Looking for a Way to Give Back?

The shelves are bare and it’s time to restock! If you or your business, church, or group would like to help with food donations, we are in need! Items can be delivered to 226 School Street.

We need items such as pasta, spaghetti sauce, canned goods, fruit cups, breakfast foods, juice, jelly, canned or packaged meats that do not need refrigeration, individual snacks such as crackers, Goldfish bags, and chips. We need items for our food bank as well as the Panther Pantry at the school.

Community Support

You know you’re in the south when you’re local Chick-fil-A does a fundraiser with sweet tea and lemonade! Thank you for donating a portion of proceeds to help us further our work with students and families.

Backpack 2 School Bash

We are always so pleased to be able to come together with our community to make sure students start their school year with the supplies they need. Not to mention a day of fun and lunch. This year was the 4th annual event and 410 students were served. This event could not happen without community and volunteer support.

Kids Count Ranking Released- Georgia is 38th in the Nation.

The data confirms that Georgia’s investments in children and families—and our unrelenting commitment to improve the well-being of children and families in every community across our statewide network—are paying off. We must continue to work together to build a strong social infrastructure and evaluate our progress, and we must continue to invest in our most valuable resource—children and families. Use this link to access the full report.https://gafcp.org/2019/06/17/georgia-ranks-38th-in-the-nation/.

The release also gives us an opportunity to promote the 2020 Census. Full participation is imperative for all Georgians, because an undercount will put billions of dollars at risk for our state and underfund needed programs.

Annual Mentor Appreciation Banquet

Family Connection was honored to host our Annual Mentor Appreciation Banquet. This year we thanked mentors for helping our students “Bloom and Grow”! Special speakers included Judy Supinie, long-time mentor and Tammy Hughes, Primary School Assistant Principal. Several mentors were recognized for participating in the program for 5 years or longer. We currently have 80 students being mentored by 68 role models. What a difference this person makes in the lives of their student(s)! If you are also interested in making this difference, please contact Katy or Pam at 706-835-4351 to find out more.

Family Connection receives Substance Abuse Grant

Union County Commissioner’s Office offers an annual grant with funding from the sales of alcohol license fees and tax receipts to address the problem of substance abuse and its effects on individuals and families in Union County.  Again, this year Union County Family Connection will use the funds to disseminate information about the true percentage of students who drink, to help change the perception that “all youth drink alcohol” through a wide range of methods including print and electronic media. These include published reports, newspaper articles, billboards, social media, posters, brochures, websites, focus groups, etc. The collaborative will also continue to research other methods to effectively educate our community.

Community Assessment

We have completed our community assessment and found respondents had a desire for resources in the areas of 1) job skills training 2) financial literacy and budgeting and 3) food resources. We have included these areas in our annual plan and will begin searching for additional resources to offer families in these areas.

 

First Needs Met

Here we are with our first orders from the Purposity text.  When the text went out, it took less than 4 minutes for both needs to be snapped up and ordered!  And just a couple of days later, we are about to make two students very happy. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you are missing out on an easy way to make a difference.  Check it out at http://purposity.com.IMG_7363