Local charities get $380,000 boost as job losses hit 30 year high

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 First at Five, December 5, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga.---The numbers are in. November saw the highest job cuts in 30 years. 500,000 more people are out of a job. Many will turn to charities. Local organizations are getting a much needed boost.

What's the old saying? To give is to receive. Well, just as the Salvation Army plans to give away toys and food, so are they receiving thousands in grant money to help workers like Allen Everett.

"Things just didn't go like I wanted them to go because I put myself first instead of God," said Allen.

He spent more than a year on the streets of Augusta.

"When you get tired of being sick and tired," said Allen. "Then it's time for a change."

He decided to join the Salvation Army's skills training program.

"It's been great ever since," said Allen. "What it does is give you a since of motivation."

Allen was homeless 8 months ago. Today he's a supervisor. $15,000 dollars from the CSRA Community Foundation will help pave a similar future for others.

"If this doesn't make you feel good seeing these organizations and the way that they help the community nothing can make you feel good," said Aubrey Rhodes who is foundation chairman.

The foundation offered 385,000 dollars in grants to 34 different organizations. That's an all time high, and it is thanks mostly to Augusta National.

"We've been able to do more each year because Augusta National has been very generous each year," said Rhodes.

That generosity is paying off for Allen and many others.

"Because somebody gave to me, now I have the chance to turn around and do for others," said Allen. "I want to do it, and I'm gonna do it by the grace of God."

The grant money went to several organizations in education, the arts, civic affairs, and family services.

The foundation has donated more than $2.5 million to the CSRA over the years.

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