For Immediate Release: 

UPDATE: Communities in Schools of Savannah continues relief efforts for SCCPSS students in the wake of Hurricane Matthew

Media Contact: Catalina Garcia-Quick
Title: Executive Director
Mobile Phone: (510) 677-4433
Email address:

Communities of Schools of Savannah

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA, Friday, October 14, 2016  -   Communities in Schools of Savannah met with the Savannah Chatham County Public School System School yesterday and we are proud to announce that we are the lead organization working in partnership with the Savannah Chatham County Public School System to provide relief to  students and families living in the Westlake Apartments, who experienced catastrophic flooding and damage to their homes during Hurricane Matthew. Many lost everything. In an effort to support our students and families, Communities in Schools of Savannah has launched our CIS  Kids Closet - Hurricane Matthew/Westlake Relief Drive . The CIS Kids Closet  is an annual program for Communities in Schools that provides uniforms, schools supplies, personal hygiene items and children's underclothes. To date the Kids Closet program operates via the Communities in Schools program at Haven Elementary School; however, in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Communities in Schools felt it necessary to expand the program to include SCCPSS students devastated by Hurricane Matthew. 

"We met with district yesterday and learned that roughly 1/3 of the students impacted by the Westlake Flooding attend Haven Elementary School - which is where we have our program. From there we learned that there are roughly ten schools impacted by the Westlake flooding alone." Said Catalina Garcia-Quick, Executive Director, of Communities in Schools of Savannah.  In that our mission is to surround students with a community of support, despite the fact that this is not something we have a budget for, we felt it was important to mobilize and work to expand our efforts to ALL students at Westlake and other SCCPSS students devastated by Hurricane Matthew." 

Due to the tremendous outpouring of support from the community, Communities in Schools is now requesting funding and specific items. "To date - for example - we have received a tremendous amount of uniforms -  but what we have run into is we have an excess of uniforms for one school and not enough for another." From here forward our goal is to purchase what is needed across the board to fill the gaps so that we may support our families in the best possible way - that said - we are limited to to the funds we receive so funding is critical".  said Garcia-Quick. Working through SCCPSS,  our intent is to provide every student of the Westlake Community and/or students devastated by Hurricane Matthew with:

2 complete uniforms
5 pairs of underwear
5 pairs of socks
1 Back Pack w/ School Supplies
1 bag of personal hygiene items

We can only do that with funding."

Communities in Schools of Savannah is a local, independent non-profit organization and the CIS Kid's Closet runs solely off of donations. Donated items will be distributed to students in the Westlake Apartment Community as well as students devastated by Hurricane Mathew. Excess will be distributed via a need based system and/or rotated back into the Communities in Schools program to benefit SCCPSS students throughout the year. 

If you would like to assist Communities in Schools of Savannah with this effort, you may donate online at If you would like to donate specific items, the i tems immediately requested are:

Personal Hygiene Items: toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, etc.
NEW - Child size boys/girls underwear, socks, undershirts

For those looking to donate general clothing, housewares, and misc. items, Communities in Schools is requesting that all donations for those types of items be given to Goodwill Industries of Savannah. Where we appreciate the communities willingness to provide these items to our families, Communities in Schools is not equipped to receive them; however,  Communities in Schools, currently partners with Goodwill, and as a result of that partnership, Communities in Schools of Savannah will provide  $35 vouchers for use at Goodwill, to the students/families they are serving via this effort. 

Donations to Communities in Schools of Savannah can be made online at You may also mail your donations payable to Communities in Schools of Savannah, 2126 East Victory Drive #167, Savannah, GA 31404. 

Donation drop off locations are:

WSAV : 1430 East Victory Drive. Savannah, GA  31404
The UPS Store: 2126 East Victory Drive (Corner of Victory & Skidaway in Bi Lo Shopping Center)

Savannah Graduates: Armstrong State University,  Burnett Hall, 11935 Abercorn St #154, Savannah, GA 31419

BB&T BANK: 7 West Congress Street, Savannah, GA

**Please continue to check our Web site and Facebook Page as drop off locations will be added daily. Many of our usual drop locations, including our main office, are without power and not able to open at this time. We will update our web site and facebook page as sites re-open and become available. 

If you are a local business and would like to support our efforts by becoming a drop off location, please contact Executive Director Catalina Garcia-Quick @ 
The mission of Communities in Schools is to surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. 

About Communities in Schools of Savannah
Communities in Schools is the nation's leading dropout prevention program. Since 1992, Communities in Schools of Savannah has an independent non-profit governed by a local board of directors  dedicated to serving the public school students in Chatham County.  Through a school-based site coordinator model working in cooperation with the Savannah Chatham County Public School System and partner organizations, CIS of Savannah connects students and their families to critical community resources, tailored to local needs, and currently serves over 350 students and their families here in Chatham County. For more information please view our website at and be sure and check out our News tab for the latest headlines and editorials