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Mentor Appreciation Banquet

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Enotah Juvenile Court Grant

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Community Assessment

We are currently in the process of completing a community assessment to determine issues of concern and help determine the direction of future services for our agency.  Please help us by completing the following survey. <script>(function(e,t,s,n){var o,c,i;e.SMCX=e.SMCX||[],t.getElementById(n)||(o=t.getElementsByTagName(s),c=o[o.length-1],i=t.createElement(s),i.type=”text/javascript”,i.async=!0,i.id=n,i.src=[“https:”===location.protocol?”https://”:”http://”,”widget.surveymonkey.com/collect/website/js/_2BlWeAlAsrdROZLi5A3Nv_2BN8Bngmzzqi8YbHsXKBYHW14Ob7TrGdD3Tzuj89ejykC.js”].join(“”),c.parentNode.insertBefore(i,c))})(window,document,”script”,”smcx-sdk”);</script><a style=”font: 12px Helvetica, …
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25 Things You should Know about Region 4

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Georgia Family Connection turned 25 this year. If you’re part of a family, or you’re someone who supports families and communities in this state, this milestone anniversary should matter to you. Read more

First Needs Met

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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 …
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Thank You to the Sawmill Restaurant

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We at Union County Family Connection would like to take a minute to recognize one of our continued sponsors.  The Sawmill Restaurant consistently donates to our Emergency Fund, which helps to meet needs of students such as glasses, shoes and …
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Purposity

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Blake Canterbury, founder of Purposity, based the tool on the idea that people are willing to help if they who is in need.  Family Connection has witnessed this on many occasions throughout our 18 year history.  With the use of …
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Santa’s Elves Were Hard at Work

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Union County Family Connection is a state funded agency that works within the school system to help meet the basic needs of students by connecting them to available resources. It is our belief that it is important for needs such …
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Shop With a Cop

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Family Connection would like to thank everyone involved in making Shop With a Cop a success.  It takes a village and our community steps up to the task.  The kids and parents were appreciative, the volunteers helpful and the mood …
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Ribbon Cutting

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On Tuesday, August 2nd, the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at the Union County Board of Education offices for Union County Family Connection.  Program Coordinator, Katy Jones, welcomed Chamber representatives, volunteers and community leaders.  While Family …
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Warm Coats Available for Students

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As always, we are proud to have community support to help meet the needs of students in Union County and Woody Gap Schools.  Thank you to the Knights of Columbus for once again donating warm coats.  The coats are available …
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Teen Maze

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Katy Jones, Union County Family Connection Coordinator, got to spend some time in Gainesville on October 27th to check out the Teen Maze put together and well organized by Hall County Family Connection, director Elizabeth Fielden, and numerous volunteers.  Students …
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Georgia Family Connection Partnership Conference

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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.

Annual Blairsville PTO Fall Festival

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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 …
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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 …
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Family Connection Brand Refresh

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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 …
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Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night

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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. The …
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Mentor Banquet 2016

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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 …
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Pre-K/Headstart Registration

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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.  …
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Region 2 Update

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Click here to view the Region 2 Update.  Also, for a video of our top 25 points of pride, click here.

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, …
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Shop With a Mountain Lion

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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 …
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Coats

Family Connection would like to thank the Knights of Columbus for their donation of coats.  These coats will go to children of Union County who may not have a coat this winter.

Backpack Donation

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Union County Family Connection would like to recognize the support of the Circle of Friends at Coosa United Methodist.  Thanks to their generosity, a large number of students in Union County schools will be able to receive free backpacks and …
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Fall Festival

Recently, Family Connection participated with the second annual PTO Fall Festival held at Union County Elementary School.  The event raised money for all grade levels who participated and Family Connection brought in nearly $700 with our Yo-Yo Balloon sales.  Overall, …
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Fine Arts Center Grand Opening

Blairsville PTO Fall Festival

The 2nd Annual Fall Festival will be held at Union County Elementary School on Saturday, September 19th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Admission is free. Come out and enjoy a great time with your family!

Department of Labor Regional Summit

Welcome to the Adolescent Brain

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“Welcome to the Adolescent Brain” Blairsville PTO, Family Connection, and Union County Anti-Drug Coalition would like to invite parents to an engaging presentation entitled “Welcome to the Adolescent Brain,” presented by international lecturer Michael Nerney.  Mr. Nerney will discuss adolescent …
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Free Access to Digital Books

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Free Access to Digital Books all Summer! myON Reader has partnered with the Get Georgia Reading Campaign to provide every child in Georgia with FREE access anytime, anywhere to a library of more than 8,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports — …
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Region 2 Quarterly Newsletter

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 Region 2 Quarterly Newsletter –  April 2015

Birth to 21 Snapshot

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Georgia Family Connection Partnership has debuted a new data product to help Collaboratives in all 159 counties across the state understand the needs of the children and families in their communities—and to inform local decision-makers and stakeholders who are working …
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2014 End of Year Updates

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2014 has ended with a bang. Thanks to our numerous partnerships, we managed to help assist approximately 450 children with Christmas.  A big thank you goes out to the Glenda Gooch Foundation, First Baptist Church, the High School Beta Club, …
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Family Connection Partnership Update

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Raffle to Support Family Connection

The stylists at Salon Tru are excited to be raffling a gift basket to support Union County Family Connection. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the raffle will go to the UC Family Connections Emergency fund, which meets basic …
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