The COVID-19 Neighborhood Response Fund, hosted by the Athens Space Neighborhood Basis in partnership with United Method of Northeast Georgia, has deployed its first spherical of funds to nonprofits serving Northeast Georgia.
This primary part will distribute $40,000 to 18 native nonprofits which are offering meals entry and distribution to these impacted by the pandemic. Two of the Oconee-based nonprofits are Space Church buildings Collectively Serving and Oconee Space Useful resource Council.
“With provide chain disruption, monetary misery and well being considerations, accessibility to inexpensive meals is rising for a lot of of our regional residents,” stated United Method of Northeast Georgia President Kay Keller. “These organizations which are offering emergency meals distribution and entry are important at the moment to make sure our neighbors are being fed.”
A second part of funds will quickly be distributed. Anybody may help by making a donation to the COVID-19 Neighborhood Response Fund at athensareacf.org.
“We’re so grateful for the philanthropic spirit of Northeast Georgia,” stated Sarah McKinney, president of the Athens Space Neighborhood Basis. “The chance for us to distribute this primary part of funds continues to point out the superb tradition of giving inside our neighborhood.”
Credit score union donates
Peach State Federal Credit score Union has donated $25,000 to native meals banks to help with the elevated want because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
In Oconee County, Space Church buildings Collectively Serving and the College of North Georgia’s Nigel’s Nest Meals Pantry every obtained $2,500.
“We perceive that starvation doesn’t simply occur in the course of the holidays, and that’s why we started this initiative,” stated CEO Marshall Boutwell. “As increasingly more folks discover themselves unemployed throughout these unsure instances, the problem of meals insecurity turns into of higher significance.”
EMC boosts literacy
Walton EMC’s Operation Spherical Up, during which unclaimed capital credit are used to assist space nonprofits, offered $131,770 to varied organizations this yr. About $4,550 went to the United Method of Northeast Georgia’s Dolly Parton Creativeness Library, which offers books for youngsters from beginning to age 5.
“Throughout instances like these, the generosity of Operation Spherical Up is extra necessary than ever,” stated CEO Ronnie Lee.
Household enterprise thrives
Jessica Webber has assumed management of Watkinsville household enterprise Webber Coleman Woodworks. Her father, Dan Webber, has transitioned right into a supportive function.
Webber Coleman Woodworks makes a speciality of customized cabinetry for residential and business functions.
The enterprise showroom and store are housed collectively in an industrial park off of Morrison Avenue. At the moment, Webber Coleman Woodworks has 22 full-time workers.
Jessica is a licensed kitchen and tub designer and is understood round city as “The Cupboard Woman.”
“I used to be concerned within the enterprise with my siblings when rising up, sweeping flooring, cleansing the workplace and making drawer packing containers,” Jessica stated, including that she has labored full time along with her father for the final 18 years. “It’s really a pleasure to work in a household enterprise.”
Dan added, “I’m happy to see the enterprise and legacy I started proceed on with the following era.”
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