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Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | Feb. 2020

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  • Sound Choices Pregnancy Clinic
  • Okefenokee Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Zaban Paradies Center
  • Augusta University Literacy Center
  • Augusta Locally Grown
  • Augusta Urban Ministries
  • Bridge Ministry of the CSRA
  • Community Ministries of North Augusta
  • Creative Impressions
  • Day One Fitness
  • Good Neighbor Ministries
  • Jo-Nathan Foundation
  • MACH Academy
  • The Masters Transport Ministry
  • Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Center
  • Augusta Mini Theatre
  • Mosaic Center
  • When HELP Can't Wait
  • Habitat for Humanity of Camden County
  • Brighter Future Employment Services
    East Atlanta Kids Club
  • EPIC Homeschool Network
  • Feminist Women's Health Center
  • National Association of Museum Schools

 

Impact

► Trees Atlanta mobilized more than 630 volunteers for their MLK Weekend service initiatives, for almost 2,500 volunteer hours, resulting in 623 trees planted, and a quarter-acre of greenspace recovered from invasive ivy, across 10 sites. (Check their “story map” for more details.)

Through their GoATL Fund, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta is investing another $1.5 million in the Reinvestment Fund: $1 million to expand on their existing projects, and $500,000 to support early childhood education projects.

► At their 2020 Strolling Thunder event, GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students lead some 40 families through a day of advocacy at the capitol building, engaging with more than 30 elected officials, including Gov. Brian Kemp.

The Georgia Power Foundation announced a $15 million donation to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for its North Druid Hills campus, where a hospital is set to open in 2025.

In January, Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia completed the construction of homes for two families in North Forsyth County.

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the CDC Foundation activated their Emergency Response Fund to support public health measures and meet emerging needs.

◄ At their first Care Day of the year, HomeAid Atlanta volunteers tackled painting projects for the on-site health clinic at Our House, saving the nonprofit $1,700 in labor and supplies.

The Arthur M. Blank Foundation, The Home Depot Foundation, and The Marcus Foundation have partnered to award a 3-year, $5.7 million grant to the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia in support of their workforce development efforts.

Wells Fargo Foundation has added an additional $788,000 to the $2.25 million already pledged in support of Habitat for Humanity chapters across the country in 2020.

Achievements

CaringWorks acquired the RISE VA program, previously housed at St. Jude’s Recovery Center, which provides housing and essential support services that empower veterans to become self-sufficient.

► Bloom Our Youth was honored with two awards from the Fayette Chamber of Commerce: the Nonprofit Award of Excellence and the Carolyn Cary Dreambuilder Award, which went to ED Becky Davenport. Bloom was also featured on CNN in a story on how to help foster children.

Goodwill of North Georgia announced that it will build a new 38,000-square-foot career training and community center in southwest Atlanta, with help from a $500,000 Invest Atlanta grant.

In partnership with Mercy Care, CHRIS 180 opened a new Integrated Health Clinic next door to their drop-in center for homeless youth in East Atlanta.

People

GCN is proud to announce the newest members of our board: Crystal Fernando, founder of WhatBox Innovation Partners; and John UyHam, Senior Managing Counsel - Mergers & Acquisitions/Finance for The Coca-Cola Company.

TechBridge has appointed Nicole Armstrong as their new CEO.

Street Grace named Eboni Belle as its new director of outreach and operations.

FOCUS + Fragile Kids welcomed new ED Frances McBrayer this month, and announced four new board members: Kari Carlos, Kenneth Jones, Brooks Peters, and David Zilles.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta announced that David Jernigan will become their new president and CEO on May 4.

The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential (GCAPP) has named five new board members: Aiko Bethea, Michael Bishop, Hayden Headley Hooks, Candace Rodriguez, and Erin Yabroudy.

As of February 1, Jon Carr has taken over the role of artistic director at Dad’s Garage Theatre.

CHRIS 180 added three new members to its board: Dan Diffley, Ana Amato, and Maney Mazloom.

GEEARS Executive Director Mindy Binderman was interviewed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for a front-page article on paid parental leave.

Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation announced that Michael Lucas will become their next ED in January 2021.

Piedmont Park Conservancy welcomed new board members Ambrish Baisiwala, Douglas A. P. Hamilton, and Pat Upshaw-Monteith.

Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network added two new staff members: Paralegal Manuel Lleras and Legal Navigator Raunel Urquiza.

This roundup was sourced from member and partner submissions, as well as their websites, newsletters, and social media channels; the Coxe Curry & Associates Week in Review newsletter; and GCN staff.

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