What began in 2007 as an initiative to partner with life-changing organizations in our communities and around the globe has grown into a movement of extraordinary generosity.
Due to COVID-19, more women are contemplating abortion for financial reasons such as unemployment and job insecurity. These funds help A Beacon of Hope hire a full-time nurse practitioner which will allow them to see approximately 400 additional patients per year.
A Beacon of Hope is looking to expand their services to ensure that all women, pregnant or not, receive adequate healthcare services—regardless of their access to insurance. This expansion includes offering pap smears, breast exams, fertility education, medical management, lactation consulting, birth control that does not disrupt a pregnancy in process, 24/7 online scheduling, and enhancements to the Bridge Long-Term Care program. These funds will be used to expand the current medical space, purchase the equipment and supplies required for the new services, as well as create new curriculum, purchase supplies, and offer speaker stipends for the program.
Volunteers provided baskets of baby items and gifts for new moms and dads, decorated for Christmas, and hosted a party for patients.
Students are experiencing an increase in anxiety, stress, and trauma due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which directly impacts their opportunities to learn. This gift increases support to both students and staff by helping fund a Behavioral Support Specialist for grades K– 5 and a Behavioral Support Specialist for grades 6–8.
Amana Academy wants to be able to help its families when they lack the funding for basic needs. Our gift allows the school's administration and counselors to support students and families needing emergency intervention for anything from food, clothing, or medical assistance to hygiene needs.
Amana Academy desires a safe, shady outdoor space to use as an additional learning environment and to provide seating for students to eat lunch outside. These funds enable Amana to install durable tables with attached seating and a cloth sunshade.
Volunteers sponsored students for Christmas, organized Christmas gifts, created teacher care packages and refreshed the school through beautification projects.
Volunteers wrote letters and built housewarming gifts for six new Habitat homeowners.
Brandywine Elementary students who struggle academically are generally students who are economically disadvantaged. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of the 2020-2021 school year, it is imperative to ensure that all students have access to the technology they need to succeed in a virtual learning environment. These funds will be used to purchase 50 Chromebooks and Kajeets to improve the success of these students while they are learning at home.
COVID-19 social distancing requirements put restraints on the number of students allowed on the playground at Brandywine Elementary. These funds cover the purchase and installation of additional playground equipment to ensure that all students can enjoy recess while maintaining CDC safety guidelines.
Because of extended online learning, Brandywine Elementary’s academically-struggling students will start the 2020-2021 school year behind. These students would benefit from the opportunity to continue learning during the summer of 2021. These funds provide targeted students free enrollment in a six-week structured learning program taught by qualified teachers, as well as cover costs for transportation, lunch, and necessary supplies.
Volunteers assisted children as they shopped for their families or exited vehicles before school in the morning and helped serve staff at a holiday luncheon. Others provided care kits for teachers.
The CDA is a vibrant organization that has provided outstanding service to low-income, hardworking families and their young children for more than 45 years. Despite reduced funding, canceled fundraisers, and increased expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CDA does not want to raise fees. This gift will support operating expenses, allowing for a decrease in fees for parents and an increase in scholarships for 150 families.
CDA desires to offer well-deserved bonuses to their hardworking staff this year but lacks the extra funds to do so. This gift funds bonuses for each staff member in December.
Our volunteers provided gift cards to a local grocery stores and provided essential supplies and toys for children. Others provided gift cards to local stores to purchase toys for their children.
There has been a significant increase in CDA’s operating expenses because of the need to maintain a clean environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This matching gift will assist in the purchase of personal protection equipment (PPE) and additional cleaning supplies to ensure student and staff safety.
Volunteers sponsored families in difficult situations by shopping for needed items and gifts to let the families know they matter and are loved.
Volunteers assisted with the City of Refuge gift wrapping booth at the Avalon Holiday Market in Alpharetta.
Volunteers helped serve families affected by a flood or natural disaster by creating hygiene kits. Others created baby kits.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, students need to virtually attend classes during at least part of the 2020-2021 school year. It is vital that all students have access to technology to ensure that proper learning continues in virtual learning environments. This gift pays for mobile hotspots for children who need reliable internet connections in order to thrive during virtual learning.
It is important for students to have their physical needs met in order to be fully present and ready to learn at school. This donation will ensure that students can eat lunch—even when they do not have money—and give them access to clothing and hygiene kits as needed. In addition, this donation also supports student families needing help with expenses such as rent, groceries, or gas. These measures help reduce student absences and tardiness, meet students’ health, social, and emotional concerns, and increase student achievement.
Research shows that student engagement with experts and hands-on strategies and interventions positively impact all students. This donation provides the 8th grade students at Elkins Pointe with the opportunity to attend a Georgia Social Studies field trip.
Extracurricular activities such as sports support the needs of a well-rounded child and increase opportunities for students. These funds will be used to purchase basketball uniforms for Elkins Pointe Middle School students.
Volunteers created personal care and hygiene kits for the students. Others created care kits for teachers.
Foster Care Support Foundation serves more than 4,500 foster children by providing for their basic care needs. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, giving patterns have changed and important volunteer support is nonexistent. These funds allow FCSF to continue to support foster children by alleviating some of the financial burden placed on caregivers who are living on a fixed income.
Volunteers received and sorted donations, stocked shelves, and assisted clients and customers with finding the items they needed at FCSF’s distribution center and boutique thrift store. Others provided kits of essentials and general supplies for clients.
Volunteers provided meals for foster families who are juggling extra appointments, meetings, and home visits.
When students have their basic needs met, they are better able to focus and thrive at school. This donation assists students by providing for any needs that may arise, such as eye glasses, clothing, shoes, school supplies, personal hygiene products, and even prescriptions.
Students with social, emotional, and medical challenges can benefit from additional resources that help improve their educational experience. This donation funds mindfulness activities, games, self-help books, and other mental health resources which enable social workers and school counselors to better support and work with their students with disabilities.
Seniors throughout the school district run into financial challenges and find themselves unable to purchase caps and gowns, take part in activities, or pay for graduation, testing, and college application fees. This donation will lift the financial burden for these students and families, while ensuring they are adequately supported throughout the school year.
A student's ability to focus and thrive in school is impacted when the basic needs of their family are unmet. These funds will help FCS purchase food, gas, and MARTA gift cards to support students and families in need.
Many children in our communities face personal circumstances that make it difficult to learn and thrive. Through our Be Rich Kids initiative, Fulton County Schools received over 16,000 books for students.
HomeStretch seeks to promote high self-esteem and academic achievement for the youth in their transitional housing. This gift will be used to provide certified tutors to help students perform at their grade level and prepare for higher education.
HomeStretch provides supportive housing and programs that help homeless working families regain and sustain permanent housing in the greater north metro Atlanta area. This gift will help pay down the mortgage at one of their properties, which will reduce their monthly payments. This, in turn, will allow them to reallocate funds toward additional programs and funding for their clients.
These funds will allow HomeStretch to continue supporting families struggling with homelessness through counseling, life skills classes, and money management assistance.
Volunteers helped maintain the community with yard maintenance, minor home repairs, painting, cleaning, and other similar tasks. Others participated in drives for home, bathroom, bedding, and kitchen supplies.
Volunteers created care packages for children fighting cancer at CHOA and frontline workers like nurses. Others participated in a prayer walk.
No Longer Bound recently completed construction of their new 56-man dorm which allows them to accept 16 additional men per year. Each client pays for his first 90 days of treatment, and the remaining months are covered by donors. These funds offset the increased expenses incurred in supporting these additional men.
A spike in addiction and relapse caused by COVID-19 has resulted in an increased number of individuals seeking treatment for drug or alcohol addictions. It is also becoming increasingly difficult within the current economy for new clients to raise the funds needed to enter No Longer Bound's program. This donation will provide scholarship money for three to four men who are beginning their journey toward recovery.
During the COVID-19 crisis, No Longer Bound continued to connect with their community and the extended NLB family through the sharing of stories of hope and healing on social media. Moving forward, NLB would like to expand beyond their local community through digital content and podcasts, with the goal of offering hope and encouragement to anyone impacted by addiction. These funds will cover the cost of all podcasting equipment, video/production equipment, computers and software, and the construction and build-out of a production space.
Volunteers provided meals and participated in activities with the men at No Longer Bound who could not go home for Christmas. Others decorated NLB homes and thrift stores for Christmas.
In 2018, NFCC launched a capital campaign driven by the increased demand for emergency assistance and family enrichment programs. Due to COVID-19, requests for emergency financial assistance increased over 100%. This gift assists NFCC in meeting deadlines for the release of significant capital funding as they continue to meet the needs of the community in North Fulton, while operating during a global pandemic.
Having reliable and affordable vehicles is imperative to keeping the Food Pantry at NFCC well-stocked for families in need in North Fulton County. These funds will help them replace their largest vehicle with a smaller van that will take up less space in the parking lot and reduce service and insurance costs. As an additional benefit, more staff members will be comfortable driving the smaller vehicle.
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed significant strains on the operating budget of NFCC due to increased demand for financial assistance from the community and decreased revenue from the closure of the Thrift Shop. These funds will go toward unrestricted funding of indirect operating costs for facilities, equipment, staff, and technology.
Volunteers received and sorted warm coats, thanksgiving food items, gifts, and thrift store donations. Others assisted clients in getting gifts for their families.
Volunteers participated in a mix of random acts of kindness and a scavenger hunt.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Pathways2Life had to engage new methods of delivery and redevelop materials to match the ever- changing mental health needs of schools, teens, and their families in Fulton County. They accomplished this through a blended approach of online and in-person strategies they call the "Greenhouse Model" of engagement. This gift helps fund operational costs and continue the development of this new model.
Volunteers learned what a community coalition does and how they can join in drug prevention for youth and promoting community wellness in the North Fulton 6-City Area.
Senior Services of North Fulton provides programs and services for the community by supporting seniors, caregivers, and families. This gift funds their greatest need as they fulfill their mission to provide services and support for seniors in their community in order to enhance their quality of life and foster independence.
Volunteers performed general exterior work on homes, provided and delivered meals to seniors, and participated in a household supply drive. Others created holiday cards and goodie bags for senior citizens.
STAR House Foundation provides tutoring and mentoring for at-risk students in five North Fulton schools. This gift helps StarHouse continue its work in giving students the support and opportunities they need to succeed.
Volunteers collected and packaged pre-packaged snacks. Others donated grocery store gift cards for students and their families to battle food insecurity.
These funds will go toward creating a dedicated space for the students of The Drake House to either complete their homework or do virtual learning should the need arise. This space enables their mothers to remain focused on finding stable housing and financial security.
The operating expenses of the Drake House have increased by 15 percent due to the need for a full-time maintenance manager and necessary maintenance upgrades. They have also needed to increase the hours of their Teen Coordinator to fully support their growing population of high school seniors and recent graduates. These funds assist with the increased operating expenses and allow The Drake House to improve programming and facility maintenance for their families.
Volunteers cleaned up at the playground at The Drake Center. Others created laundry, cleaning, feminine, and kids sports equipment kits.
Group counseling offered in schools is a proven and cost-effective way to invest in young people as they wrestle with various issues. Uncertainty in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic has added to their stress. This gift helps fund 26 Summit On-Site-School-Based Therapy Programs so students can receive the counseling they need at no charge.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all health-care industries to quickly provide services on virtual platforms. These funds underwrite the cost for the ongoing transition to provide a HIPAA compliant platform for Summit's 35 therapists. This enables them to increase access to therapy services for those in need regardless of where they are.
Summit’s therapists are supporting those in North Fulton county who have been affected socially, mentally, or behaviorally because of the COVID-19 pandemic or social and racial injustices. This matching gift helps subsidize therapy services for first responders, medical personnel, front-line emergency workers, displaced students, individuals who have lost family or friends to COVID-19, and those facing domestic violence, financial pressure, or unemployment.
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