February 2019

Monthly newsletter to Camden stakeholders 

The Camden Collaborative 

The Camden Family Connection Collaborative is made up of community stakeholders with a vested interest in improving the lives of Camden's children and families. 

A monthly meeting is held every  3rd Thursday 
at 10am. Approximately 30-50 representatives from local government, non-profit agencies, and civic organizations are in attendance. 
If you would like to be a part of the discussion contact the office, at (912) 882-7295 or 
register as a collaborative partner member

Meeting Location:
Camden Family Connection Office
1000 Pro 3 Parkway, St. Marys
Next Regular Meeting: 
February 21st, 2019, at 10am.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Day

Wear Orange on February 12th to support Teen Dating Violence awareness.  Your support is greatly appreciated!
Community Health Needs Survey

Please take a moment to fill out the community needs survey for our community.  

If you are a resident of Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn, McIntosh, or Wayne counties, you are invited to participate in this voluntary survey conducted by Southeast Georgia Health System. The purpose is to learn more about health needs in your home county. The survey asks you to share your personal experiences and opinions. Your participation will be helpful to others because it will guide Southeast Georgia Health System as it seeks to identify the most important health and safety concerns in each county in our service area. The information you provide will be anonymous, that is, no one will be able to connect you with your answers. For questions, please contact the third-party surveyor, Mary Eleanor Wickersham, at 478-952-3902. You should be able to complete this survey in under 10 minutes.

Georgia Needs Survey 
You and the members of your Family Connection Collaborative are invited to participate in an important study to help improve the lives of Georgians with mental illnesses, addictive diseases, and intellectual/developmental disabilities and to help strengthen prevention and early intervention in Georgia communities.

The Regional Advisory Councils of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) has launched a major study called Identifying Independence and Recovery Needs in Georgia

Bruce and Sapp Consulting

Attached is a flyer for February and March free workshop offerrings which will be held at St. Marys Library begining at 5:30pm each Tuesday.  One of the areas that they feel strongly about is encouraging the development of resiliency. Children need to learn how to bounce back and cope with disappointments and challenges in their lives as they become adults. Also, parents need to know how they can nurture and foster resiliency in the home setting. Feel free to contact them if you have any additional questions.  
Sheila E. Sapp- 912-552-4454   Darlene Bruce- 912-227-2559   sappbruc17@gmail.com

Kings Bay Teen Program

The Teen Program is open to ALL teens in the public. 13-18 yrs. old- As long as individuals are still in High School. Programming is provided through partnerships with the Boys and Girls Club of America and Georgia 4-H.Transportation is provided from the HS to Kings Bay. Hours are 3-7 pm. Check out KB Teens on Facebook.  For more information, please call 912-573-2380.
8th Annual Golf Tournament

The 8th Annual Camden House Gold Tournament will be on Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at the Osprey Cove Clubhouse.  11am check in and 1230pm Shotgun start.

Sponsor information is attached! 
Just want to play golf? $110 per player, $440 for foursome (includes mulligans, raffle tickets and other goodies)
*This is Camden House's major fundraiser of the year. All proceeds go to the shelter that protects the women and children who are escaping domestic violence.
For further information or questions, please contact Elizabeth Ardman, tournament director 912-729-6000 or email Elizabeth@nia.tv

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program               
2019 Impact Fund Grant Cycle     
The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (CCGF) is pleased to announce its 2019 Community Impact Fund grant cycle. The application period begins January 2 and proposals are due by February 28. Awards will be announced in early June.
The Foundation will continue to focus on agencies working with at-risk youth and demonstrating measurable results. In addition, this year the Foundation will expand its focus, taking into consideration that the success of young people is connected in-part to the success of their caregivers. Using a two-generational approach, the CCGF will also consider proposals from agencies that support the parents, guardians and caregivers of at-risk youth. 
"Our Board has decided to expand our focus this year in an effort to provide a continuum of services to families in need," says Paul White, President and CEO of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation. "By working with agencies that serve caregivers and children, we work to break the cycle of poverty, one family at a time." 
The Foundation will accept proposals for up to $5,000 from agencies with:
1) Programs serving at-risk youth.
2) Services that concentrate on parenting, job skills and financial security for adults.
With any questions about the Community Impact Fund, the process for applications, or the Foundation, please call Ellen Post, Grants and Operations Manager: 912-268-4442 or email epost@coastalgeorgiafoundation.org .
About the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation
The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (CCGF) was incorporated in 2005, as a tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people of Glynn, McIntosh and Camden counties. The Foundation now has assets over $20 million and has awarded over $14 million in grants to community organizations in the three-county region and beyond. The Foundation serves ordinary citizens who have the extraordinary vision for a better life for their neighbors, friends, families, and fellow coastal Georgians - today and for future generations. The Foundation seeks to be the region's trusted source for thoughtful philanthropic counsel, sound financial management and strategic community investment. www.coastalgeorgiafoundation.org

Camden Community  Resource Directory

An online Resource Directory is currently be developed through a partnership between the Camden County Board of Commissioners (CCBC), Camden Family Connection, and Georgia Center for Non-Profits (GCN). 

Camden Family Connection has agreed to provide and maintain a database of resources available to all Camden Citizens. The database started in partnership with GCN will be utilized to compile needed partner information for the resource page. We will also continue to use this to track possible service duplications, gaps, and strains. 

If your organization has not done so already, please fill out the survey below to have a profile generated for your agencies. If you have any questions on this effort please contact CFC Executive Director Steven Sainz at edirector@camdenfamilies.org  or CCBC Project Director Shannon Nettles at snettles@co.camden.ga.us

Link to Profile Generator :  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FV7MMDK 

Camden Behavioral Health Resource List

The link below is an updated resource list for your information.

Workplace Smoking Survey          

Please take a moment to help us with this quick survey about smoking and policies surrounding smoking at your place of work.  This information will be shared with the people at DBHDD to help plan for future prevention/ intervention programs involving tobacco products.   Your responses are anonymous unless you provide an email address for follow up for the question involving organizations policies.
Thank you for your time and assistance and for helping create a healthier community.

Food Assistance Phone Line

Sponsored by the Camden Family Connection Collaborative, The Camden Hunger Hotline  is a volunteer managed and operated food assistance information and referral service. As displayed in the attached business card, the food insecure in Camden County may cal l:


between  8 a.m. - 8 p.m . to receive information about food assistance available in Camden County. This service is for those individuals and families that are struggling to avoid hunger and are not familiar with local food  assistance resources: locations, services provided, and access procedures.
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