GCN Member News: June 17
Topping this week's installment are two outstanding women from member organizations who were honored for their hard work and dedication to the communities they serve in Georgia and around the globe. We are honored and amazed at what CARE and the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center (AALAC) of GA have accomplished, in addition to the many other victories our members achieve. Check out some highlights below!
Helene Gayle, CARE CEO, landed No. 67 on Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list. Under her leadership at CARE, in 2012 alone, the organization reached more than 83 million people in 84 countries, with a total of 997 projects. CARE is ranked seventh among the world’s top 100 NGOs, and second for humanitarian relief efforts, according to Forbes.
Helen Kim Ho, Founder & Executive Director of the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center (AALAC) of GA, made GeorgiaTrend magazine’s 2013 Power Women list. The Asian American Legal Advocacy Center, the first nonprofit law center dedicated to promoting the civil, social and economic rights of Asian Americans in the South. So what does this Power Woman do? “Under Ho’s guidance, for instance, AALAC has also successfully opposed recurring English-only driver’s license bills that have come up in the last few years,” according to GeorgiaTrend.
On May 17, Senior Connections raised $200,000 for its Senior Prom, the proceeds of which provide funding for Meals On Wheels, in-home care, home repair programs, and operational expenses.
Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb was the recipient for the Congressional Club's First Lady's Luncheon 2013. The club's membership primarily consists of the spouses of members of the House and Senate in Washington, DC.
Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) received a $90,000 grant from The UPS Foundation. The five State Special Olympics Georgia competitions, which athletes and coaches attend from all over the state, will benefit from the grant. These amazing athletes train for a minimum of eight weeks leading up to the State Event. "The support of The UPS Foundation through this grant will assist in empowering the 25,868 children and adults with intellectual disabilities through athletic sports training and competition," said CEO Georgia Milton-Sheats.
Earlier this May, The Coca-Cola Foundation pledged $3.8 million to support statewide initiatives to fight statewide obesity, including $1 million for Georgia SHAPE, $1 million for Walk Georgia and $1 million for Atlanta's Centers of Hope. Other grant recipients include: The PATH Foundation: $500,000; the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta: $75,000; the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership: $100,000; Piedmont Park Conservancy: $30,000; Soccer in the Streets: $75,000; and the Ryan Cameron Foundation: $25,000.
In early May, Ford Motor Co. announced it will donate $25,000 to the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children; the donation will benefit the shelter's Job Readiness Program. Over the last three years, Ford has donated a total $100,000 over the last three years, to the shelter.
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Casey Bruce is a Communications Coordinator at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.