MCINTOSH COUNTY, GA The McIntosh County Health Department has received $8,800 in funding from the Community of Coastal Georgia Foundation’s Miller Family Fund to purchase car safety seats for children and implement tobacco cessation classes.

“Part of our mission is to provide grants for organizations in Camden, Glynn, and McIntosh counties to support programs that will make a positive difference in those communities,” said President and CEO of the Community of Coastal Georgia Foundation, Dr. Valerie Hepburn. “We are pleased to be able to help the McIntosh County Health Department with these two very worthwhile initiatives.”

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages 2-14 and the leading cause of injury-related death for children under two. When installed and used correctly, child car seats and seat belts can prevent injuries and save lives. Grant funding in the amount of $2,000 from the Foundation will be used to purchase car seats and educate families on the proper installation of car seats and general seatbelt safety.  Pictures below is a recent event at the McIntosh County Health Department.

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According to the 2013 McIntosh County Community Health Needs Assessment, 28 percent of McIntosh County residents smoke or use tobacco. That is well above the national rate of 13 percent and state average of 20 percent. Grant funding in the amount of $6,800 from the Foundation will help support “Tobacco-Free McIntosh,” and campaign to help promote tobacco cessation through advertising, educational classes, and nicotine replacement therapy.Smoking Ceasation

“Although this funding will be used for two entirely different purposes, both programs will help protect the residents of McIntosh County in the long run,” said McIntosh County Health Department Nurse Manager, Paige Lightsey, R.N.

The Miller Family Fund, a component fund of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, was established by Martin and Laura Lynn Miller in 2013. The family is from Valdosta, but they have had home in McIntosh County for more than a decade. The family has built a number of successful agencies providing home care and services for seniors, and they have been recognized as leaders and innovators in health and aging services. The Millers have a long history of successful philanthropy focused on health, aging and quality of life issues, including support for the establishment of a Family Health Center at Valdosta State University’s School of Nursing. Their current philanthropic interests include public health and primary care services for the people of McIntosh County.

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2016 - CONNECTING THE PASSIONS OF DONORS TO THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITIES

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2015 - A YEAR OF GROWTH, ENGAGEMENT AND IMPACT

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2011 - THERE IS NOTHING IN A CATERPILLAR THAT TELLS YOU IT'S GOING TO BE A BUTTERFLY 2011 Annual Rpt cover

In 2015 the Board of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation celebrated its tenth Anniversary and a multitude of early successes.

Yet, we recognize that the full promise of the Foundation is yet to be realized.

The coming few years are pivotal. We are intensely committed to forwarding our mission of strengthening our communities through engaged philanthropy.

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In step with the Foundation’s look back at its first decade, the Board engaged in a two-day strategic planning work session to look boldly ahead. The intensive session was a gathering of critical inputs from donors, grantees and stakeholders across our three-county area...a focusing on existing and emerging economic, social and demographic factors...and an examining of the experiences and best-practices of other highly successful community foundations.

The Board outlined an aggressive three-year strategic plan designed to stabilize and grow the Foundation. Three core thematic goals were established on which we will focus our energies:

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- Creating lasting value for donors and the community.

Scope and Scale
- Growing the reach and depth of the organization.

Significance
- Strengthening the relevance and impact of the Foundation’s work.

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Summer Interns of The Gathering Place accompanied by Executive Director Lucas Ramirez paid the Community Foundation a visit recently to say "thank you" for past support....

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Dr. Hepburn expressed appreciation and queried them on the circumstances that brought them to our community, the learning and experiences that were most memorable and their future dreams and plans.  What came through loud and clear was an appreciation for the ministry of Gathering Place and our community. 

We wish them every success in their futures.

 

CASA Glynn received a grant in 2013 from the Community Foundation to upgrade their server and computers.  No more lost data, freeze ups and frustration! 

One of the volunteers shared her appreciation.... "I have very limited computer skills and it was always a struggle to write the many reports.  I typically 2013 Bonney ck del to Carywould spend hours at the CASA office completing court reports, panel reports and monthly report.  Now there is a dedicated computer for CASA volunteers!  I am able to complete my work immediately and what used to take me hours now takes 30 minutes.  It frees me up to spend more time with my CASA child."

 

Baby Steps Creates Literacy Center at Head Start

 

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The African saying, “It takes a village to raise a child,” was clearly in the minds of the Glynn County volunteers, educators, businesses, and local philanthropists who gave so generously to transform a drab, grey cinderblock room at the Glynn County Head Start School into an “under-the-sea themed” literacy center that opened April of 2013.

The room was another effort in the “Baby Steps” Early Literacy Initiative of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation to offer age-appropriate literature in a “print-rich” and visually stimulating environment. The community foundation plans to open several more literacy centers, accessible to children in areas where there are low income families. Plans also call for trained community volunteer readers to staff the rooms for regular readings.

A giant octopus, smiling shark, schools of fish, crabs, hot pink coral, and blue waves, are among the images that brighten the walls and bear print labels, thanks to the amazing artistic talent of early education teacher Amy Kramer and renowned local artist Nancy Muldowney, both of whom also directed the volunteers who offered assistance in transforming the room.

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Baby Steps Coordinator Maryellen Aiken added face-front book case displays and more than 300 books provided through donor contributions to the Baby Steps initiative at the foundation. Head Start was also able to provide two “smart board” type computers for the children to benefit from interactive literacy technology.

“It is imperative to provide children with the tools they need to learn how to read very early in the education pipe-line, and there's no better place to do this than at a Head Start program where we can reach well over 200 three and four year old children," said Lee Owen, executive director of Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Coastal Georgia by promoting and increasing philanthropy. “The room was a “perfect storm” of talent and generosity – from the creative genius and passion of Amy, to the sweat equity of teachers and parents, to the guidance from the College of Coastal Georgia’s education department.”

The goal of Baby Steps is to help ensure that every child in the community, no matter what socio-economic level, is ready to read and ready to succeed when they reach kindergarten. Providing better access to books and print-rich environments is just one of several ways that Baby Steps is accomplishing this goal – and making a “splash!”

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