Jesus said “The greatest among you will be a servant”.  The Big Canoe Chapel, through its Benevolence Committee, is a servant, supporting individuals in need and charitable or faith based organizations in Dawson and Pickens Counties.  As resources allow, support is also considered for similar organizations in surrounding counties.

Assistance to these individuals and organizations is primarily in the form of one-time or scheduled financial support based on a review of needs.  The Benevolence Committee also looks for ways to assist the organization in accomplishing their missions with “hands on” projects which can involve Chapel members.


The mission of the Big Canoe Chapel Benevolence Committee is to glorify Christ by supporting charitable and faith based organizations and individuals in need in Pickens and Dawson counties. As Paul wrote in Galatians 6:10, “as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people especially those who belong to the family of believers.”


The Big Canoe Chapel Benevolence Committee identifies, evaluates and selects on behalf of the membership, worthy Christian non-profit organizations for the Chapel’s support.   It is responsible for visiting, reviewing and evaluating all organizations under consideration for quarterly support. The committee manages the annual benevolence budget and approves the disbursement of all benevolence funds.

 Holiday “Restock the Shelves” Drive

Join the Big Canoe Chapel’s Benevolence Committee in collecting much needed items for several local non-profit organizations.  A Holiday Drive has been scheduled for November 13-21.  Collection bins/boxes for needed material items will be located at the Chapel in Cousins Hall (on the main floor across from the chapel offices).  Hours for drop-off are 8:00 – 4:00 Monday through Friday.  The “Restock the Shelves” drive will benefit the following organizations with CURRENT URGENT NEEDS:

Appalachian Children’s Center – Urgent needs: Individually wrapped snacks, juice boxes, canned foods (soups, vegies, mac n’ cheese), family-sized foods to send home, Kleenex, toilet paper, gas cards (Walmart $10 each) and small fleece blankets.

Boys & Girls Clubs of North GeorgiaUrgent needs: Paper towels, toilet paper, wipes, pool chalk, paper plates and napkins.

Joy House – Urgent needs: Individually wrapped peanut butter crackers and chips, fruit roll-ups and fruit cups; cereal, pop tarts, syrup, tall kitchen 30-gal. trash bags; sandwich, quart and gallon zip lock bags, laundry soap pods, Clorox wipes, Windex, 409, dust spray, dishwasher detergent, dish soap and hand soap.


North Georgia Family Partners  – Urgent needs: Individually wrapped snacks, juice boxes, and bottled water; art supplies, games and children’s puzzles, Clorox wipes, Lysol spray, Kleenex, kids’ toothbrushes and toothpaste, books for infants and toddlers, diapers (all sizes) wipes, baby supplies (lotion, bath supplies) and general hygiene products (deodorant, shampoo, etc.)

No One AloneUrgent needs: Paper towels, toilet paper, Kleenex, cleaning supplies and non-perishable food items.

The Pregnancy Center  – Urgent needs: Boys’ clothes (6 mos.- 5T), girls’ clothes (2T – 5T), diapers (sizes 2 – 6), wipes, highchairs, Pack-N-Plays, strollers, children’s books and toys.

Ruth House – Urgent needs: Toilet paper, cleaning supplies, paper towels, 13- and 30-gallon garbage bags, LED 60W light bulbs, letter-size envelopes, Avery #5162 labels, Home Depot and Walmart gift cards;   non-perishable food items (cream of mushroom and other soups, whole kernel corn, canned peaches, chili with/without beans, boxed pasta salad, Hamburger Helper, Uncle Ben’s rice), shampoo, conditioner, hairbrushes, writing journals, Bible highlighters, spiral notebooks, laundry baskets, laundry soap, dryer sheets and dish detergent.

Timothy House – Urgent needs: Spices: salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, Lawry’s seasoning, BBQ seasoning or rubs, flour, sugar and baking spices; laundry detergent, Lysol spray, Clorox wipes, trash bags, paper towels and toilet paper.

Young Life Pickens County – Urgent needs: Snack size bags of chips, cookies, and/or individually wrapped candy, 12-packs of Coke, Sprite, and Dr Pepper; bottled water, printer paper, paper towels and colored markers.

THANK YOU for helping those in need!  Big Canoe Chapel Benevolence Committee


Click here for a list of supported organizations.