Georgia Family Connection Partnership Conference

The Union County Family Connection Coordinator recently had the opportunity to participate in a conference hosted by the Georgia Family Connection Partnership.  The conference provided opportunities for networking, education by leaders in the field, inspiration, and skill sharpening.IMG_7319 IMG_7320 IMG_7321IMG_7320IMG_7321

Annual Blairsville PTO Fall Festival

Thank you to the Blairsville PTO for another successful Fall Festival and the opportunityto raise funds for Family Connection.  We have a fabulous Family Connection board and members Leslie Shields and Margie Porter volunteered their time to help out.  We would also like to recognize Buds and Butterflies Nursery and Garden Center for the donation of beautiful mums and Ace Hardware for allowing us to borrow hay and corns stalks.  Lucky winners of the mums were Nicole Smith and Crystal Nichols.  Thank you to the families who came out and participated in the water balloon toss.  It was lots of fun!IMG_7315 IMG_7316  IMG_7317 IMG_7318

Backpack 2 School Bash

Family Connection was fortunate to be part of the Backpack 2 School Bash on July 30th of this year.  This event brought together many churches, organizations, and volunteers in order to help families get the school supplies that they needed for the upcoming school year, at no cost to them.  It was a fun day for families, with a meal and community resources.  Some of the students also received a coupon for a free haircut.  Thank you to the salons who helped make that possible.  Thank you also to the First United Methodist Church for hosting the event and many other churches that collected supplies and provided volunteers.  Of course, the day could not have been successful without the help of those volunteers who worked countless hours behind the scenes to make sure everything was organized and prepared for families.  269 students received supplies on this one day.  We hope to make this an annual event for students and families in our community.unnamedIMG_1848IMG_1853IMG_1851unnamed-1

Family Connection Brand Refresh

Georgia Family Connection has a new, updated look, including a new logo and color palette.

The new Georgia Family Connection logo better represents, and evokes the clarity and focus of, the network’s mission.

The green and eggplant color palette invokes Family Connection’s vision for healthy, robust, and vibrant children, families, and communities that thrive.

The overlapping circles demonstrate the intersection of the network’s five results areas and the “messiness” of collaboration that members of this network embrace. That overlap also demonstrates that Georgia Family Connection works in the background to convene and support partners, and highlights the network’s reputation as the glue that holds community Collaboratives together through strong relationships.

The crisscrossing rays that extend inward and outward illustrate that every connection matters. It’s the relationships between people, partners, and state agencies that help build the social infrastructure for Georgia’s children and families.

The new typeface lends a clean and modern yet traditional look, and the lowercase letters demonstrate that Georgia Family Connection is approachable and invites all stakeholders to the table.

For the full history and story behind the changes, click here



Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night

Union County Family Connection’s Spirit Night sponsored by Chick-Fil-A on April 27th brought in over $200 for our emergency fund.  Thank you to all who volunteered their time and those who came out to eat and support Family Connection.FullSizeRender


The Home Depot also donated a ceramic planter which we held a drawing for.  The winner was Mrs. Linda Gay. Congratulations!IMG_3365

Mentor Banquet 2016

The Towns/Union Annual Mentor Appreciation Banquet was a wonderful success. A big thank you goes to Happy Hawg for catering and to Towns County School for providing dessert and drinks.  Guest speakers included Paula Myers for the Union County Mentoring Program and John Gallogly and Allie Weldon for the Towns County Mentoring Program. Each table completed a web of appreciation as individuals told stories of their own experiences mentoring or thanked mentors for their valuable time and commitment.


Web of Appreciation

Web of Appreciation


We appreciate our mentors!


Paula shared about her calling to service.



Pat shared about his best times with his mentee.

Allie Shared about her change in expectations after meeting her mentee.

Allie Shared about her change in expectations after meeting her mentee.

Pre-K/Headstart Registration

Union County Pre-K/Headstart Registration is now open.  In order to register for Headstart, you must meet federal income guidelines and children must be 3 or 4 by September 1, 2016.  The Pre-K is on a first come, first serve basis.  Children for Pre-K must be 4 by September 1, 2016. Please call 706-745-4200 for a registration appointment.

Christmas 2015

This year, Family Connection received referrals for Christmas help for 570 students.  Of those, we had 77 decline help because they are in a better place this year. What a great thought!  With the help of Liberty Baptist, Blairsville Vineyard, the Board of Education, Century 21 Realty, Goldwing Motorcycle Club, Home Depot, SAFE, Facts on Demand, Shop with a Cop, Shop with a Panther, Shop with a Cruiser, Shop with a Mountain Lion, The Glenda Gooch Foundation, First Baptist Church, Trackrock Church, the Union County Fire Department, and several individuals in the school and community, we were able to make sure 493 students received Christmas help this year.IMG_0875 IMG_0876 IMG_0877 IMG_0879 IMG_0880 IMG_0881

Shop With a Mountain Lion

This past weekend, students from Young Harris College sponsored 15 children from Towns, Union and Clay Counties. The kids had a great time and were so excited to play with their new toys and some came with lists of things to get for their family members. The college students that volunteered really enjoyed it as well. One of the kids even asked if they could do it again next year. Thank you Mountain Lions for spreading some Christmas cheer.