Please send updates and additions to firstname.lastname@example.org
(Scroll down to page 51 for regular meetings and blood drives)
Citizen Opportunities…see your elected/appointed officials in action:
Meeting of the
Tuesday, June 14,
Link to website:
Meeting of the Valdosta City
Thursday, June 9 at
Link to page with agenda: http://www.valdostacity.com/index.aspx?recordid=1071&page=193
Meeting of the
Tuesday, June 21 at 5:30 PM
No agenda available
Register for Summer Reading Program at all six branches of the South Georgia Regional Library
Travel around the world without having to board a
plane! Let your imagination fly away with us as we visit
Kick-Off party at each branch is on Thursday, June 2nd
HOW TO REGISTER
Registering for the Summer Reading Program is easy. Bring your library card to any of the six South Georgia Regional Library branches and fill out a registration form. When you sign up you will receive a reading log and incentive card.
(Please consult www.sgrl.org for exact dates and time for all programs at your Library )
THE START OF SOMETHING BIG,
with Michael P. White
Wednesday, June 8th and Thursday, June 9th
Celebrated artist and Children’s Book Illustrator, Michael P.
White will present an Interactive Language Arts Program to teen and adult groups
at all library branches. Mr. White who is coming to us from
Monday, June 20th through Saturday, June 25th
Learn how to make some delicious delicacies from countries round
AROUND THE WORLD IN 40
MINUTES, with Bill
Wednesday, June 29th and Thursday, June 30th
In his multi-media vacation reading program for children and their parents, “Colonel Bill” will transport his audience to exotic places in his magical flying machine. You will hear exciting stories that have been told for generations; learn words in different languages; celebrate festive occasions and holidays in other lands; discover the origins of things we use now every day; dress in native costumes of various countries; sing fun songs from different cultures.
In his original fun-filled program, Packard uses magic, comedy, puppetry, etc. to teach children about other countries and encourage them to read.
A SAMPLING OF CHILDREN’S
PROGRAMS (birth to 12)
These programs, along with weekly movies will surely keep kids busy and happy this summer.
The Stories We Tell~
Children will be entertained with tales from the world’s second largest continent, teaming with the greatest menagerie of wildlife on earth. Crafts highlighting the Sights and Sounds of Africa will offer youth a glimpse of what beats at the heart of this amazing land and its peoples.
Away We Go ~
Book your ticket for a journey through stories to the place where western civilization was born. Youngsters will experience European Folk Art through unique and interesting craft opportunities.
How We Live ~
Revisit antiquity through imaginative fables from the place that gave us the earliest known peoples and religions. Mind enriching Puppets of Asia activities will explore both reality and what seems real through shadow.
Arts and Dreams ~
Set out for a romp through our own backyard and those of our nearest continental neighbors as we hear stories and folk tales that celebrate the continent once known as The New World. Children will enjoy Colors of North America crafts that offer a beautiful and artistic complement to our own most colorful yarns.
For more information, call: 333:0086 ext 222
Downtown Valdosta Farm Days
is a bi-weekly farmers' market featuring local farmers and artisans. The
market showcases locally-sourced produce and food items and
locally-produced arts and crafts from
Farm Days is part of
La Leche League
Sunday, June 5, ,
in the nursery, Christ's
The remaining dates planned on
the Schedule for 2011 are: July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6,
December 4. (Please note: As I am a full time school teacher,
I have only school vacations to
visit my family, who are all out of
Refreshments are fun, but not essential. If you would like to bring a nutritious snack to share, please do!
(We know a lot of you moms have babies that are all grown up now and long past the nursing stage. We still welcome you to come and participate at our meetings. The new and expectant mothers cherish your sage advice and wisdom...and it is always fun to just come and have a chat.)
Ethics When Working with
People with Disabilities
Georgia Chapter, Southwest GA Unit invites you to a free CE event in
Shelly Patterson will
speak, so bring your lunch and settle in with your colleagues for a few laughs
and learning. Details will be emailed to NASW members. Non-members welcome !
Room of Phoebe Putney’s Outpatient Behavioral Health building -
Question for the day: How do you treat a person with a disability?
Conversations that Matter
Learn about services for people with
Thursday, June 9,
Presented by AADD and
A light meal will be served, so please RSVP to Jane Osborn, 229-630-0924 or email@example.com
Community Action Team
June 10 –
exciting summit is designed to build upon the vision and strength the
implementation of the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy program in
This event is open to all current C.A.T. members or those who are interested in serving as a local C.A.T. member for a new community!
or for more information, contact Tera Cochran, Ferst Foundation for Childhood
Shifting Perceptions on Identity, Relationships and Media for girls
Presented by Kiana Clayborn, LMSW and
Jessica Traylor, Ed.S.
3 CEs available
Snack, lunch and book provided
$25 for NASW members
$45 for non NASW member
Register online by June 3 at:
For more information, contact Jane Osborn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Come join us as we celebrate
the 21st Chromosome!
June 11, .
The Down Syndrome Association of
invites YOU and your family
to attend meetings on the second Saturday of every month.
Jessie’s Eats & Treats
Light refreshments provided.
Please visit our website or for further information contact:
Community Awareness Day –
A Salute to Community Leaders: Past &
Display Tour; Historical
JaCory Sermons, Guest Speaker:
Woodlawn-Forrest Church of Christ; featuring,
The Juneteenth Celebration Mass Choir;
Juneteenth Proclamation Presentation by Mayor John Fretti.
(Games, Arts & Crafts, Bounce House, etc.).
Youth Talent Explosion (Display of Youth Talent/ Modeling
; Gospelfest, (Local Singers, Musicians, Church Choirs, Praise Dancers);
All proceeds support Southside Library,
Southside Library Boosters, Inc
(Juneteenth Celebration Committee)
The Brain & Spinal Injury Support Group
meets the third Monday of the month
Meets the third Monday of every month
For More Information: Phone: 229-671-4977
In the past, however, a diverse number of services and needs have been approved, such as walkers; corrective shoes; various therapies: swimming, physical, neuromuscular, behavioral, family, life-skills, psychosocial, social skills; academic tutoring; adaptive computers; cognitive rehab; reading and comprehension programs; visual aids; voice-recognition software; zoom-text software; adult-care services; attendant care; bathroom modifications; diapers; wheelchair lift for van; hand-control system for vehicle; portable ramp and vehicle modifications.
While the trust fund can help financially, the support group will provide information, encouragement and a place where survivors and families can share their experiences.
For more on the Brain & Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission, visit www.bsitf.state.ga.us; or call 1-888-233-5760.
For more on the support group, or to be put on the mailing list for his newsletter, contact commission member Alan Carter, 229-671-4977; or e-mail email@example.com
The purpose of our summer youth programs is to provide enrichment opportunities for children and teens in the
Age requirements for camps vary, and are listed with each camp description. Please see the page: http://www.valdosta.edu/conted/kids/camp_detail.shtml#top
Where and When
Programs start June 1 and continue through July 30. Enrollment is limited to 20 students per camp, unless otherwise listed in the description, to assure good teacher-student interaction. Most camps are held Monday through Friday, - OR from at the
Early drop-off will be available beginning at (except for off-site camps) at no extra charge.
Campers will enjoy supervised activities until the start of their camp. Your
registration fee covers all course supplies and snacks.
The Afternoon Rec Room - Check it out! The Rec Room will be open every week () for children needing a place with supervised afteroon activities. During the week of May 31 - June 3, the Rec Room will be available both morning and afternoon.
For those attending both a morning camp and the Rec Room or an afternoon camp
in the same week, a supervised lunch area will be available. Campers must bring
a sack lunch. Lunches can be refrigerated, but not
Camp fees vary based on program expenses. Please see individual descriptions for camp fees. Sorry, there are no scholarships available for
For additional information, contact the VSU Continuing Education office at 229-245-6484
Little Actors’ Theatre presents
“The Little Mermaid”
A camp associated with the production will be held from July 11 to 16 at Valdosta High School Performing Arts Center.
Registration now being accepted for children from 6 to 19. Fee is $90 if postmarked before May 15 and $100 if later. To get more information and to register, go to http://www.littleactorsvaldosta.com/missoula.html
VSU Continuing Ed offers classes on many subjects, some online. Following is a list of the courses related to non-profit management and grant writing:
Go to this link: http://www.valdosta.edu/conted/online/online_grant.shtml
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPs) group with Christian focus in Hahira. Meets at
Autism Support Group
LEARNING IN RETIREMENT
part of the Learning in Retirement program at
LIR provides older adults with the opportunity to take part in college level course work on a non-credit basis (there are no tests and no grades). The curriculum is chosen, designed, and often led by the members, encouraging peer learning and active member participation. LIR capitalize on the strengths and experiences of older adults, empowering them to continue learning, expand their horizons, and enhance their personal development.
Pay the $45 membership and most classes are free.
order the 2010 Annie E. Casey Kids Count Factbook that
has data on child and family wellbeing in every state for the last measured
period of time, go to this website
Need help with the price of prescriptions? Contact website below for assistance:
Bainbridge Advocacy Individual Network, Inc.
Telephone 229-246-0150 Fax 229-246-1715
BAIN is a Center for Independent Living dedicated to
promoting independence and improving the quality of life for individuals with
BAIN, Inc is a non-profit, non-residential center serving eleven counties throughout southwest
BAIN offers information and workshops on topics such
as finances, money management skills, home modifications, personal attendant
management and how to access community support systems.
BAIN will assist you on an individual, personalized basis.
BAIN also offers:
Transportation Voucher Program, Computer Recycling, Low Cost Eyeglass Program, Loan Closet, Ramps/Assistive Technology, Resource Library, Computer with Internet Access, Assistive Devices, Alternative formats: Large Print, Audio Cassette and Braille
Need Healthcare, Housing or Case Management for veterans in this area?
Schedule for VA Social Worker Ayanna Sampson
Ayanna Sampson, LMSW 1-800-308-8387 Ext 3416
-Catholic Charities - –
2nd and 4th Wednesdays:
-FL Crown Workforce (Check-in w/Vet Rep) -
1st and 3rd Thursdays:
-GA Dept of Labor (Check-in w/ Vet Rep) -
-New Horizon Day Ctr (Check w/ Outreach) - NOON-1:30PM
1st and 3rd Wednesdays:
The National Caregiver Support Line –
1-855-260-3274 -- will serve as the primary resource and referral center to assist caregivers, Veterans and others seeking caregiver information. It will be open Monday through Friday, , Eastern time; and Saturday, , Eastern time. Licensed VA social workers and health technicians will staff the support line.
The support line will provide information regarding new caregiver benefits, referrals to local caregiver support coordinators as well as emotional support to those concerned with their ability to provide care to loved ones who are Veterans.
VA also features a Web page, http://www.caregiver.va.gov/, with general information on other caregiver support programs available through VA and the community.
The Georgia Clients Council, Inc.
Bring a local GCC Chapter to our town and show unity in your community. It was and is the premise of GCC that given the information, training, resources and support many low-income people can represent and advocate for themselves
To learn about bringing a local GCC to our community please contact the South Region Consultant Jackie Bosby
at 1(800) 249-8428 pin#5457 or 706-743-3437.
To learn more, go the website: http://www.gaclientscouncil.org/OldNews.cfm
Help Deliver Meals for Homebound People
The Break Bread
Together Ministry of First Presbyterian is in need
of volunteers who can help sort and/or deliver meals on the weekdays
(Monday-Friday, except holidays). Presently, we
have a waiting list of those in need of meals, but are unable to handle the
requests without additional volunteers.
If you, your church group, or civic organization is interested in assisting with this important ministry to the
Partnership for Health/Free Clinic for Uninsured Workers needs volunteers to assist in administrative, nursing and other areas.
For training times contact Libby Smith, RN at 229-245-0020
Mobility and Self Sufficiency for People, Contact:
Vocational Rehabilitation Program,
Phone: (800) 497-8665
TTY: (404) 657-3085
Need a ramp for an older person?
Call this number to be screened for help.
Toll-Free: 1-888-73-AGING (1-888-732-4464)
Southern Georgia Regional Commission - Area Agency on Aging
Member of Rotary International
No obligation visit any Thursday except holidays.
Weekly community business and education speakers.
Two annual major charity fundraisers.
Meetings and breakfast at Kinderlou – Ravine Restaurant at .
HELP US STAMP OUT POLIO IN THE WORLD.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-572-6170.
Jacobs’ Ladder Therapeutic Riding Center in Hahira needs volunteers to help with special needs riders.
Please call Leslie at (229) 794-1188.
See the website for a lot more information:
No tuition and no student loans
If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon,
To find out more about Harvard offering
free tuition for families making less than $60,000 a year, visit Harvard's
financial aid website at: http://www.fao.fas.harvard.edu/ or call the school's financial aid
(617) 495-1581 or (617)
"Be a Foster Parent –
A Challenging and Personally Rewarding Experience"
Choices for Life of GA, LLC
Phone 229-244-1707; Fax 229-244-1779
Choices for Life of Georgia is a specialized foster care program that provides in-home treatment for children and youth with multiple psychological, social and emotional needs. The children can accept and respond to relationships within a family but their special needs require more intensive or therapeutic service than are found in traditional foster care. Please contact us for more information if you would like to be part of our professional team touching the lives of children and families.
Choices for Life of GA,
LLC also provides outpatient behavioral health services as a
Referrals may be made by phone or email address above.
VA's Suicide Prevention Hotline
Hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by trained mental health professionals prepared to deal with immediate crises. It also offers an anonymous online chat feature available at www.suicidepreventionhotline.org <http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org>
If someone you care for is eligible for nursing home placement but would like to stay in his or her own home, you may want to consider the benefits of the Community Care Services Program (CCSP). CCSP is a Medicaid waiver program that serves as an alternative to nursing home placement. The program provides home and community-based services to people who are elderly and/or functionally impaired or disabled. By providing these services, CCSP helps recipients remain in their own homes, the homes of caregivers, or in other community settings as long as possible.
To explore your eligibility or the eligibility of a loved one, contact the Southern Georgia Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Gateway to Community Resources at 912-287-5888 or toll-free at 1-888-732-4464.
Are you a caregiver? See the state resource page:
Grandparent / Relative Caregiver Project Toll-free: 888-257-9519
Are you raising grandchildren or other relatives?
This project was created in response to
the growing number of grandparents and other relatives who were raising children
in the place of absent or addicted parents. Its goals are to stabilize the legal
relationship between the caregiver and children through adoption or custody and
to maximize the financial and medical resources available to care for the
children. The project has been adopted by Kilpatrick Stockton, a private
Georgia Senior Legal Hotline Toll-free: 888-257-9519
Begun in 1998, the hotline is a
cooperative project among Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the Georgia Division of
Aging Services, the State Bar Pro Bono Project and the Atlanta Bar Association.
It offers legal advice, brief services, self-help materials and referrals to
seniors throughout the state, handling more than 4200 calls a year. This project
serves seniors living anywhere in
The Georgia Crisis & Access Line (GCAL)
Mental illness information and crisis line.
National Do Not Call Registry
Register home or cell phones to prevent mass marketing calls
and rapid re-housing (stimulus ARRA dollars) funds are now
available for 91 counties in
Persons needing assistance may call for pre-screening and information in all counties.
For a printable flier, go to: http://www.dca.ga.gov/housing/specialneeds/programs/documents/HPRPSalvationArmyReferrals20100209_000.pdf
According to the
information on the Salvation Army state website: “Through the Homeless
Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP), recipients in 91 out of 159
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Georgia is accepting volunteer and client applications for both of its One-to-One mentoring programs!
Sisters are waiting for little girls in the
If you would like to
be a member of the
To be referred, please contact Enrollment and Matching Manager Melinee Calhoun, 866-614-4215, http://www.southgabbbs.org
Valdosta Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
Looking for local volunteers if interested in helping with a talent show or run.
If your group is interested in helping to take pledges for a run or promote a talent show please come out and support your local MS Support Group at the monthly meeting.
Join the advocates
for mental health services in
Any individual person, married or unmarried couples, children, elderly, couples who are or are not living together, families of all varieties, regardless of legal status, roommates, transgendered, gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons--all are welcome at the Moore Street Clinic. Family therapy, sometimes called systems therapy or relational therapy, is a particular way of thinking that helps people make the changes that they want to make. Even though the word, "family" suggests that family therapists work only with whole families, this is not the case. Family therapists work with individuals, couples, groups, and families. Family therapy has been found to be helpful to people with many different kinds of problems. These might include:
We offer our services to all people who seek them, regardless of age, gender, race, political or religious affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, education, economic status, disability, or ethnic background.
How much do I have to pay? The Moore Street Clinic is a not-for-profit clinic. Our mission is two-pronged: to provide low-cost services that are available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay and to train advanced level graduate students in the art and science of brief therapy. As a result, we charge for each session according to a sliding scale that is based on family size and income, so fees can begin at $0.
No one will be denied services based on their inability
to pay. When you call for the
first appointment, someone will talk with you about your fee, so that you will
know what it is prior to your first meeting with your therapist. If your
circumstances are such that you can't pay anything at all, just let us know.
Services are free to
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
This program is available in several surrounding counties and it is free to all persons earning under $49,000 a year. To find a location near you, contact Jataryia Thomas Today with Georgia Legal Services Program ®
(229) 333-5232 or email: email@example.com
Available to persons who need to file taxes for previous years. This program serves low income persons in several counties.
Volunteer to become a tax preparer in this program: firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgia Legislators need your input.
To ensure that your issues are addressed, stay in touch with your legislators. Write a letter, tell a story of your personal experience related to needed
legislation, offer your professional information, or provide accurate data on issues while they are home.
To find yours, go to:
Lowndes area legislators:
Senator Tim Golden 110
Lowndes, Brooks, parts of Cook and Thomas
Rep. Jason Shaw
Berrien, Clinch, Lanier and Lowndes
Rep. Ellis Black 5900 Jumping
Brooks, Echols, Lowndes and Thomas
Rep. Amy Carter
To keep up with this year’s
legislation go to
To voice your opinion on Federal legislation or to get assistance with issues with Federal benefits, contact one of our two Georgia Senators or our Congressman:
Senator Saxby Chambliss
419-A South Main Street P.O. Box 3217
Toll free at 800-234-4208
To send an email, go to his website: http://chambliss.senate.gov/
Senator Johnny Isakson
770-661-0999 Fax: 770- 661-0768
To send an email, go to his website: http://isakson.senate.gov/contact.cfm
Congressman Jack Kingston
Second Floor, Room 215
Phone: (229) 247-9188
Fax: (229) 247-9189
To send an email, go to his website: http://kingston.house.gov/Contact
Childcare Resource and Referral
For help with finding special needs childcare, resources for parents/teachers, inclusion, staff development and presentations. More information contact Sharon Pilkinton at email@example.com.
Medical Services (
a state funded program that provides medical care for disabling conditions or
chronic diseases in children from birth to the age 21. The staff of three RN’s
work actively with primary care physicians to coordinate specialty care for the
child. Services through
have an Asthma Educator, Penny Beasley, RN. Enrolled clients have an asthma
action plan which includes education, equipment, bed covers and camp for kids
6-12 years old. There is a camp in Tifton and one in
may make a basic referral to
For more information call 229-245-4310 or 1-800-848-5728
There are many resources through these avenues and the 800 # is "live" 365 days a year, 24 hours a day!!
The American Cancer Society in this area is looking for volunteers to help with the Road To Recovery and Reach To Recovery Programs.
A Reach To Recovery volunteer needs to
have completed their treatment for breast cancer in order to be trained as a
Reach To Recovery volunteer.
Reach to Recovery for women in this area who have had breast cancer, a program designed to help them cope with their cancer experience and assists with transportation to and from treatment.
If you are interested in volunteering for either of these programs, please contact Ashley Braswell at 229-834-0709 or 1-800-227-2345.
All groups are offered free of charge as a community service of Hospice of South Georgia. These support groups are for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one and would like to learn healthy ways to deal with their grief.
To register for an upcoming group, call 229-249-4100.
Holding Hand Support Group- General Support Group
Everyone is Welcome
Meets the Third Monday each month,
Pearlman Cancer Center Conference Room
No registration required
Best Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group
Meets every 4th Tuesday each month,
(No meetings in November/December)
Pearlman Cancer Center Conference Room
- A Ready Resource During Critical Times.
Tornadoes, storms, you name it…when disaster
strikes, everyone needs help. In many cases, finding a place to live is a
top priority. No need to worry or panic as GeorgiaHousingSearch.org offers
On the site – www.GeorgiaHousingSearch.org -- citizens can search for rental properties statewide. Property postings are detailed, current, and updated bi-weekly. Property managers and independent landlords can post listings for free and reach thousands of potential renters.
The website is
bilingual (English and Spanish) and has a toll-free number – 877-428-8844 -
available to assist potential renters or property owners and managers. In
addition, the site’s unique Special Needs Housing Search feature has assisted
For more information, please contact Sheila Barry at (404) 679-4855 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Repeat Boutique Thrift Store
Silent Ministries is offering a class called "Felons- A Special Class of Domestic Violence Victims."
For free assistance for domestic violence victims with public assistance forms and appeals, contact email@example.com
Read The Beating Death of Aunt Lilly Mae Thornton as Told by Her Niece and Silent Ministries' founder Carolyn Thornton Harnage at http://domesticviolenceaftercare.webs.com.
Silent Ministries has an ample supply of quality clothing, shoes, and jackets for victims needing help. Silent Ministries is asking for donations of used and broken small appliances to help elderly people who cannot replace such things as toasters and heaters.
Will pick up. 229-559-5648.
!! Silent Ministries is seeking donations of household goods, bedding and toys. The household goods and bedding are to replenish supplies and the toys are for the annual Santa On Wheels.
Good used clothing available now.
Silent Ministries accepts donations of all types and they pick up items such as housewares, blankets, glassware, cooking, small appliances, vehicles, boats, motors, camper parts and camper appliances. Donations and sales benefit the Silent Ministries missions to help people in the community and around the area with many personal issues.
Silent Ministries can assist you with an employment interview wardrobe in limited sizes. We also can assist with letters of reference and interview coaching.
Silent Ministries Recovery Outreach announces training for Angels of Mercy, Domestic Violence Advocacy, each Wednesday in February at the usual location.
Subjects will be:
What To Do As A Victim,
Safety Plans For Your Home,
Fitness and Nutrition led by a licensed expert, and
After Care Services.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SURVIVOR GROUPS AT THE HAVEN
The Haven will be conducting support groups for survivors of sexual assault or child sexual abuse. There will also be a men’s group for men who have experienced sexual assault.
These groups are for adult women and men over 17 years of age. It is intended for those who are ready to move from being victims to being survivors. Those individuals who are interested in one of these groups should plan to attend the complete 12 week process. Once the groups are formed, the day will be Thursdays and the time will be after work or .
To join, contact Sheila Rowell, email@example.com, 229-244-9056 to register. Participants must complete an initial screening. Groups are free, confidential, and facilitated by trained professionals.
Family support/respite care available for
families whose children have developmental disabilities
229-247-6912, toll free 866-875-4670, or fax 229-247-8549.
Megan’s House, respite facility for families
with children with special needs is now open in
Newcomer Welcome Service and Community Guide
For decades, The Greeting Service has
The Greeting Service has expanded its borders to include Adel, Hahira,
We look forward to sharing all the fun and exciting things that
If you are new to the area, be sure to call 229-245-8383 for your Welcome Packet.
Need a free public speaker for your group or event? Therapists at Greenleaf Outpatient Program can speak to your group about an array of topics and inform your group of treatment options at Greenleaf.
Topics include: Stress Management, Emotional Control and Anger Management, Understanding and Motivating an Addicted Person, Tips for Dealing with Seasonal Depression, Reducing Anxiety, etc.
Please contact Casey Corbin, Program Director of Greenleaf Outpatient Program at (229) 671-6700. *****************************
ACTO is a social program for clients with Alzheimer's disease, other memory impairment, or the frail elderly. Caregivers may leave their loved ones at ACTO so that they can have some free time to attend to their other needs. ACTO is open Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday . The service is free to all clients, funded in part by the
My Friend’s House
is the name for the Valdosta State University Alzheimer's day care program. There are openings for anyone with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or dementia. The program, which is free of charge, has the goal of preventing isolation by providing daily activities in a home-like environment for persons with Alzheimer’s and dementia. There is a support group for the caregivers on the third Wednesday of every month. Volunteers always are needed. Call 229-293-6146 for more information.
Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from . Paperwork and medical visits are by appointments only.
The clinic also needs office volunteers to answer the phone and help with paperwork during the week (Monday through Friday between the hours of
Patient eligibility requirements:
look forward to serving
The clinic needs volunteer physicians, nurses and administrative helpers on Tuesdays from and (times may change depending on volunteer availability). A small amount of your time could help make a difference in the lives of many Lowndes residents.
Please note: Donations are accepted and important to our non-profit
organization. We also need donated medical equipment that will be
used to help the patients in our clinic. Please call if you can help
with either of these needs.
Do you know your PTI?
Parent to Parent is
PTIs are federally funded programs through the United States Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) authorized in Part D of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). PTIs serve families of children with disabilities who are ages birth through 26. We serve families of children with the full range of disabilities.
What do PTIs do for families? PTIs help families work with early intervention, education, and transition systems and services. We want to ensure that families receive training and information on their rights, responsibilities, and protections under IDEA so they can actively participate in planning and decision making that affects their children.
Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County
Low Cost Spay & Neuter Program
Support Clinic of
The Pregnancy Support Clinic of Valdosta is a Christ-centered ministry which advances the sanctity of human life and sexual purity empowering individuals to make life-affirming choices. Our ministry has many different opportunities for volunteers ranging from working behind the scenes on events to peer counseling. Call today to see where you can fit in, 229-333-0080, or visit our partners’ website for more information, www.pscvaldostapartners.org. Please note all interested parties must submit to an application process and 10 - 40 hours training commitment to volunteer.
HELP SOMEONE LEARN TO READ
Literacy Volunteer Program
We need tutors, learners, sponsors and YOU !
LEARNERS: CALL 333 -7515 (leave your name and number).
Bowl…our fundraiser. You may still
pledge/donate to improve adult literacy. Send a check to LVP,
Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers, Inc.
proud to offer the
listings of local job openings to connect job seekers with employment opportunities.
telephones to arrange appointments and facilitate communications with employers.
Georgia Work Ready testing
computers to use in job searches have Microsoft Office and Publisher and internet access
telephone, basic computer and networking skills classes
resource library with a variety of materials to assist the job seeker prepare for and secure employment, as well as information regarding Medicaid, childcare, food stamps, training, financial aid and other community resources.
photocopier, printers and fax machines
In addition to the resources listed above, entrepreneurs can get help to enhance marketing tools, develop a business plan or network with others in the community. Other services include:
Free English as a Second Language classes
List of community resources
Open 9 – 6 Monday – Thursday and 9 – 3 Friday
For more information, please contact:
229-316-1216 Fax 229-316-1218
Paxen-WIA Work Readiness Program
Sponsored by the
Our program's work readiness component emphasizes acquisition of essential job-search, employability, and life skills for youth ages 14-21. Participants also receive instruction in strategies for seeking, securing and succeeding in a job as well as supportive services to receive a GED and gain employment/enroll in post-secondary education after credential attainment. Qualifying participants receive a stipend for program completion, become eligible for a GED testing voucher, and will receive a $200 incentive for GED attainment.
THERE IS NO SUMMER WIA MONEY…..
For more information Contact: Charmane
Thomas, Program Manager, www.paxen.com
Paxen Learning Corporation "We Change Lives"
221 S. Ashley,
VSU Theatre and Dance
PSST ! PEACH STATE SUMMER THEATRE tickets now on sale !
Season tickets available until June 4
This year’s productions will be:
Disney’s The Jungle Book
The VSU Theatre & Dance Box Office opens Tuesday, May 17 at Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday. Contact the box office for season tickets and individual reservations. Box Office phone number is 229-259-5770.
Tickets may be ordered on line at www.valdosta.edu/psst
Many free concerts and recitals are available at VSU every month.
Go to the website for the College of the Arts (http://www.valdosta.edu/coa/) and click on listings for the Music Department, and other departments for listings of the 2009-2010 VSU Symphony, Theatre Department and other performances.
at the 'Dosta Playhouse
Box Office Hours are Monday-Thursday
patron packages available now
Contact the number or website below a complete brochure
June 6, – Gallery opening reception for works by Dr. Ron Zaccari, Lamar Dodd, and Irene Dodd. City Photo Contest and Spring term work of Boys & Girls Club Art Explorations Program. Free and open to public.
June 13, – Gallery talk by Irene Dodd. The artist will discuss the evolution of her own work and that of her father, Lamar Dodd. Free and open to public.
June 27, – Gallery talk by Dr. Ron Zaccari, who will discuss his work and exhibit called Transition. Free and open to public.
July 15, – WineDown and City Photo Contest Awards Presentation. Free and open to public.
July 21, – dinner; – concert: An Evening with Mark Twain. Tickets on sale now!
Free and open to the public!
Wednesday nights, ,
Painting Class, Thursdays: , Fay Hyatt, Instructor:
Pottery Class, Tuesdays and Thursdays, ,
Walter Hobbs, Instructor
Movie Night, third Tuesday of every month from , Free
The Turner Center Gift Shop is open during
Tuesday-Thursday 10-6; Friday-Saturday 10-4.
South Georgia Council for
Youth in the Performing Arts
Please check our website www.sgcyoutharts.org.
South Georgia String Project
The South Georgia String Project is a
collaborative community outreach program of
For more information, go to http://www.valdosta.edu.sgsp or contact
Dr. Gerling at firstname.lastname@example.org or 229-259-2087.
a listing of arts events from
Program for Seniors
Senior Community Service Employment Program, sponsored by the US Department of Labor. This program enables qualified individuals to obtain paid, on the job training within their communities, update their job skills to enhance their marketability, develop new attitudes and gain greater self-confidence. Participants work 20 hours per week earning minimum wage in a non-profit organization or government agency and receive help in transitioning from the program into a new, unsubsidized employment opportunity.
more information, call Beth Veal at 229-249-4885 or visit her at the Georgia
Department of Labor in
FUND HELPS CANCER PATIENTS
The Partnership Cancer Fund is a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Lowndes County Partnership for Health, Inc.
· Cancer can be a financially devastating disease. Even with health insurance, there can be many associated costs that put a strain on patients and their families.
you or someone you know is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, and
Financial assistance is available for:
· Transportation costs for Medical Care
· Nutritional Supplements
· Certain types of Medical Equipment
229-245-0020 (option 1) to obtain an application or to request more information. You may also go to www.lcpfh.org
deductible donations are accepted, and all funds remain in the local community
to benefit as many cancer patients as possible. Send donations to
Searching for Section 8 housing in your area? Go to this website:
a listing of opportunities for running, cycling, swimming, walking or other
active sports, go to the Get Active
Pediatria HealthCare for Kids
For more information, go to www.pediatriakids.com or
Regular giving keeps supplies ready
American Red Cross has set up many public opportunities for blood donation (see list at the top of the month).
call 229-241-1141, Ext 221, to
make an appointment to give the gift of life. To find donor sites throughout the
region, visit www.givebloodredcross.org or call
Adopt a rescue pet
Educational Opportunities for First Time Home Buyers
Habitat for Humanity, a certified
Education Agency, has partnered with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs
and the City of Valdosta to provide monthly Home Buyer Education Workshops that
Participants will learn the advantages and disadvantages of
owning a home, the necessity of having a budget in order to know how much house
they can afford as well as the importance of a good credit history when applying
for a mortgage loan. Information presented also includes how to work with
housing professionals like realtors and bankers. Mortgage options such as the
Georgia Dream Homeownership Program, Habitat for Humanity and Dream
addition to these one day workshops, Habitat offers a series of free
Homeownership Skills classes that focus on developing good financial management
skills, home maintenance skills and a variety of other topics important to new
homeowners. These classes are open to all, and are held in a small group
setting monthly for two weeks. Completion of this class series may also
qualify first-time home buyers to receive a $5000.00 down payment assistance
grant from the City of
To register for a Home Buyer Education Workshop or a series of Homeownership Skills Classes, please call 229-245-1330, ext 22.
Habitat for Humanity Applicant Workshop
Habitat for Humanity offers:
Homeowners and Financial Skills Classes
None for June
Bring your credit report, a calculator and a list of the bills you owe.
These classes are
mandatory for Habitat Partner Families. They may also be required for persons
who wish to qualify for certain Down Payment Assistance loans or grants
available from the City of
Home Buyer Education Class
To register for classes call Carolyn at 229-245-1330/ext 22.
Hours at the Library
At the library there are computer classes, children’s reading times, beginning Spanish, vampire book club, genealogy, teen book club, game night, and the bookfellows club. http://www.sgrl.org/pages/events.html
Purchase gently used books from the
Friends of the Library Back Door Bookstore. All proceeds from your purchases are
used to buy new books for the library. The Backdoor Bookstore is located
in the rear of the Main Library on
Visit our website www.sgrl.org to learn how to join, find information about
local and regional elected officials, library programs and the hours of all branches. Start exploring the endless possibilities at your library today! Call 229-333-0086 for more information.
Certain people qualify in
You qualify for Lifeline Service in your area if...
1. You already participate in one of the following assistance programs:
2. No one in your household currently receives Lifeline Assistance through another phone carrier. If someone in your household is receiving Lifeline Assistance you must cancel the service before applying for Lifeline Service through SafeLink Wireless.
You have a valid United States Postal Address. In order for us to
ship you your
Call 1-800-977-3768 to have an application sent to you
Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful
is a non-profit organization always looking for volunteers to help out on various environmental and beautification projects and events all through the year. For a list of upcoming events and dates, please visit the Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful website at: www.klvb.net
The Adopt-A-Road program is an ongoing community service opportunity offered through Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful for organizations and businesses to adopt a portion of a road to keep clean throughout the year.
For more information on events, meetings, Adopt-A-Road, or signing up to volunteer, call or email Aaron Strickland at (229) 671-2499 or email@example.com
Volunteer at Second
a member of Feeding
Food Bank volunteer hours are as follows:
9:00 AM - Friday
- , one Saturday a
month (please call for dates)
Special appointments should be made for groups of ten or more.
We are always in need of volunteers.
Please call to schedule all volunteer work and/or for more information at 244-2678 ext. 234
We are now known as Second Harvest of South Georgia, Inc., and we are a member of Feeding America- The Nation’s Food Bank Network. This is a very subtle change, as we have had much success over the years with our branding in south Georgia. In the end, the wording in our organization’s name is the only change that will be seen by the public. We continue to provide the same goods and services for our loyal members.
Community Affairs Department
All participants must
pay an annual membership fee for the
The membership fee is as follows:
Adults 18 and up: $30.00 per year
Seniors 50 and up : $12.00 per year or $1.00 per month
This membership fee will give you access to all of our recreational programs. Memberships will not cover evening instructional programs (Sewing Classes, Computer Classes, Karate Program, or Basketball Leagues). All participants must also complete and sign an active membership waiver form before participating in any center activity or program.
For more information contact Andre Newson @ 259-5437 or 259-5407.
you would like to register in classes at the center, contact Andre Newson at the
a tutoring program for the youth in the City of
African Culture & Dance Class is a learning program taught by Iye Kargbo designed to teach about the African culture and show different styles in dance to children ages 5-12. This program meets Tuesday evenings from .
Marching Pride Drill Team, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, , This program helps young men in all communities to learn and build self-esteem, character and motivation. Age group is 7 to 16.
a posing program for teenagers in middle school and high school designed to show
basic modeling skills. This program starts
Young Ladies’ Circle of Ambitions provides guidance, mentors, and cultivates young ladies into successful women. The young ladies will participate in group mentoring that will include guest speakers, workshops that are educational, and community service that promotes healthy living and productive lifestyles. Program meets twice a month, from .
Intervention Guidance Mentoring Program is a mentoring program for youth and teenagers ages 11-18 to help in dealing with life, goals, conflict, and character to become model citizens. This program meets the every Tuesday evening beginning at 6.
Bingo & Bonus Bingo is for senior citizens to come together to compete against one another for fun and to win inexpensive prizes. It meets Wednesday mornings from . For more information, contact Michael Foster at 259-5407.
Senior Health Education involves walking, exercising, and interacting with other seniors to give them a chance to listen to guest speakers and about remaining in good health. Michael Foster and Courtnee Hawkins are coordinating this class. Program meets twice a month, Monday and Thursday mornings from .
Senior Social is a socializing program for
older participants to come together for eating, fellowship, and/or playing Bingo
for tallies. It starts
Monday and Tuesday, -Ages 15 and older
Community Friends for International Students
give each new VSU international student a friend in the
KALEIDOSCOPE After School Program
presents after school programs at Clyattville Elementary School and Lake Park Elementary School. From 3:00 to 6:00 there will be homework assistance, structured games, and activities. A snack will be provided. The cost is $10 a day or $30 a week. Some scholarships are available. For more information, call 333-1861 or visit the website at valdostasportsandevent.com *************************************
Regularly Scheduled 12 Step Groups
For information, call 1-800-766-4653
AA, , meeting only, Monday
thru Friday, at
Baytree Fellowship meets
and Saturdays at
Tuesday thru Saturday at , Sundays at
and Thursdays at
at Christ Episcopal
Twin Lakes Group
meeting is at Tuesdays and
Fridays at the
Presbyterian Church in
meetings are on Sundays at 3:00 PM; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at
; and Saturdays at
support group for family and friends of alcoholics, meets at
and Thursdays at First Christian Church,
Friendship Group meets Tuesdays and Fridays at
at the Old Jaycee Hut,
County AA meets Tuesdays at
meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at
meets Mondays and Thursdays at
NA meets at the Boy Scout building at the corner of Central and Toombs , every Wednesday. Call 229-247-0971.
VOLUNTEER TO HELP VICTIMS OF CRIME
Volunteers are needed to
provide assistance for our victims of crime in
VSU Small Business Development Office
To see all the course offerings, please visit us online at http://www.valdosta.edu/sbdc. To register for any of these courses, simply print out the flyer or brochure, clip and mail the registration, along with your payment, to our office. If you prefer, you may register in person at our office during our normal business hours and pay by credit card.
Atlanta Legal Aid Society and Georgia Legal Services Program developed LegalAid-GA.org, a public access legal web site.
Know Your Rights. Georgians may now know their rights and legal responsibilities in 26 different areas of the law (over 1000 documents and links to legal information and government benefits).
Georgia Legal Services schedule in other counties:
Civil Cases only excluding tort (fee generating cases), class action, bankruptcy, child support, divorces w/o domestic violence). Call and confirm if it’s something that they handle and if its not they can point callers in the right direction.
State Bar Office 244 East 2nd Street Tifton, Georgia
Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Opportunities:
New volunteer opportunity: Family Supporter
Family Supporters must have good people skills and understand the difference between empowering and enabling and understand the importance of confidentiality.
Supporters will be a friend and information source for our Habitat families. They will assist families throughout the entire process of becoming homeowners by answering questions, helping plan Dedication Celebrations, providing follow-up explanations of Homeownership Skills class materials, and identifying other community resources. Once a family moves into their new home the Supporter will maintain contact during the first year as family faces the challenges of homeownership.
Training is provided for Family Supporters.
Office Angels (Monday–Friday ): Answer phone, Greet visitors, Perform office duties
ReStore (Tuesday–Saturday 9 to 4): Display, sort & price stock, Assist customers, Test & repair large appliances
Jobsite (Tuesday–Saturday ): Help build houses, Serve as Site Host/Hostess, Paint, Landscape, Provide meals, Clean up
on a committee
Lunch providers for worksites needed
Dinner site volunteers needed for campus groups coming during their spring breaks.
more information, contact Richard
For more information visit our website: www.valdostahabitat.org
volunteer contact Volunteer Coordinator by e-mail
open to the public every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday . It is at
Workers needed for ReStore…must be able to withstand variations of temperature…
For more information, call the store manager, Bill Ray, at 229-247-8513.
“Many people believe that if they have not gotten the flu or the flu vaccine by January, they are in the clear,” stated Debra Adams, RN, APRN, District Nursing and Clinical Director. “This is not true.
The CDC recommends certain groups getting vaccinated as soon as possible because they are at highest risk of getting the flu or spreading the flu to vulnerable populations. Those priority groups for getting the vaccine are pregnant women, caregivers for infants younger than 6 months of age, healthcare and emergency medical services personnel, persons from 6 months through 24 years of age, and persons 25 to 64 years of age who have health conditions, such as asthma and chronic congestive heart failure. Although priority groups have been highlighted, there are no restrictions on who can get the seasonal or H1N1 vaccines at this time.
For more information on NIVW or receiving your flu vaccine call your local health department, South Health District at 229-333-5290 or visit www.flu.gov.
BLOOD DONATION OPPORTUNITIES
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays:
For more information or to set up a blood donation event, contact Tina Tucker,
American Red Cross, 229-241-1141, Ext 221 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Blood Donation Opportunities
June 2 Child Advocacy Center Group
meetings for boys, girls & parents,
June 2 Celebrate Recovery Group,
June 3 CELEBRATE
June 6 South Georgia Partnership
to End Homelessness bimonthly meeting, noon, 601 North Lee Street.
will be light refreshments. South Georgia Partnership to End Homelessness is
calling all agencies to come out and partner with us. It is only an hour
and it will be very informative. For more information about our services,
June 7 Civitan Club, 12 , Southern Buffet. This organization, which is open to all, meets the first Tuesday at and the third Wednesday of each month at at Southern Buffet.
, Ambling Training Room,
7 National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) monthly meeting, ,
Southside Library. This organization meets on the first Tuesday of every month.
June 7 Foster Parent or Adoption Orientation Meeting, , Human Resources Building, second floor, 206 South Patterson (by the overpass). Open your heart and your home to foster parenting or adoption. Come and ask all your questions to see if this is for you. First and third Tuesdays of every month.
June 8 My Friend’s House Support Group
Meeting, . This group meets on the
first Wednesday of each month for persons who are caregivers for loved ones with
Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementias. Contact
June 9 Celebrate Recovery Group,
June 9 Valdosta City
Council meeting, , City Hall. Link to page with
June 9 Conversations that Matter, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, First Christian Church, 1905 North Patterson Street, Valdosta. Join with parents, professionals and other community members to learn about services for persons with developmental disabilities. See details at the top of the calendar.
Ferst Foundation Community Action Team
June 10 CELEBRATE
June 11 Real Girls, , First Christian Church,
June 11 The Down Syndrome Association of South Georgia, 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon, Jessie’s Eats & Treats, 111 West Central Avenue, downtown Valdosta. Meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month. Light refreshments provided. Please visit our website www.southgeorgiadsa.org or for further information contact:email@example.com.
Jane F. Osborn, MSSW