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.
Spring “Restock the Shelves” Drive
When Big Canoe Chapel’s Benevolence Committee issued a plea in December for help to “Restock the Shelves” of several local non-profit organizations, the Big Canoe Community stepped up in a very big way. Since 2021 continues to be a tough year for the local non-profits, who have been hit especially hard as they continue to serve an ever-growing number of people in need, a Spring Drive has been scheduled from April 17-25. 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. Please remember that face masks are required in chapel facilities. The following organizations have CURRENT URGENT NEEDS:
Appalachian Children’s Center is a child advocacy center, working with children who have been abused, maltreated, or are at risk. They support the judicial circuit that includes three North Georgia counties. 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 Georgia is part of a national organization providing a safe environment for after-school activities for children of all ages. Urgent needs: Disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, loose-leaf paper, and crayons.
North Georgia Family Partners works closely with Division of Family & Children Services, providing home visitation services to Pickens County’s most at-risk families with children aged four and under. Parent Educators provide training in child development, discipline, health, nutrition, safety, sleep and parent/child interaction. Urgent needs: Diapers-newborn, Clorox wipes, Lysol spray, Kleenex, baby supplies (lotion, bath supplies, etc.), individually wrapped snacks, juice boxes, and bottled water.
No One Alone provides emergency shelter and support services, including trauma counseling, legal advocacy, financial services and life skills training to victims of domestic violence in Dawson and Lumpkin counties. Urgent needs: Paper towels, toilet paper and cleaning supplies.
The Pregnancy Center is a faith-based ministry in Pickens and neighboring counties providing pregnancy services (testing, childbirth classes, prenatal nutrition), classes in parenting, family and life skills, and fatherhood classes. Urgent needs: 3-6 months diapers; Boys: Summer clothes: newborn/3-6 months/6-9 months onesies, rompers, shirts, pants; 12 months shirts, pants, pajamas; Girls: Newborn/3-6 months/6-9 months onesies, rompers, dresses, pants, tops, skirts; 12 months dresses, pants, tops, and skirts.
Ruth House provides a 6-24 month residential program for women with addiction, offering counseling, healing, life skills, job search and placement, and support to their families. 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.
Timothy House is a residential drug and alcohol treatment program located in Talking Rock. Residents are carefully screened, pay tuition, and are required to be involved in community activities, including volunteering at food banks, thrift stores, and helping those in need with moving help and yard work. Developing practical skills in conjunction with treatment helps individuals overcome addiction and become productive members of their communities. Urgent needs: Men’s shoes (new or gently used), work boots, men’s socks, paper goods, and cleaning supplies.
Young Life Pickens County’s mission is to introduce pre-teens and teens to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. Volunteers walk alongside students as they are faced with broken homes, divorced parents, death of a friend, problems at school, families facing severe financial problems, peer pressure and the struggle of being a teenager in an ever-changing world. 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, colored markers.
THANK YOU for helping those in need! Big Canoe Chapel Benevolence Committee
Click here for a list of supported organizations.