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:

          • Abba House: They have both permanent/long-term volunteer opportunities, as well as opportunities to volunteer for one day or one project.
          • Cumming Ministries & Thrift Store: They have many areas of ministry in need of volunteers from local churches and from the community. The  current needs include the following: financial donations, drop off donations for thrift store, donate time to work in the thrift store, skilled craftsmen to help with renovations, mentors for the residents, drivers to take men to work or doctor appointments, prayer for the ministry.
          • Family Haven: They need the help of community members like you to accomplish their mission.  Please view the list of volunteer opportunities here to find out how you can become involved today!
          • Food for Thought Project: They are looking for volunteers to make pick ups or work in the kids clubhouse. More details here.
          • Humane Society of Forsyth County: If you are passionate about helping our furry friends, we need you at the Humane Society of Forsyth County.
          • The Place of Forsyth County: Volunteers at The Place of Forsyth work together with staff to support our families and our Mission: The Place helps people in Forsyth County with emergency basic needs. We ask that all volunteers provide a minimum of three (3) hours of their time. Current volunteer needs include: Food Pantry (MarketPlace), Thrift Store, Work Force Instructors & Mentors, Administrators, Garden
          • Whispering Hope: Join Whispering Hope in our efforts to protect life and reach those vulnerable to abortion with hope and help.  Volunteer to play a role in life initiatives to help us serve those who come to us seeking an alternative to abortion. There are many opportunities to help Whispering Hope, click here to review the options.
          • United Way of Forsyth County:  Volunteers are at the heart of our organization.  Plus, it’s a great way to get involved in your community and see immediate results for your efforts. Here’s a few places they could use help: Office Volunteer, Photographer, Stuff the Bus Committee, Gobble Wobble 5K/15K, Marketing and Communication Volunteer
          • March of Dimes: They are currently looking for financial support. More information can be found here.
          • Georgia Mountain Food Bank: Volunteers play a critical role in the success of Georgia Mountain Food Bank. Volunteers help in many ways: volunteer action center, food drives, outreach and administrative.(Please note: Kids are able to volunteer here as well)
          • Bearfoot Ranch: There are many opportunities for volunteers at Bearfoot Ranch: grooming and feeding horses, cleaning stalls, building and fence repair, and helping with therapy lessons are just a few of the areas in need of volunteers.
          • Furkids Animal Hospital: Furkids is run mostly by volunteers, over 1000 strong! We welcome new supporters who are interested in helping our homeless animals. Volunteers are our lifeline and we have many volunteer options, including volunteer opportunities for children. Check out the opportunities they have here.
          • Meals By Grace: They have many ways you can serve. My family likes to sign up as a food support volunteer. They serve Forsyth County families every Sunday at Midway United Methodist Church from 1 to about 4pm. (On the 1st Sunday of every month, its Kid’s in the Kitchen day. Children under 12 can sign up to cook in the kitchen. )
          • Just One Africa: Everyone has a role to play, and there are many ways to make a difference. How will you help to transform their worlds? Join us on a journey that will create the foundation for a brighter future for children in Kenya and bring clean, safe water to those in need. We believe it just might change your whole world as well. Click here to view the options for volunteering with Just One Africa.

Looking for more?  Be sure to check out Forsyth County Community Connection and our 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. If you have an event to add, click here.

  • Give Serve Love with Browns Bridge Church: November 5th -19th More information on Be Rich by clicking here.
  • Holiday House at The Place of Forsyth County: December 14th-16th

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Volunteer Opportunities in Forsyth County 2015

VolunteerOpportunities

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 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. If you have an event to add, click here.

People make this a great community to live in!!

Food for Thought Project in Forsyth County

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Food for Thought Project in Forsyth County

We are really excited to share  this post with you today.  There’s a new way to help those in need within our community and the organization is making it very easy to jump in and get involved.

Nationally, the demand at food banks is up over 30%.  The demand for food at our local pantries has increased over 100%.  At the same time, the supply of low-cost food and food donations are dwindling.*

The Food for Thought Project, launched in April 2011, by two local families and foster families in Cumming GA, is a community based, ongoing door to door food drive. They currently serve Cumming & Forsyth County. The program was inspired by “A Simple Gesture” in Paradise, CA which was inspired by “The Ashland Food Project” in Ashland, Oregon.  It has been a great success in both areas and the founders of The Food for Thought Project believe this can change the face of hunger in Forsyth County.

How Does it Work?

After signing up to participate, you’ll be given a bright orange bag.

1.  Each week when participants go shopping, they should buy one extra non-perishable food item.

2.  Store that item in your bright orange bag.

3.  On the second Saturday of every other month, a volunteer will pick up the bag, leave another bag in its place and take the filled bag to food pantries.

It’s simple – buy one extra non-perishable food item each week and Food for Thought does the rest!

How to Join?

There are three ways to help.

1.  Share Food – Ask for a bright orange bag.  It’s estimated that for every 300 people who participate, Food for Thought will collect one ton of additional food a month.

2.  Invite Your Neighbors – Ask neighbors if they would like to join this program and get a bright orange bag.  Maybe even head up the efforts in your neighborhood!

3.  Help Transport Food – Once every 2 months, on the second Saturday, help pick up the bright orange bags and deliver to food pantries.

The above pictures were from their first, June 11th pick up.  Food for Thought collected 941.2 pounds of food!!  I just signed my family up to participate.  Will you?

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Phone:  770.744.3571

*Information provided via Food for Thought.