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Agency Information

Adult Education Program, Ogeechee Technical College
The Adult Education Program provides education, training, and employment-related workforce services to adults 16 years and older who for whatever reason have not completed their high school degree. The Center provides English as a second language training, adult basic education, adult secondary education, course work leading to the GED, subject area skills to prepare for post-secondary education, and transition services for entry to post-secondary education.

Volunteers are needed to assist with instruction, tutoring, test preps, and technology integration.  In many ways, classes are like one-room school houses from long ago, with all grade levels and content areas being taught simultaneously to adult students.  Students are more non-traditional in nature but are sincerely striving to improve their education and learn skills that will help them prepare for either post-secondary education or the workforce.

Web Address:     http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/adult
Phone:               (912) 871.4779

To donate or volunteer contact
Samantha Smith,      ssmith@ogeecheetech.edu

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Alzheimer’s Association
The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is “to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through promotion of brain health.” Alzheimer’s Association services offered include an advocacy group, counseling and support groups that meet monthly, and phone support providing medical, legal and financial information.

Web Address:     www.alz.org
Phone:               (912) 920-2231

To donate or volunteer contact
Casey Corley,     ccorley@alz.org

As a support group leader, I find that men often have an especially difficult time dealing with the consequences of their spouse’s Alzheimer’s disease. As the wife becomes more dependent, the man finds that he has to make major changes in home life and has to learn about many things that he didn’t realize his wife was taking care of for the family. Men want to talk about clinical issues for months before they begin to talk about their emotions. However, some of the most helpful supporters of the women in the support group are the men who have learned to deal with the many changes in their lives as they became caregivers for their wives.

Through the lobbying efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, both state and national legislatures are more aware of the genuine needs of the Alzheimer’s patient and family caregiver. Additional monies and other support from the government is anticipated. The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest private supporter of research and services for Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers.

Over 7000 individuals/families were served in 2011 by the Coastal GA regional office of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Since the start of the “Caring Closet” in Statesboro 2008, we have received and approved over 160 applications for incontinence supplies. 

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American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service. The Society maintains a 24/hour 365/day/year hotline to a live, well-trained Cancer Information Specialist. The hotline helps people confronting cancer, or their loved ones, find information, get referrals to local providers, and discover support programs to assist them.

Web Address:     www.cancer.org
Phone:               (912) 355.5196

To donate or volunteer contact
Bailey Semkuley,  bailey.semkuley@cancer.org

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American Red Cross – Blood Services
American Red Cross Biomedical Services will fulfill the needs of the American people for the safest, most reliable, most cost-effective blood, plasma, and tissue services through voluntary donations. The volunteer Bulloch County Blood Services Program is overseen by the Southern Region Blood Services in Savannah, Georgia. The humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross connects us to people and communities across the nation and around the world. Since being founded by Clara Barton in 1881, the Red Cross has been a consistent lifeline for people when they need us the most. The depth and breadth of our services – whenever and wherever they’re called for – is unmatched by any organization in the world.  By partnering with the American Red Cross Blood Services, you will integral in ensuring that the blood needs of patients served at our area hospitals are met.

Web Address:     www.redcrossblood.org
Phone:               (912) 961-5758 or (912) 961-5762  

To volunteer contact

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 American Red Cross – Disaster Services
The American Red Cross is an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies, by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The RedCross operates under a congressional charter with a national oversight board and many local chapters. Chapter volunteer may be sent to aid victims of disasters in other areas when need exceeds the capacity of the impacted area’s local volunteers.  The Bulloch County Red Cross branch is a unit of the Southeast and Coastal Georgia Chapter of the American RedCross and serves seventeen counties in Southeast and Coastal Georgia.

Web Address:     www.redcross.org
Phone:               (912)-651-5311 or (912)-651-5321

To volunteer contact
Seth Sawyer; seth.sawyer@redcross.org

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Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
The AAA supports senior adults 60 and over as well as anyone deemed disabled by Social Security. The Agency provides programs that include information and referral services, community care services, adult day care, nutrition services, in-home supportive care, Georgia Cares, legal assistance, Georgia REACH, caregiver assistance, and financial counseling and assistance.

Web Address:      aging.dhs.georgia.gov/
Phone:               (800) 580.6860  Ext.2851

To donate or volunteer contact
Dionne Lovett,     dlovett@crc.ga.gov

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Area Christians Together in Service
Area Christians Together in Service (A.C.T.S.) was founded in its current form in 1999. Area churches had recognized that numerous people were asking for emergency support and that no one church could meet the need being presented. At the same time, some people were being helped by multiple churches, while others could not get the assistance they needed. ACTS was formed to combine the strength of fourteen churches and also to track assistance so that it is more fairly distributed.

Web Address:   actsbulloch.org
Phone:               (912) 489-4588

To donate or volunteer contact
Beth Kadlec,   bkadlec@bellsouth.net  or      Nancy Collins,     Nan4CL@yahoo.com

ACTS volunteers interview a long line of applicants every Wednesday and Friday morning, often spending considerable time listening and helping applicants address pressing needs. Many of the applicants are “working poor”; people who are employed but lack a savings safety net, such that illness, major car repairs, and other financial surprises cannot be managed.

ACTS volunteers make calls to landlords, utility companies and other billing agents to verify the emergency status of the applicant. Sometimes the volunteer can help negotiate a payment plan or a reduction for the applicant. If the volunteer can confirm that the applicant is in true distress (facing eviction, utility cut-off, etc.) they advocate to the ACTS review board that immediate assistance be awarded for the applicant.

ACTS also works with area organizations to get more significant help to those who need it. ACTS makes referrals to the Food Bank for clients waiting for their EBT program to begin, and to the Open Hearts Community Mission for clients facing homelessness. Safe Haven
partners with ACTS to assist victims of domestic violence.

There are clients for whom the individual or family allowance is not nearly enough money to give meaningful relief. In these cases, where debt is significant and the ACTS assistance will not make a change in the applicant’s circumstances, the aid is withheld. In this way,
ACTS preserves its funding to distribute where it can bring real benefit.

When a family is faced with a $200 power bill and their heat will be turned off during winter, the ACTS $125 family assistance, together with the family’s own $75, can keep the power turned on. When a job applicant has excellent prospects of being hired but lacks the $50 to pay for her background check, the ACTS assistance can lead to employment. ACTS distributes approximately $100,000 annually in small increments such as this, serving well over 1600 Bulloch County residents in 2012.

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Averitt Center for the Arts
The mission of the Statesboro Arts Council DBA David H. Averitt Center for the Arts is to create and celebrate quality arts opportunities within our community and also to serve as a centerpiece for a vibrant, historic downtown.  The mission statement embodies the vision and creative spirit of the founder of the Statesboro Arts Council, David H. Averitt.  Core programming (professional performance, community theater and exhibition seasons) and an ambitious arts education program (classes & workshops, youth chorus, youth theater and youth dance) bring residents and visitors to downtown.

Web Address:     www.averittcenterforthearts.org
Phone:               (912)212-2787

To donate or volunteer contact
William Sack,     wsack@averittcenterforthearts.org

The mission of the Statesboro Arts Council DBA David H. Averitt Center for the Arts is to create and celebrate quality arts opportunities within our community and to serve as a centerpiece for a vibrant, historic downtown.  The Averitt Center for the Arts is the result of the vision and creative thinking of its namesake.  Former Mayor David Averitt wanted to revitalize downtown Statesboro and thought that an Arts Center could serve as a magnet for redevelopment using the older buildings and historic sites.  The major building renovations were funded by a public/private partnership from the community.

The Averitt Center offers a wide array of exhibits, performances and programming for all populations.  These programs help to develop a culture of arts in our community. Summer and after school youth programs for elementary and middle school children allow children to enjoy exploring the visual arts, literary arts, and performing arts. They have exhibit experiences in the Children’s Gallery and performance experiences through the youth theater, youth chorale and youth dance programs. These positive childhood experiences will help ensure a community-wide arts culture for generations to come.

 The Averitt Center serves as a centerpiece for downtown architecturally, as the focal point for Statesboro’s cultural energy, and also as a lead partner in numerous government and non-profit initiatives. The Averitt engages in partnerships to support and encourage our youth, seniors, minorities, economically disadvantaged, special populations, veterans and college and university students.

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Backpack Buddies
Backpack Buddies is an informal association of church-school partnerships that provides weekend food supplies to K-5 children who otherwise face significant food insecurity on days they do not attend school. Church volunteers organize the food into one bag per child, with each bag containing ready-to-eat proteins, fruits, vegetables and carbohydrates for the weekend. Volunteers deliver the bags to the school on Friday morning, and the bags are distributed to the classroom teacher, to be inserted into the child’s backpack.

Web Address:     none
Phone:               (912) 489-7905

To donate or volunteer contact
Susan Allen,     Susan@fbc-statesboro.org

The Backpack Buddies program has had seven successful years addressing a very real need in our community. The program is challenging in the need (actual hunger on Monday morning due to neglect and/or lack of food in the family) is not always easy to consistently apply or identify. Children move in and out of family situations and classrooms, such that any given child may have more stability one weekend than they have another, and may appear on one teacher’s list, but not the next teacher’s.

 The program has stories of children who have to hide their food between getting off the school bus and entering the home, or the food will be confiscated and not shared back. Some children use their food allowance to provide for younger siblings who are not yet school age or who have missed being identified in the distribution. There is reason to create a menu of more healthy foods, but the reality is that these children do not have the ability to cook genuine meals, and peanut butter, dry ramen noodles, puddings and Vienna sausage are the most efficient way to ensure calories are available over what would otherwise be a very long weekend of hunger.

 The partnerships between the schools and the churches have been longstanding. The program began between Julia P. Bryant Elementary and the First Baptist Church, and soon expanded as other elementary schools requested help for their children in need. It is a great relief to classroom teachers to know that their students will have food they can access themselves over the course of a weekend and the shorter school holidays.

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­­­­­Boy Scouts of America – Coastal Georgia 
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Web Address:     www.coastalgeorgiabsa.org

To donate or volunteer contact
Ty LaValley   912-661-5950

Future Volunteers,
It is hard to believe that this year’s resident Summer Camping program at Black Creek Scout Reservation has already come and gone and Camp Tolochee’s Cub Scout activities
are over. There were three fun filled weeks for 27 of our local units and also 9 units from outside our Council that have discovered Black Creek Reservation. Our goal three
years ago was to reach 450 total summer camp participants per year within the next five years and we are ahead of schedule! We had a total of 547 campers this year !!
There were 441 youth campers and 106 adult campers. This total does not include the staff and the volunteers that helped out.
The Council’s Executive Board had its June meeting at Black Creek Reservation on June 25th and the members were able to see first hand, all of the activities and
excitement from the Scouts! The camp lake is looking like a true aquatic adventure land for the campers, with the Zip Line over the water, The Climbing Iceberg anchored
just off shore, the rolling log, jet skis for teaching the water skiing merit badge, small john boats with motors easing around teaching the motor boating merit badge, lots of
fishing, swimming and life-saving practice, all staffed by trained and skilled adults. It is quite obvious that the volunteers of our Council are continuing to make and shape
this Council into one of the leading Councils in the Southeast! The top notch quality of our programs reflect the hard, determined work of our volunteers. On behalf of the youth, the Executive Board wishes to say Thank You to all volunteers and staff members who have contributed to the Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts.

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­­­­­Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County
The Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County (BGBC) has been in operation for ten years and enjoys a central facility on Denmark Street in Statesboro. The mission is “to inspire and enable all young people to reach their full potential as responsible, caring and productive citizens.” The program serves low-income families, leveraging grants and donations to provide after-school care that is markedly less expensive than fee-based programs. Programming includes: education and career development; character development and leadership; health and life skills; the arts; and sports and recreation.

Web Address:     www.bgcbulloch.org
Phone:               (912)764-9696

To donate or volunteer contact
Mike Jones,  mjones@bgcbulloch.org

The Boys and Girls Club is proud of the academic impact its programs are having on our members. The majority of Club members reside in single parent households living below the poverty level and our target population is considered to be at the highest risk of dropping out of school and engaging in delinquent behavior. However, our programs and enrichment activities have proven to increase GPAs and promotion/graduation rates for participants while also reducing school absenteeism. 

The average GPA of a member of the Boys and Girls Club is 2.84 while youth from the same socio-economic background who do not attend the Boys and Girls Club have an average GPA of 2.21. Youth who attend the Boys and Girls Club average 4 school absences per year while non-Club members from the same socio-economic background average 16 school absences per year. Ninety-nine percent of Boys and Girls Club members are promoted or graduate on time while the graduation rate for Bulloch County as a whole is merely 70%.

In addition, research shows that children who attend the Boys & Girls Club more frequently (3 or more days per week) have a higher GPA than those attending less frequently.  These children also display a higher level of physical fitness and social behavior.

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Bulloch Alcohol and Drug Council
The mission of the Bulloch Alcohol and Drug Council (BADC) is to provide information and education regarding the harmful effect of youth use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and to provide referrals to treatment for those families adversely affected.  The services offered by BADC include drug education for several agencies.  The BADC serves primarily youth up to age 35, including middle school and high school students as well as members of the general public, through its several programs.

Web Address:     www.bullochadc.org
Phone:               (912) 764-6405

To donate or volunteer contact
Joyce Stubbs,     badc@nctv.com

The Teen Maze is a unique learning experience that allows teens to go through life lessons in a practical, safe environment.  It helps them to understand the results of choices they make and the consequences of poor decisions making. It is a life-size game that engages and educates teens while they’re having fun! It’s an event that incorporates youth, adults and parents…all working together…to create healthy youth opportunities.  Participants examine the consequences of life’s choices in a hands-on, realistic, educational, creative and fun way.  Approximately 70 volunteers from all areas in the community gave of their time and talents to help set up, take down, and implement the maze.  

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Bulloch County Accountability/Treatment Court
This is a voluntary mental health court program available to individuals with pending criminal charges. The two-year program provides participants with an alternative to prison. The program is intended to help eligible adults better manage their mental health diagnosis and improve their ability to function within, and contribute to, our community, while avoiding future interactions with the justice system.

Web Address:     none
Phone:               (912)764.0181

To donate or volunteer contact
Karen McClain,     Kmcclain@bullochcounty.net

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Bulloch County Board of Elections
The Board of Elections office was established for the purpose of registering eligible persons to vote and conducting elections. We conduct all elections for Bulloch County and the City of Statesboro. We strive to serve the public and register all eligible citizens to vote and assign voters to respective precincts and representative districts in accordance with state and federal laws in order to conduct fair and impartial elections. We accomplish this mission by providing excellent customer service to candidates and the public by answering questions regarding elected officials, election districts, election statistics, and other registration and election related matters.

Web Address:     bullochcounty.net/government/departments-a-to-e/board-of-elections
Phone:               (912) 764-6502

To donate or volunteer contact
Pat Lanier Jones,    elections@bullochcounty.net

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Bulloch County Commission on Human Services, Inc.
The mission of the Bulloch County Commission on Human Services, Inc. (BCCHS) is to bring together agencies and individuals who are interested and have an impact regarding the needs of children and families in Bulloch County.  the BCCHS comprehensive needs assessment. Programs and activities implemented are results orientated and based on best practices. The focus of the BCCHS changes as the risk factors facing children and families change.

Web Address:     bulloch.gafcp.org
Phone:               (912) 764-6179  

To donate or volunteer contact
Catherine Hendrix,     cate@frontiernet.net

Since 1994, the BCCHS has helped to provide more than $20 million in services and programming for children and families in Bulloch County. The money is invested through grass roots community efforts. In the mid 90’s rates of teen pregnancy dropped significantly, and area prevention programs played a role in this. Programming to encourage high school completion has also been successful, along with improving academics for middle and elementary school students.

 The success of the BCCHS is due in large part to the collaborative nature of the organization. There are 35 active partners who are members of the commission. The commission takes ownership of issues it addresses. Commission members believe that every child in Bulloch County has been touched by one of their programs over the years.

 Another successful program is a DUI program based on a reality reenactment of a drunk driving automotive crash. Helicopters, ambulances with medical personnel, and law enforcement are active partners, rushing to the “scene” while student actors play the roles of youth involved in the accident. A real recovered automobile is used. Through this dramatic experience, high school students witness and better understand and remember the impact of drunk driving and other risky behaviors.

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Bulloch County Historical Society
The Bulloch County Historical Society was created in 1973 to bring together those interested in preserving local history and heritage. The Society is dedicated to the idea that knowledge of the history of one’s community is basic to our democratic way of life. It gives us a better understanding and greater appreciation of local, state, and national heritage. The Society pursues projects in three primary areas of need: Preservation, Interpretation/Education, and Publication.

Web Address:     www.bullochhistory.com/
Phone:               (912)489-8459 or (912)682-9003

To donate or volunteer contact
Virginia Anne Franklin Waters,     hideaway@frontiernet.net

The past four years have seen a transformation in the Bulloch County Historical Society, from a small membership and meetings of 15-25 people, to over 300 members and meetings in excess of 100 participants at a time. 

The BCHS is actively engaged in building a “sense of place” for all residents, including some who, like many students, view their residency as transient. The Historical Marker and Find a Grave projects are investments that capture significant local history that would otherwise fade from our public awareness. Projects such as the Route 301 brochure help bring visitors to our county.

 But the energetic investment the BCHS is making in our youth constitutes its most ambitious project to date. The September 7, 2012, première of the puppet show presented at the Emma Kelly Theatre, as part of the BCHS’s “The Ole Scarecrow Statesboro Medicine Show”, was a major success. In a series of presentations, over 1,000 children and adults attended the puppet show. The puppet show was a multidisciplinary project which united the community’s arts, history, and educational institutions in bringing the story of our county’s history to its children. The BCHS fully funded the creation of the stage, sets, and puppets; arranged for transportation for each third grade student and their teachers to the Emma Kelly Theatre; created, illustrated, edited, and printed a 68-page coloring book showcasing the history of Bulloch County to give to each child and teacher; and provided boxes of coloring crayons to each child. In June 2014, the Georgia Historical Society awarded the BCHS the Roger K. Warlick Local History Achievement Award for the show in recognition of its effort to bring local history to a new generation.

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Bulloch County Schools – Federal Programs
Bulloch County Schools provides public education services across 16 campuses for nearly 10,000 students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.  The school system and all schools are accredited by AdvancED, formerly the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The school system’s mission is to prepare students for college and career readiness in an education model that is economically valuable to the community.  It is part of the school system’s vision to work with community stakeholders and organizations to create innovative and effective solutions in order to be a leader in academic  achievement, cost effectiveness and competitive workforce development.

Web Address:     www.bulloch.k12.ga.us
Phone:                  (912)-212-8553 

Community Liaison: Robyn Sanders, esolgsu@gmail.com 

To donate or volunteer contact
Georgiana Darsey,     gdarsey@bullochschools.org

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Caring & Sharing Home for Boys

We are a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that provides residential care to youth who have intellectual and physical or mental disabilities. We serve children who may have been abused, neglected, and exploited. Our program provides independent living skills for youth ages 14 and older. Our goal is to prepare youth to become socially, emotionally, and personally independent of social services, while connecting them to lifelong permanency connections and laying the foundation for the pursuit of educational and career opportunities. Services include educational, mentoring, self-care & social skills training, transportation, health services, individual therapy, group therapy, community services, recreational and leisure, behavior modifications, family reunification, room, board & watchful oversight, communication & visitation with family members, and spiritual services. We aim to build a stronger community by assisting families to help reach reunification and maximum independence from the Department of Family and Children Services.

Phone: (912) 618-9055

To donate or volunteer contact 

Jemena Fields, jemenaf4502@yahoo.com

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Christian Social Ministry 

Our mission is to have the opportunity to meet the physical need of the less fortunate in our community, thus gaining the opportunity to meet their spiritual needs through Jesus Christ. The Christian Social Ministry (CSM) provides food and utilities assistance to those in need through donations or resalable items and cash contributions.

Phone: 912-512-0107

To donate or volunteer contact 

John Long, 912-512-0107 or cowboyup@inbox.com

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Children’s Miracle Network

Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) is an alliance of 170 Children’s Hospitals that sole purpose is to raise awareness and funds for the designated Children’s Hospital. The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah GA has been a member of Children’s Miracle Network since 1992. CMN raises money and awareness through a variety of ways; Dance Marathon on GSU campus, Radiothon on 98.7 The River, Telethon on WTOC -11, and multiple balloon campaigns at businesses such as Wal-Mart, IHOP, Dairy Queen, Kroger, Publix, etc.

Web Address:    www.memorialhealth.com
Phone:               (912) 350-6374

To donate or volunteer contact
Kelly Claxton,     claxtke1@memorialhealth.com

Through all of the above methods of fundraising, Children’s Miracle Network raised over $850,000 for The Children’s Hospital at Memorial in 2013.

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City of Statesboro

The City of Statesboro is a progressive community that provides an exceptional quality of life to its residents and offers southern charm and hospitality to its visitors.  The City offers a high standard of living with a commitment to ensure the most responsive and progressive public services to residents, businesses, and visitors alike. Statesboro is where the living remains softly southern and folks call out to one another by first name.
Web Address:     www.statesboroga.gov
Phone:               (912)764-0683
To donate or volunteer contact
Dorsey Baldwin, hr@statesboroga.gov

 

 

Claxton Regional Youth Detention Center
Claxton Regional Youth Detention Center (Claxton RYDC) provide temporary, secure care and supervision to youth who have been charged with offenses or who have been adjudicated delinquent and are awaiting placement. In addition, youth who have been committed to the custody of DJJ are sometimes placed in Claxton RYDC while awaiting treatment in a community program or a long-term facility. Claxton RYDC provides education, individual guidance and counseling, group counseling, skill building, leadership, medical services, recreation, and arts and crafts. Clothing, meals, and medical and emergency dental care are also a part of our center’s basic care program.

Web Address:     www.djj.state.ga.us/FacilitiesPrograms
Phone:               (912) 739.5386

To donate or volunteer contact
Alesha Warner,     aleshawarner@djj.state.ga.us

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Concerted Services
Concerted Services, Inc. is a Community Action Agency whose mission is to transform families and communities by providing opportunities and services that promote economic and social independence. The Concerted Services Bulloch County Office is one of an 18-county network of service centers that provide a multitude of services for senior citizens and low-income residents.  The Bulloch County Center provides congregate and home-delivered meals to senior citizens. In addition, energy assistance, emergency food and shelter assistance, case management, and many other services are offered at the center.

Web Address:     www.concertedservices.org
Phone:               (912)489-1604  

To donate or volunteer contact
Diane Rogers,     drogers@concertedservices.org     ­­­­­

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Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
CASA’s mission is to recruit a qualified, compassionate adult who will fight for and protect each vulnerable child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family. Volunteers are asked to make a minimum one year commitment to the program. The volunteer visits the home and meets with the child individually at least once each month, and meets with birth parents and grandparents, foster parents, school personnel, physicians, psychologists and any other adults integral to that child’s life in order to determine what outcome is in the child’s best interest and makes those recommendations to the court.

Web Address:     www.casaogeechee.org
Phone:               (912) 764-4849

To donate or volunteer contact
Lainie Jenkins,     joincasa@gmail.com

A CASA volunteer spent twenty-one months as an advocate for five brothers and sisters. The children ranged in ages from 2-months to 5-years. When taken from their mother, the older children had cuts and bruises, as well as signed of sexual abuse. The 2-month-old had severe dehydration, and had been pushed off a bed onto a hard cement floor.

 Over the twenty-one-months there were six caseworkers, three public defenders, two judges, two public guardians, three assistant state’s attorneys – and only one CASA volunteer. No one was in a better position to speak for the best interest of the children. “I would have probably been lost without the CASA,” the latest social worker said. “She was critical in that case,” agreed the assistant state’s attorney. “She was a very important source of information for us.”

 After reviewing the CASA’s report, which she praised as thorough and even-handed, the judge decided not to reunite the children with their mother. The report made it clear that this would have put the children back into harm’s way.

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Downtown Statesboro Development Authority
Our purpose is to revitalize downtown economically and socially within the context of historic preservation by increasing financial viability and ensuring the success of businesses. Our goal is reach students, faculty and the community to enjoy the uniqueness of our downtown.

Web Address:     www.statesborodowntown.com
Phone:               (912)764-7227

To donate or volunteer contact
Allen Muldrew,     mainstreet@statesborodowntown.com­­­­­

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Ferst Foundation Bulloch County Action Team

The Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy is a 501(C) 3 with a state-wide presence with Community Action Teams operating in numerous Georgia Counties. The Ferst Foundation addresses one of the most basic issues of childhood literacy-ensuring the availability of quality books in the home so that parents can read to their child. Books delivered not just once, but every month, up to 60 times in the child’s critical years of developmentThere is absolutely no cost (ever) to registered children in participating areas.

Web Address:     www.ferstfoundation.org
Phone:               912-314-9524

To donate or volunteer contact
Michelle Reidel,     mreidel@georgiasouthern.edu

We are a relatively new CAT. We hosted our first meeting in January of 2013. Since that time, we have worked to raise awareness in the county about the Ferst Foundation program, completed a number of fund-raising activities and registered over 100 children for the program.

We have enrolled almost 400 children in Bulloch County in the program since January of 2013. We have also raised over $14,000 to support the program. In 2014, we hope to double both our registration numbers and our fundraising efforts in order to enroll at least 30% of all children under the age of 5 in Bulloch County in the Ferst program. 

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Fostering Families
The mission of Fostering Families is to share the love of Christ with children in a crisis situation, in real and tactile ways.   The organization primarily serves children in foster care or involved in Child Protective Services (CPS) investigations, and works in coordination with the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS)).  Volunteer seek to match resources such as transportation, auto repair, children’s clothing, food, twin beds and mattresses, refrigerators, fun and entertainment, and even home building with children’s needs and the immediate needs of their families.

Web Address:     www.facebook.com/fostering.bulloch?fref=ts
Phone:               (912) 690-2498

To donate or volunteer contact
Chris Yaughn,     fosteringbulloch@aol.com

Fostering Families volunteers have experienced many emotional experiences, some small and some large. There is the simple joy of watching a 6-year-old girl’s face light up when she picks out the perfect Tinkerbell backpack for school. Adoptive, foster parents or those in CPS cases trying to turn their lives around, who come to the Clothes Closet and find the perfect wardrobe for their growing toddlers, tweens, or teens, leave with not only full bags of clothing and accessories but grateful hearts, big smiles, and excited and happy children. 

The organization has almost no structure and does almost no planning. Except for the Clothes Closet, it maintains no physical inventory (no office equipment, computers, etc.) and it pays no rent. Its hallmark is its ability to gather and leverage community resources rapidly, a strength based on a track record of delivering the right resources directly to those who need them. A strength based on returning Glory to God and not the plans of Man.

We have been trusted with capacity that ranges from building out a 4 bedroom home to keep a 6 child sibling group out of foster care, to finding a clarinet for a little girl in a local group home, and many many other points in between.

We also currently maintain 3 transitional living footprints in Statesboro. Giving struggling families an opportunity to start over.

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Georgia Legal Services

GLSP offers free legal services in civil cases to low-income residents of Georgia. It is a non-profit law firm. The Savannah office serves Savannah and surrounding counties. They are Bryan, Bulloch, Candler, Chatham, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Liberty, Long, Tattnal, and Toombs.
Special consideration is made to victims of domestic violence and elderly /disabled individuals.
GLSP seeks to assure that low-income people have access to justice and opportunities out of poverty. We stand by that mission everyday as we work with our clients to assure them the best service possible.

Web Address:     www.glsp.org
Phone:               (912)651.2283  X 2184  and X 2752

To donate or volunteer contact
Ruth Ann Dutton,    rdutton@glsp.org
Heidi Behnke,           hbehnke@glsp.org

GLSP offers free legal services in civil cases to low-income citizens of Georgia. The mission is to assure that low-income people have access to justice and opportunities out of poverty.

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Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia
The mission of the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is to develop girls of courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place. Bulloch County is in Region 3 of Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Council and has 25 troops with a membership of 200 girls. Bulloch County is considered an underserved area, since only 1 in 41 of the 1800 eligible girls in the county currently participate. Programming includes collaborative programs such as camps that take place on weekends or during school breaks, and planned curricula called “Journeys” and “Girl Guides” that are presented either during collaborative programs or at the individual troop level.

Web Address:     www.gshg.org
Phone:               (912)236-1571

To donate or volunteer contact
Casey Gainey    cgainey@gshg.org

Two of our high school girl members from Statesboro have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award this year.  The Gold Award is the highest achievement that a Girl Scout can earn.  It takes initiative, motivation and ambition to reach the Gold Award.  The two young ladies have been Girl Scouts for a couple of years and have strengthened their leadership skills. 

One of the young ladies worked for over 50 hours to help educate our community about the importance of fostering children.  She has spoken to groups and peers about her project.  She also helped at the local Fostering Bulloch County shop to organize clothes drives for foster children. 

The other young lady created an anti-bullying campaign at her high school, Statesboro High.  She has created informational pamphlets, spoken to the kids at her school and even created a booth for community fairs to disseminate more information.  She is trying to decrease the amount of bullying at her school. 

The Girl Scout organization is creating leaders that will make our community a better place.

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Goodwill Job Connection
Job Center of Goodwill provides free outreach services helping a wide variety of people develop the skills they need to seek, win and keep employment.  The new Statesboro facility provides computers and assistance for job searching and will also provide coaching in resume preparation, interviewing skills, dressing for success and an introduction to the computer skills many jobs now require, such as how to use the internet, emailing and attaching documents to emails, and word processing.

Web Address:     www.goodwillsavannah.org
Phone:               (912)335-3961

To donate or volunteer contact
Terri Greene   tgreene@goodwillsavannah.org

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Habitat for Humanity
Appropriate, affordable housing for working families living only slightly above the poverty line is difficult to find, and making the jump from renting to home ownership requires bank financing that may not be available.  Habitat seeks to provide a safe, decent, affordable place for families in this situation to live and raise their children. Aimed at giving families a hand up and not a hand out, Habitat provides a method for families without a history of home ownership to break the poverty cycle and to create the habits of home ownership, home maintenance and equity building.

Web Address:     habitatbulloch.org
Phone:               (912)489-2076

To donate or volunteer contact
Robin Diaz,     director@habitatbulloch.org

One of the recent applicants was a person who was losing vision and had rheumatoid arthritis, and was therefore losing employment. This person had been self-sustaining but was losing ground quickly.  A home built by Habitat will allow this client to afford reasonable housing so that the children can grow up with dignity.

 The newest staff position at Habitat for Humanity Bulloch County is a Family Services Manager.  The role of this position is to work with families who are applying for new homes. Her goal is to build strong relationships with the new partner families as they prepare for construction, during construction and continuing as they adjust to living in a home that they helped build and are now buying.  She helps Habitat clients develop a sense of ownership and learn to recognize their responsibilities as homeowners.   This manager facilitates Financial Peace University that all new partner families are required to attend to help them learn how to successfully handle their finances.  She also offers monthly workshops that are open to the public with speakers about topics such as “How to Help Your Kids in School,” “Effective Communication,” “Stress Management,” and “Home Maintenance.”  

Habitat focuses on “giving people a hand up, not a hand-out.” Basically there are three requirements in order for someone to qualify for the Habitat program.  They must have a need for decent housing because their current housing condition is bad or dangerous.  Another requirement is the ability to pay a 25 year mortgage with stable income and decent credit.  A third requirement is to be willing to partner with Habitat.  This includes contributing the 400-500 hours of Sweat Equity that are required of each new homeowner.  Ninety of the hours must be actual construction tasks.  The remaining hours can be construction time, hours spent working in the ReStore, and/or taking classes and workshops.   Even the children in a partner family are able to contribute to the Sweat Equity hours.  By using their report card, they can earn 2 hours for every A and 1 hour for every B toward the family’s hours.

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Head Start
The Head Start Program provides professional comprehensive quality services to preschool children, families, staff and communities. Children ages 3-5 years who qualify under poverty guidelines attend preschool at the Head Start center from 7:30am until 2:30 pm. They are provided transportation to and from school and are provided with breakfast, lunch and a snack. This is a federally funded program serving approximately 100 children annually, with another 100 children on a waiting list for the Bulloch County program. The program operates in partnership with Bulloch County Schools, which provides the building, utilities and building/site maintenance for the program.

Web Address:     www.csraeoaheadstart.org
Phone:               (912) 764.5330  

To volunteer contact   The volunteer Community Liaison  statesborohsliaison@gmail.com
To donate contact         Ammie Hodges,     ahodges33@csraeoaheadstart.org

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Hearts and Hands Clinic
The mission of The Hearts and Hands Clinic is to provide access to primary health care to uninsured Bulloch County adult residents who live at 200% or below the poverty guidelines.  The clinic offers medical, vision and dental services to these qualified residents.  The services are provided by primary doctors, dentists and nurse practitioners who regularly volunteer their time and skill. Four specialists: a podiatrist, an ENT, a cardiologist and a gastroenterologist also provide services to the clients. Medications are prescribed as needed.

Web Address:   theheartsandhandsclinic.org
Phone:               (912) 681-9519    

To donate or volunteer contact
Kara Holland,  theheartsandhandsclinic@gmail.com

The Hearts and Hands Clinic offers medical, dental and vision care at no cost to patients who qualify.  Located in a rented structure, the clinic is staffed by a group of volunteer doctors, dentists and nurse practitioners who provide primary care to uninsured adults who reside in Bulloch County and meet eligibility requirements. 

 The Clinic has expanded over the past three years from what began as two to four doctors serving a few people twice monthly to the present where almost 80 healthcare providers volunteer their time.   More services are now available because of the increase in volunteer medical staff. The administrative staff of the clinic began as all volunteer but now includes a full time executive director.  The office is open daily to schedule appointments and answer questions.

 The clinic is continuing to expand its services for dental patients. It has added a women’s health program supported by a grant from the Komen Foundation.  The clinic also conducts educational programming related to diabetes, heart healthy living, and managing chronic illness.  The goal is to improve the health of the clients so that they can get and keep better employment.

 Recently the clinic had a woman who needed an emergency hysterectomy.  The primary care physicians were unable to do this procedure.  The clinic was able to work with a surgeon and anesthesiologist to help the woman.  The doctor agreed to take Medicaid assignment and the anesthesiologist provided services without cost. 

 Referrals to the clinic come chiefly from doctors’ offices and the health department.  Churches and other sources also refer patients.

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Heritage Inn Health and Rehabilitation

Heritage Inn Health and Rehabilitation is a long-term care skilled facility. We provide care for long-term elderly and disabled residents, as well as short-term rehabilitation patients.

Web Address:  heritageinnhealth.org
Phone:                912.764.9011    

To donate or volunteer contact
Susan Oliver soliver@ethicahealth.org

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Homebound Services
Homebound Services, Inc., oversees three programs directed at assisting Bulloch County residents. Elderly clients also can obtain counseling about the Medicare Part D plan. The Homebound Services program helps clients who are 65 years old or older and cannot clean their homes by sending workers to clean the homes on a regular basis. The Rotary Care Call program, funded by the Rotary Club of Statesboro, provides telephone assurance through daily phone calls to elderly clients who do not have family living nearby.

Web Address:     none
Phone:               (912) 764-8196

To donate or volunteer contact
Sheri Hendrix,     shmed_connection02@yahoo.com

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Humane Society of Statesboro
The mission of the Humane Society of Statesboro and Bulloch County is to improve the humane treatment of animals in Bulloch County. Animals served by the Humane Society include mostly dogs and cats, but the Society has also helped birds, rabbits and chinchillas. Displaced or stray animals are accepted by the Society and then placed in foster homes until an appropriate adoption can be arranged. Two local veterinarians offer discounts to adoptive families to relieve any economic hardship. The humane society is funded through private donations, adoption fees, sales at their new thrift store “Retails”.

Web Address:     www.statesborohumane.org
Phone:               (912)681-9393

To donate or volunteer contact
hssbcstatesboro@gmail.com

The humane society recently took in four last chance dogs from an animal shelter that were going to be put down, got them fully vetted and adopted out. As the humane society gets too many calls to take in animals as compared to their maximum capacity, they frequently have to send the dogs to bigger shelters to get adopted out. The humane society recently sent twelve dogs to Atlanta Humane, and within seven days, they each had found a home.

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Keep Statesboro-Bulloch Beautiful

Keep Statesboro-Bulloch Beautiful (KSBB) strives to educate and empower citizens and businesses with the resources needed to facilitate litter prevention, beautification, and community greening within the city of Statesboro and surrounding areas. KSBB’s main focus is community beautification, revitalization, ans sustainability through the education and collaboration of local citizens, public, private, and nonprofit entities. KSBB is a Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation affiliate and a Keep America Beautiful affiliate.

Web Address:   None 
Phone:           912-212-2321 ext 1321

To donate or volunteer contact
Megan Jackson,   megan.jackson@statesboroga.gov

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Lodge at Bethany 
The Lodge at Bethany is Community focused on innovative, research-based programming that will empower Residents to live well, and for their families to receive assistance, inspiration, and the comfort of knowing that their loved ones are engaged and enjoying the most meaningful and fulfilling life. The Lodge at Bethany is the first and only facility in Statesboro licensed as an Assisted Living Community (ALC) under Georgia law. This designation is important as it offers Residents the ability to live in place in an environment that allow staff members to assist the Residents for a longer period of time in the pleasant home-like atmosphere of The Lodge. The Lodge is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Web Address:    https://www.bethanyway.org/assisted-living/ 
Phone:              (912)764-7960

To donate or volunteer contact
Becky Livingston,     blivingston@bethanyway.org 

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Migrant Education Program
The Migrant Education Program (MEP) is a federally funded program designed to support comprehensive educational support for migrant children to help reduce the educational disruption and other problems that result from repeated moves. This regional office supports these districts by assisting with program planning and implementation, program evaluation, social services information, identification and recruitment of migrant children and youth, and professional development.

Web Address:     www.gadoe.org/School-Improvement/Federal-Programs/Pages/Migrant-Education-Program
Phone:               (404) 272-8762

To donate or volunteer contact
Margarita Munoz,     MMunoz@doe.k12.ga.us

View full 2015-2016 Agency Document

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI provides caring and sharing for consumers, their families and care givers. NAMI helps to fight the negative stigmas associated with a mental health diagnosis and can provide referrals to agencies and organizations who offer services and information, particularly for needs that arise as a result of a behavioral health crisis, including job loss, the decision whether or not to apply for SSI disability, and potential homelessness and poverty.

Web Address:     www.nami.org
Phone:               (770) 853-8615

To donate or volunteer contact
Bill Coussons,     wcoussons@yahoo.com

There have been several occasions where local individuals are called upon to help consumers (persons with mental illness) or their families.

*An out-of-state mother called to ask NAMI Statesboro to help her deal with her son’s arrest and subsequent incarceration. When she arrived she was able to connect with local NAMI members who understood mental illness, local law enforcement and community mental health services.

 *People with mental illness need a place where they can be accepted and comfortable to discuss their challenges. NAMI Statesboro provides a safe place to talk about the illness, find encouragement and understanding about the social issues and symptoms. Sometimes, members get in trouble with law enforcement or are hospitalized and NAMI Statesboro members provide support by visiting them and encouraging them to apply those life skills that can help them remain independent.

 *NAMI Statesboro sometimes helps members and non-members financially. This is usually in the form of assistance for housing (getting the water turned on or supplying a table, bed or chair). While there is very little discretionary money, the group is willing to listen to requests and assess the need.

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Ogeechee River Keepers
The Ogeechee Riverkeeper is an independent 501 c3 organization whose mission is to protect, preserve and improve the water quality of the Ogeechee River basin. The basin encompasses over 5,500 square miles in the state of Georgia, flowing through 22 counties.  Ogeechee Riverkeeper is an advocate for the environmental health of the basin, protecting its native plants and animals, and its people. Protection takes the form of water quality monitoring, patrolling the watershed, manning a 24/7 hotline and monitoring streams for pollution.

Advocacy includes education, and the Riverkeeper supports local environmental education initiatives. The Riverkeeper provides materials for classroom teachers and is available to give classroom and public presentations. The Ogeechee Riverkeeper measures its success by the quality of the water in the basin and the commitment of its citizens to protecting, preserving and improving it.

Web Address:    www.ogeecheeriverkeeper.org
Phone:              (866) 942-6222

To donate or volunteer
View their options and complete their volunteer interest form here. Volunteer needs are fairly specific but very rewarding. River clean-ups are not a part of their regular volunteer programming.

The river system drains over 5,000 square miles of land (known as a watershed or river basin).  The Ogeechee River watershed includes 4 sub-watersheds:  Upper Ogeechee, Lower Ogeechee, Ogeechee Coastal and the Canoochee watersheds. 

The freshwater streams in this river system are known as black water streams due to their dark, tea-colored water.  Blackwater streams are unique natural systems and have a fascinating ecology.  The tannins from the swamps that stain the water the tea-color also make the water more acidic than other streams.  This acidity reduces the amount of vegetation that can grow naturally in the rivers, and also affects the mercury uptake by fish.

The Ogeechee Riverkeeper works to protect an interconnected system of streams and rivers that represent some of the most beautiful and unique natural habitat in the state. This watershed collects pollutants from industry, agriculture and human habitation, all of which challenge and stress the native plants and wildlife of the system. The education, advocacy, monitoring, and accountability efforts of the Ogeechee Riverkeeper are all focused on preserving the Ogeechee River system for future generations.

Current agency document not available.

 

Parent to Parent
Parent to Parent of Georgia provides support and information services and training and leadership opportunities or families who have children and youth with disabilities. P2P’s information services provide opportunities for families to increase their knowledge and build their own capacity. Families need to work together with service providers, agencies, and other professionals in making decisions that affect our children with disabilities at all stages of their lives. At P2P, the staff is 75% parents who know it’s important for parents to help shape the future for their special needs children. P2P also offers parents leadership opportunities to help identify and influence needs and policy issues that impact families of individuals with disabilities across Georgia.

Web Address:     www.p2pga.org
Phone:               (912)489-1904

To donate or volunteer contact
Mitzi Proffitt,     mitzi@p2pga.org

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­­­­­Pineland Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Services
Pineland BHDD services is a public, not-for-profit community based organization that helps children, adolescents, adults and seniors who have mental illness, developmental disabilities and addiction challenges to live more full and productive lives.  Pineland BHDD is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Pineland’s medical and counseling staff is dedicated to assessing mental health issues, treating consumers, and helping them return to their families, communities, and jobs.  Pineland provides comprehensive, community-based services to individuals with chemical dependency and their families.

Web Address:     www.pinelandcsb.org
Phone:               (912)764-6906

To donate or volunteer contact
Dr. Cynthia Dekle,     info@pinelandcsb.org

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Portal Heritage Society
We are inclusive of all people in our community and surrounding area. Our goal is to preserve historical landmarks, preservation of the heritage of the people of the Portal area, improving education, standards of living and social conditions for the betterment of our community. Historical landmarks are the 1930 Turpentine Still and property, also the Dr. Stewart Home (1908), and Portal Drug Store and Doctor’s Office, (1908).

We are the only civic organization in Portal so we assume the role of community communications when needed.

Web Address:     www.portalheritagesociety.org
Phone:               (912) 867.1939

To donate or volunteer contact
Beola Charles,     beecharles@bulloch.net

Turpentine Festival is held the first Saturday in October. Many community people who are not members of the society come to help. This promotes working together of community people and dispenses historical information; explaining of historical events educates the general public, and brings pride of heritage to all.

 A representative of the Society visits school each year to provide information. A Christmas program is presented at the Still; using school children and adults of the community. An Easter program is organized by our Heritage Society and held at the Still property, in cooperation with the Portal area ministerial association. Plans are to re-activate tours through the Stewart House and Drug Store once we get additional funds to make them safe.   

We are the only civic organization in Portal and surrounding area. When there is a community need—such as a new high school, we organize groups to come together for the betterment of our community. New High School was built in 2012—after many community meetings. 

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Rebecca’s Café 
Rebecca’s Café,  originally incorporated as Feeding Statesboro, Inc. is an effort by several are organizations, including churches, to provide a free healthy community meal one time each week to those who might benefit from it. The organization uses the Luetta Moore Park community center, owned by the Statesboro Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department. Guests sign in, but there are no qualifications necessary for the service, and anyone is served. Guests include seniors, children, both employed and unemployed adults, and the homeless. Funding through the organization provides for staples such as paper goods, foil pans and wrap, tea bags, utensils, salad dressing, dish soap and sterno.

Web Address:     www.facebook.com/pages/Rebeccas-Cafe/114646902056415
Phone:               (781)254-2012   

To donate or volunteer contact
Jim Bastarache,     RebeccaCafeStatesboro@gmail.com

Rebecca’s Café has just converted to this new location and is in the process of building its 5-day a week program.  Initial participation is very encouraging.

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Restoring the Breach
Restoring the Breach, Inc. seeks to provide spiritual, physical, emotional, social, and financial services to all residents of Bulloch County, youth, adults, and college students alike. Our initiatives include spiritual counseling, wellness counseling, financial counseling, career counseling, tutoring services, community outreach programs, and homelessness services. Our organization seeks to address community issues such as diversity, acceptance, and tolerance in religion, race, and socioeconomic status, as well as public health, poverty, unemployment, job readiness, and test preparedness.

Phone: (770) 545-2101

To donate or volunteer contact
LaShai Campbell

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Safe Haven
Safe Haven is dedicated to serving, strengthening, and supporting victims of domestic violence through the provision of emergency and community-based services. Safe Haven offers emergency and transitional shelter.  There is an afterschool program provided for the children so that they have supervision while parents are at work. They complete homework, enjoy a snack and play with other children who can relate to one another’s situations. Services provided to clients include assistance finding employment, transportation to work, cooking classes, life skills, access to donated clothing and furnishings and financial counseling.

Web Address:     www.safehavenstatesboro.org
Phone:               (912)764-4605

To donate or volunteer contact
Debbie Vives,     safehaven@nctv.com

Many families impacted by domestic violence come through the shelter and either go back to their abuser (some at least 7 times) or find families or friends to stay with family or friends.   However, we have some families that are able to stay at the shelter until they find a job and the children are settled in school.  After a couple of months in the shelter then they are able to transition into our two year Transitional Living Program.  Every two years there is at least one success story when a family has completed the two year program and the mother of the children have a successful job or have just graduated from GSU or Ogeechee Tech and are ready to live independently away from their abuser.

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Saturday Soup Kitchen at the First United Methodist Church
The Saturday Soup Kitchen at the First United Methodist Church serves lunch to the community of Statesboro every Saturday from about 11:30 until 1:00 in the church fellowship hall. The program has been running successfully for at least 15 years.  Each week approximately 400 meals are prepared.  Meals are paid for and prepared by a variety of community groups, churches, and individuals. Sponsours and volunteers sign up annually and fill the calendar, some groups doing as many as 4-6 Saturdays each year.

Web Address:     none
Phone:               (912)536-8912

To donate or volunteer contact
Karen Phipps           statesborosoupkitchen@gmail.com

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The Silver Lining Club
The Silver Lining Club (SLC) provides a free Saturday social day program for individuals with Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related illness.  The SLC contributes to an improved quality of life for its members by fostering a relaxed atmosphere with memory stimulating discussions of current and past events, light (chair) exercises, singing, poetry, crafts, puzzles, and always Bingo. For the participants, the SLC socializing is often the highlight of their week and gives caregivers and loved ones a break in caregiving.  Members receive a light morning snack and a complete lunch.

Web Address:   https://www.facebook.com/The-Silver-Lining-Club-574142546018735/
Phone:               (912) 681-2053

To donate or volunteer contact
Lois Roberts,     middleground425@hotmail.com

Lois Roberts, co-founding leader and program planner, of the SLC recalls a wonderfully pleasant and representative story told by one member of the SLC. The member’s family had come to visit her at the personal care home one Friday. The family made it a practice to travel to Statesboro, take the member out to eat, and visit with her outside of the personal care home. When invited to also accompany her family to the Farmer’s Market the next day (Saturday), the member replied that she would not be available. She was already committed to her weekly Silver Lining Club meeting on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Her family members were surprised and thrilled by the importance to her of seeing her SLC friends, participating in the meeting, and enjoying the SLC activities! 

Indeed one of the greatest strengths of the SLC is that it meets the unique, special needs of an under-served segment of our aging population at a minimal cost and in a sustainable manner. The SLC brings together many volunteers with a wide variety of skills, who each assume relatively small obligations to support SLC, without becoming overwhelmed or burned out. Volunteers provide and serve the breakfast snack or lunch meal, perform special music, lead the group in poetry readings and bring many other creative gifts to the group to be enjoyed by all. There is a cooperative atmosphere among volunteers, staff, members and caregivers. The laughter, good times, fellowship, and love unite people of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, and cultures.

A regular team of 4-6 student nurses also contribute each week during the University school year. This guided service-learning project has a remarkable impact on the SLC and its members. The nurses are divided into teams to assist the experienced program leaders and progress to conduct programs independently under the supervision of the SLC Coordinator. They receive classroom credit and are graded on their work. Their instructor is usually in attendance, to assist and evaluate the students’ performance and to further enhance their real world experience in eldercare. As a result of this experience, some of the students have expressed more interest in geriatric nursing.

SLC program directors, the coordinator, and volunteers provide a highly structured, positive environment for members. A typical Saturday program structure is listed below:

10:00 a.m. – Welcome, Snack, Social Time (Catching up on the news)
10:30 – Devotions
10:45 – Themed Discussion
11:15 – Exercise—Free style
11:30 – Music/Singing/Performances
12:00– Luncheon
12:30 – Reconvene with Visiting, Poetry, or Storytelling
12:45 – Videos, Art, Crafts, Games
1:15 – Bingo!
1:55 – Good-bye Blessings
2:00 p.m.—Caregiver Arrival/Goodbyes

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Statesboro-Bulloch County Breast Cancer Foundation
The Statesboro Bulloch County Breast Cancer Foundation is a local, independent organization focused specifically on providing educational outreach and patient counseling regarding breast cancer, and community support for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families. The Foundation advances this mission through the services of dedicated physicians and health practitioners, helping patients and those around them lead healthy and fulfilling  lives.

Web Address:     www.statesboropinkpower.org
Phone:               (912)764-5555

To donate or volunteer contact
April Stanford,     info@statesboropinkpower.org

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Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce
Our Chamber was organized in 1925 when a group of local business owners began meeting to share information and strategize
on enhancing the community’s economy and quality of life. We continue that tradition. The Chamber is a private, non-profit
business club supported by member dues. Our primary responsibility is to our 700+ members. Beyond but not conflicting with their interests, the Chamber seeks to support a business climate that is conducive to economic growth.
Most member benefits fall into three categories: voice, visibility and overhead reduction. We also offer leadership programs for youth and adults to help better prepare citizens to contribute to the betterment of this or any community in which they reside.

Web Address:     www.statesboro-chamber.org
Phone:               (912)764-6111

To donate or volunteer contact
Phyllis Thompson,     phyllis.thompson@statesboro-chamber.org

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Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and  Recreation Department
The Afterschool and Summer Camp Programs provide care for children Pre K through 5 creativity, learning, physical activity and healthy living. The Athletics Division is responsible for all team sports offered by the Recreation Department.  The Aquatics Program mission is to provide and maintain a variety of facilities, programs, and customer services through the well planned, efficient and safe management of aquatic sites. The Parks Division provides a safe and aesthetically pleasing place for the citizens of Statesboro and Bulloch County to play and enjoy recreational activities.

Web Address:     www.bullochrec.com
Phone:               (912)764-5637

To donate or volunteer contact
Kymberly Sharpe,     ksharpe@bullochrec.com

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Statesboro Food Bank
The mission of the Food Bank, Inc.  is to provide emergency food for those in need in Bulloch County.   The Food Bank is designed as a stop-gap measure for families in need of food because of disaster, such as a house fire, or any other situation where the lack of food becomes a serious problem. It also serves as a place to receive food while awaiting Food Stamps approval. Families receive balanced meals for their families for a minimum of seven days, and are usually eligible to return as needed until food stamps are received. Nutrition classes are regularly scheduled to assist family meal planning for heart healthy, diabetic friendly, and economical meals.

Web Address:     www.facebook.com/pages/Statesboro-Food-Bank/121013251332116
Phone:               (912) 489-3663

To donate or volunteer contact
Kimberly Forstrom,  statesborofoodbankcl@gmail.com

The Food Bank of Statesboro has evolved from a small, temporary space that distributed two or three days of emergency food to families in need to its present space in a retired school building.  The present facility is able to distribute a seven-day food supply for each family.  The food comes from community donations and Second Harvest of Savannah and costs, on average, nineteen cents per pound. The food is both canned and fresh and is consistent with preparing well-balanced meals using the USDA food pyramid as a model.

 Nutrition classes are offered to clients in a classroom on the site.  Students from GSU help with the classes.  The Food Bank plans to expand these classes to include cooking meals using the food available from the food bank.  Another part of the education outreach programming is preparing menus and recipes for the clients. 

 One of the goals of the Food Bank is to transition its clients from emergency food to the food stamps program.  Using food stamps allows families to select their own food from the grocery stores and thus gives clients more options.  The Food Stamps process usually takes from six to eight weeks to complete.  This is a more permanent solution to the families’ nutrition problems and better allows them to use the nutrition and budgeting education that they receive as a part of the program at the Food Bank.

 The Morning Outreach program is another step toward becoming a full service Food Bank. It provides excess food from local restaurants and food stores three days each week for people who are living on the edge of poverty.  Many are working at low paying jobs and just need a little help with the basics of life.  The current economy has stressed many families and some are turning to the Morning Outreach program to supplement their families’ food supply.  Pizza Hut, Longhorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Wal-Mart, Subway and Bi Lo contribute their excess foods to this effort.  Volunteers pick up the food from the contributors and help to process it for the Morning Outreach program.  

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­­­­­Statesboro Housing Authority
The Statesboro Housing Authority was organized in 1952 under federal funding, to provide subsidized public housing under the US Housing Act. The Statesboro Housing Authority operates four HUD-approved communities within Statesboro, offering approximately 150 apartments of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms. These apartments are offered to individuals and families earning 30% or less of the area’s median annual income.  Apartments are inspected annually and are re-painted and thoroughly cleaned between residents. Each community has an outdoor play area and community room which residents may reserve for socials and meetings.

Web Address:     none
Phone:               (912)764-3512

To donate or volunteer contact
Bobby Joe Cason,     housing2015@bulloch.net

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Statesboro Mainstreet Farmers Market
The Mainstreet Farmers Market is a venue for local farmers and artisans to provide healthy, fresh agricultural products and unique crafts to the citizens of Bulloch, Bryan, Candler, Screven, Effingham, Emanuel, and Jenkins counties. Its motto is Love Your Farmer, Love Your Food.  The market helps to promote local agribusiness and to make fresh, local, healthy foods available to consumers directly from the growers. The market helps educate the public about the improved nutritional content of locally grown, seasonal foods, accepts EBT and credit cards, and encourages consumers to understand the origins of the foods they buy.

Web Address:     statesborofarmersmarket.com
Phone:               (912)764-7227

To donate or volunteer contact
Debra W. Chester,     schester@bulloch.net­

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Statesboro Regional Library
The library’s mission is to provide courteous, efficient, and convenient access to information and services for people in the service area of Statesboro Regional Public Libraries in order to meet their educational, informational, recreational, and cultural needs. Materials available for check out and use by the region’s citizens of all ages include many different kinds of media, such as books, periodicals, CD’s, movies, video games, and archival documents. In addition to typical library materials and programming (including the Reading Is Fundamental program), the library provides space for GED classes, a computer lab, inexpensive meeting rooms for use by local clubs and other organizations, and support for a community gardens project.

Web Address:     www.strl.info
Phone:               (912)764-1328

To donate or volunteer contact
Darlene Alessi,  DarleneA@strl.info­

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Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault Center
The mission of the Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault Center (SRSAC) is to provide free expert support services to victims of sexual assault.  The SRSAC works in collaboration with local law enforcement and the Georgia Southern Sexual Assault Response Team.  Since its founding in 2007, the Center has provided victims of sexual assault a 24-hour crisis hot line, free physical exams, an advocate to offer explanations of available legal options, and assistance in finding safe, secure shelter.  The SRSAC also provides educational programs to prevent relationship violence and sexual assault.

Web Address:     www.srsac.org
Phone:               (912)489-6060 

To donate or volunteer contact
Christie Perry,     srsac@frontiernet.net  Crisis Line: (866)489-2225

Sexual assault (rape) is the most under reported crime in the country. A volunteer can make a significant difference in the lives of victims, who often feel discredited and hopeless. Victims are often ashamed to ask for help or afraid to report the crime to police. There is a stigma about reporting sexual crimes because in the past, victims have been made to feel responsible for the attack. And in fact, without the presence of an advocate to explain the necessity behind the questioning, law enforcement investigations can leave a victim feeling blamed or guilty.

The SRSAC’s personnel are trained to offer concern and support for the victims of sexual assault. The nurses and advocates receive very specific training. The nurses’ role is critical for the possible prosecution of offenders. Victims are encouraged to consider prosecution and are given access to legal counseling, as well as grief and anger counseling.

 SRSAC has a parallel mission to provide awareness/prevention education. Evidence indicates that education is most effective when undertaken at an early age, so programs include internet safety, bullying, self-defense and healthy relationships training for elementary students through adults. The goal is to build a safe, supportive community free from sexual assault.

 Planning is underway for a fall sexual assault survivors’ conference be held in September. This is a new event and a great deal of help is needed in many areas of expertise.

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United Way of Southeast Georgia
The United Way of Southeast Georgia is a volunteer driven fund-raising organization that addresses a broad spectrum of community issues that occur in our diverse community.  We are a team that is dedicated to positively impacting lives in the community and advocating for changes for the people of the community through its fundraising activities for 17 local agencies. Some of the needs met include providing after school care, replacement clothing or household items for fire victims, materials for students enrolled in drug education classes, meals for the elderly and food for families experiencing loss of income

Web Address:     Unitedwaysega.org
Phone:               (912)489-8475

To donate or volunteer contact
Bob Oliff,     bolliff@unitedwaysega.org

Two stories that illustrate how the United Way impacts the community:

 Startup of the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County

 Seed money to start new, necessary service agencies is an important role of the United Way. The Boys & Girls Club had no budget and no history of success with which to justify grant proposals.  A start-up donation from a local citizen, state Boys & Girls Club funding and local United Way support made it possible to build and furnish a facility, hire professional staff, train volunteers, and get the doors open. Since that time, the Boys & Girls Club has grown and thrived. The United Way funding is now a smaller proportion of the organization’s budget, but that initial investment, and the oversight and credibility that come with a United Way designation, were critical for the solid start.

 Project Specific Volunteer Experience

 A Project Specific volunteer coordinating a United Way corporate campaign was a member of his company’s upper level management.  When asking for monetary support from his colleagues and employees, he related this story: 

“I know that any of you sometimes leave it to others to support the United Way but I would like to share a story of the critical assistance that United Way provides.  A little boy and his family were having difficulty with alcohol and family violence.  This little boy did not know that the beatings that his mother experienced were not the usual way for families to be, but his mother did know. 

His mother sought the help of a United Way funded agency to find shelter for her family.  The agency was able to provide emergency shelter and help to the little boy, his siblings and his mother.  That little boy grew up in a safe environment and he now stands here, asking for your support, as a successful, contributing citizen of our community.  Please consider the help that family, and so many others, have received from United Way through the agency focused on protecting the victims of domestic violence.  United Way keeps your contributions in our community.

Your contributions today may help save another child and his/her family from a dangerous and destructive situation.”

The contributions to United Way from this business skyrocketed in response to this very personal request from their colleague.

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Willow Hill Heritage and Renaissance Center, Inc.
The goal of the Willow Hill Heritage and Renaissance Center is to develop a fully functioning museum and community center.  An annual fundraiser, the proceeds from a book telling the Willow Hill story, private donations, and grants are all being invested to stabilize and upgrade the current structure in preparation for programming and special events.  Their dream is to preserve the legacy of the Willow Hill School as a museum and community center and develop quality educational activities that will improve and empower the rural communities of southeast Georgia through education, arts and culture.

Web Address:     www.willowhillheritage.org
Phone:               (912)865-7154

To donate or volunteer contact
Dr. Gayle Jackson,     museum@willowhillheritage.org

The Willow Hill School story is one of sustained community. It was uncommon for a community of freed slaves to form a school so soon after emancipation. Most African American schools were originally funded by missionaries, local white churches and Northern relief societies.  The Willow Hill community was tight-knit, determined, comparatively successful and willing to make significant sacrifices to see their children educated. The first Willow Hill School was organized in 1874 by three families and held in a converted turpentine shanty. Instruction was provided by a 15-year old niece who had managed to learn to read and write (although illegal), possibly in an underground school or by learning from white children her age with whom she “played school”.

The current school site was established in 1895 and building and campus improvements continued until the current building was constructed by Bulloch County Schools in 1954. This building operated until 1999, when Willow Hill children were re-districted to Portal Elementary and Middle/High Schools.

With a 125 year history, the Willow Hill School has a significant number of graduates, many of whom achieved notable success. These graduates have remained connected to their community and share bonds of church and family, even while they have dispersed across the country. When the school building was put up for sale at auction in 2005, school graduates and descendants of the original founding families organized themselves, returned to Bulloch County, and purchased the property.

This group of descendants constitutes the Board of Directors for the Willow Hill Heritage and Renaissance Center. They represent a variety of professions and contribute a wide range of expertise. For example, Dr. Alvin Jackson, a Willow Hill alumnus, is a physician who served as Director of Health for the State of Ohio from 2007-2011. Dr. Jackson has spent considerable energy collecting oral and written histories of the school and community, and his collection serves as the foundation for the heritage/museum portion of the organization’s mission. His wife, Dr. Gayle Jackson, though not originally from Willow Hill, has considerable experience managing middle school enrichment and college preparation programs in Ohio, and it is her expertise that helps drive the vision for community enrichment programming at the center.  

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Worksource Coastal

We assist people in funding their education and assist them in finding careers in their community. Our target demographics are veterans, spouses of veterans, low-income individuals, disabled workers, people receiving public benefits, and people with disabilities. Our mission is to guide or assist Coastal Georgia communities in all efforts to develop, promote, support, and sustain a globally competitive workforce.

Web Address: www.wscgeorgia.org

Phone: 912-681-4134

For more information contact
Matthew Ems, mems@rossprov.com

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Worn Threads
Worn Threads is a 501 c3 organization established by St. Matthews Church to assist families in need of clothing, housewares and accessories.  It is open to the public, staffed by volunteers, and all proceeds go to the Area Christians Together in Service (ACTS) organization.  Donations of gently used clothing, housewares and accessories are welcomed and then offered to the public for sale at low cost. Victims of disasters and people in need are provided with clothing and household items based on a voucher system. Their hours are limited and as follows: Mon/Wed/Fri (10-2), Tue/Sat (10-12), Thu (2-4)

Web Address:     www.facebook.com/pages/Worn-Threads/127250314019445
Phone:               (912)489-5204

To donate or volunteer contact
Alex Lota,     aplota@hotmail.com

Worn Threads provides a valuable service to the community by accepting extra clothing, shoes, and random household goods and returning them to use in the homes of people in need.  They are a support system for families and individuals who lose their homes to fires and other natural disasters.  They also provide much needed household goods and clothing to victims of domestic violence.  Worn Threads also generates funds for ACTS. These funds are used for a wide variety of relief projects, including paying rent and power bills during times of personal crisis.

 Worn Threads and ACTS work together to help clients who are looking for a job by providing appropriate interview clothing, helping with resumes, and providing interviewing strategies and coaching.  

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YMCA of Coastal Georgia — (Statesboro Family YMCA)

The YMCA of Coastal Georgia has been serving the Coastal Georgia community for over 160 years, and continues to work every day to advance our cause to strengthen community through 3 areas of focus; youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Our programs address critical needs within the communities that we serve including closing the achievement gap to offering wellness programs for chronic and debilitating illnesses such as Pre-Diabetes, Cancer and Parkinson’s. The Y  strives to provide a safe place for all  to learn, grow and thrive at any stage of life.

We operate 9 units, in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, Liberty, McIntosh and Glynn Counties; included is the Pryme Tyme before and after school program, operating in 55 elementary and middle schools throughout the markets served. We are on track to open a tenth location, serving Bulloch County in 2017.

The YMCA serves men and women, girls and boys of all ages and from all walks of life regardless of the ability to pay. All of this and more is accomplished while putting forth the Y mission.

Web Address:     ymcaofcoastalga.org
Phone:               (912) 354.5480

To donate or volunteer contact
Hillary Bradbury, hillary.bradbury@ymcaofcoastalga.org

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You-Nique Leadership Academy
Purpose: Community based outreach program geared toward building self-esteem in young females, ages five to ten year old. The follow-up process is to be continued throughout middle school, high school, higher education, careers and survival skills in order for them to become productive citizens in our society.

Goals:   Promote Cultural Awareness, promote positive self- esteem, promote self-reliance and independence,  teach critical thinking skills

Web Address:     www.facebook.com/youniqueleadershipacademy
Phone:               (912) 618.0353

To donate or volunteer contact
Joyce Simmons, jsimmons@bulloch.k12.ga.us

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Youth Career Camp, Inc.

Purpose: To provide youth with free, quality professional training to help prepare them for the workforce and higher education; help youth set personal goals and make sound decisions for today and the future.

Web Address:    http://www.youthcareercampinc.com/
Phone:               (912) 871.7395

To donate or volunteer contact
Wayne Williams, youthcareercamp@gmail.com

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Last updated: 12/11/2017

Office of Leadership and Community Engagement • PO Box 8114 • (912) 478-1435 • leader@georgiasouthern.edu