February 2015
In This Newsletter
Breakfast Fundraiser
Sen. Johnny Isakson at TCWFI
New Sponsor: DCCU
$15,000 SMP Award
2015 EITC Awareness
TCWFI President & CEO sits on MAC and ACFB panels
Georgia Small Bus. Week
Participant Spotlight

Feb. 17 - Moving to Entrepreneurship Class begins; Tuesdays weekly; 5:30pm

Feb. 18Financial Literacy class begins; Wednesdays weekly; 6:00pm

Mar. 24th Annual Free File Briefing featuring Senator Isakson; 9:30am

Mar. 3 - Job Readiness Orientation; 8:00am

Mar. 7 - Homebuyers Education class; 8:30am

Mar. 25 - TCWFI Breakfast Fundraiser; The Commerce Club; 7:30am

April 15- Last Day to file taxes through VITA Free Tax Prep at TCWFI
Wed., March 25
The Commerce Club
191 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30303

Individual tickets are $50 and can be purchased via Eventbrite:

4th Annual Georgia Free File Briefing featuring Senator Johnny Isakson

Monday, March 2
477 Windsor Street
Atlanta, GA 30312

RSVP to Anita Foster

Dear Friend, 

Exciting things are happening at TCWFI everyday and we want you to be in the know! In this review, you will learn about TCWFI's recent grant awards, VITA tax season awareness campaign and other news. So read on, join us, and enjoy!  Be sure to  RSVP your seat at our second annual breakfast fundraiser, Time to Make the Doughnuts!, on March 25th hosted at The Commerce Club. We will deliver a morning of inspiration showcasing participants' stories of triumph, and recognize Newell Rubbermaid, Inc. with the Impact Award, and Grady Health System with the Champion Award for making a difference through their support and generosity. Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate the Center's mission and impact.

New Sponsor: Delta Community Credit Union
On January 28th, 2015, TCWFI received a $2,500 grant from the Delta Community Credit Union! The funds will support our Asset Building program. Other grantees were New Hope Enterprises and the Furniture Bank, two longstanding TCWFI partners, allowing us to share how we collaborate to impact families. DCCU associates will soon be on board to volunteer at TCWFI as well. Learn more about DCCU's gifts here
New Sponsor: Summerhill Mechanicsville Peoplestown Community Fund
Early January, TCWFI was also gifted with a $15,000 grant from the S.M.P. Community Fund, Inc., a fund restricted to support residents living within the Summerhill, Mechanicsville and Peoplestown neighborhoods. The grant will sponsor 30 residents to enroll in TCWFI's four week Job Readiness training program.
2015 EITC Awareness Day
In partnership with United Way of Greater Atlanta, TCWFI hosted Atlanta's 2015 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) kickoff event on January 30th, in conjunction with the National Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day. Speakers included: Che D. Watkins, TCWFI President & CEO; Milton Little, United Way of Greater Atlanta, President; Atlanta City Council Member Mary Norwood; and IRS representatives and leaders. EITC Awareness Day raises awareness to the importance of filing taxes and the significance of the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income residents. Since 2009 TCWFI has participated in the VITA campaign, resulting in more than $9 million returned to the community in tandem with a suite of financial literacy and asset building supports. In 2014, TCWFI was the second highest VITA site in Atlanta, preparing more than 1,000 returns for residents, free of charge. If you earned $53,000 or less in 2014, let our team help remove the stress of tax filing. Call 404-223-3303 to make an appointment today.
TCWFI President & CEO sits on Metro Atlanta Chamber and ACFB panels

Metro Atlanta Chamber Non-Profit CEO Roundtable             
On February 25th, Che will sit alongside a distinguished panel to discuss the role of non-profits in public policy. John Berry, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, CEO & Executive Director will lead the discussion. The event will take place Wednesday, February 25th 11:30am-1:00pm at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. 

Other panelists Include: 

  • Gina Simpson, President & CEO, Hands on Atlanta 
  • Dave Williams, VP Infrastructure & Governmental Affairs, Metro Atlanta Chamber

Interested guests are encouraged to RSVP  


Atlanta Community Food Bank Agency Conference 

Che Watkins represented TCWFI as a panelist for the Collaborative Solutions to Strengthen Families session during the ACFB Agency Conference. The conference was hosted on January 29th at the Atlanta Hilton. Inclusive of several other agencies, the panel explored the collective impact of community-based organizations and the importance in partnering together to expand services for greater impact. 

Other panelists Included:
  •  Rob Johnson, VP Community Services, ACFB
  •  Jemea Dorsey, CEO, Center for Black Women's Wellness
  •  Paula Moody, Families First
Georgia Small Business Week Feb. 16-20

Governor Deal declared February 16-20, 2015 as GEORGIA SMALL BUSINESS WEEKAll across the state of Georgia this week. individuals and business will be able to attend seminars to learn how to grow, finance, create and connect with Georgia's small businesses. Align with Small Business Week, TCWFI will kickoff our Moving to Entrepreneurship Program with the goal of aspiring active entrepreneurs and to equip entrepreneurs with the tools and resources to create a strong foundation for sustainable businesses.

TCWFI staff joined in the National Wear Red Day campaign, in honor of Heart Health Awareness. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer. With over 70% of our participants, and over 60% of our staff being women, we are committed to supporting and celebrating the lives of women everywhere! 

For more info about the GoRed for Women Campaign log on to 
Participant Spotlight 
Angelic Keels, a single mother of a beautiful one year old daughter came to the Center early November 2014 after being referred by a friend who is also a participant. Angelic enrolled and fully invested in our Career Advancement Program. In just a little over one month, Angelic went from working part-time to recently gaining full-time employment at a rising international corporation. In partnership with her Pathway Coach, Angelic co-designed a plan and developed a budget that is better suited for her and her daughter. Her new budget now gives her a 10% advance in her savings per month.  She credits her success to her Pathway Coach, Chauncey Winn stating "Mr. Winn pays attention to detail and has my best interest at heart". Moving forward, Angelic hopes to improve her saving practices to potentially purchase sustainable housing in the near future. Congrats, Angelic!