A Recipe for Caring

By Lyn Cates

Information provided by Jean James

  • Take 1 group of women – namely the Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Guild
  • Stir in heaps of determination
  • Mix with desire, to help the surrounding communities
  • Sprinkle with love
  • Add $1,335,000 – from fundraising efforts
  • Infuse for 26 years
  • Whisk in more monies each additional year
  • The result: joy for agencies and persons in need

What a recipe to enrich Dawson County and Pickens County residents! As a major purpose of the Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Guild, assisting those in need is fulfilled through the Legacy of Caring. Written requests for aid are reviewed on a monthly basis by the Charitable Giving Committee and presented to the Women’s Guild membership for approval. Funding falls into the following categories: Critical Needs, Literacy and Youth, Counseling and Support and Miscellaneous. Your participation in the Legacy of Caring events enables the Guild to help assist many of the agencies that aid North Georgia residents.

This year alone, the Women’s Guild has provided $100,000 to positively impact the community. The Good Samaritan Clinic and Good Shepherd Clinic received grants to provide general medical and non-emergent health and wellness services, as well as vision, mental and dental care to those in need. In Pickens County, CARES was able to furnish food, in addition to financial and educational assistance, thanks to the Guild. The Family Uplift Program, a long-term program to help families change their lives through education and job skills improvement, and the Heating Fund of the St. Vincent de Paul Society were also beneficiaries. For NOA, No One Alone, major renovations to a 50 year old home used as an emergency shelter took place. Grants also allowed Prevent Child Abuse to make home visits to high risk families to help children develop optimally, while preventing abuse and neglect

Other recipients included the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia that enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens through prevention programs for “at risk” children. Dawson County Wee Books and Pickens Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy received funds to purchase and mail free age-appropriate books to young children. Camp scholarships were provided for mid and high school students at Young Life in both Pickens and Dawson counties. Story Express visits were increased and the current level of programming maintained at The Craddock Center, enriching the lives of people in Southern Appalachia through programs of education, cultural enhancement and service.

Scholarships were provided to The Ruth House and The Timothy House, residential programs that aid women and men overcoming drug and alcohol addiction. Day-to-day needs were alleviated and scholarships funded for The Joy House, a ministry dedicated to restoring teens and their families by providing a home for teens in crisis and partnering with their families to pursue restoration and reunification. Big Canoe Chapel’s Christmas Blessings Program purchased grocery gift cards and Bibles for deserving families, and Ruth House Ministries purchased study Bibles for the women at their facility with Guild funds. Pickens CLCP, Certified Literate Community Program, will install an on-line program to improve literacy levels of families and workers. Numerous other organizations have benefitted from Women’s Guild funds, as evidenced by the list of charities supported at the end of this article.

Each dollar raised at this year’s events is returned to the community, assisting an agency or person in need. Your partnering with the Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Guild ensures that our Recipe for Caring will continue to impact deserving local charities that need your support.

Perhaps, a quote from a Habitat for Humanity thank you note says it best:

“Your generous gift is equaled only by your kind words in support of what we try to accomplish. As always, Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Guild continues to be an intricate part of our history, our growth and our development.”