Region 5—Changing Lives

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Georgia Family Connection turned 25 in 2016, so we’re taking you on a journey—region by region—throughout our anniversary year to show you the landscape for children and families across our state. This month we share the 25 things you need to know about Region 5, which flows along the Antebellum trail in northeast Georgia.

Georgia Family Connection regional map of the state

Life is good in Region 5, where the lakes are pristine and resorts are stunning, where Dawg Nation rises up on Saturdays in the fall, and where you can sip some of the best sweet tea in the state. But life is not so good for the 20 percent of children and families living in poverty. Georgia Family Connection Collaboratives and their partners have been working tirelessly for a quarter of a century to improve that picture.

Distributing a half million books to kids, providing 50,000 meals to children who would have gone hungry over the summer and weekends, and logging in 45,000 volunteer hours valued at more than a million dollars are just some of the ways Family Connection is working to ensure that every child and family will thrive.

Watch this video, produced by the coordinators in Region 5, to see other ways they’re changing lives:

We believe that by working together we can nurture children and families who thrive in vibrant communities—everywhere. So get involved with your local Georgia Family Connection Collaborative:

Barrow County
Family Connection and Communities In Schools of Barrow County, Inc.
Susan Newberry

Clarke County
Family Connection-Communities In Schools of Athens
Tim Johnson

Elbert County
Community Partnership of Elbert County
Laura Evans

Greene County
Greene County Family Connection Commission
Targie Folds

Jasper County
Jasper County Family Connection
Targie Folds

Jackson County
Jackson County Family Connection Council, Inc.
Linda Foster

Madison County
Madison Area Resource Team
Ryan Melton

Morgan County
Morgan County Family Connection
Velde Hardy

Newton County
Newton County Community Partnership
Laura Bertram

Oconee County
Oconee Area Resource Council
Ann Hester

Oglethorpe County
Oglethorpe County Family Connection
Kirrena Gallagher

Walton County
The Partnership for Families, Children and Youth
Dena Huff

Go back to find out 25 things you need to know about Region 4—improving conditions for children and families on the Georgia-Alabama line in the west central section of the state.

Then stay tuned in June, when you’ll hear from Region 6.

Georgia Family Connection turned 25 this year. If you’re part of a family, or you’re someone who supports families and communities in this state, this milestone anniversary should matter to you. Find out why.