Volunteers Needed for Gift Wrapping in Cumming GA

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Volunteers Needed for Gift Wrapping

Act Together Ministries is seeking volunteers to help with Christmas gift wrapping on Thursday, Dec. 17th and on Christmas Eve at the Barnes and Noble – 410 Peachtree Pkwy Cumming, GA 30041. Three hour shifts are available throughout the day including evening hours this Thursday. Children are welcome to volunteer alongside their parents.  

If you can help, please send an e-mail to info@actogetherministries.org

Shifts Available:

Thursday, December 17th
• 9:15AM-12:30PM
• 12:15PM-3:30PM
• 3:15PM-6:30PM
• 6:15PM-9:30PM

Christmas Eve – Thursday, December 24th
• 8:45AM-12:00PM
• 11:45AM-3:00PM
• 2:45PM-6:00PM

Thank you in advance for helping! 

Volunteer Opportunities in Forsyth County

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Volunteer Opportunities in Forsyth County

We’re getting lots of questions about finding local volunteer opportunities in Forsyth County and throughout Cumming.  With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s a great reminder to help our community (now & throughout the year).  We started updating our list and then turned to Facebook for some help too.   Below, we’ve linked to volunteer pages of some recommended organizations.  This is just meant to serve as a starting point – definitely click on the links &/or call the organizations that you might have a passion for and see how you can get involved!

Here are some organizations to check out:

Looking for more?  Be sure to check out Forsyth County Community Connection and our original Facebook Post for reader recommendations.

Date Specific Events:

(We know this list will grow as the holidays get closer – we’ll continue to add to it as events are submitted.

People make this a great community!!

Sponsor a Child this Christmas 2013

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Sponsor a Child this Christmas in Forsyth County 

@CummingLocal would love for you to sponsor a child this Christmas. Act Together Ministries is a wonderful non-profit here in Cumming that helps families here in the county. Their goal this year is to provide a Christmas morning experience for kids that wouldn’t get that. But they need our help! They are in need of more sponsors for the kids here in our county.

Below is more information and you can sign up by clicking here. The deadline is coming up! Thanks in advance for helping out the kids in our county!

And for more volunteer opportunities, read our round-up post here.

How much does it cost to sponsor a child for Christmas?

Each child should receive 2-3 needed gifts such as shoes or a jacket and 2-3 wanted gifts such as toys or games. This generally costs $75-100 per child but if you are a bargain shopper, you might be able to do it for cheaper.

 What should I buy?

We will provide you with a list of practical gift requests and information about the child. We can also give you age appropriate gift suggestions.

 Do I have to shop?

No. We need people to make financial donations as well. If you would like to make an online donation, please click here.

Should I wrap the gifts?

No. Please do not wrap the gifts. We’ve found from previous experience that parents prefer to wrap the gifts. Most of these gifts will be given from “Santa” and will be left on the living room floor unwrapped. In the past when we allowed sponsors to wrap the gifts, we found that most parents were unwrapping them because they wanted to know what the gift was or wanted to wrap it themselves. Put yourself in their shoes. If you had to apply for Christmas sponsorship for your children, you’d want to know what the gifts were before giving them to your children.

 What are the situations these children live in?

The children receiving Christmas sponsorship live in low-income families, often single parent households living on minimum wage. Other parents are temporarily out of work. Many of the children are foster children. Some live in group homes, others live in a shelter with their families.

 Is it possible to meet the child/family?

Yes. The children will attend our Christmas party on Saturday, December 14th in Cumming and you are welcome to volunteer at this party. Check our volunteer opportunities for more details. Please keep in mind that we give the parents/Santa “credit” for the gifts. We do not want the children to realize they were sponsored for Christmas so please do not say anything at the party. Let your giving be done in secret and give God the glory.

 What about gifts for the parents?

There are a few reasons that we don’t include adults in our Christmas sponsorship program:

There are children on a waiting list. If you are able to give more, please consider adding another child or two to your list. Teenagers are particularly difficult to find sponsors for.

Providing gifts for the children is giving a great gift to the parents. We even allow the parents to “take credit” for the gifts the children receive. When the parents pick up the gifts for their children, we distract the children with a big Christmas party. Meanwhile our volunteer elves hide the bags of gifts into the back of the car. Mom and Dad give the gifts to the children on Christmas morning from themselves or from “Santa.” This is the greatest gift we can give the parents.

The parents are not in the child’s life. For some of the children receiving Christmas sponsorship, a parent may be in prison or uninvolved in their child’s life. Some of our children are foster kids and others live in group homes.

We greatly appreciate your willingness to help the parents but we ask that you consider sponsoring another child/teen or provide a financial donation to the ministry to support our year round efforts: to help parents find employment, to provide incentives to the kids for making good grades in school (and thus breaking the cycle), to provide birthday gifts, enrichment (sports, ballet, gymnastics, boy scouts, etc.) scholarships and more.

What else can I do?

Pray for the child/children you are sponsoring. Get involved year round and consider financially donating to the ministry.

 When do the gifts need to be turned in?

By December 11th. This is early but we need time to bag up all the gifts and get everything ready for the pick up on December 14th.

 Where do the gifts need to be dropped off?

The gifts can be dropped off:

In Cumming: The Vine Community Church

In Atlanta: PowerPlan Inc

In Roswell: Neighbor Newspapers

In Norcross: The Law Offices of Mark L Wells

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities in Forsyth County

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Volunteer Opportunities in Forsyth County

  • Forsyth County Senior Services: Forsyth County would love to provide meals to seniors all over the county. For more information about the program with Meals on Wheels, click here.
  • Aerial’s Toy Collection: The Forsyth County is collecting new, unwrapped toys for any age and new, tagged clothing for children ages 6 to 14 can be dropped off now at Forsyth County fire stations, the Fire Department Headquarters (3520 Settingdown Road), under the Christmas tree in the lobby of the County Administration Building (110 E. Main Street) or at any of the county’s four library branches.
  • Act Together Ministries: This non-profit has tons of opportunities for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can visit their website for the most up to date information. The offer options like cooking a Thanksgiving dinner, donating a Turkey, making table decor, sponsoring a child for Christmas, organizing a food drive, and much much more! Click here for more information.
  • Forsyth County Senior Services – Senior Services Seeks Holiday Gift Angels for Community’s Senior Citizens

Annual Program helps bring holiday cheer to local seniors

Be a holiday angel to a local senior citizen in need by participating in the 2013 Holiday Gift Angels Program. The program is presented by Forsyth County Senior Services.

“The Holiday Gift Angels Program helps spread holiday cheer and is a wonderful way to make a difference in the lives of our seniors,” said Senior Services Director Michael Bohn. “During the holiday season, the gifts help remind our senior citizens that someone is thinking about them.”

The gift request tags from senior citizens are now available at the following Forsyth County Senior Services locations:

Center at Charles Place, 595 Dahlonega Street
open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hearthstone Lodge Community Center, 7305 Lanier Drive
open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sexton Hall Enrichment Center, 2115 Chloe Road
open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Each gift request tag contains the name of a local senior citizen along with a gift idea for him/her. Those participating in the program may deliver the unwrapped gift in a gift bag   with the gift request tag attached (or another tag with the senior’s name and route number) to any of the three Forsyth County Senior Services locations weekdays until December 6.

  • Fire Department – Forsyth County Fire Department Begins Annual Toy Collection

Eleventh annual toy collection helps children in need

The Forsyth County Fire Department is seeking the assistance of citizens in helping to make this holiday season special for children in need, through the department’s eleventh annual Aerial’s House toy collection.

“The very generous support of the community has allowed the Aerial’s House toy collection to help brighten the holiday season for many local children over the years,” Fire Chief Danny Bowman said. “Collecting the gifts is truly something the Fire Department personnel look forward to every year. It is our honor to serve this community and we are humbled to be able to give back to the community in this small way.”

New, unwrapped toys for any age and new, tagged clothing for children ages 6 to 14 may be dropped off now at Forsyth County fire stations, the Fire Department Headquarters located at 3520 Settingdown Road, or any of the county’s four library branches.

Beginning in December, toys and clothing for Aerial’s House may also be dropped off under the Christmas tree in the lobby of the Forsyth County Administration Building, located at 110 East Main Street in Cumming.

Thanks for all you do to serve this wonderful community!

Toolz 4 School Back to School Drive

The following information has been provided via Heather Clark of Act Together Ministries. 

Toolz 4 School Back to School Drive

School supplies are out at the stores.  Have you noticed or have you tried to block that out?

Act Together Ministries (a children’s charity serving foster children, special needs children and children of the working poor) needs your help to collect school supplies for children in need in five north metro counties: Forsyth, N Fulton, Cobb, Cherokee, and Gwinnett. With your help, they will set up the 5th annual school supply “store” that allows children the opportunity to shop for their own school supplies. The children love picking out their favorite color backpack, selecting pencils with a preferred cartoon character, and getting the exact items listed on their school supply list. Parents in the program contribute $5 toward the event so that they have the honor of taking ownership. No one wants to wait in a hand out line and be labeled “Needy.” In addition to receiving school supplies, the children get haircuts, medical/dental screening, lunch, and enjoy crafts, games and other fun activities.

Ways To Help:

Purchase – School Supplies Needed:

  • Backpacks
  • Folders/ 3 Ring Binders
  • Paper/ Graph Paper/ Spiral Notebooks
  • Pencils/ Crayons/ Markers/ Pens
  • Calculators
  • Tabbed Dividers
  • Glue/ Glue Sticks
  • School Boxes/ Pencil Pouches
  • Erasers
  • Rulers/ Protractors/ Compass

Drop Off Locations in Cumming, GA:

  • Scott’s Auto Repair
    820 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming 30041
  • Chick-fil-A Lanier Crossing
    653 Atlanta Hwy, Cumming 30040
  • Lakeside Realty
  • The Vine Community Church
    4655 Bethelview Road, Cumming 30040
  • Freedom Journey Yoga
    101 Meadow Drive, Suite C, Cumming 30040

Volunteer Opportunities:

Does Your Family Need Assistance?

Act Together assists families during this time.  If your family needs assistance, please click here for more information and to register as a participant.

Sponsor a Child for Christmas

Sponsor a Child for Christmas & Give This Christmas Away

Our friends at Act Together Ministries need our help! Can you sponsor a child for Christmas this year?  They’re looking at one of their biggest Christmas Seasons just around the corner!

The United Way and Toys for Tots have come alongside Act Together and said they want to help them in their efforts.  Act Together is looking for generous people in the community to sponsor or  “adopt” children in need this holiday season.

With your help, Act Together can make sure the children wake up to find some special gifts on Christmas morning.

To see some answers to Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

More Information:

Click here to see more information & to sign up.

More about Act Together Ministries

Act Together Ministries is a children’s charity that serves children in distress throughout the North Metro Atlanta area. Programs serve foster children, special needs children and children of the working poor. These services expand throughout North Fulton, Forsyth, Cobb, Cherokee, and Gwinnett counties. We provide ESSENTIALs such as clothing and food. We offer EDUCATIONAL support through our Tools 4 School event at the end of the summer and our I CAN program throughout the school year. In addition, we seek to ENRICH the lives of the children we serve by hosting special events and offering sports and extracurricular scholarships. We provide birthday and Christmas sponsorships. Our goal is also to EMPOWER parents to improve their lives.

 

 

Volunteer on Thanksgiving Day in Forsyth County

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Volunteer to Serve & Give this Thanksgiving Day

Are you looking for a place your family can volunteer this Thanksgiving?  Act Together Ministries invites you to volunteer at its 3rd Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day. This event is open to the general community. Volunteers are needed to serve food, assist with crowd control, play with the kids, visit with guests and help as needed. Volunteers must be flexible and willing to serve where needed.Volunteers are also asked to eat with the guests. This creates more of a community or family feel and makes everyone more comfortable. Please plan to stay the entire time, 1:00-5:00PM.

Details & Sign-Up:

Location – Covenant Christian Academy Gymnasium
6905 Post Road
Cumming, GA 30040

More About Act Together:

Act Together is a children’s charity in Alpharetta, GA that serves foster children and children from low income families in the North Metro Atlanta area.

Stock the new South Forsyth Food Pantry

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New Food Pantry Serving South Forsyth County

Act Together Ministries, a local children’s charity that serves foster children and children from low income families in the North Metro Atlanta area, recently partnered with The Vine Community Church to open a new food pantry in South Forsyth.

The food pantry will help support residents in need within our county!

But as you can see from the current photo above, the pantry needs a great start!  Can you help stock the new pantry?

Can you help? 

Consider donating a bag of items to help stock this new food pantry.  Drop off your donations at The Vine Community Church, located at 4655 Bethelview Road in Cumming, M-F during business hours or Wednesday evening or Sunday morning during church hours.

Right now, the greatest need is just general non-perishables.

More Information:

Contact Act Together Ministries

 

Act Together Ministries: Back to School Drive

Can you believe it’s just a few short weeks before the school bus will be rounding the block again?

Act Together Ministries needs your help to collect school supplies for children in need in five north metro counties: Forsyth, N Fulton, Cobb, Cherokee, and Gwinnett. With your help, we will set up our 4th annual school supply “store” that allows children the opportunity to shop for their own school supplies. The children love picking out their favorite color backpack, selecting pencils with a preferred cartoon character, and getting the exact items listed on their school supply list. Parents in our program contribute $5 toward the event so that they have the honor of taking ownership. No one wants to wait in a hand out line and be labeled “Needy.” In addition to receiving school supplies, the children get haircuts, medical/dental screening, lunch, and enjoy crafts, games and other fun activities.

We need your help to make this happen. Please consider purchasing a few school supplies when you are out shopping.

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School Supplies Needed:

  • Backpacks
  • Folders/ 3 Ring Binders
  • Paper/ Graph Paper/ Spiral Notebooks
  • Pencils/ Crayons/ Markers/ Pens 30
  • Calculators
  • Tabbed Dividers
  • Glue/ Glue Sticks
  • School Boxes/ Pencil Pouches
  • Erasers
  • Rulers/ Protractors/ Compass

Drop Off Locations throughout the North Metro Atlanta Area:

  • Neighbor Newspapers
    5483-A Chamblee Dunwoody Road Dunwoody
    5290 Roswell Rd., N.W. Suite M Atlanta
    10930 Crabapple Road, Suite 9 Roswell
  • Chick-fil-A Lanier Crossing
    653 Atlanta Rd Cumming
  • St. James UMC
    3000 Webb Bridge Road Alpharetta
  • Christ the Shepherd
    4655 Webb Bridge Road Alpharetta
  • The Vine Community ChurchDSC_9632
    4655 Bethelview Road Cumming
  • Crooked Creek Storage
    6300 Atlanta Hwy, Alpharetta
  • Scott’s Auto Repair
    820 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming
  • Lakeside Realty
    327 Dahlonega St # A1902, Cumming
  • Treasures ReSale
    11060 Alpharetta HWY Suite 140 Roswell
  • Office Suites PLUS
    4555 Mansell Rd, Suite 300 Alpharetta
    2050 Marconi Dr, Suite 300 Alpharetta
    3330 Cumberland Blvd, Suite 500 Atlanta
    303 Perimeter Center North, Suite 300 Atlanta
    160 Clairemont Avenue, Suite 200 Decatur
    3235 Satellite Blvd, Building 400, Suite 300 Duluth
    1755 North Brown Rd, Suite 200 Lawrenceville

Volunteer Opportunities: For these and other volunteer opportunities: http://actogetherministries.org/event-registration/volunteer

  • Medical volunteers are needed on Sunday afternoon, August 5th at our Tools 4 School event in Alpharetta.
  • Little Hands Children’s Volunteer Project:  Thursday August 2nd 10AM at Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alpharetta. Help set up the school supply store.
  • Organize a Drive:  Can you collect school supplies in your neighborhood? At your office? We will provide step by step directions to get you started.

Need School Supplies for your child? Register Here

Cumming Local Family Night & Back to School Drive

Update:  Snag your tickets by Midnight, Tuesday July 24th and you’ll automatically be entered in a REFUND Giveaway!  Meaning we’ll refund the price of your ticket & fee!!!  So don’t delay & order today!  One lucky winner will be selected by Random.org & notified via email.

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Ready for some end of Summer fun while helping us with a great cause?!

Join us for a Family Night Out!  Read more & click here to snag your tickets.

Event Details:

Date/Time – Tuesday, July 31st 5pm to 8pm
Location – Adventure Kids:  4335 Bethelview Road, Cumming GA 30040
Why – End of Summer Fun & Back to School Drive

School donations to Benefit the Toolz 4 School Program of Act Together Ministries which assists foster children and low income families in Forsyth, North Fulton, Cobb & Gwinnett Counties.

Very important:  If your family needs assistance with back to school items this year, please register here.

Your full event ticket includes:

  • Up to three hours of Free Play at Adventure Kids from 5pm to 8pm
  • Pizza Dinner
  • FREE Coupsicle credit with a Back to School Donation

Click here to purchase tickets.

A few notes about ticket purchases:  There are several options available.  Every child (1 year & up) wanting to play will need to purchase a ticket.  Choose from a full event ticket with play & dinner or just a play ticket if you will not be eating with us.

Parents do NOT need a ticket, unless you would like a pizza dinner.  If you would like to eat with us, please purchase an Adult ticket.

Please don’t forget your school supply donations!

School Donations being Accepted:

  • Backpacks
  • Folders/ 3 Ring Binders
  • Paper/ Graph Paper/ Spiral Notebooks
  • Pencils/ Crayons/ Markers/ Pens 30
  • Calculators
  • Tabbed Dividers
  • Glue/ Glue Sticks
  • School Boxes/ Pencil Pouches
  • Erasers
  • Rulers/ Protractors/ Compass

How to Receive Coupsicle Credit:

  • Bring a little – get $5 credit.
  • Bring a lot – get $10 credit.
  • Bring a new book bag – get $15 credit.
    *Note:  The final determination of a “little” vs. a “lot” will be determined by Coupsicle.  An example of a “lot” is enough supplies for 2 children.

Either way, you can actually earn your ticket purchase or the cost of supplies back in Coupsicle credit!!  How awesome is that!!

Ready to join us?

Click here to snag your Family Night Out Event Ticket.  We’ll have a blast at Adventure Kids as we play, eat, and hang out together.  We’ll earn some FREE Coupsicle credit and most importantly, we’ll help some families & children start the school year ready for success!

Note:  If you’re unable to join in the fun of our event, but still interested in donating, click here for Toolz 4 School Donation Drop-offs around town.