Local Nonprofits

volunteerThese wonderful nonprofits in Forsyth County, Georgia seek your help – donate, give, volunteer.

There are many places in and around Cumming, GA that you can donate your gently used goods. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities, these wonderful nonprofits would be happy for your services.

Abba House – Long-term residential ministry where women with substance abuse and mental health issues can have a safe place to learn to receive God’s love and forgiveness. Volunteers welcome and thrift store locations are listed here.

Bearfoot Ranch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit equestrian center dedicated to providing therapeutic riding lessons and other riding activities in a safe, effective and compassionate environment. The center furthers students’ knowledge of horses; offers lessons to children and individuals with special needs regardless of ability; and challenges them to reach their potential through the love of horses. Bearfoot Ranch also acts as a rescue facility for horses that have been abused or neglected. Bearfoot Ranch West, 5150 Oak Grove Circle, Cumming, Ga 30028, (678) 805-7433. There is also a location in Gainesville, GA.

CASA of Forsyth County – A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained community volunteer appointed by a judge to speak up for the best interests of an abused or neglected child involved in a juvenile court proceeding.

CHANGE 4 GEORGIA (C4G) is a community service program that is inclusive to students and provides them with opportunities to thank our soldiers and veterans for their service, dedication and sacrifice in protecting our freedom and keeping our country secure. It was founded by a fifth grader in Forsyth County, Georgia, and benefits our brave troops by collecting items from their “Wish List” that they need or want. These are items that are not readily available or provided, but that add comfort and fit in their backpacks. The program also benefits veterans and their families by providing food, clothing and diapers to those who need a hand up.

The Children’s Center for Hope & Healing – Wish List – dedicated to stopping the cycle of child sexual abuse and to preventing the exploitation of children. CCHH has an office in Cumming, GA as well as in Gainesville, GA on the square.

Dyslexia Network of Forsyth County – We are a group of professionals and parents of students with dyslexia with a mission to serve as a resource and support to educators and families of students with dyslexia. We have a website and a very active Facebook page that lists relevant articles, webinars, presentations and things of interest. We host free monthly presentations at the Forsyth County Board of Education regarding dyslexia, executive function, and much more!

Feed the Hungry Forsyth – Every day of the week Feed Forsyth volunteers are picking up breads, sweets, meats, and vegetables from local businesses that would otherwise throw them away (food rescue) and deliver these items to Forsyth County food pantries and residential programs without any cost to these ministries. We constantly encourage grocery stores and restaurants to join the Zero Waste! Food Rescue Program and our efforts to eliminate hunger in Forsyth County. We serve as a partner to the churches and organizations in our community that provide meals to families struggling with hunger.

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta – Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta was created to support families who manage food allergies, educate those who care for our children, and create a safer environment in the local area for food allergic individuals.

Food for Thought Project – The Food For Thought Project, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit, ongoing food drive and food collection program which provides Forsyth County and Cumming Georgia residents a simple means of giving to the community. We are a network of people like you, individual homes, who take part in our home pick up Bright Orange Bag Program by donating a small bag of non-perishable food items every other month. Volunteers with Food For Thought Project, Inc. deliver orange food donation bags to participating homes as well as collect the full bags on pick up dates. You do not need to drive your food donation to a collection location or remember to take it somewhere to drop off. Simply leave your bright orange bag by your front door on pick up dates and we will collect it. Your food donation will go back into the Forsyth County community and be distributed among local pantries. Please consider signing up to participate in the Food For Thought Project Bright Orange Bag program. Your donations help people, families, and kids in need within your own community. You may give as little or as much as you wish and stop at any time. We appreciate!

Forsyth County Community Connection – The Forsyth County Community Connection creates opportunities for people to volunteer, learn and lead in their community. Search their database for opportunities.

Forsyth County Family Haven – shelter for victims of domestic violence – accepts food, baby goods, etc. Wish list on web site. Local outreach for domestic violence – Victims of domestic violence have access to free services from Forsyth County Family Haven, a nonprofit advocacy center that provides shelter, programs, legal advice and community education to victims and their families. *Their crisis line is open 24/7 at (770) 887-1121
*Their legal advocacy line is available at (770) 889-6384 Ext. 103

Forsyth County Freecycle – Post items that you want to give away, pick a recipient that responds, they pick it up!

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office – donate stuffed animals for children who are victims of domestic violence.

Faith’s House – Empowering single moms to better their lives through education. Donation and volunteer opportunities.

Forsyth County Humane Society – No-kill animal shelter. Seeks volunteers, donations. New thrift store in Tri-County Plaza on Highway 9 between Big Lots and Golds Gym in Cumming, GA. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Donations needed!

Goodwill of North Georgia – housewares, clothing for all ages.

Isabelle’s Book Club – Isabelle’s Book Club is a way to help children who are dealing with issues of parental incarceration. Families that are disenfranchised by imprisonment resort to survival mode with homework and academics ending up at the bottom of the priority list. Children with incarcerated parents are at risk of dropping out of school, engaging in anti-social behavior,  and experiencing a decline in school work. They also exhibit high levels of truancy, aggression, and disruptive behaviors. Roughly 10 million children in the US are affected by current or past parental involvement with the criminal justice system. Research shows a variety of educational problems occur in children who have been traumatized by the arrest, separation, incarceration and absence of a parent. It is estimated that 50% of incarcerated juveniles have a parent who has been incarcerated. Alarmingly, 16% of children who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade (7 years old) do not graduate from high school. Under-educated individuals are at a severe disadvantage of gainful employment. These individuals also have greater propensity for a life of crime. Books change lives. One of the biggest obstacles to literacy is the scarcity of books in the home; two-thirds of low-income families do not own books.

Kings Treasure Box Ministries – We have come together as ‘The King’s Treasure Box Ministries’ to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children and adults who have been affected by child sexual abuse.

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful – KFCB’s mission is to cooperate with government, businesses, schools, civic organizations, and citizens in a joint effort to improve beautification, litter reduction, and recycling. For a more detailed overview of Keep Forsyth County Beautiful programs, events, volunteer opportunities, recycling information, and resources, visit http://www.forsythco.com/.

Mentor Me – North Georgia is a 501(C) (3) non-profit organization based in Forsyth County. Our mission is to help children reach their potential through mentoring relationships with responsible adults. Mentor Me matches children who are primarily from single-parent families or children who are being raised by grandparents or other family relatives. Children are matched with adult volunteers in the community. This is time spent with the volunteer and the young person doing things they enjoy in the community, typically through weekly contact.

Next Generations Focus – Home of the SmarterMe Programs. Next Generation Focus (NGF) is a not-for-profit organization formed to reach out to youth in economically challenged families in our community to provide resources to expand academic and enrichment opportunities.  http://www.nextgenerationfocus.org/home We offer free and low cost tutoring to children K-8. We are also always looking for high school students to volunteer to tutor.

Reaping Nature – Educational Outreach Foundation – Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation provides thoughtful and entertaining environmental education programs for the public and children in public and private schools, including Title I schools.

SAFFT – Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving foster children and their caregivers by providing a supportive network

The Place of Forsyth County, GA – housewares, clothing, food donations for all ages. “Helping Forsyth County Residents with Short Term Emergency Basic Survival Needs”

United Way of Forsyth County – donate, give, volunteer locally.

Here is a comprehensive list of some other charitable organizations in an around metro Atlanta.

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