Community Gets Creative in Supporting CAC During COVID-19 Crisis

High school student Brooks Champey held a food and fundraising drive in his Dunwoody neighborhood and collected 344 pounds of food and $600 for CAC!

From “front porch photos” to recycling drives to a Facebook Live concert and a Donation Derby, people of the Sandy Springs and Dunwoody communities are getting creative and successful in raising money to help their neighbors hit hardest by the coronavirus economic shutdown.

Home from work or school with some time on their hands, our caring community is coming up with a variety of ways they can help their less fortunate neighbors facing difficult situations due to job losses. CAC thanks all group and individual donors and grants for their support!

Here are Some Community Efforts:

Run Across Sandy Springs and Dunwoody, 10 Marathons in 10 Days
With the Run Across Georgia  a five-day, 260-mile trek event postponed, local runner Joy Sandoz plans to Run Across Dunwoody and Sandy Springs in 10 Days, for a total of 10 Marathons, May 15 through May 24. Contribute to her run-raiser!

eWaste Electronics and Clothing Recycling Event
Organized by Gina Gill, raised more than $7,000 by collecting 7,483 pounds of electronics and 5,700 pounds of clothing and household items for upcycling or recycling!

Corona-Aid concert by Berklee School of Music and GA Tech students
6 talented college musicians perform pop songs in a live online event and raised $22,000! Watch the Video!

The Front Porch Project by Irene Gomez Photography
120 families “captured” on their front porches during the COVID-19 stay-at-home period in exchange for a donation. All donations given to 2 local nonprofits, including $3,100 to CAC!

Sunrise of Huntcliff Summit fundraising drive
CAC volunteer and Huntcliff Summit resident Kay Hunt organized a fundraiser among fellow residents, they raised $3,000!

Chalk Art by Hazel
First grader Hazel Halitsky commissioned chalk art on driveways in her neighborhood, Deerfield East II in Sandy Springs, to benefit CAC! Hazel completed more than 20 drawings and raised $1,000!  She is very focused on feeding hungry children so she wanted to help the CAC food pantry where her father Jonathan volunteers.  

Drives Organized by Neighborhoods, Congregations and Businesses

  • The Couchman-Noble Foundation provided a matching grant to fundraising drives by these neighborhoods and organizations for a collective total of $60,000!  – Huntcliff on the River, Leadership Sandy Springs, Sandy Springs Together, Winterthur Graphic
  • Graphic Packaging International $25,000
  • Knights of Columbus Council 16513 and St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church Online Fundraising Drive $18,000
  • Misty Creek Community Church Online Fundraising Drive
  • Kairos Church Online Fundraising Drive
  • Sandy Springs Christian Church Online Fundraising Drive
  • Dunwoody United Methodist Church
  • Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church
  • Rivercliff Lutheran Church
  • Mountaire Springs neighborhood food drives
  • Brookefarm neighborhood food and fundraising drive
  • Pebble Tossers Food Drive
  • Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta food drive
  • The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs Donation Derby
  • Mount Vernon Towers Senior Living fundraising drive to purchase more than 1,300 lbs of food
  • M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi, Atlanta Center, 1,666 pounds of food
  • Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church “drive through food drive”

The community is also giving volunteer time in the food pantry and volunteering from home on the phones taking emergency financial assistance applications.  About 50 volunteers a week plus help from the GA National Guard are giving time at the CAC Food Pantry to help pack and distribute food to individuals and families seeking food assistance.

Charitable contributions and food donations are distributed as fast as they come in to help individuals and families. Requests for assistance since the COVID-19 shutdown have increased to 4 times the average. Volunteers and staff working from home on phones and online are approving applications for rent assistance as fast as possible, giving higher dollar amounts to more families so that they can pay rent and remain in their homes.

Please consider joining your neighbors in helping individuals and families in our community who have lost wages due to the pandemic and face hunger or eviction. For more information on how you can help please visit

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