Jackson County Family Connection has ongoing initiatives to support needs in the community. If you are interested in becoming involved in any of our initiatives please contact us for more information.
N.O.W. stands for Nutrition on Weekends. It was revealed in a recent study, that 27.9% of Georgia's children live in food insecure households. Food insecurity is defined as "not knowing when or where their next meal will come from."
We work in collaboration with our school systems (Commerce City Schools, Jackson County Schools, Jefferson City Schools) to make sure no child is hungry on the weekends. The goal of this program is to supply a student with four to five meals to last over the weekend. The items should be non-perishable and ready-to-eat. After permission is granted from the parent/guardian, food bags are delivered to the designated school and a counselor or staff member will discreetly pass the food along to the student before going home on Friday. For more information on how to get connected to groups who serve our kids through N.O.W. please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Connection provides individuals, civic organizations, businesses or churches the opportunity to sponsor a child or family of children for Christmas assistance either by adopting a child/children or giving monetary donations towards the cause. Families given assistance are screened and must provide required documentation of income eligibility to receive sponsorship. In 2018, there were 120 sponsors who helped 220 families provide Christmas to 543 children. Information on sponsoring a child will be available in October 2019.
Warm Hands, Warm Hearts
We meet the needs of children and families in crisis, particularly by providing warm clothing, coats, socks, and gloves. This initiative is solely supported by donations from the community and yearly fundraiser, LADIES NIGHT. We provide assistance only with referrals from local agencies, schools or churches. Financial assistance is ONLY available through a partnering agency and is limited depending on funds available. Assistance is given on a case by case basis at the discretion of the collaborative and Executive Director. This initiative has provided clothing, food, gas cards, school supplies, rent assistance, utility assistance, household items, hygiene items, assistance in fees for document processing, and many other emergency needs. We accept donations of coats, socks, gloves, blankets, & hygiene products.
Darkness To Light
Jackson County Family Connection, in partnership with Adults Protecting Children, has launched a county-wide child sexual abuse prevention initiative. Our goal is to help put an end to the sexual abuse of children and to make Jackson County the safest place in Georgia to raise children. Our strategy is to train adults in how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. We believe that there must be a focus on prevention!
When you consider the resources necessary to treat the survivors of sexual abuse, prevention just makes sense