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Friday, June 23rd,Domonique Mack got a remarkable phone call from Asia Elston, staff at Feeding Children Everywhere. Elston expressed that they desired to work with a reputable agency to assist in feeding the low-income citizens of the Hinesville community. Together, Community Action, Chick~Fil~A and Feeding Children distributed 10,000 meals for those in need.
Mack and her team received these meals at the new Chick-fil-A in Hinesville and distributed them to families in impoverished areas. Community Action had 5,000 bags prepared with food and information for the residents at the Hinesville Housing Authority and another 5,000 for partnering organizations that support needy families.
The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.
Lowe's located in Kingsland, GA and Camden County Head Start/Pre-K partners to deliver fine motor skills project for Ms. Jackson's Head Start class. Towana Walker Miller, Coastal Georgia Community Action Board Member, orchestrated a stimulating wood building project where boys and girls had the opportunities to build race cars and picture frames. “We are so grateful for our community partners Lowe’s for supply the material for this project,” says Miller.
Over the past few years there has been a series of events that has shaken many in our nation. These events, some say, has plagued our society and is the evidence that racism is yet alive and flourishing. Great political leaders, pastors and youth advocates have spoken out about the effect of these events on our minority youth today. During CAYLI’s (Community Action Youth Leadership Initiative) Town Hall meeting we were given the privilege to hear first-hand how these events have directly and/or indirectly affected the youth in our local community. CAYLI students also allow commentary from the audience to express their own views on these events as well.
As the kick-off to the city’s events in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr the Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority cordially invites you to our annual Martin Luther King Jr Breakfast celebration. This breakfast, will be held at our corporate office located at One Community Action Drive in Brunswick, Georgia. The breakfast begins at 7:30am and the program will begin at 8:00 am. This year we have selected the theme “The Struggle… The Dream…The Journey to Greatness.”
In keeping with the ideals and philosophy of Dr. King, this breakfast is intended to signify a diverse community coming together, complying resources to largely impact the future and betterment of its people. This year we look forward to having our speaker, Rev. George P. Lee III, Ph.D., Pastor of St. John Baptist Church “The might Fortress” Savannah, GA bring soul stirring words of wisdom that will encourage, revitalize and challenge us to continue to work toward creating a better community.
Toledo, Ohio native, Rev. Lee commenced his official duties as pastor of St. John Baptist Church in 2005, “The Mighty Fortress.” As a foundation for the vision of his ministry at St. John, Rev. Lee uses the words of Paul as written in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared to them that love Him.” During Pastor Lee’s short tenure at St. John, over 1900 souls have surrendered their lives to Christ.
Hinesville, January 4th
For more than 21 years Vicky Nelson has served the Hinesville community in varies position such as the Development Authority Board, Family Connections and many others. on January 4th she affirmed her commitment in council chambers packed with dignitaries, city workers, family members and friends Nelson was sworn in as the city councilwomen for the 3rd district. Nelson and fellow Councilwomen Reid, District 1, made history serving as the first elect African-America Councilwomen to serve the Hinesville community.
On behalf of Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority, the staff and the Board of Directors would like to congratulate Vicky Nelson on becoming the newly elected Councilwoman for District 3 within the City of Hinesville.
Mrs. Nelson has been a dedicated employee with Coastal Georgia Area CAA since 1999. During her tenure, she has served in many capacities such as Family Service Worker, Center Supervisor and most recently as the agency’s Compliance Officer. Her zeal, dedication to the community and compassion for people, particularly seniors and children, has always exemplified itself in her daily actions. Mrs. Nelson will be a positive, productive and progressive Councilwoman who will represent the City of Hinesville and District 3 with integrity and balance.
We wish her a successful tenure.
Brunswick Georgia ~ Coastal Georgia Area CAA is pleased to announce its first Chief Development Officer. After conducting a nationwide search, Zerik Samples, a native of Glynn County, joined the organization on January 4, 2016, and will be responsible for developing and implementing fundraising initiatives, including marketing and communication, partnership opportunities for local businesses, managing grant writing efforts and cultivating individual donors and major gifts.
“Zerik joins us at a great time, as we diversify our revenue to bring in new donors to support the thousands of children and families in the nine counties that we serve,” said Tres Hamilton, CEO of Coastal Georgia Community Action Authority. “Zerik understands the power of relationships and issues families are facing and he undoubtedly will make great things happen through our collective philanthropic efforts.”
Prior to accepting this newly developed position, Samples served as the Executive Director of the McIntosh County YMCA where he led a local advisory board, 27 staff members, and volunteers, helping to meet and lead the strategic goals of the YMCA. His experience in the nonprofit sector includes being the Youth Development Grant Administrator for the YMCA of Coastal Georgia in Savannah, Georgia, where he developed learning objectives, organized curriculum, and delivered training for sixteen 21st Century Community Learning Centers sites. He also developed budgets, maintained grant documentation, and served as the main contact for grant audits performed by Department of Human Services.
Mr. Samples is currently an active member of the McIntosh County Rotary Club, the Darien-McIntosh Chamber of Commerce, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., and also serves as the Coordinator of the YMCA Teen Achievers Program. He has received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public and Community Health and a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Community Leadership from Armstrong State University.
“I am thrilled to join this amazing organization at this exciting juncture,” said Zerik Samples. “This is one of the largest community action organizations in the state and I am excited the search committee chose me to help create an aggressive fund development plan that will help change people's lives through our philanthropic efforts.”
About Coastal Georgia Area CAA, Inc.
The agency was founded in 1967 and is committed to helping to promote self-sufficiency, improve the quality of life of families through education, training, comprehensive services and advocacy. Coastal Georgia Area CAA, Inc. was established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America's "War on Poverty". Its mission is to promote self-sufficiency and will strive to improve the quality of life for families through education, training, comprehensive services and advocacy. The agency has developed a bold five year plan to serve more families, to secure additional diversified financial resources so it can continue in its effort of taking an holistic approach in providing the aforementioned comprehensive services to children and families in a nine county service area which includes Bryan, Camden, Evans, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Tattnall, and Wayne counties.
Community Action Youth Leadership Initiative (CAYLI)
January 2nd, 2016
On the first Saturday in 2016 CAYLI set off on an adventure that would change their perspective of the history as it pertains to Civil and Human Rights forever. Tameka Roberts, advisor, took program participants and parents to the Center of Civil and Human Rights Museum in Atlanta, GA. The museum is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. There are a variety of Galleries to explore, however the most astonishing gallery was the American Civil Rights gallery. In this gallery our students were exposed to racial injustice as well as Civil Rights achievements.
Upon entering this gallery our students immediately viewed murals, whites only and colored only, that depicted segregation by the color of skin. The two very different, yet the same murals held collage photographs of happiness, families, and success for each race yet color still separated the two.
Students proceeded through the doors and witnessed walls of Jim Crow Laws which were state and local laws which enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States. As they pressed different states different cruel and unusual laws popped up, such as “Black men caught dating white woman would be jailed and fined” or “Whites are superior to blacks in all ways.” The most touching and eye opening depiction of racial injustice was the Woolworth's Counter Sit-In Simulation. Students were instructed to sit at the counter, place a pair of headphones on their ears and keep their hands on the countertop. Behind the headphones student heard racial taunting, murderous threats and felt pounding under their seats as if they were being shaken out of their seats. Some students, if not all were touched dramatically by the racial injustice those before them tolerated. One student in particular, left the simulation initiating "they lied to us!” meaning his teachers and classroom history books. He was very dissatisfied with the lessons he had been taught. His mother began to walk with him and shared her views about what she had experienced growing up in the south. As the students ventured through the museum, they saw the disadvantages and advantages of peaceful retaliation and demonstration. Each student left with a new perspective of Civil Rights as they watched powerful speeches by many powerful Civil Rights Leaders as if they were in the very crowds themselves.
This outing was more than just a trip for the students; it was a humbling informative advantage. Witnessing the birth of the Civil Rights movement grow a sense of respect for bridge builders, who persevered for our freedom today.
We are thankful to the community partners and donors who funded this experience for our youth!