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Do-Gooders Blog

Features stories on East Cobb residents doing good and giving back to the community. A place for East Cobbers to recognize random acts of kindness and announce volunteer opportunities.

Cobb Community Foundation accepting applications for Impact Grant

Cobb Community Foundation’s mission is to strengthen local nonprofits so they may continue improving the quality of life for our residents. The foundation is now accepting Cobb Community Impact Grant applications from nonprofit organizations in the county for new and expanded projects and programs. Applications must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 20, and will be awarded in April.

All prospective grant applicants are invited to attend an orientation and question and answer meeting 10-11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 9, in the community room at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. Please RSVP to info@cobbfoundation.org. For more information on the streamlined grant application process, including qualifications and exclusions, visit cobbcommunityimpactgrant.org or call 770-859-2329.

 

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Workshops for organizations interested in grant funds

Cobb Community Development Block Grant Program Office staff will host a series of application workshops for organizations seeking grant funding through the CDBG Program, HOME Investment Partnership Program and Emergency Solutions Grant Program. All interested organizations should plan to attend at least one of the grant application workshops.

There will be one workshop in District Three.
10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24
Mountain View Community Center
3400 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta, GA

District One
2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28
Charles D. Switzer Public Library, 266 Roswell St., Marietta

District Two
3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4
Wolfe Adult Recreation Center and Pool, 884 Church St., Smyrna

2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17
Vinings Public Library, 4290 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta

2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3
East Marietta Public Library, 2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta

To view the other workshop dates and locations, click here. For more information, contact Eryca Fambro, deputy director of CDBG, at 770-528-1455or efambro@cobbcountycdbg.com.

 

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“Do Good” Idea for the Day: Help the American Red Cross

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Consider helping: the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross provides care to those in need. A network of generous donors, volunteers and employees who share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering.

For more information contact our local branch at 2145 Roswell Road, Suite 250 Marietta, GA 30062, online at www.redcross.org or call 770-578-1977.

(Source: From the January issue of the EAST COBBER’s annual special section, “Do Good Guide.”)

 

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“Do Good” Idea for the Day: Adopt-A-Stream Program

 

Consider helping: the Adopt-A-Stream Program (Watershed Stewardship Program)

This Cobb County program provides participants the opportunity to learn about the watershed they live in with a variety of programs designed to help people learn how to improve local water quality through hands-on activities for all ages. Free.

For more information visit www.watershed.cobbcountyga.gov or call 770-528-8215

(Source: From the January issue of the EAST COBBER’s annual special section, “Do Good Guide.”)

 

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Attend the VOICE Today Legacy Ball

VOICE Today Invites you to the 2nd annual Legacy Ball on January 31. VOICE Today is breaking the silence and cycle of child sexual abuse and exploitation by awareness, prevention and healing programs. Attendees will enjoy a magical evening of dancing, dinner, live and silent and an auction. Tickets: $125. 7–11pm. Atlanta National Golf Club, 350 Tournament Players Drive, Alpharetta. More Info: 678-578-4888.

 

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The Center for Family Resources needs your empty baskets

 

Clean out your closets and basements, and let CFR put your empty baskets to good use! The CFR needs baskets of all shapes, sizes and colors.

Baskets will be used to prepare auction items for their upcoming Red Carpet Gala on February 22. For more information about the event, visit www.cfrredcarpetgala.com.

Baskets can be dropped off at The Center for Family Resources, 995 Roswell Street NE, Suite 100
Marietta, GA 30060, between the hours of 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

Please call Sarah, 770-428-2601 or Email SarahTonsmeire@theCFR.org if you have questions.

 

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MLK Day: A Day On, Not a Day Off!

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday has become known as a Day of Service, or as the tagline says, “A Day On, Not a Day Off!”  This is an interesting twist to a no-school day, by making it a day of service. This holiday has become a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps strengthen local communities. There’s even a website, mlkday.gov that provides tools and resources for organizations and individuals to become engaged in service activities to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Federal holiday, including grants to organizations to support volunteer projects across a state or throughout a multi-state. The current January issue of the EAST COBBER offers another resource for you to research opportunities to serve our community.  If you have not found a way to serve the community, EAST COBBER encourages you to consider volunteering for the organizations (listed below):

Adopt-a-Stream Program

(Watershed Stewardship Program)

This Cobb County program provides participants the opportunity to learn about the watershed they live in with a variety of programs designed to help people learn how to improve local water quality through hands-on activities for all ages.  Free.

http://www.watershed.cobbcountyga.gov

770-528-8215



American Red Cross

Seeks blood donors.

2145 Roswell Road, Suite 250

Marietta, GA 30062

http://www.givelife.org

770-578-1977

 

Center for Children & Young Adults

Provides secure residential care for Cobb County’s abused and neglected children.

Kimberly Tinsley, Volunteer & Activities Coordinator

http://www.ccyakids.org

770-333-9447 x103

 

The Center for Family Resources

Provides emergency assistance to families in Cobb County so that they can access the resources they need to become independent and self-sufficient, thereby breaking the cycle of poverty.

Chris Chamblee, Development & Volunteer Coordinator

995 Roswell Street, Suite 100

Marietta, GA 30060

http://www.theCFR.org

770-428-2601 x264

 

Cobb Community Foundation

Promotes philanthropy to create and support a vital and caring community. It builds a collection of endowment funds and distributes the proceeds to nonprofit organizations that serve the community’s members.

Tommy Allegood, Executive Director

Cobb Chamber-240 Interstate North Parkway

Atlanta, GA 30339

http://www.cobbfoundation.com

770-859-2329

 

Cobb County Juvenile Court – Citizen Panel Review

A volunteer supported program tasked with reviewing foster care cases.

Joshua Weeks

http://www.cobbcountyga.gov

770-528-2284

 

Cobb County Juvenile Court Special Advocate

A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained community volunteer appointed by a Juvenile Court Judge to speak up for the best interest of an abused or neglected child involved in a juvenile court proceeding.

Carlene Redmond

http://www.cobbcountyga.gov

770-528-2285

 

Cobb County Juvenile Court Youth Diversion Program

This program is for first offenders with minor offenses.  These juveniles are given the opportunity to appear before a panel of community volunteers instead of a judge.

Rita Evans

http://www.cobbcountyga.gov

770-528-2243

 

COBB COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

Help needed with shelving and straightening paperbacks and periodicals as well as other opportunities listed on website.

Alexandra Beswick , Central Library Manager

http://www.cobbcat.org                                   

770-528-2141

 

COBB LITERACY COUNCIL

Needs tutors for GED as well as administrative help.

Donna Frankovsky

http://www.cobbworks.org                                

770-528-8094

 

THE EXTENSION

A Marietta residential recovery program for the homeless. Needs volunteers to plan, prepare and serve meals.

Tyler Driver, Executive Director & Volunteer Coordinator

1507 Church Street (Men’s Extension)

Marietta, GA 30061

130 Holiday Street (Women’s Extension)

Marietta, GA 30060

http://www.theextension.org                            

770-590-9075  x301

 

FEED THE HUNGRY FOUNDATION

Needs volunteers to help sort, pack and deliver food boxes.

Rev. Mack Barnes, Executive Director

1440 Dutch Valley Place

Atlanta, GA 30324                                              

http://www.feedthehungryfoundation.com 

770-980-1550

               

FOSTER CARE SUPPORT FOUNDATION

Helps abused and neglected children experience a kinder side of daily life while in their foster care home. Volunteers needed to help in the distribution center and the resale shop.

115 Mansell Place

Roswell, GA 30076                               

http://www.fostercares.org                                

770-641-9591

 

FRIENDS FOR THE EAST COBB PARK

Volunteers needed to maintain and make improvements for the only passive park in East Cobb County.  Volunteers also needed for special events.

Sharon Mason, President

http://www.eastcobbpark.org

president@eastcobbpark.org

 

GEORGIA AARP TAX-AIDE

Seeks volunteers for tax counseling service between mid-January and April 15.

http://www.aarp.org                                        

 1-888-687-2277

 

GIRLS INC. OF COBB COUNTY

Provides programs to promote self-esteem in young women.  Seeks people to donate time and skills working with girls in an activity or class such as arts and crafts, computer training, sports, aerobics, and tutoring.

Deborah Woods, Manager of Center Based Programming

461 Manget Street

Marietta, GA 30060                             

770-422-0999

 

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF COBB – MARIETTA

Organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of members and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

505 Kennesaw Avenue

Marietta, GA  30060

http://www.jlcm.org                                           

770-422-5266

 

MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION OF GEORGIA AND ALABAMA

Grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.  The Foundation needs office volunteers, fundraisers and wish granters.

Deirdre Trevett, Volunteer Coordinator

1775 The Exchange SE, Suite 200

Atlanta, GA 30339

http://www.georgia.wish.org              

770-916-WISH (9474)

 

MEALS ON WHEELS

Volunteers needed.  Volunteers also serve as a link of information between the client and caseworker.

Shelia Perkins, Volunteer & Advocacy Coordinator

http://www.cobbcountyga.gov                     

770-528-5381

 

MINISTRIES UNITED FOR SERVICE AND TRAINING (MUST)

Since 1972, MUST has provided services to the poor and homeless in Cobb and Cherokee Counties.

Tiffany Cooper, Volunteer Coordinator

1407 Cobb Parkway

Marietta, GA 30061

http://www.mustministries.org                           

770-427-9862

 

NORTHWEST METRO ATLANTA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Strives to eliminate substandard housing in Cobb County through new home construction and existing home renovation.  Also offers zero-interest loans.

J.J. Currie, Volunteer Coordinator

1625 Spring Road

Smyrna, GA 30080

http://www.nwmetroatlantahabitat.org       

770-432-7954

 

PROBATION OFFICER PROGRAM

Cobb County Superior Court needs help relieving the State probation caseload.  Qualified volunteers will undergo formal training.

http://www.cobbcountyga.gov                     

770-528-7986

 

RALLY FOUNDATION

Empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer. Volunteers needed for special events and fundraisers.

Zerlina Hotujec, Operations Manager

5775 Glenridge Drive, Building B, Suite 370

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

http://www.rallyfoundation.org                       

404-847-1273

 

SAFE KIDS COBB COUNTY

Safe Kids Cobb County is committed to reducing and preventing accidental injuries to children in Cobb County. It provides information and education on the following topics:  Car and Booster Seats, Poison Prevention, Water Safety, Bicycle/Wheel Safety, Home Safety & Pedestrian Safety.  Sponsors car seat checks, bike rodeos, and safety fairs.

Lisa Gardner, Safe Kids Co-Coordinator

114 Cherry Street, Suite G

Marietta, GA 30060

http://www.safekidscobbcounty.org                              

770-793-7185

 

SAFEPATH CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER

Ensures a child-friendly environment in which child victims of abuse and neglect can feel safe and comfortable during the process of intervention and investigation. Caring adults are needed to greet families and supervise children in their playroom/waiting area during the day, and in the evening on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Leigh Kelley, Volunteer Coordinator

736 Whitlock Ave.

West Park Government Center, Ste. 600

Marietta, GA  30064

http://www.safepath.org                                  

770-801-3465

 

SENIORS “MOST WANTED”

Cobb County Sheriff’s program is looking for residents 55 and older to assist deputies and other staff in sheriff’s office operations.

http://www.cobbcountyga.org                       

678-355-7064

 

TOMMY NOBIS CENTER (TNC)

The mission of the Tommy Nobis Center is to develop and provide job training, employment and vocational support for youth and adults with disabilities and other barriers to employment.  Several volunteer opportunities are available: Teach life skills such as grooming, money management, and basic cooking; completing job applications/resumes; prepare clients for job interviews, etc. in classes ranging in size from 4-10; act as the employer in a mock interview and give feedback to client for strengthening his interview. Chaperone a group on a social outing.

Judy Leeper, Program Coordinator

1480 Bells Ferry Road

Marietta, GA 30066

http://www.tommynobiscenter.org                     

770-427-9000 x5116

 

UNITED WAY OF GREATER ATLANTA

United Way does “whatever it takes” to help the Cobb community focus and get results on important human issues. While United Way does raise and invest dollars, it also helps people volunteer, lend their professional expertise, donate household and office items and advocate on behalf of issues.

Leah Rolfes, Director

995 Roswell Street, Ste. 338

Marietta, GA 30060

http://www.unitedwayatlanta.org                                 

770-428-8344  

 

WELLSTAR

WellStar volunteers are an integral part of the healthcare team. Volunteers provide service to the hospital while also promoting a caring attitude in the hospital and community. Volunteers interact daily with hospital team members, physicians, patients and patients’ families.

Brooke Schembri, Director of Corporate & Community Health

330 Kennestone Hospital Boulevard

Marietta, GA 30060

http://www.wellstar.org                                     

770-793-7120

 

YWCA OF NORTHWEST GA

The YWCA of Northwest Georgia seeks volunteers for its thrift store, special events, crisis hotline, family violence shelter, transitional housing, legal advocacy, sexual assault accompaniment advocacy, children’s services, Latino outreach and other needs. 

Kristi Storey, Communications Coordinator

48 Henderson Street SW

Marietta, GA 30064

http://www.ywca.org                                        

770-423-3599

 

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Make A New Year’s Resolution to Volunteer: Check out our Do-good guide and learn how you can help locally

At the start of each new year, people make a list of things they are going to do to improve their lives. We say we are
going to eat less and work out more. Think about making resolutions that will not only help you, but help your community.Check out our 2015 Do-Good Guide for ways to get involved in our local community.

Read more in the January issue of EAST COBBER! Click here to Flip Through our Digital Edition.

 

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5th Annual Prom Dress Consignment Sale coming to Allatoona High School

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Strength in Stilettos (SIS) a non-profit student organization will be hosting the 5th Annual Prom Dress Consignment Sale on Saturday, February 28 from 10am-2 pm at Allatoona High School in Acworth.  Come shop our fabulous selection of gently loved prom dresses, shoes and handbags!

“This is a great opportunity to find the perfect dress for prom, as well as earn some extra cash by giving your gently loved dress a second date,” stated Anya Brante, President of Strength in Stilettos.  “We hope to make prom affordable and memorable for all girls. Last year we had an inventory of more than 400 dresses.  There is something for everyone at a price they can afford.”

The consignment sale will accept long and short formal dresses, shoes and hand bags.  Sellers set their own prices and receive 70% of the sale price.  Register to sell by February 22, 2015.  Sellers may choose to donate any unsold dresses to Becca’s Closet, a local organization that provides prom dresses to girls in need.

Vendor tables will be available for businesses to promote their products and services for only $50. Sponsor fee includes a 6 ft table, company name on volunteer t-shirts and the option to include coupons/give-a-ways in the shopper gift bags.

The consignment sale is made possible by Strength in Stilettos, a non-profit student organization dedicated to supporting, enhancing and empowering girls by promoting academic achievement and community service. Proceeds from the sale benefit college scholarships for girls and programs at local schools.  Since 2011, Strength in Stilettos has awarded $3,000 in scholarships, awarded $2,500 in program grants to local schools and donated more than 350 dresses to girls in need.

Sellers and volunteers needed.  Volunteers shop early at 9am.  For seller registration, vendor/sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit us at www.strengthinstilettos.org or email us at promsale11@yahoo.com.

 

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Dancing with the Stars of Marietta fundraiser to benefit GMDT

 

The Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre (GMDT) will host its first Dancing with the Stars of Marietta fundraiser at The Strand Theatre February 28. The “stars” are:

  • WellStar Marketing Strategist, Mandy Burton
  • Marietta High School Principal Leigh Colburn
  • Marietta Councilwoman, Michelle Cooper Kelly
  • Attorney, Will Davis
  • Cobb DOT Director, Faye DiMassimo
  • Marietta Sixth Grade Academy Teacher, Dr. Matthew Forrester
  • dk Gallery Owner, Donna Krueger
  • United States Tennis Association GA  President, Dominick Masciantonio
  • Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art Director, Sally Macaulay
  • Cobb Commissioner, Bob Ott
  • Marietta Performing Arts Center Director, Marc Patterson
  • Former Strand Director, Earl Reece

GMDT stages three major productions each year at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre under the artistic direction of Ashleigh Whitworth and Lisa Toups, Artistic Director Emeritus. And it will hold a kick-off party for its Dancing with the Stars fundraiser at6pm. January 31 at the Georgia Dance Conservatory, 49 West Park Square, Marietta 30060. More info/tickets:www.georgiametrodance.org or www.earlsmithstrand.org.