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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.

FREE Electronics Recycling this Saturday

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East Cobb Eagle Scout Rob James will host a FREE community-wide electronics recycling event on Saturday, November 1, 9am-1pm in the parking lot at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta 30068.

The motto is “If you can plug it in, we can recycle it.” All electronics will be recycled free of charge with the exception of thick TVs and CRT monitors – a fee of $10-$25 will be charged for those.

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Parents, Students encouraged to attend Heroin talk tonight

Heroin is invading the affluent Atlanta suburbs, including East Cobb county; according to the CDC, it is arriving as a cheap alternative for prescription drug/opiate users which also makes it more appealing to teens and young adults. Many teens start snorting or smoking but ultimately transition to injecting. Local treatment facilities are overwhelmed by a soaring demand from addicts trying to get their life back and drug enforcement officers report a 104% increase in heroin related crimes. Tragically, a person in our country dies every 19 minutes from prescription drug, opiate and heroin addiction. Heroin is in our community, in our schools and it is killing our kids. It is cheap, plentiful, incredibly addictive and superbly efficient at ruining lives and destroying families.

The Walton High School PTSA invites parents and students in the community to join Missy Owens of The Davis Direction Foundation as she presents the story of her son’s addiction tonight, Tuesday, October 28 at 7pm in the Walton High School Theater. Davis Owens was Sr. Class President of Kennesaw Mountain High School, a servant leader in his community, and a promising Kennesaw University student who died in March 2014 at the age of 20, a victim of a heroin overdose. The Davis Direction Foundation is committed to “Take Aim at Addiction” through education, prevention, treatment and advocacy and intends to become a national resource for Opiate/Heroin Addiction awareness and change.

For more information and awareness on this rising epidemic, please visit their website at www.davisdirectionfoundation.org and like them on Facebook.

Walton High School is located at 1590 Bill Murdock Road.

Diaper Drive to help needy families in Cobb

Businesses, charitable groups and the community are being asked to collect diapers this month to donate to low-income families.

The nonprofit Cobb Diaper Day Committee is planning a community-wide collection October 27 at 5pm at Glover Park on the Marietta Square. Volunteers will pick up the collections or they can be brought to Glover Park during the event.
In the last four years, about 400,000 diapers have been donated to assist low-income families.

The organization says food stamps do not include hygiene products such as diapers, and local agencies, such as the Center for Family Resources, can only dispense diapers four times a year to their clients due to the lack of resources.
“Raising a family today is difficult enough without the added burden of wondering where the necessities of life will come from,” said Committee Chair Barbara Hickey. “Often times, it is the little things in our lives that make the biggest difference. Together, we can help hundreds of families in Cobb County by this single act.”

More info: www.cobbdiaperday.com .

YWCA of Northwest Georgia to Hold Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

YWCA

The YWCA of Northwest Georgia, in conjunction with the Cobb Judicial Circuit’s District Attorney’s Office, and the Solicitor General’s Office of Cobb County will hold a vigil on October 24, 2014 in Glover Park on the Historic Marietta Square at noon, in remembrance of lives lost to domestic violence in the past year.

Dr. Yamma Brown, daughter of the legendary James Brown, will speak at the event about her own experience with domestic abuse. Dr. Brown’s memoir Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me details her growing up in a household witnessing domestic violence.

This year’s vigil, titled “Men Against Domestic Violence,” is being held during the National Domestic Violence Awareness  Month to renew spirits to change lives. Official recognition of domestic violence across the United States was initiated by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in October 1981 (Day of Unity) to provide networking opportunities for advocates who work to end violence against women and children. The Day of Unity expanded into a special week and is now a month long awareness where activities include vigils, rallies, marathons, plays, educational seminars and proclamations at the local, state, and national levels. These activities remember lives lost, celebrate those who have survived, and connect those who advocate ending domestic violence.

Domestic violence is not only a personal tragedy; it is a serious crime that negatively affects women, men, children, families, neighborhoods and communities. Domestic violence is neither unusual nor rare. One in four American women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some time in their lives. These behaviors-whether physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological–will no longer be accepted or tolerated in our state, our county or our homes.

In 1978, the YWCA of Northwest Georgia opened the first and only domestic violence shelter in Cobb County. Since this time a 24-hour hotline answers crisis calls that provide women, men, children and families with access to resources and referrals that include housing, counseling, job training, economic empowerment, medical care, protective orders and much more.

 

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Dancing With the Stars of Cobb County!

 

Loving Arms Cancer Outreach presents “Dancing With the Stars of Cobb County” on November 1, 2014, 7pm at the Lassiter High School concert hall. Watch local heroes strut their stuff on the dance floor at the Loving Arms fundraiser.

Loving Arms Cancer Outreach, Inc is a non-profit organization whose focus is to make the cancer journey a little easier for those afflicted with this cruel disease. Their mission is to provide hope and joy as well as education and support to empower patients and their families throughout the journey. They provide financial assistance, free wigs, hats, scarves, medication assistance, gas/ grocery cards and support groups. The patients pay nothing because of donations from community-minded people. Loving Arms could not assist people “where the rubber meets the road” if not for people and businesses donating their time and money.

They are funded by sponsors, donations and fundraisers. Dancing with the Stars of Cobb County is a fundraiser where local celebrities/heroes in the community will be trained by professional dancers to perform at the event on November 1st. General admission tickets are $10 each and VIP tickets are $20 each. The audience will also cast votes for their favorite Star/dancer which will cost $1 per vote. The Star who raises the most money will receive the People’s Choice Award. The competition will be judged and the Star with the most points will win the Judges Choice Award.  All funds raised will go directly to Loving Arms Cancer outreach to assist cancer patients in their time of need.

Loving Arms Cancer Outreach was established in 2011 by two Oncology Nurses. They have a heart for cancer patients and saw a need to assist them “where the rubber meets the road.” After researching to find financial help for patients they soon discovered their options were few. That’s when Loving Arms was created. All services are available at no cost to the client.

For more about Loving Arms Cancer Outreach, visit http://www.lovingarmscanceroutreach.com/.

The undead helping the living – 4th Annual Marietta Zombie Walk is this weekend

The undead of Marietta, Georgia are coming back to help our community of the living on October 18, 2014and for the fourth year the zombies will bring donations to support MUST Ministries. In 2011 we started with over 300 undead and the horde has continued to grow to last year close to 800 strong filling 15 barrels of food and donating almost $2000 to help the living in need.

Carnival of Doom is once again sponsoring the 4th Annual Marietta Zombie Walk benefiting those in need within our local community. All proceeds and collected food from the Marietta Zombie Walk goes directly to MUST Ministries in their mission to help local humans in need. This year, we are truly excited to be part of the Marietta Harvest Square Arts & Crafts Festival and some fun  post-walk activities are in the plans for Glover Park to entertain the undead even more.

What’s a Zombie Walk? A Zombie Walk is an organized (as organized as zombies can be) public gathering of people dressed in zombie costumes.  The walks take place in an urban center as the participants make their way around city streets and through public spaces in an orderly fashion. In Marietta, the undead will again roam the streets around Marietta Square in a not-so-brisk 0.8 mile stumble. This is an undead family event.

There’s a little undead in all of us, so bring out your best zombie look and food donations (human cash & credit card donations work) and join the local undead in Marietta Square. Victims Spectators are welcome to come play with us while helping the local food pantry (zombies do not need food for humans, right?) The Infestation (Gathering) starts at 5pm in Glover Park after the Festival. The Feeding (Walk) starts promptly at6pm. Makeup artists will be on hand during the festival to help bring out the undead for a monetary donation or arrive already in character using your own creativity.

For more info: http://MariettaZombieWalk.org or http://Facebook.com/MariettaZombieWalk or twitter @MariettaZombies (#MariettaZombieWalk)

 

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Gala and silent auction to raise money for local libraries

Emily Giffin

The Cobb Library Foundation’s cornerstone fundraising event, the Booked for the Evening Gala and Silent Auction, will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, at Marietta Country Club. The event will feature the award-winning author of seven “New York Times” best selling novels Emily Giffin. She is a Jim and Carol Ney Literary Award recipient and her book “Something Borrowed” was made into a movie starring Kate Hudson. Several of her follow-up novels have been optioned for development in Hollywood.

The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a reception, followed by a buffet, cocktails and the auction. This event is in its fourth year and has funded many projects that have enriched the 16 Cobb libraries, including portable computer labs, eGovernment stations, early learning stations for children and special book and multimedia materials for the summer reading program. It also funded support of the inaugural Teen Center programs and the GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) summer program.

Giffin’s books will be for sale throughout the event and autographs will be available. For more information, visitcobblibraryfoundation.org.

Walmart Choses MUST for $100,000 Grant to Fight Hunger

Must Ministries

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation today announced giving more than $54 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout Georgia, including $100,000 to MUST Ministries. “Walmart is excited to continue helping the communities we serve,” said Glen Wilkins, director of public affairs and government relations at Walmart.

MUST is applying the contribution to the extensive feeding program at the 43-yr.-old charity. According to Dr. Ike Reighard, President and CEO of MUST, the financial support will provide critical dollars for helping the thousands of clients who rely on MUST for food.

“MUST distributes just under a ton of food every week day through our food pantries,” Reighard explained. Pantries in Marietta, Smyrna and Canton hand out groceries to those in need. In addition free breads and sweets are distributed daily at those locations and additionally at the homeless campus.

The MUST feeding program also includes holiday meals and Thanksgiving boxes. Plus, 77,000 meals are served annually at the Loaves and Fishes Community Kitchen. Shelter clients eat breakfast and lunch there each week day, and all three meals on weekends. Week day lunches are open to anyone who is hungry. The feeding program is a vital part of the $8.2 million charity’s programming.

Reighard said MUST is also grateful to some individual Walmart stores who have made cash donations in the past. “Walmart is focused on addressing hunger relief and so are we. The partnership is ideal because they help supply the funds and we implement the programs. We are deeply grateful to Walmart for their generosity to the 31,000 people a year we serve.”

Walmart is operating globally, but giving back locally to make a significant social impact. MUST serves in eight counties and helps those recovering from poverty by providing basic needs of life, including food, housing, employment services and clothing.

 

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YWCA of Northwest Georgia receives $20,000 grant from Mary Kay Foundation

YWCA

While domestic violence has experienced a recent boost in awareness due to recent events, women and children in Northwest Georgia are in need of housing, resource and support programs as they flee abusive situations and work to rebuild their lives.

The YWCA of Northwest GA in Marietta, GA received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation as part of the organization’s annual Shelter Grant program to maintain critical services and programs. The Mary Kay Foundation awarded a total of $3 million in funding to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

“It’s been a bigger challenge than ever for shelters to keep their doors open and grants from The Mary Kay Foundation are a vital part in helping shelters move forward in their missions,” said Anne Crews, board member for The Mary Kay Foundation and Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay Inc. “The shelter grants are a signature program of the Foundation and represent just one of the ways Mary Kay is committed to ending domestic violence. We are proud to support local shelters like the YWCA that are on the front lines of helping women and children who need shelter and support from abuse.”

The YWCA of Northwest GA’s shelter Sheltering Hands is a 32-bed shelter in Marietta, GA offering a safe haven to women and children who have suffered domestic violence. Sheltering Hands, the only certified domestic violence shelter in Cobb County, serves up to 200 women and children each year and the number of individuals seeking shelter is ever increasing.  

“We are honored to receive this grant from The Mary Kay Foundation,” said Holly Tuchman, CEO and Executive Director. “As we provide shelter to those fleeing domestic violence, this grant will help us serve the most vulnerable members of our community.”

For nearly 20 years The Mary Kay Foundation has supported the prevention and elimination of domestic violence, an epidemic that touches one in every four women in her lifetime. Through the Foundation’s annual shelter grant program, $37 million has been granted to domestic violence organizations since 2000. Nearly 700 shelters requested funding this year.

Click here for a full list of 2014 grant recipients or visit marykayfoundation.org for additional information.

 

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Spotlight a dedicated Cobb volunteer

Know a dedicated Cobb volunteer who deserves the spotlight? Send a photo of your do-gooder and a list of his or her services with the subject: Do-Gooder to Cynthia@eastcobber.com.

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