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RCSS Drive Through Meal Program

RCSS Drive Through Meal Program

  • Beginning March 18, 2020, lunches will be distributed, with breakfast bags for the next day, at the listed meal sites.
  • Meals are available for children ages 2 – 18.
    • Children must be present to receive meals.
  • We are seeking assistance from community partners and churches to help with delivering meals to families who are homebound and cannot get to a distribution site.
    • If your organization is interested, please contact Dr. Dana Bing at (706) 829-9615.
    • Community partners will pick up from a distribution or production site and deliver to the family.
  • Want to help? We need:
    • Clean, large boxes to transport meals between sites.
    • Small bags or boxes to put individual meals in for easy distribution.

The COVID 19 Meal Sites Flyer includes Locations. Download the PDF.

Are Your Donations Helping or Hurting The Charities You Donate To

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This time of year is a big time to give donations. But smaller nonprofits find themselves in a situation that they never like to be. They receive so many donations that they just can’t hand out for one reason or another. A small nonprofit might have no choice but to throw out your donation. 

There is a lot of reasons for this to happen. The donation might be expired food products or a ripped or torn piece of clothing or something that would not help the demographic they serve. 

As quoted in the Washington Post, Scott Schenkelberg, president, and chief executive of Miriam’s Kitchen, a nonprofit working to end chronic homelessness in the District. “You might think it’s better to have a torn shirt than to have none. But for the people we’re serving, our work is based on relationships built on trust and mutual respect. If we were to offer people items that are obviously not respectful, that can damage the relationship.”

The advise Scott gives is to donate as if you were donating to someone you love. You wouldn’t give your wife or children a torn or dirty gift, would you? 

Here are 6 things to keep in mind when donating this Holiday Season 

  1. Check the expiration dates of the can foods you donate. If it is expired just throw it out, a nonprofit can not share it. If it is close to expiring don’t donate it to a small food bank. Often their stock can remain on their shelves for some time, so it is best to give them at least a month or two before the expiration date. 
  2. Do not donate a dirty or dented can of food. This is a big safety risk for a population that is already at risk for food born illnesses. 
  3. If the clothes you want to donate are torn or stained, consider donating to Good Will since many will buy from the Good Will to repurpose the cloth for some other use. Do not donate dirty or torn clothing to a charity especially a small nonprofit. And keep in mind about who the charity serves. Women’s clothes are no use to a men’s shelter. 
  4. If you are donating toys make sure they have all the pieces and are not broken. 
  5. Check with the charity you would like to donate to and see if they have suggestions for the kinds of things they need. They might have an Amazon Wishlist that you can buy from on their website. 
  6. When in doubt ASK! Call, Email, research just don’t assume. 

The people these nonprofits serve are sometimes at the lowest point in their life. Treating them with the respect you would give your own loved one will go a long way to helping change the circumstances of their life. As Scott Schenkelberg says,” the notion that “beggars can’t be choosers” is demeaning. “The people we serve have so few choices in their lives,” he says. “They’re told to go here, there, all over for resources. In fact, they might most need the power of making a choice — even a small one — but the choice has to be a positive and meaningful one. Giving them a choice between a red shirt and a blue shirt is empowering. Giving them a choice between a torn red shirt and no shirt isn’t a choice at all.”

Quotes for Scott Schenkelberg are from the Washington Post Article written by Amy Freeman 

Columbia County Gives News

Mark donates $10,000 to THS construction program

Mark knows how important the construction program at Thomson High School is. The McDuffie Progress covered the presentation to the school on August 15, 2019.

Mark and JoAnn Herbert of Herbert Homes presented a $10,000  check to the McDuffie County Board of Education to benefit the construction program at Thomson High School. Pictured are Trevor Roberson, THS principal; Andy Knox, board chairman; Mychele Rhodes, superintendent of schools; and Jarvis McNair, board vice chairman.

A local developer showed his commitment to education by donating $10,000 to the construction program at Thomson High School.

Mark and JoAnn Herbert, of Herbert Homes, and the developers turning the former 1810 winery in Thomson into a multifaceted residential and commercial entity, presented the check for the construction program to the McDuffie County Board of Education Aug. 15.

In making the donation, he said the money is to be used for supplies and training materials for the multiple pathways offered within the construction career cluster at the high school.

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Giving Your Best Award: Pat Grice

I have known Pat Grice for many years, this award is well deserved. Congratulations Pat. 

Giving Your Best: Pat Grice

By: Jennie Montgomery
Posted: Mar 26, 2018 05:46 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 12, 2018 05:19 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Pat Grice is a volunteer with Columbia County Community Connection and Columbia County Cares. She delivers food and clothing where it’s needed, coordinating with consignment shops and grocery stores.

What began 11 years ago with just one school, now serves 31 schools.

Pat had another reason to celebrate when the WJBF cameras showed up at her office– making it an extra special birthday as she was presented the Giving Your Best award!!!  

News from some of the Charities Mark and JoAnn Support

  • Local disaster response continues during COVID-19
    by American Red Cross on August 6, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Since the COVID-19 crisis took hold, disasters have not stopped, and neither has the American Red Cross. Watch how we have adapted our work to continue delivering humanitarian assistance to residents coping with the trauma of a local disaster in the midst of a global pandemic. Learn more at Video Editor: Will(Wei) Wu

  • American Red Cross Hosts White House Round Table with President Trump & Distinguished Health Experts
    by American Red Cross on August 4, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    The President of the United States visited the American Red Cross on Thursday, July 30, to help raise awareness for convalescent plasma, a hopeful treatment in the fight against coronavirus. He also conducted a roundtable of experts who spoke about the importance of convalescent plasma and other efforts aimed at fighting the pandemic. The American Red Cross is a neutral, impartial humanitarian organization whose mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering. With coronavirus cases surging across the U.S., the Red Cross faces an emergency shortage of convalescent plasma, a potentially lifesaving treatment for patients battling COVID-19. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 that contains antibodies that may help patients actively fighting the virus. Individuals who have fully recovered and received a verified COVID-19 diagnosis are urged to sign up to give convalescent plasma now by completing our Donor Information Form on Join us.

  • EKEP President, Rick Kinney, and Executive Assistant Mack O’Shaughnessy discuss Clyde Theatre and Quimby Village with Jim Mount of the Fort Wayne Reader
    by abare on June 9, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    EKEP President, Rick Kinney discusses his vision for the Clyde Theatre and Quimby Village with Jim Mount of the Fort Wayne Reader. See full article “The Clyde, as it currently stands, is the problem with the Quimby Village, Kinney says, not so much other issues that people may think. It’s The post EKEP President, Rick Kinney, and Executive Assistant Mack O’Shaughnessy discuss Clyde Theatre and Quimby Village with Jim Mount of the Fort Wayne Reader appeared first on Augusta Symphony.

  • The Clyde Theatre and Quimby Village Featured at 2015 My City Summit July 31
    by abare on June 9, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    The Clyde Theatre and Quimby Village were featured by Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana in the 2015 My City Summit. The event began Wednesday July 29 2015 and ran until Saturday August 1. In addition, new details on the Clyde Theatre and Quimby Village were revealed during the My City Summit Symposium on The post The Clyde Theatre and Quimby Village Featured at 2015 My City Summit July 31 appeared first on Augusta Symphony.

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  • Educator
    on July 19, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    The American Heart Association offers programs for the classroom and for the gym to get help kids healthy and performing better in school.

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