Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Kennesaw resident oversees Calvary Children's Home in Powder Springs, which in its 40-plus years of existence has given a home to more than 400 kids.
Snyder Turner thinks it’s funny when people ask him how long he’s been head of Calvary Children’s Home. He's no newcomer. He took over in 1971 for his father, Rev. Ben Turner, who passed away in 2006. Located in Powder Springs on a bucolic 25 acres, the children’s home has been caring for youngsters since the elder Turner founded it in 1965. Children come to the home for various reasons, be it a parent’s death, neglect or abuse. They can stay at the home for a few years or many. Turner, the executive director, said the home tries to reunite children with their families when possible. Staff encourages family members to visit the children, aged from very little up to high school and even college. “We’re not trying to take your relationship …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Our Father's Hands provides quality clothing to families in need and has expanded assistance from just a few schools to all in the county's school district.
Children living in shelters, abandoned buildings, cars in parking lots, extended-stay motels and safe houses after their mothers got out of abusive relationships—they’re the ones that drive Linda Lipp to continue on in the face of exhaustion and hardship. “These children do not have a refrigerator to put their artwork on when they come home from school,” the West Cobb woman said. “Often, these children only have what they can fit in a suitcase or a backpack.” Listening to God’s calling, Lipp gave up her job as a successful loan officer to found a ministry that helps clothe the hundreds of homeless children in the Cobb County School District. Our Father’s Hands started in 2005 with just a storage building at Lost Mountain Baptist Church. …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Cobb Alcohol Taskforce teams up with civic organizations and the government to help reduce underage drinking.
The Cobb Alcohol Taskforce is conducting a community survey to help identify effective strategies to reduce underage and youth binge drinking. More than 2,000 participants from Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Marietta, Powder Springs, Smyrna and unincorporated Cobb County are needed by Sept. 30. A similar survey was previously conducted in 2009 as a requirement of the Sober Truth On Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP) Grant. Click here to take the survey online or access it on the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce website at www.cobbat.org. Representatives of the following community sectors are encouraged to participate: business, civic, education, faith, government, healthcare, justice, law enforcement, media, parent, non-profit and youth. For more …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Volunteers served nearly 190,000 lunches to families in need this summer.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Angela Chao
Monday, August 20, 2012
The Summer Lunches Program at MUST Ministries has just ended, and volunteers handed out a total of 189,648 lunches to needy children this summer—a 34 percent increase from last year. MUST started the Summer Lunch Program in 1995 in Cobb and Cherokee Counties in an effort to fight child hunger. In 2011, MUST Volunteers delivered 103,000 lunches to hungry children in Cobb and Cherokee, and the program was expanded to Douglas, Paulding, North Fulton and Gwinnett communities this year.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Meet the new commander of the American Legion Post 304, and find out how you can support and connect with veterans in Cobb County.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Angela Chao
Monday, August 6, 2012
The North Cobb American Legion Post 304 will be hosting its 2nd Annual 5K Run on Saturday, Aug. 18 at Dallas Landing Park in Acworth. The event helps raise money to support youths and veterans programs in Cobb County. You can register online at www.active.com, or click here to download the entry form on Post 304's website.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Shay Eskew overcame an accident 30 years ago that tremendously altered his body to participate in some of the world's most grueling competitions. And to make it to the World Championships, he needs your help.
For a while after the tragedy of Aug. 4, 1982, Shay Eskew didn’t remember—or want to remember—what happened. But as time went on, especially when he began to give inspirational speeches, the mental images resurfaced. His 15-year-old neighbor asking Eskew, who was 8, and his 7-year-old friend to help her get rid of a yellow jacket nest. The neighbor throwing a match on the nest. The neighbor then tossing gasoline in the nest’s direction. The gasoline accidentally landing on Eskew, his friend and the match, sending the boys’ bodies aflame. Eskew rolling on the ground to extinguish the flames while his friend stood there, screaming in pain. Eskew hosing his friend down to stop the fire. “For the longest time, I refused to acknowledge that …
Monday, May 21, 2012
As second in command at American Legion Post 294 in Powder Springs, John Hollner assists in the organization's service projects and community events.
The largest group of veterans at American Legion Post 294 in Powder Springs are from the Korean and Vietnam wars. But there are a few World War II vets and some from the Gulf wars. John Hollner, 65, falls in with the majority. The senior vice commander was in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, but never served overseas. He was a training instructor stateside. Hollner grew up in Albany, NY, and attended the University of Albany. The married father of two lived in Ohio and Pennsylvania before retiring from Norfolk Southern. He's been involved with the American Legion somewhere since 1987. Post 294 tries to get as many young vets involved with the post as possible to "continue what we're doing," Hollner says. Recently, the post sponsored a…
Friday, April 6, 2012
Co-organized by a West Cobb family, this weekend's MZ & Emmers Sports Bra Auction for Breast Cancer will feature athletic undergarments from professional competitors in the United States and abroad.
A West Cobb family has helped round up sports bras from female athletes around the world to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. Starting Saturday, eBay bidders in the MZ & Emmers Sports Bra Auction for Breast Cancer will be putting their money down on sports bras from Olympians, boxers, car and boat racers, lingerie football and basketball players, at least one barrel racer, and just about every other sport imaginable. Many of the nearly 200 donated garments are decorated; all are signed. Donors include Lassiter alum Melanie Moore of Northeast Cobb, who won Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance; actress Jane Fonda; 2003 Miss Universe Amelia Vega, wife of Atlanta Hawk Al Horford; 1984 U.S. gold medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton, …
Friday, January 6, 2012
Tommy Schuber guides students at Annette Winn Elementary, but that's only the beginning of all he does for the Lithia Springs school.
Last year when Joshua's 2nd grade class made Mother's Day cards, he said he didn't want to. His mother is in jail; his father is out of the picture. Joshua lives with an aunt. His mentor at Annette Winn Elementary told him it was all right. He could make his aunt a card, or make his mother one and keep it until she came home. "I just helped him work through it," said Joshua's mentor, Tom Schuber. "They just need someone to listen to them." It's that kind of balance that school officials say Schuber, 61, has given to all his kids in his seven years of mentoring. At Annette Winn, he is one of 17 one-on-one volunteer mentors who help kids in need of a little bit of extra attention. "He's a very unselfish, giving person," said Amelia Butler, a…
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Ken Landers suffered a stroke in 2004, putting him out of work. Now, he spends time cleaning up the city, earning him the title of Powder Springs' Volunteer of the Year.
Ken Landers says he still has a southern accent, even if he’s the only one who can hear it. Sitting at the Powder Springs Coffee and Bake Shoppe on a recent afternoon, a white-haired Landers listens carefully, nodding to questions before he begins to write rapidly on a note pad with a blue pen. He had a stroke in 2004. He can’t speak, but he wants everyone to know he’s not deaf. “They assume that,” he writes, sometimes struggling with what to write so he can be understood correctly. Landers, 53, couldn’t return to his job as a tech support employee because he was on the phone a lot. His memory is faulty, and he has trouble walking. But such things haven't stopped the self-proclaimed computer geek from giving back to his community. On …