw that they needed volunteers willing to play I immediately responded," says Harper, an ultrasound technologist who began playing piano again in the past couple of years after being away from the instrument for many years. "I have a keyboard I play at home, but there is nothing like a real piano. I mostly play old church songs that a lot of people recognize, and I think they find it comforting and soothing. Just about every day one or two people will come by and say thank you or to tell me they enjoy it."

The Tellepsen family's gift is part of Campaign Emory, a $1.6 billion fund-raising endeavor that combines private support and the University's people, places, and programs to make a powerful contribution to the world. Investments through Campaign Emory fuel efforts to address fundamental challenges: improving health, gaining ground in science and technology, resolving conflict, harnessing the power of the arts, and educating the heart and mind.

If you would like to volunteer to play the piano at Emory Winship, please contact DaVida Lee-Williams (404.778.2405), Emory Winship's coordinator of volunteer services.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Georgia Tech Challenges University of Georgia to a Food Fight

Georgia Tech’s Community Service Council and Student Government Association are challenging the University of Georgia to a food fight. The second annual GT vs. UGA food fight collects canned goods on behalf of the Atlanta Community and Northeast Georgia Food Banks.

“Tech has never turned down a challenge from U(sic)GA,” said Rob Parrish, a student organizer for the event. Last year, Georgia Tech collected one barrel of cans, approximately 300 pounds. The University of Georgia collected more than 20,000 pounds of cans. “We are hoping for ten full barrels of cans,” said Parrish

“I know we are going to win the game on Saturday. It is my sincere hope that we can do almost as well with this challenge,” said Parrish. “Georgia Tech’s motto is Progress and Service, and we must not forget the second part of that.”

Members of the Georgia Tech community may donate canned items through November 25 (by 5:00 p.m.). Blue collection bins are located near the library fountain, next to the Student Government Office in the Student Center, and in the Athletic Association. Large donations or questions about donations should be directed to Parrish at

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Love, Set, Taste...Cure! Governors Towne Club Hosts A Most Unique Breast Cancer Fundraiser, Sunday November 22nd, 1 - 4PM

/PRNewswire/ -- A rare blend of events including an afternoon playing tennis paired with a refreshing wine tasting will set the stage for a most unique breast cancer fundraising taking place on Sunday, November 22nd from 1- 4PM in Acworth, Georgia.

The Tennis Center at Governors Towne Club (GTC) will be the site of this remarkable combination of events to raise money to fight breast cancer. But perhaps one of the most remarkable aspects about this fundraiser is that 100% of all proceeds raised will be donated to support the important work of the Susan G. Komen For The Cure, Atlanta Affiliate.

Several homeowners at GTC came together and enlisted the help of sponsors T2Tennis, La Parrilla Restaurant and NO Winery to host a Sunday afternoon of mixed doubles and wine tasting all for a great cause. Attendees can select the venue of high activity and colossal fun to play tennis organized by the professionals of T2Tennis. All prizes and event coordination for the "Tennis For the Cure" have been donated by T2Tennis, Atlanta's premier flexible tennis league.

Non-sporting types can participate and raise money to fight breast cancer through "Tasting for the Cure" by enjoying the afternoon tasting the various white wines of NO Winery and learning many interesting facts and subtleties of the various grape varietals and how they positively impact the wines.

At 2:00PM, Kenneth G. Horton, developer of Governors Towne Club will officially open the fundraiser. Congressman and Doctor Phil Gingery will be on hand to cut the ribbon to the Silent Auction. Over 50 valuable products and services have been contributed to the Silent Auction from individuals and companies in the Atlanta area. Attendees will be able to bid on items ranging from a package of horse riding lessons from Serenbe Stables, to Macintosh Computer Service and Support by 3 Alarm Fire, to a signed autographed racket donated by Melanie Oudin, the 17 year old tennis star from Marietta who became world famous in this year's US Open. Additionally, the Silent Auction will include items in all price ranges from gift certificates from The Shaving Gallery, La Parrilla Mexican Restaurants, and Abundance Luxury Limo to the use of an upscale vacation cottage in Destin, Fl, for a week's stay. Perhaps, one of the most unique donations that will be up for auction is "An Evening with Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood", including a private reception at Gallery 4463 and a dinner at The Old Mill. And finally, cheering on the event will be Atlanta's very own Falcon cheerleaders!

Everyone attending will receive a pink Susan G. Komen For The Cure "Goodie Bag" filled with various donated items. The gift bags will be handed out by two Mrs. Georgia titleholders who both just happen to be homeowners at Governors Towne Club. Mrs. Amanda Vogel, former Miss Georgia USA 1985-86 and Mrs. Georgia America 2005-2006, and the current reining Mrs. Georgia for 2009 - 2010, Mrs. Jennifer Everett.

The event's website can be found at
A rain date has been set for Sunday, December 6th.

Please join us to for a fun day for a great cause!

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Hooters Makes $40,464 Donation to the MDA

/PRNewswire/ -- On Monday, November 16th a check will be presented to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the amount of $40,464 raised by 60 Hooters Restaurants located in the southeast. The Hooters Girls and employees raised the funds in just 4 weeks through various fundraising events. The check presentation will take place in Atlanta, at the Hooters of Cumberland located at 2977 Cobb Parkway at 5:00 PM.

"Hooters has a solid and extensive relationship with the MDA," stated Bonnie Rhinehardt, Division Vice President for Hooters of America, Inc. "I am extremely proud of the management, Hooters Girls and staff that pulled together and exceeded our goal for this cause."

Hooters restaurants are involved with many invaluable charitable organizations at the national and local level. Over the past ten years, Hooters restaurants have donated over $8 million to various causes, including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Operation Homefront, Special Olympics and the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and His Wife, Rosalynn, Join Thousands of Volunteers in Asia for Annual Habitat for Humanity Build

/PRNewswire/ -- Former U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, welcomed volunteers to Thailand as they kicked off the 26th annual Habitat for Humanity Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Chiang Mai. The Carters will lead the annual Habitat for Humanity build in five Asian countries, Nov. 15-20.

The Carters and nearly 3,000 volunteers from around the world will spend the week building and repairing 166 homes in Thailand, Vietnam, China, Cambodia and Laos - all countries along the Mekong River.

"In an area of the world where many people live in deplorable conditions, we have a chance to help families improve their housing," said former President Carter. "Over the years I have seen the lasting impact Habitat for Humanity volunteers can have, and I have been personally touched by the work they are doing around the world."

During the week, the Carters will join dignitaries, celebrities, volunteers and Habitat homeowners as they build in Chiang Mai and visit construction sites in the other countries.

Celebrity volunteers expected to build in Chiang Mai and elsewhere include global movie action star Jet Li; Japanese footballer Hidetoshi Nakata; Hong Kong actor/director Daniel Wu; from India, Bollywood superstar and Habitat for Humanity India supporter John Abraham, along with fellow countryman actor R. "Maddy" Madhavan; South Korean TV acting sensation Lee Seo-Jin, and Habitat for Humanity Thailand's goodwill ambassador, singer and actor Rattapoom "Film" Tokongsub.

Habitat for Humanity of Thailand will anchor the five-country Carter Work Project, where volunteers will build a community of 82 houses with families in Chiang Mai province. The number 82 was chosen to honor the 82nd birthday of the Thai monarch, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, on Dec. 5, 2009.

Habitat volunteers in Cambodia will build 21 houses in Damnak Thom village with families who will be relocating from a dumpsite near Phnom Penh. Thirty-two houses will be built by Habitat homeowners and volunteers in Vietnam's Dong Xa village near Hanoi.

In China, Habitat is working with the local government in Qionglai city, in the southwestern province of Sichuan, in a project to build a series of multi-story, urban housing units that will eventually house hundreds of families. Habitat volunteers will help construct 20 Habitat for Humanity units during the Carter project.

Additionally, in Laos, Habitat volunteers and families will refurbish 11 homes in Ban Chawang village, 30 minutes outside the capital city of Vientiane.

"With the help of President and Mrs. Carter and the thousands of devoted Habitat volunteers, the Carter Work Project will result not only in better housing for families who urgently need it in the Mekong region, but in much-needed attention to the housing plight of so many families in this part of the world," said Habitat for Humanity Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Reckford. "Decent shelter helps transform lives and entire communities, and we're grateful for President and Mrs. Carter's servant leadership."

"Habitat for Humanity has a strong and growing presence in all the Mekong countries through a wide range of housing solutions," said Richard Hathaway, vice president for Habitat for Humanity International's Asia-Pacific region. "We are thankful to President and Mrs. Carter and the thousands of volunteers who will give programs in this area a major boost, allowing Habitat to serve even more families in need of decent shelter."

Habitat's Carter Work Project is an annual, internationally-recognized week of building that brings attention to the need for simple, decent and affordable housing in partnership with low-income families. President and Mrs. Carter have faithfully given one week of their time each year since 1984 to help build Habitat homes and raise awareness about the need for simple, decent housing. The Carter Work Project has been held in India, Korea, The Philippines, Mexico, South Africa, Hungary and throughout the United States.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

'Emory Cares' During International Day of Service

More than 1,200 volunteers, from Atlanta to Hong Kong and multiple points in between, are set to take part in Emory Cares International Service Day 2009 this Saturday, Nov. 14. Members of the Emory University community will lead dozens of service projects in 40 cities in nine countries across five continents.

In Atlanta alone, more than 800 members of the Emory community – alumni, students, staff, faculty and parents – are set to fan out across the city for a variety of service projects. Volunteers will participate in a cleanup Oakland Cemetery, help sort donations for refugees and foster children, work on stream cleanups and trail maintenance in local parks, repair homes for senior citizens, and participate in Habitat for Humanity builds, among other projects. Emory President James Wagner will be among the volunteers sorting medical supplies for delivery to developing nations at local nonprofit MedShare.

The growth of Emory Cares, a signature program of the Emory Alumni Association (EAA), has been steady since its founding in 2003 by Emory alumna Renelda Mack, then president of the Board of Governors (now known as the Emory Alumni Board). Following her lead, Emory alumni in cities across the country and around the world stepped up and volunteered to lead service projects.

Outside the United States, alumni and parents in Argentina, Hong Kong, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, South Africa and South Korea are hosting Emory Cares projects. In Barcelona, alumni will host a bowling tournament to fund a nonprofit that assists African children. Volunteers will work an organic farm in Darmstadt, Germany, and in Seoul, alumni and students will volunteer at Peace House, a home for physically and mentally disabled men.

In Atlanta, the EAA expanded its partnerships with Volunteer Emory and other campus organizations, which has brought hundreds of students into the volunteer mix. Several of the EAA's alumni interest groups are planning service projects of their own, including EAA's Atlanta Young Alumni chapter, the Caucus of Emory Black Alumni and Emory Gay and Lesbian Alumni.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ingenious Med Partners with Children's Restoration Network for Holiday Charity

/PRNewswire/ -- This holiday season, Ingenious Med is partnering with Children's Restoration Network (CRN) to donate employees' time and treasure to roughly 2,000 Metro-Atlanta children living in group homes and shelters.

CRN kicked off November with a Thanksgiving food drive, an effort to stock 129 shelters with basic needs as well as holiday favorites. The organization looks to volunteers like Ingenious Med to host these food drives throughout Atlanta. Ingenious Med has sponsored a month-long drive within its office complex, giving 14 companies and nearly 450 individuals the opportunity to donate everything from canned foods to grocery gift cards.

Additionally, Ingenious Med will be actively participating in CRN's "Adopt-A-Shelter" holiday program. Not only has Ingenious Med pledged to make its adopted shelter's holidays more enjoyable with volunteered time and gifts, Ingenious Med has engaged to donate time and scholarships to the shelter year-round.

During CRN's "12 Days of Caring" event, volunteers like Ingenious Med will be invited to a gift wrapping party, where they will have the opportunity to meet other volunteers and distribute gifts to the children of all ages.

"Holidays are always tough on those less fortunate, especially homeless children and homeless mothers with children," said Cliff Kinsey, CEO of CRN. "We could not touch so many lives without the help of great corporate citizens like Ingenious Med. We are very grateful to be a part of their Philanthropy."

CRN has been servicing 18 Atlanta counties since 1993, providing shelter for nearly 3,800 needy children each year. Beyond providing the basic necessities of food and shelter, CRN strives to provide education opportunities and special programs and events to bring positive experiences for some of Atlanta's most deserving youth.

"We felt an immediate connection with CRN due to its emphasis on our Atlanta community and the ability it gave us to donate and volunteer all year and not just during the holiday season," said Ingenious Med CEO, Hart Williford. "The passionate staff and volunteers have had such wonderful successes with the shelters and homeless mothers and children they serve. We're enthused on an individual and corporate level about this partnership."

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Partnership for Prescription Assistance Prepared to Help Southern Workers Hurt by Recession

/PRNewswire/ -- The 'Help is Here Express' bus tour will be stopping in South Carolina and Georgia throughout the week of November 9-13 at various cities in order to help uninsured and financially-struggling patients access information on programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free. With the nation's unemployment rate now hitting 10.2 percent, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) bus tour is raising awareness of patient assistance programs among state residents who face layoffs and loss of health care benefits.

The PPA, a nationwide effort sponsored by America's pharmaceutical research companies, provides a single point of access to more than 475 patient assistance programs that help those who are uninsured or struggling financially. Nearly 200 of the programs are provided by pharmaceutical companies.

The "Help Is Here Express" bus will be at the following South Carolina and Georgia locations:

Monday, November 9, 2009
WHEN: 9:30-11 AM

WHERE: First Baptist Church of North Augusta
620 Georgia Avenue
North Augusta, SC 29841

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
WHEN: 10-11:30 AM

WHERE: Orangeburg Health Department
1550 Carolina Avenue
Orangeburg, SC 29115

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
WHEN: 10-11:30 AM

WHERE: Macon Volunteer Clinic
376 Rogers Avenue
Macon, GA 31204

Thursday, November 12, 2009
WHEN: 10-11:30 AM

WHERE: Tanner Medical Center
705 Dixie Street
Carrollton, GA 30117

Friday, November 13, 2009
WHEN: 10-11:30 AM

WHERE: Dalton-Whitfield Regional Library
310 Cappes Street
Dalton, GA 30720

"The PPA, so far, has helped more than 6 million people nationwide find out if they may qualify for free or discounted medicines and as we move forward into 2009, the assistance is still available," said PhRMA President and CEO Billy Tauzin. "That's good news for the citizens of South Carolina and Georgia, where so many people are out of work."

Patients who qualify for help from the PPA's participating patient assistance programs have access to more than 2,500 brand-name and generic prescription medicines. In addition, the PPA provides information on more than 10,000 free health care clinics in America and has connected more than 287,000 patients with clinics and health care providers in their communities.

Patients seeking help from PPA can call a toll-free number (1-888-4-PPA-NOW) to talk to a trained operator or access the PPA Web site ( It only takes 10 to 15 minutes to find out if someone may qualify for free or discounted medications.

To help spread the word about the assistance available, the PPA's "Help Is Here Express" buses continue to visit communities all over the country with trained specialists on board to provide information on how to access patient assistance programs. All 50 states and more than 2,500 towns and cities have been visited so far, and more than 6 million patients have been helped nationwide since the PPA began in April 2005.

"At a time when national unemployment is the highest in almost two decades, the PPA has become an important lifeline for a growing number of patients," PhRMA's Tauzin said. "Millions of Americans have been added to the jobless rolls over the last several months and there could be a sharp increase in the number of our citizens losing health care benefits.''

"PPA is currently helping thousands of people every day," Tauzin added, including those who need treatments to fight such debilitating chronic diseases as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and asthma.

On a national level, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance is represented by Emmy-winning syndicated television talk show host Montel Williams, named PPA's national spokesman in January 2006. In addition, nationally recognized Telemundo talk show host and author Mayte Prida leads the PPA's Hispanic outreach effort.

"Since January 2006, I've been traveling the country talking about the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, urging people to pick up the phone, log on to the Web site or visit the big, orange PPA bus to see if they may qualify for assistance," said Williams. "As a patient who must cope every day with the effects of multiple sclerosis, I understand only too well the importance of having access to the medicine you need."

More than 1,300 national, state and local partners are working with America's pharmaceutical research companies to spread the word about the program. Trained specialists work with doctors, pharmacists, health care providers and community groups, educating them on the process and use of the PPA's easy-to-access Web site and toll-free number.

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Saturday, November 07, 2009

DHS Energy Assistance Program Helps Georgians with their Home Heating Bills

As the colder winter months approach, the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) will once again help Georgians struggling to keep up with the cost of heating their homes.

The agency’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will receive approximately $65.4 million dollars in federal funds, under the continuing resolution limitation, to assist low-income, elderly and disabled Georgians with their heating bills.

On November 2, 2009, local community action agencies began administering all available funds under state contracts, and homebound and elderly (aged 65 and older) households were able to begin applying for help.

All other eligible families may apply starting December 1, 2009. In most cases, payments will be made directly to the home energy supplier for gas, electricity, propane gas, wood, coal or kerosene. Qualifying applicants will receive payments of either $310 or $350.

To participate in the program, the family must meet a yearly income equal to or less than 60 percent of the state median income. For a one-person household, that would be $21,458; for two people, $28,061; for three people, $34,663; for four people, $41,266; for five people, $47,868; for six people, $54,471, for seven people, $55,709; for eight people, $56,947 (for each additional person, add $1,238 to annual income).

To qualify, applicants must bring their most recent fuel bill or statement of service from their heating provider. They also must have proof of income for all household members for the last 30 days. This may be paycheck stubs, a letter granting public assistance, Social Security or unemployment benefits. Applicants must also have social security numbers for all household members. Verification of age will be required for all elderly households.

Assistance will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. The program will close April 30, 2010, or when funds are exhausted.

For more information, contact the Division of Family and Children Services, Community Based Programs in metro Atlanta, by calling 404-656-2323 or toll free at 1-800-869-1150.
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Friday, November 06, 2009

Old Train Depot Gospel Singings Collecting Toys / Food for Needy

The Old Train Depot Gospel singings in Grantville are collecting new unwrapped toys and food for needed families for the holiday season. A lot of familys will have to do without unless help comes. Your help will be greatly appreciated, and GOD will bless you. We can pick up. For more information or for pick up please contact Roy Smith, or 770 583 3977. or Depot Singings P.O. Box 533 Grantville GA 30220. Please tell others. Thank you and GOD BLESS YOU.

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FODAC Holds Huge Recycling Event for Wheelchairs and Other Home Care Items This Weekend!

/PRNewswire/ -- Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too! (FODAC) is proud to be an organizational sponsor of the southeast Abilities Expo which will be held THIS Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 6-8, at the Cobb Galleria Convention Center in Marietta, GA.

FODAC is also working with the Expo to hold an equipment drive each day at the event. FODAC staff we be on hand to direct vehicles to the unloading area at the rear of the building. Items accepted include any durable medical equipment (DME) such as home hospital beds, wheelchairs, powerchairs, mobility items, bathroom items, etc.

The Expo is designed for people with disabilities along with the companies and professionals who work with the disabled community. Attendees will be able to see new products, attend classes, demonstrations, and network with others in the disability community.

For more information or to register, go to or or call 770 491-9014 or 866-977-1204.

Be sure to drop by the FODAC booth and meet members of the FODAC staff.

FODAC is a 501c3 faith based non-profit and remains the pioneer and primary provider of recycled DME in Georgia. This is a nationally recognized best practice program for the Re-Use of DME as recognized by the Visionary Award (received from the National Pass It On Center) and a recent Federal Demonstration grant. These items have been provided at no/low cost to children and adults with illnesses and disabilities, the elderly, and the injured since 1986. Over 20,000 wheelchairs and 6,000 hospital beds have been issued since that time. Over 300 DME items and 45 repairs a month are issued from Stone Mountain and a dozen partnerships around the state. This totals over $9 million in retail value of medical equipment distributed each year. Our capacity has doubled in the last few years, while the need for our services continues to grow. It took 17 years to build the capacity to deliver the first 10,000 wheelchairs, but only 5 years to provide the next 10,000. In 2008 alone, FODAC provided equipment to over 4,100 children and adults in 64 counties of Georgia and across the country. FODAC does not have direct funding from Medicare/Medicaid for the services offered.

FODAC's other programs include Ramps for Champs (home modifications), ReMount (vehicle adaptations), DME Equipment Repair, and Disposable Medical Supplies.

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Special Olympics Georgia Organization Receives Grant From The Home Depot Foundation

/PRNewswire/ -- Through its fourth annual Building Community Day program, The Home Depot(R) Foundation has awarded $20,000 to Special Olympics Georgia. The donation will be used to grow the State Competitions which also includes the healthy athlete free health screenings at all events.

"We are excited and honored to receive this support of both collaboration and funding from The Home Depot Foundation," said Georgia Milton-Sheats, Chief Executive Officer. "This incredible and positive recognition and support will assist us as we expand and enhance our programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and to serve the Atlanta community and statewide."

Through its Building Community Day program, sponsored in partnership with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, The Home Depot Foundation connects with some of Atlanta's most effective nonprofit organizations, which are focused on building communities through innovative programs and collaborative partnerships that fall outside of the Foundation's usual areas of giving. This year, 20 nonprofits participated in roundtable discussions and workshops focused on the theme of 'Social Innovation: Inspirational Ideas and Practices for Maximum Impact.' Each organization received a $20,000 grant at the end of day to support their work on a broad range of issues facing the Atlanta community.

"We are delighted to support and celebrate nonprofits in our hometown that have a long-standing commitment to making Atlanta a healthier and more sustainable city where families can thrive," said Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation. "Special Olympics Georgia deserves enormous credit for the work it is doing, particularly in these difficult economic times, and we are glad to be part of their efforts."

Special Olympics Georgia continues to serve people with intellectual disabilities through sports and training, health screenings, leadership opportunities and family networking and more throughout the state. Find out more at

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

3rd Annual Hollingsworth House Chair-ity Event Benefitting The Children’s Village at Christian City

Date: Monday, November 30, 2009
Place: The Hollingsworth House
200 Stonewall Avenue West
Fayetteville, Georgia
Phone: 770-460-3165
Time: 5-7:30 pm drop-in
Tickets: $25 at the door, or for advance tickets, please call 770-703-2636.

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For more information about The Children’s Village, please visit

Monday, November 02, 2009

Track & Field Champion, Carl Brown Joins the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run/Walk to Keep You Moving This Holiday Season

/PRNewswire/ -- Get moving this holiday season at the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis®. Be one of the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the nation's pavements, pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis, the nation's most common cause of disability.

The Jingle Bell Run/Walk events are a fun and festive way to bring in the holidays with family and friends. This annual event kicks off in November and aims to raise funds in the name of preventing, controlling and curing arthritis, all while encouraging daily physical activity for better health.

"Staying active through the winter months is imperative for both people with and without arthritis," said Carl Brown, U.S. Track and Field Champion, diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at age 36. "Moving just 30 minutes a day can ease joint pain, improve mobility, reduce fatigue, and even ward off those unwanted holiday pounds."

By the year 2030, an estimated 67 million people in the U.S. will be affected by arthritis, up from current estimates of 46 million. Even more alarming is the fact that the prevalence of osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, continues to rise even though it can often be prevented by staying active through enjoyable physical activities such as walking.

To find the nearest Jingle Bell Run/Walk event contact the local Arthritis Foundation chapter or visit

"The Jingle Bell Run/Walk event provides an opportunity to get people moving for a worthy cause," added Brown. "By participating in this event, I hope it encourages others to commit to daily physical activity and continue to move together throughout the year."

About the Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation is the leading health organization addressing the needs of some 46 million Americans living with arthritis, the nation's most common cause of disability. Founded in 1948, with headquarters in Atlanta, the Arthritis Foundation has multiple service points located throughout the country.

The Arthritis Foundation is the largest private, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $400 million in research grants since 1948. The foundation helps individuals take control of arthritis by providing public health education; pursuing public policy and legislation; and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis. Information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-283-7800 or

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Teenagers Are At The Top Of Nonprofit's Gift List This Holiday Season

The Atlanta Bow Tie Society will kick off Atlanta’s busy holiday fundraising season when it hosts the second annual Black Tie Ball on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at the Georgian Terrace in Midtown Atlanta, which will feature a “Vintage Vegas” theme, complete with a Vegas-style orchestra and casino games. Gift proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit teen-focused organizations during the upcoming holiday season.

To fulfill its mission to make the holidays a special time for underprivileged teenagers, Atlanta Bow Tie Society (ABTS) members and invited guests will bring unwrapped age-appropriate gifts to the “Vintage Vegas” fundraiser. The gifts will be donated to several metro Atlanta nonprofits including A Friends House, Another Way Out, Carrie Steele-Pitts Home, CHRIS Kids, Cobb County Center for Children and Young Adults, Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, Noah’s Ark Children Care Homes, Rainbow House of Clayton County and The Bridge. Last year, Atlanta Bow Tie Society members and guests donated $50,000 in gifts and gifts cards at the Black Tie Ball.

“It is an honor for the Atlanta Bow Tie Society to be able support these organizations during the holidays,” said Scott Willett, president of Willett Honda South and a founding member of the Atlanta Bow Tie Society. “We hope to raise a significant number of gift contributions that will encourage a cheerful holiday, especially for the teenagers living at each residential care facility.”

Founding board members of the Atlanta Bow Tie Society are Kelly and Scott Willett, Lisa and Bill Tush and Merry and Chris Carlos. Additional board members include Usher Raymond IV, Bert Weis, Mark Taylor, Mark Hayes, Anne and Dave Sapp, Dr. and Mrs. John Schilling and Eleanor Ringel Cater and Arthur Cater.

For more information about joining the Atlanta Bow Tie Society, contact Lisa Tush at, or visit

About Willett Honda South
Willett Honda South (, based in Morrow, Ga., is one of the premier leaders in the automotive industry and is currently ranked among the top 150 Honda dealers in the U.S. in terms of sales volume. An independently owned dealership, Willett Honda’s inventory consists of 400 new and 125 used vehicles including the Honda Pilot, Accord and Civic. In addition, the dealership offers a comprehensive parts and service department. The company’s 90 employees share a common desire to provide the best opportunities to its customers, surrounding communities, and manufacturer.

About Atlanta Bow Tie Society
The Atlanta Bow Tie Society (ABTS) ( is a membership-driven nonprofit organization established in 2007 to benefit underprivileged teenagers. ABTS distributes gifts to teen-focused nonprofit organizations in metro Atlanta each December. ABTS members come from a cross-section of Atlanta’s business, nonprofit, entertainment, sports and philanthropic community.

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DCH Partners with Georgia Coalition to End Homelessness

State Promotes Healthy Living in Homeless and Emergency Shelters

The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) and the Georgia Coalition to End Homelessness, Inc. (GCEH) have partnered to raise awareness of flu prevention among the state's homeless population. The outreach is being launched during Homeless Awareness Week in Georgia, November 1-7, 2009.

"We applaud GCEH for getting involved and advocating for the homeless in Georgia," said Dr. Rhonda Medows, DCH Commissioner and State Health Officer. "Our collective mission to ensure the health and overall wellbeing of Georgia's homeless can impact the lives of the men, women and children living in shelters or temporary housing in

The homeless population is diverse, transient, and includes single adults, children and families. Much of the homeless population resides in shelters, but over 40 percent are unsheltered. In addition, events such as acts of nature (e.g., floods, tornadoes and hurricanes), reduce access to everyday resources. Disease outbreaks such as the 2009 H1N1 flu may contribute to a rapid increase in emergency shelter usage.

Therefore, the CDC's interim recommendations to reduce transmission of seasonal flu and the 2009 H1N1 flu in this group are critical.

"It is critical for all housing facilities to ensure that the best health and safety precautions are implemented to protect the families in their care," said Katheryn Preston, Executive Director, Georgia Coalition to End Homelessness, Inc. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends general guidelines for homeless and emergency shelters to prevent the spread of disease, and DCH and GCEH are promoting these recommendations through educational pamphlets and prevention messages."

The CDC recommendations are:

1. Encourage all persons within the shelter to cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue. Throw all tissues in the trash after use. Maintain good hand hygiene by washing with running water and soap, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially after coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth;

2. Make the means for appropriate hand cleansing is readily available within the shelter, including common food preparation and dining areas. Ideal means for hand cleansing include, running water, soap, and hand drying machines. Paper towels and waste baskets should be made available. Shelter staff, volunteers and clients should frequently wash their hands with soap and water, or use a hand sanitizer if hand washing with soap and water is not possible;

3. Shelters should follow standard precautions in the shelter settings. This includes training staff in the control of infectious diseases, providing access to personal protective equipment and apparel,
and encouraging proper hand washing; and

4. Clean all common areas within the shelter routinely and immediately with the cleaning agents normally used in these areas. Items that are often in contact with respiratory droplets and hands (e.g., doorknobs, faucets, etc.,) should be cleaned and disinfected regularly. Eating utensils should be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with detergent and water. Cups and utensils should not be shared until after washing.

For a copy of the Homeless and Emergency Shelters - Protect Yourself Against Seasonal Flu and 2009 H1N1 brochure, visit;

A complete list of the Interim Guidance for Homeless and Emergency Shelters on the H1N1 virus can be found at
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Another Round: Wine-Tasting Benefits Georgia's Children, Again

/PRNewswire/ -- Again, the Venza Group generated a positive impact on the lives of Georgia's foster and adoption families by sponsoring their 2nd Annual Charity Wine-Tasting Event. The crowd sipped and sampled in assistance of Supporting Adoption and Foster Families Together (SAFFT), a newly established organization that declares the following belief: BUILDING and MAINTAINING a supportive foundation for all caregivers improves the overall lives of children in care. This year's event raised $4,415 from the wine tasting, a silent auction, and raffle ticket sales. Coordinated by the Venza Group and Music for Charities, attendees of the event enjoyed free hors d'oeuvres and a live music performance by the Tom Willner Trio. Stirred by the lovely autumn air, the party-goers enjoyed the indoor/outdoor comforts of the Sage Woodfire Tavern's Garden Room for the second year in a row.

Raffle tickets were drawn throughout the evening. The lucky winners were awarded a wide range of prizes, from oil changes to hand-crafted jewelry. Just like last year, a weekend stay at the Escape to Blue Ridge cabin retreat of North Georgia was the grand prize. The silent auction included items such as hot-air balloon rides and donated pieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Stacy and Ashley, SAFFT Director, said the following about their collaboration with the Venza Group and Music for Charities: "The team from Venza Group and Music for Charities truly delivered an amazing night for SAFFT. We raised much needed funding for our organization which will directly benefit the Foster and Adoptive children of Forsyth County Georgia. We want to thank both organizations along with our generous sponsors for hosting such an amazing event and we look forward to working with them in the future on more collaborative efforts to help our children in need."

The Venza Group threw the party to celebrate another extraordinary year of growth and development as one of the Southeast's most trusted training services advisors. Specializing in the hospitality, healthcare, and retail industries, the Venza Group is grounded in the timeless principles that form lasting partnerships. Through consulting, custom courseware development, and the implementation of learning management systems, the Venza Group delivers results clearly aligned with the needs and intentions of their clients.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Over 7000 Attend Atlanta Partnership Run/Walk to Help End Global Poverty

Students from JC Booth Middle School in Fayette County participated in the run.

Over 7000 participated in the Atlanta Partnership Run/Walk to demonstrate their support for ending global poverty. Partnership Walk, now in its 15th year, is an event held annually in major cities across the U.S. The Walk is an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) to raise awareness and funds to alleviate global poverty and promote partnership between America and the developing world. Nationwide, over 30,000 are expected to participate in the Walk in nine cities, including Birmingham, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis, Orlando and San Francisco. Visit

The Run/Walk brought together families, friends, students and leaders in government, business, media and the arts for a day of learning activities, fundraising and culturally diverse performances. Approximately $1,000,000 was raised at today’s charity event to expand opportunities for impoverished communities in Asia and Africa. 100% of funds raised at Partnership Walk go directly to the projects supported by the Foundation. The cost of organizing the Run/Walk is completely underwritten by AKF USA and in-kind contributors. No contributions are used for administrative costs. Since 1995, PartnershipsInAction events have attracted over 280,000 participants, raising $32 million.

The 2009 Atlanta Partnership Run/Walk was held at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. In addition to the traditional 1K Walk, Partnership Run/Walk featured its first ever 5K Run/Walk, 1K Run for children ages 7-13 and 100-yard Run for children 6 and under. Participants walked or ran to demonstrate their solidarity and commitment for helping the less fortunate in some of the poorest regions of the world lift themselves out of poverty.

The event featured celebrities and distinguished guests, along with entertainment celebrating the diversity of world cultures. Special guests included Dikembe Motumbo, Chair and President of Dikembe Motumbo Foundation and NBA All-Star of the Houston Rockets. Other dignitaries included Melvin Everson, Georgia State Representative; Jerry Oberholtzer, Mayor of Snellville; and Gwen Desselle, Georgia State Teacher of the Year. The lively stage program was hosted by media celebrities Suchita Vadlamani of Fox 5 “Good Day Atlanta.”

Below are comments made by the guest speakers:
Dikembe Motumbo in reminding us of our responsibility towards the less fortunate said, “When you take the elevator to go up you always gotta make sure to send that elevator back down because there are people who need that same elevator you took to come up.”

Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer presented a key to the City of Snellville to AKF U.S.A. CEO Iqbal Noorali. In his address he stressed the need of people to be involved in a worthwhile cause to build a better and closer community.

Melvin Everson, Georgia State Representative has been impressed with the works of AKF of helping to stamp out global poverty. He said that,” AKF is doing an exceptional job in bringing the cause in front of the people and I support its cause.”

Gwen Desselle, Georgia State Teacher of the Year reminded to the participants that ,”You’re here because you believe that we can make a difference, you’re here because you believe that we can eradicate the problems that plaque society and most of those problems stem from poverty, problems such as illiteracy problems such as hunger. We who are more fortunate have an obligation, we have a duty to help out brothers and sisters by extending to them education by extending to them encouragement and you know that is something the Aga Khan Foundation has been doing for the last 25 years.”

Iqbal Noorali, CEO of Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A in his address to mentioned that Poverty is the main cause of instability in the world but we have to be partners in relieving the poverty.

An agency of the Aga Khan Development Network

The 2009 theme for the Walk, “Education – The Universal Bridge” highlighted the impact of Aga Khan Foundation’s educational activities. Serving as a bridge to help individuals and communities build more productive, fulfilling and dignified lives, the Foundation’s educational activities span across a broad range of initiatives to help people in Asia and Africa reach their full potential, covering early childhood development, primary and secondary school improvement, and skills and management training for professionals, entrepreneurs and community members.

Aga Khan Foundation’s education programs bring to light the power of partnerships and reflect the Foundation’s enduring commitment to education. For over a quarter century, Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. has worked in the developing world in the areas of health, education, rural development, civil society and the environment. These efforts equip people with life-long skills to overcome poverty and embrace the time-tested principle of helping people to help themselves.

One of the most inspiring features of Partnership Walk was the Village in Action, where participants enjoyed interactive displays and hands-on exhibits that spotlighted how the Foundation is implementing creative solutions in poor regions from Afghanistan to Zanzibar with projects that promote quality education and health care, expand microcredit opportunities and improve incomes and agricultural productivity. Volunteers guided participants through the Village in Action to introduce the innovative ways that Aga Khan Foundation is alleviating hunger, disease and illiteracy.

AKF USA, established in 1981, is a private, non-denominational, non-profit international development organization committed to alleviating poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy. AKF USA is part of the Aga Khan Development Network (, a network of private, non-denominational, development agencies around the world, established by His Highness the Aga Khan to empower communities and individuals, often in disadvantaged circumstances, improve living conditions and opportunities. The overarching goal of the Network’s programs is to help poor communities achieve a level of self-reliance whereby they are able to plan their own futures. The Foundation presently supports over 100 programs in 18 countries for the common good of all citizens regardless of their gender, origin or religion. The geographic focus of the Foundation’s development programs is in East Africa and South and Central Asia.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.'s Pink & Black Ball Nov 7

Join us for dinner, dancing and a silent auction at the Pink & Black Ball.

When: Saturday, November 7
Where: Duluth Festival Center, 3142 Hill Street, Duluth, GA 30096 (located at Duluth Town Green)
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Attire: Pink, black and fabulous!

Award-winning nonprofit I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. would like to invite you to the 2009 Pink & Black Ball. An evening of dinner, dancing and silent auction bidding will support the G.I.R.L.S. Leadership Development Program, which fulfills the organization's mission of improving self-esteem, providing opportunities for growth and removing barriers to girls' personal and professional success. Enjoy a night of dining and dancing for the girls in your community.

Tickets are only $50/person, $90/couple, $300/table of eight, or $30/donated ticket to a deserving girl and can be purchased at or 404-545-9051 ($20 of each ticket is tax deductible).

For more details on the Pink & Black Ball, donating silent auction items or sponsorship opportunities, please call 404-545-9051 or email
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Best Buy lends a helping hand to victims of Georgia floods

Best Buy partners with the American Red Cross to donate time and technology to Atlanta area flood victims on Sept. 25 - 27.

“Our in-home Geek Squad Installers and Agents were out performing their jobs and saw firsthand, the devastation that the Atlanta area flooding caused our communities,” said Brian Adamson, deputy field marshal for Best Buy in the Atlanta market. “It moved many of them, so much in fact, that they reached out to their supervisor, asking if we could help…so we did.”

Outside of the Cobb County Civic Center, Best Buy set up a Clearwire modem and router and connected eight laptops to the internet. Residents of the shelter were able to use the computers and internet to search for apartments, homes, apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance, contact insurance companies and conduct personal online business.

In order to raise the spirits of the flood victims, Best Buy set up a surround sound and public address (PA) system in front of the shelter on Sunday morning so a local pastor could hold worship service for the victims.

Inside the shelter, Best Buy hooked up two 42-inch LCD televisions so residents could watch the news and sports, as well as other locally provided channels. Geek Squad Installers hooked up DVD players to each television. Twenty movies were donated to the Red Cross for the victims to watch, including a large selection of family films for the children’s entertainment.

The Best Buy employees also donated 50 cases of water to the flood victims.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Ryan Seacrest to Host Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities Hearts and Hands Gala October 24th

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC) announces its Hearts and Hands Gala at 7pm on Saturday, October 24, at the World of Coca-Cola. Atlanta’s own Ryan Seacrest of “American Idol” will serve as host of the sold out black-tie dinner which will feature a special performance by “American Idol” season six finalist, Melinda Doolittle and a silent auction. The Coca-Cola Company is the event’s presenting sponsor. The Event Chair is Javier Goizueta, Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company and President of the McDonald’s Division Worldwide. Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company is Honorary Chair.

“The Ronald McDonald House is a cause that is very dear to the hearts of us at The Coca-Cola Company. We are committed to supporting the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities, as we strive to help improve the health and well-being of children and families in need,” says Javier Goizueta.

Proceeds from the Hearts and Hands Gala will support operations of Atlanta’s two Ronald McDonald Houses. "We are grateful for the generosity and ongoing support of The Coca-Cola Company. And we are thrilled Coca-Cola’s longtime ambassador, Ryan Seacrest, will host the evening. Despite a tough economy, we expect this inaugural event will be successful in raising funds to support families in need at our two local Ronald McDonald Houses. This year marks our 30th anniversary and this new event is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness for Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities and the organization's important work throughout the area,” says Linda M. Morris, President/CEO of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Increased demand led to the recent expansion of the local Ronald McDonald House programs. Last year, Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities opened a new state-of-the-art 50-bedroom $15.7 million Ronald McDonald House near Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston to meet the growing need. An 11-bedroom Ronald McDonald House on Peachtree Dunwoody Road continues to operate at full capacity to serve families of children receiving medical treatment at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. Combined, the two local Houses serve more than 2,000 families a year.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Schools Nationwide Receive $12.8 Million in Extra Credit Funds From Target

/PRNewswire/ -- Target announced today that its Take Charge of Education® school fundraising initiative has provided more than $12.8 million in funding to schools nationwide. Until recently, Target donated to schools twice a year. The undesignated funds can be used for whatever schools need most, from books and school supplies to classroom technology, artist-in-residence programs and extracurricular activities. As the program continues its 12th year, Take Charge of Education has donated more than $273 million to more than 100,000 schools nationwide - 75 percent of the nation's K-12 schools.

"As schools nationwide continue to endure sharp budget cuts, they are in need of immediate support and leadership from outside sources more than ever," said Laysha Ward, president, community relations, Target. "Take Charge of Education allows our Target team members to create meaningful relationships with their local schools, while also inviting guests to easily help us make a real difference every day by positively impacting local students' learning experiences."

Take Charge of Education allows Target guests to easily designate an eligible K-12 school of their choice and have Target donate an amount equal to one percent of their REDcard(SM) (Target® Visa® Credit Card, Target Credit Card(SM) and Target Check Card(SM)) purchases made at Target and*. In addition, Target also donates 0.5 percent of Target Visa Credit Card purchases made everywhere else Visa credit cards are accepted.

Schools like Red River High School in Grand Forks, N,D, use the donations to help fund student groups that don't have budgets and need assistance with registration fees, travel and supply costs. In the past they have funded students involved with Science Bowl and Science Fair competitions. Take Charge of Education, along with the support of parents, helps make good things happen for its students.

Beginning in 2010, Take Charge of Education payouts will be distributed once a year in September, as opposed to twice a year. This is a change from the past, when schools would receive payouts in March and September. By changing the payout schedule from twice a year to once a year, Target will be able to streamline processes and better serve schools - eliminating any confusion with multiple payouts. The September payout is an optimal time to award schools with Take Charge of Education support, as a way of celebrating the start of a new school year and offering schools some additional support to help with needs. Total funds to schools will not be altered or affected.

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Fayette County Student Helps Others Through Fundraising

Pictured (l-r) are JC Booth Middle School Students Ashila Jiwani and Razeena Moosa.

Arshila Jiwani, a 13 year-old middle school student, raised over $2,000 to contribute to the funds raised at Atlanta Partnership Run/Walk that will take place on Sunday, October 25, 2009 at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. On top of her extracurricular activities, Arshila developed ideas to raise money for Aga Khan Foundation USA (AKF USA) and reached out to fellow students like Rozina Mossa, Gohar Llalani and Simren Dhani for help with fundraising.

Arshila first began fundraising for the Partnership Run/Walk and reaching out to the community by passing out flyers at school and texting her friends information about the Foundation. With the help of her school principal, Ted Lombard, Arshila expanded her fundraising and outreach activities to organize candy fundraisers, position informational posters around the school, arrange student and teacher fundraising activities and speak on the school’s morning announcements, urging kids to participate in the Partnership Run/Walk and fundraising activities. Recently, Arshila expanded her fundraising efforts to local businesses including the Panda Express in Peachtree City and Bruster’s Ice Cream. At the Panda Express, Arshila was able to raise over $230 by asking the manager to donate 15% of the profits earned in one evening at the eatery to the Foundation.

100% of funds raised at Partnership Run/Walk go directly to the projects supported by the Foundation. The cost of organizing the Run/Walk is completely underwritten by AKF USA and in-kind contributors. No contributions are used for administrative costs. Since 1995, PartnershipsInAction events have attracted over 280,000 participants, raising $32 million.

AKF USA, established in 1981, is a private, non-denominational, non-profit international development organization committed to alleviating poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy. AKF USA is part of the Aga Khan Development Network (, a network of private, non-denominational, development agencies around the world, established by His Highness the Aga Khan to empower communities and individuals, often in disadvantaged circumstances, improve living conditions and opportunities.

Last year, over 6,800 youth, families, businesses and community leaders participated in the 2008 Atlanta Partnership Walk, which raised over a million dollars for Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. projects in the developing world. Encourage your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to hit the pavement for the 2009 Partnership Run/Walk and show their support for ending global

To register for the Partnership Run/Walk please visit

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