Breaking Good News: Nonprofit Highlights

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The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism hosts REV UP Georgia – a voter education seminar

On Thursday, July 11 at 10 a.m., The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism (MRCA) will welcome REV UP Georgia for a seminar on voting. The seminar will be live-streamed and recorded.

Georgia is home to more than 650,000 eligible voters with a disability. However, citizens with disabilities were 5% less likely to vote than those without disabilities. MRCA will host Jessica Mathis and Derek Heard of REV UP Georgia for an informative seminar on the importance of the disability vote. They will discuss why it’s important to vote, how to register to vote, basic voting rights, and much more.

Jessica Mathis is a community and disability advocate in Savannah. Jessica, a person with cerebral palsy, began her advocacy career shortly after graduating from Windsor Forest High School and volunteering at Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE, Inc.). A 2013 Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus graduate, Jessica currently serves as Executive Director of Mixed Greens Savannah Incorporated and is Co-Chair of REV UP Georgia.

Derek Heard Jr. is a graphic artist, entrepreneur, public speaker, and disability justice advocate from Albany, Georgia. A Fannie Lou Hamer Leadership Fellow, Derek also serves as a Georgia Youth Voice and Youth Choice Ambassador, REV UP Georgia leadership member, Save my Vote Georgia Founding member and intern, Stacey Abrams Disability Council member, Uniting for Change founding member, Sangha Unity Network board member, and is the artist/owner of Derek’s Doodles, a graphic art business located in Albany. He was awarded the 2018 Easter Seals Southern Georgia Annette Bowling Award, the 2022 the Employment Advocate of the Year through the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, the 2023 the Creativity Award through New Disabled South, and the 2024 Creativity Award for Synergies Works.

To register for this seminar, visit this link.

The Chatham County Hospital Authority (CCHA) Trust announces a $1.2M grant funding opportunity

The Chatham County Hospital Authority (CCHA) Trust invites nonprofit and for-profit organizations providing preventative health care services to the indigent population in Chatham County, Georgia, to apply for funding through a competitive grant-making process.

United Way of the Coastal Empire (UWCE), as a seasoned community grantor, will administer the CCHA Trust Grant. While United Way will facilitate the grant process, CCHA will retain full decision-making authority.

The purpose of the CCHA Trust Grant is to provide preventative health care services to the indigent population of Chatham County, Georgia.

Focus Areas:

  • Behavioral and mental health services

  • Health screenings

  • Dental hygiene care

  • Specialty care services (e.g. diabetes)

  • Patient advocacy and navigational resources

Interested organizations/entities should review eligibility criteria and instructions at and submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by 5 p.m. EST on July 26.

The LOI process opens on Monday, July 15, 2024. Applicants will be notified of awards in November 2024.

The Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire launches 100 Days of Intentional Peacebuilding campaign, culminating with Peace in the Park event on Sunday, Sept. 22 at Daffin Park

The Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire, Inc. is currently celebrating 100 Days of Intentional Peacebuilding through a strategic social media and community outreach campaign designed to raise awareness of the importance of peace in the Savannah community and to celebrate local peacebuilding efforts.

“Our 100 Days of Intentional Peacebuilding campaign is about being intentional, inclusive and showing up for peace,” said Jill Cardenas, executive director of The Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire. “We believe that everyone in our community has the potential to help create peace.”

The 100 Days of Intentional Peacebuilding initiative will run through September 22, culminating with the third annual Peace in the Park celebration from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Daffin Park, located at Victory Drive and Waters Avenue, in Savannah. This third annual event, which is free and open to the public, will offer opportunities for community members to support peace, counter violence, become conflict-resilient and celebrate unity.

“Peacebuilding is important because it creates stronger, more resilient communities and creates space for dialogue in order to foster a sense of belonging and connection,” Cardenas explained. “By navigating our differences, treating one another with dignity and developing our skills as peacebuilders, we can ultimately find beauty in our shared humanity and create a more resilient community for all.”

During the days leading up to Peace in the Park, the Mediation Center invites members of the public to share how they support peace in the community and to use the hashtag #SAVDayOfPeace to contribute to the 100 Days of Intentional Peacebuilding social media campaign. The Mediation Center also encourages Savannah residents to paint a rock with a peace-related emblem, word or picture and leave it somewhere for others to discover.

“People can decorate a rock, show up for peace and tell us about it on social media, so that others can feel that little bit of love and joy,” Cardenas explained. “This is a small but important way to spread peace in the community.”

The Mediation Center will host a special “Rock Your Peace” rock-painting event, which is free and open to the public, on Thursday, July 18 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the nonprofit’s headquarters at 5105 Paulsen St., Suite 125D. Please visit Eventbrite to register in advance.

Tharros Place to Host Educational Webinar in Support of World Day Against Trafficking

Tharros Place, a local nonprofit serving underage survivors of human trafficking, will host an educational webinar in support of World Day Against Trafficking on Tuesday, July 30 at noon. This free informational session will educate participants on the warning signs of human trafficking and provide valuable insights into combating human trafficking. The session will be led by Tharros Place’s outreach coordinator, Kate Templeton.

Register at For more information, please contact Kate Templeton, Outreach Coordinator for Tharros Place, at [email protected] or (912) 665-0236.

Savannah Speech and Hearing Center in need of community hearing screening volunteers

Savannah Speech and Hearing Center (SSHC) is happy to offer hearing screenings in our community schools to identify hearing loss and ensure that it is properly addressed. Volunteers are needed to help perform these simple screenings in both Chatham and Bryan County schools from August—early November. All screenings are arranged and supervised by SSHC staff. They are scheduled Monday through Thursday mornings and volunteers are welcomed for just one day or several, if convenient. A background check will be required, at no cost to volunteers. Please contact [email protected] with interest.

Georgia Power crews to assist Texas-New Mexico Power with Hurricane Beryl restoration

A team of more than 50 employees are en route to Texas City, including line crews, engineers, safety and support personnel

Hurricane Beryl made landfall early Monday morning near Matagorda, Texas, causing severe damage to homes, business and infrastructure, and widespread power outages. As part of its severe weather preparations, Georgia Power creates mutual agreements with other utilities to send and receive help when natural disasters strike.

Last night, Georgia Power sent a team of more than 50 company personnel and contract teams to assist Texas-New Mexico Power in its recovery efforts. Georgia Power's restoration workforce includes line crews, engineers, safety and support personnel from around the state.

Georgia Power is a member of the mutual assistance network, which consists of utilities from around the country. As part of this partnership, Georgia Power is able to respond and offer assistance, providing reinforcements when needed to restore power quickly for other utilities. The company is also able to tap into this mutual assistance network if additional resources are needed to help restore power to Georgia Power customers following a major storm. During Hurricanes Michael and Irma, Georgia Power received assistance from other utilities.

“We are proud of our crews who enthusiastically head into difficult conditions to restore power for those impacted by this devastating hurricane,” said Storm Center Manager Jason Stott. “With each request for assistance from other states, the company ensures that it has sufficient coverage to respond to potential local service interruptions at home.”

Stott added: “Above all else, safety is our top value. Just as we are prepared, we encourage our customers to have an emergency plan this hurricane season that helps their families stay safe and be ready for storms. Georgia Power teams remain prepared to respond to service interruptions that might occur because of severe weather and continually monitors the weather for potential impacts.”

Blood and platelet donors critically needed in July

Donors can help hospitals stay prepared to weather challenges this summer.

This July, the American Red Cross continues to stress that blood and platelet donors are critically needed right now to support life-saving transfusions this summer. Donors of all blood types are in demand, especially those with type O blood, as are platelet donors.

Every donation counts in the mission to keep blood products stocked for patients, including those facing life-threatening situations. More than a quarter of all blood products each year are used in critical care and emergency room cases, highlighting the importance of generous blood and platelet donors. Be a force for good. Book a time to give blood and platelets by visiting, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

The Red Cross has teamed up with Universal Pictures for the theatrical release of TWISTERS to help avoid a summer blood shortage. All who come to give blood or platelets July 1-31 will get a Fandango Movie Ticket* by email. Plus, those who come to give by Sunday, July 14 will also receive a one-of-a-kind TWISTERS and Red Cross umbrella, while supplies last. BONUS: Those who come to give blood in July will also automatically be entered for a chance to win a 2025 Ram 1500 Big Horn. See for full details.


Chantel Britton

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