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!!

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.

Young Residents Make a Difference this Christmas

The Gift of Giving Back

Each year, Act Together Ministries takes on a great challenge – collecting enough donations to make sure that at-risk children in Forsyth County and surrounding areas have presents to open on Christmas morning.  This year, they were working to collect approximately 300 children and families.

And while they were working hard, two young Cumming Residents were also working hard. Natalie Kandul (10), daughter of Ned & Robyn Kandul, and Kaitlyn Lauria (9), daughter of Kristin & Shawn Lauria, both pictured below, organized their own toy drive this season to benefit Act Together Ministries.  Through their efforts, they collected over 50 toys during the month of December.

We live in an awesome community, where even the youngest of residents understand the importance of giving back!  On behalf of Cumming Local, thank you Natalie & Kaitlyn for caring about our community!

To get a better sense of what these gifts & others meant to the community, be sure to read the Christmas 2011 Thank You Notes that Act Together has received.

More about Act Together Ministries:

Act Together is a children’s charity in Forsyth County that serves foster children & children with low income families.

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Volunteer this Season

Volunteers Needed

Act Together Ministries is non-profit located in South Forsyth – that helps families throughout North Metro Atlanta.  We partnered with them during our Back To School Drive, and now there are many opportunities for you & your family to partner with them this coming season.

Here’s a few great ways to get involved:

Family Fun Festival –

The annual Family Fun Festival is scheduled for Saturday October 15th. Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell is the sponsor and host for this event again this year!
Want to help with crafts? Wash cars? Paint faces? There are many ways for volunteers of all ages to get involved. On site childcare will be available for younger children.
Link to Volunteer at Family Fun Festival

The Hotel Stay –

Have you ever arrived at a hotel after a long drive and realized that you forgot something? Perhaps your curling iron, shaving cream or favorite socks? You sigh in frustration but then remind yourself that it will only be for a few days.

Children’s Clothing Drive –

Act Together will be collecting gently used children and teen clothing until October 12th.

Drop off location: Crooked Creek Storage in Alpharetta
6300 Atlanta Highway
Alpharetta, GA
9-5PM Monday-Saturday
Ask for Nancy

Photo Courtesy of Act Together

Thanksgiving Service Opportunities –

Want to serve this Thanksgiving but don’t want to go all the way downtown? Act Together’s Community Thanksgiving is back after much demand.
Volunteers are needed to cook turkeys the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving. We need side items and desserts. We also need volunteers to serve the meal and play with the kids. Bring your whole family and let’s give thanks together.
Thanksgiving Day at Mt.Pisgah UMC in Alpharetta.


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For the First Time Kindergarten Parents … like myself!

Back to school tips for kindergarten moms

It’s hard to believe that it’s already time for the school bell to ring!  This school year will bring many firsts for my family as we send our son off to Kindergarten for the very first time.  I’m not emotional in a bad way – I’m excited for him (and excited for me)!  But I know as I watch him walk on the school bus or through the classroom door, I’ll more than likely have to fight a tear or two.  How can it be time for this little guy to start school already?

The following is a Guest Post from Contributor, Heather Clark of Act Together Ministries.  Prior to beginning Act Together, she taught Kindergarten for five years.  I love the tips and advice she shares in this post – including some great book reads too.  I hope you enjoy the advice as much as I did.  And if you’ll be in the same boat come August 11th – I’ll be there with you!

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The school bell will ring soon and many parents will send a child to kindergarten. This is always an emotional time for parents. For some, it will be sending your first born and for others it will be sending the youngest of four. Kindergarten is an important milestone in your child’s life. Your child’s maturity will grow tremendously this year and you’ll get to see a small glimpse of how your hard work over the past 5 years has shaped your child. It wasn’t that long ago that you held your precious baby in your arms for the first time. Where did the time go? Now it’s time to send that little baby off to kindergarten. For most this will be the first full school day, the first  year to ride the school bus, the first year to have homework, and the first year when peer influences begin to play a role.

Before beginning Act Together, I worked as a school teacher. I taught kindergarten for 5 years, 1st grade for 1 year and 2nd grade for 1 year. The formative primary years of school are my passion. I love watching those little ones blossom and grow as God’s plan for their lives begins unfolding.

What Tips Do I Have For Kindergarten Parents?

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Give. Build. Inspire

The following is a Guest Post by Contributing Writer, Heather Clark.  Ms. Clark is the Director for Act Together Ministries in South Forsyth County.

Hello Forsyth Friends,

I’m excited to be joining Cumming Local as a contributing writer. My passion is to raise awareness and unite the community to meet the needs of children in distress. I work with Act Together Ministries located in South Forsyth (serving 5 metro Atlanta counties.) Act Together offers services and programs to foster children, military children, children in single parent homes, special needs children and children living in poverty. We offer essentials such as food, clothing and school supplies to growing children. We provide birthday and Christmas sponsorships as well as scholarships to sports and extracurricular activities. This fall we will kick off a new program called “I CA+N.” This program will offer rewards and incentives to encourage the children to succeed in school and make the most the of their education.

Our next big event is Tools 4 School scheduled for Sunday July 31st at 1PM at Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alpharetta. There are many opportunities to get your whole family involved in serving.

We also need your help collecting school supplies for all of these little ones! Watch for the back to school sales and pick up some extra school supplies for children in need. There are multiple drop off locations throughout Forsyth county: Lakeside Realty in Cumming, Crooked Creek Storage in Alpharetta, Rita’s Italian Ice in Alpharetta, Victoria’s Children’s Boutique in Cumming, and Grace Fellowship Church in Cumming.

We are also partnering with Cumming Local to collect school supplies at Menchie’s at the Cumming Marketplace from 12-3PM on Thursday, July 28th. Drop by and enjoy 20% off of a frozen yogurt. Other cool prizes will be given away!  (Register Here)

Spread the word and help us “act together” to meet the needs of children in distress. Hair stylists are needed to cut the children’s hair, doctors and dentists are needed to provide school screenings and sports physicals to the children. Volunteers are needed to serve food, play with the kids, run the distribution “store”, help at the sign in table and much more. Come serve children in need and grow as a family at the same time.

Give. Build. Inspire!

Stay connected with Heather:


Blog – http://blog.actogetherministries.org
Online – www.actogetherministries.org
Facebook – www.facebook.com/actogether
Twitter – www.twitter.com/actogether
Linkedin – www.linkedin.com/… Heather Clark