Pope & Land Real Estate
By: Pat Becker, Marketing
Pope & Land employees were recently given the opportunity to volunteer at the Marietta Salvation Army location prior to their annual Angel Tree Program event. Each year, the Cobb County community adopts thousands of “angels” – children living at or below the federal index poverty level and provides free clothes, toys, and gifts to them as well as seniors in the Cobb County region during the holidays.
Our team set-up and labeled 100 tables in the gym area of the facility to be used as the central distribution location for 800+ families and seniors to receive items donated by the community. In addition, we emptied a pod full of canned food donations and organized their food pantry for future distribution to families in the area as well as “stretched” money from their Red Kettle donations. All money donated is used to pay for holiday programs and/or some of the other resources that the non-profit offers. Thousands of seniors, children, unemployed and lower income families benefit from these annual Salvation Army programs.
Cobb County and Marietta Salvation Army assistance programs:
Resources available in Cobb County from the Salvation Army can be offered either year-round or seasonal. Most of the financial assistance is offered as a last resort in a crisis and can include funds for rent, food, mortgage, utilities and other basic needs. Other goods may be distributed to Cobb County families using a voucher system, and that can include clothing or school supplies.
Energy bill assistance is offered from a partnership between Georgia Power and the Salvation Army which is known as Project SHARE. While most of the grants offered are for paying utility bills, additional support may be paid out for other basic needs such as medical bills or food. The Project SHARE program assists the disabled, elderly, unemployed, sick and others who are facing some form of crisis.
Much of the funding in Cobb County comes from the Financial Emergency Services program. It focuses on homeless prevention and so-called life-sustaining assistance. So, rent, your mortgage, medications, or food may all be paid for. A formal application process is in place and funds go to people faced with a crisis and who have no other options available to them, including government aid.
Disaster services are offered. This includes not only food, water and supplies, but prayers and counseling from volunteers and staff. They can help when tornadoes strike, or flood waters rise. Or if a fire impacts your life. These are some of the instances in which the Salvation Army can assist.
Year-round shelter and housing services are offered. The Salvation Army may provide people a safe place to stay, free meals, and other forms of support in Marietta. They are involved in what is known as Doing The Most Good by providing shelter and short-term facilities for unaccompanied men and women as well as families or single moms with children 365 days a year.
Take the time to volunteer and make a difference in the lives of those in need in your community.
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