MILLEDGEVILLE — Georgians will have a chance to give back and help local communities thrive Thursday by participating in Georgia Gives Day.
The inaugural statewide “flash mob day of giving” is initiated by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits as a way to bring the state together as one community and raise funds and awareness for Georgia nonprofits.
Participating organizations from the Milledgeville area include the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) of Baldwin County, Communities In Schools of Milledgeville-Baldwin County (CISMBC), Compassionate Care Clinic, Georgia College & State University Foundation, Georgia Military College Foundation, Habitat for Humanity of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Lockerly Arboretum Foundation and Oconee River Greenway Foundation.
“It’s a really convenient opportunity for people to support nonprofits throughout the state. We certainly need the support from the community to continue offering programs free to the public,” said Jim Garner, Lockerly Arboretum executive director. “This year our memberships and donations are down, so this could be a big help to us. The funds will be applied to our annual funds, which goes toward general operating expenses. Our annual operating funds are very important to us and support from the community is a big part of that because without community support, we couldn’t operate. People’s investment is well placed, and we’re excited about Georgia Gives Day.”
Bobbie Thompson of ARF, hopes donors will support the humane society in finding permanent homes, providing proper care and treatment for animals.
“Any donation that we can get through Georgia Gives Day is going to impact us tremendously. The past few years have been difficult for the Animal Rescue Foundation financially. We have been struggling and we hope this type of event can boost our donor-base and the money we have during the holidays to help the animals,” she said. “We always strive for the best care of the animal and that pretty much takes most of our money. We have a shelter that needs to be maintained and caregivers that deserve so much more money than they’re getting. Georgia Gives Day will give us some breathing room and give animals a wonderful Christmas.”