As the weather gets cooler, we wanted to remind those in the Sixes Living area of the many great resources our community has to offer.
One such resource when the temperatures fall below 32 degrees fahrenheit is the warming center at Action Church. This location opens its doors to those in need of a little warmth and offers beds, warm meals, hygiene packs, coats, jackets and scarves. In order to meet the needs of the community, Action Church is currently accepting coats, jackets, and scarves in preparation for the coming cold weather. Action Church is located at 271 Marietta Road in Canton. For more information about the warming center at Action Church, contact Taylor Smith at 770-345-3030 and watch for updates on Facebook.
With the holidays upon us, we realize that there are many in our community who are struggling. If you are looking for support or seeking a volunteer opportunity in an effort to help those in need, the following list is a great resource. Originally, published in our December Sixes Living Magazine on pages 34 and 35 with holiday needs and opportunities, we’ve updated our online version for a friendly reminder of what can be found in our very own Cherokee County community.
Because many of our friends and neighbors struggle financially every day, there are many charities that work hard to help people in need. Here’s a list of local nonprofits that have additional needs for volunteers and resources during the holidays and beyond.
Cherokee County Senior Services
The Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency, Cherokee County Senior Services and the Volunteer Aging Council are working together on the annual Adopt-A-Senior 2015 program. Volunteers are asked to “adopt” a senior who receives services through Cherokee County Senior Services and provide him or her with a cardigan sweater, $25 gift card and a book of stamps. To participate, please email Frankie Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-924-7768.
Cherokee Family Violence Center
Items are needed year-round for the emergency shelter. The center has a transitional housing complex with 72 apartments and emergency shelter that accommodates 12 women and children. Officials are asking for donations of hygiene and paper products, cleaning supplies, batteries and over-the-counter medications for adults and children, feminine products, band-aids, new pajamas and underwear for women and children, and other baby supplies. For delivery details, call 770-479-4641 or email email@example.com.
Turn Around Ministries, a safe haven for abused and neglected children, is in need of staple household items like paper plates, toilet paper, diapers, etc. Donations can be dropped off at Smallcakes, 2035 Towne Lake Parkway, #110, Woodstock. For a complete list of needs, visit www. smallcakeswoodstock.com.
The Children’s Haven
The Children’s Haven is a local nonprofit that promotes the health and happiness of children in Cherokee who are affected by abuse. The group works to ensure their safety, advocate on their behalf and respond to meet their needs. Winter weather needs include new coats, socks, pajamas and underwear. Target or Walmart gift cards are welcome. Items can be dropped off at 1083 Marietta Highway in Canton. 770-345-3274.
North Georgia Pregnancy and Family Resource Center
The Jasper agency serves North Cherokee, Pickens and surrounding counties. FREE and confidential services, include pregnancy tests, first semester ultrasounds, parenting classes and much more. More information regarding the nonprofit, which serves pregnant moms and families with children up to 5 years old can be found at www.babyontheway.org. They are open Monday and Wednesday and can be reached at 706-253-6303.
Located throughout Cherokee and Cobb Counties, MUST Ministry offers assistance to those in need as well as several volunteer opportunities. With the foundational principles that every individual MUST have food, shelter, work, clothing and hope, MUST Ministries offers several forms of help. For details visit mustministries.org or call 770-427-9862.
A list of seasonal needs is kept up-to-date on the website. Papa’s Pantry is a food and stability training organization for Cherokee residents. For details, call 770-591-4730.
In addition to the above information, you may learn about many other ways to help in the community throughout the year at www.volunteercherokee.org.We hope that you have a safe and warm winter season. Please let us know if you are familiar with other community resources that you’d like to help make the community aware of by filling out the form below.