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MUST Ministries Raises $175,000 on Georgia Gives Day for Neighborhood Mobile Pantry bus

December 3, 2020

As a result of donor generosity on Giving Tuesday, MUST Ministries has raised the money necessary to purchase and retrofit a bus that will become an innovative Neighborhood Mobile Pantry. The mobile bus will take fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen meats, breads, canned goods and even dairy, when available, to people living in ‘food deserts’ in Cobb, Cherokee and surrounding counties where groceries are not within walking distance.

In addition to many individual gifts dedicated to this important cause, organizations committed a total of $80,000 for purchasing and converting the bus. Beacon Foundation, Griffco Design Build and Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church made significant donations during Georgia Gives Day.

“On behalf of thousands of our clients who suffer from food instability, MUST is grateful to these the donors who support MUST Ministries and fulfill MUST’s mission of serving our neighbors in need,” said Dr. Ike Reighard, President and CEO of MUST Ministries. “The 40-ft. bus will be fitted with freezer space, refrigerator and storage to take to food deserts in our serve area where food resources are limited and transportation is almost non-existent.”

Food insecurity – not knowing where the next meal will come from – is a symptom of suburban poverty that affects 755,400 in metro Atlanta and north Georgia (Feeding America). MUST experience shows the greatest challenge clients have in receiving food pantry assistance is transportation. Many low-income families do not have vehicles and public transportation in the suburbs is very limited and not affordable.

The pantry should be operational by March, according to MUST officials. They are still working toward covering operating costs that will include a driver, permits, gas, maintenance, and other essential expenses. To donate, please visit www.mustministries.org. #foodwithinreach #mustgoesmobile

KSU Receives Multi-Million Dollar Gift to Name Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences

December 2, 2020
Norman J. Radow

Kennesaw State University has received a $9 million gift from real estate executive Norman J. Radow and his wife Lindy to benefit the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. It is rare for a public College of Humanities and Social Sciences to be the beneficiary of this level of philanthropy from a single donor.

In recognition of the gift, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has approved the naming of the College as the Norman J. Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The gift, one of the largest contributions from a single donor in Kennesaw State University’s history, includes $2 million to establish the Lindy Radow Humanities and Social Sciences Honors Scholarship Endowment Fund. The Lindy Radow Scholarship will be matched by funds from the KSU Journey Honors Scholarship, to create a Humanities-Honors Scholarship Endowment of $5 million.

In addition to his many years of service to Kennesaw State University and the KSU Foundation, countless hours of volunteerism and vision, Radow has also been a generous donor to other parts of the University. He has personally endowed three named scholarships in the past, including one to benefit students in the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, in honor of his father, Paul Radow. The Lindy Radow Scholarship and the Paul Radow Scholarship represent two of the largest student endowments from a single donor in the history of the University.

“The generosity of Norman Radow for the University is already well-established, and this gift will have a tremendous impact for years to come,” said KSU President Pamela Whitten. “His dedication to providing life-changing opportunities to students has made Kennesaw State what it is today, and we are thankful for everything he has done and continues to do for the University.”

Kennesaw State’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest college at the University, offering more than 80 programs of study for 7,000 of the more than 41,000 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at the University.

Shawn Long, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, said, “It is very rare for a College of Humanities to be named through an endowed gift, and we are grateful to Norman and Lindy Radow for their support to help propel our students and the College to new and exciting heights. We look forward to rolling out an ambitious program of educational opportunities for students and groundbreaking research for faculty.”

Norman Radow is the founder and chief executive officer of The RADCO Companies, one of the most respected turnaround real estate companies in the United States. He also served as the chairman of the Kennesaw State University Foundation Board of Trustees. With his direct influence as a trustee and chairman of the board, KSU saw an unprecedented period of expansion, including the development of multiple on-campus residences, building of several parking facilities, acquisition and expansion of office buildings around campus, expansion of The Commons dining facility, development of the football program and expansion of the Sports & Recreation Park.

“Providing new opportunities to students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will help them become the future leaders of a changing world,” Radow said. “I am grateful to President Whitten and the Board of Regents for honoring me and celebrating my passion for KSU by attaching my name to one of the largest Colleges of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Southeast.”

City of Powder Springs, DDA recognized for Livable Centers Initiative implementation

December 2, 2020

The City of Powder Springs and the Powder Springs Downtown Development Authority has received the 2020 Great Place Award from the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Announced during a live-streamed presentation last month, the award was earned by the city and its DDA for their implementation of the Powder Springs Livable Centers Initiative plan implementation and renovations to its town green and historic buildings, which includes the addition of Thurman Springs Park to the downtown area.

The ARC’s 2020 Developments of Excellence awards recognized places that are improving quality in communities across metro Atlanta, with the Great Place Award among four award categories recognizing catalytic projects.

“The City of Powder Springs utilized a Livable Centers Initiative implementation grant to renovate and double the size of its Town Green area. Town Green is now a true anchor for the vibrant Powder Springs community,” the ARC said in a news release announcing the award winners. “The project also includes the rehabilitation of three nearby buildings for restaurant and retail uses. This Great Place also promotes walking and biking with a trailhead extension from Main Street along the park that will one day connect to the Silver Comet Trail.”

ARC also highlighted the addition of a splash pad, play structure, seating areas, restrooms and permanent ping-pong table in Thurman Springs Park, along with the park’s multi-use amphitheater known as the Hardy Family Automotive Amphitheater.

“It’s been a pleasure to work in Powder Springs,” said Adam Williamson, senior principal at TSW Design, which was brought on by the city in 2016 to work on the LCI plan. TSW led the visioning process of the plan’s development, which included discussions with community members and stakeholders.

“What we heard was the same thing they urged in [the LCI study in] 2002 — they wanted a vibrant downtown, so this became a plan really about economic development, preserving a lot of the great history they have there, and then coming up with goals,” Williamson added.

The key goal of Powder Springs’ LCI plan, City Manager Pam Conner said, was for revitalization of Powder Springs’ Town Center. “Redeveloping underutilized or underused spaces, taking advantage of the Silver Comet Trail, which is just two blocks from the downtown, and then making sure we look at how we can implement and include diverse and quality housing in the downtown and attract more people and businesses to our downtown,” Conner said.

“The key to all of that, which pays attention to our vision, is being mindful and respectful of our historic culture and community, being inspired by the past and then taking advantage or leveraging the opportunities and challenges that are in present day,” Conner added, “whether it’s a recession or COVID, and then being innovative and creative about the future and where we go from here.”

Powder Springs’ downtown has been transformed in 2020 with the completion and opening of Thurman Springs Park. A grand opening celebration in conjunction with an inaugural seafood festival dubbed “Bringing the Sea to the Springs” will be held in May 2021.

“Really, it’s a place for people to gather, but it’s also an economic development tool,” Williamson said of the new park and Town Center. “We’ve seen now already all this, with the Hardy family, a local family, that has bought buildings (downtown and) renovated those. It’s exciting to see — when you build something like this, it really does draw in people to invest.”

The three other Development of Excellence award recipients were:

• Visionary Planning – North Point Placemaking Plan

• Innovative Development – Adamsville Place

• Livable Center – Decatur East

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the official planning agency for the 10-county Atlanta Region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties as well as the City of Atlanta and 73 other cities.

Red White & You Online Live “Experience 2021 Events” Supporting the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation

December 1, 2020

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday- December 9th – 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm. – Featuring
“Santa’s Chief Elf – John Loud” as emcee of this “unique and fun” statewide live auction event, benefiting the Soldiers and Airmen of the Georgia National Guard through the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation, Inc. Presenting Sponsors for this event are Cobb EMC, Coca-Cola United, and Lockheed Martin.

Online bidding for items will be November 27 – December 9, 2020 with a LIVE auction on December 9, 2020.

“We will be hosting a LIVE event on December 9th offering the most exciting and unique EXPERIENCES! People will be able to bid on these amazing items either live online auction or online bidding. Join us as we support our Soldiers and Airmen of the Georgia National Guard.”

John Loud, President of LOUD Security Systems, Chairman of the Cobb Chamber.

There will be “Experiences for 2021” to auction off for your holiday shopping creating memories for your family, friends and colleagues.

Examples of the “Experiences 2021” available are: “On Air with Clark Howard”; Gun Club Membership; Hunting Trips, “Italy Experience” ; ” Porsche Driving; Steve Penley Art; Mayor for the Day”; “State Legislator for the Day”, “Firehouse & Police Experiences”, “Sports Experiences” and many other unique experiences and items for purchase. There will also be raffle ticket drawings, a Wine Wall and direct donations to the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation, Inc.

“We are looking forward to partnering with communities from across the state to support Airmen and Soldiers of the Georgia National Guard”.

Thomas “Gasket” Grabowski, Brig Gen, GA ANG, Commander, Georgia – Air National Guard Georgia, Assistant Adjutant General – Air and President of the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation.


The Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation, Inc. is a self-funded non-profit 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt charitable corporation since1996. They provide financial assistance on an emergency relief basis to Soldiers and Airmen for family support, victims of disasters, unplanned financial emergencies such as travel expenses for funerals and Guard members who have been injured during deployment or training accidents. They have approved more than $3 million dollars in assistance to nearly 4,000 Georgia National Guard Members and their families. (www.georgiaguardfamily.org)

For details on partnerships, or providing experiences, or hosting a watch party please contact the Event Hosts:

  • John Loud, john@loudsecurty.com
  • Leslie Hammond: Lesliemhammond@gmail.com
  • Nancy Couch: nancy@graphicvisioninc.net
  • Patrick Lee; patricklee15@hotmail.com
  • Kari Paramore: kaparramore@att.net
  • Meara Brown – Meara.brown@gmail.com


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Wellstar Paulding Receives Highest Recognition for Performance Excellence

November 30, 2020
Wellstar Paulding Hospital - WellStar Health System

Marietta-based Wellstar Health System, one of Georgia’s largest and most integrated healthcare systems, announced that Wellstar Paulding Hospital has been awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

The award is the nation’s highest level of recognition for performance excellence.

Wellstar Paulding Hospital is the first healthcare organization in the state of Georgia to receive this award. The award is the nation’s only presidential award for performance excellence, recognizing U.S. organizations and businesses that have shown an unceasing drive for innovative solutions to complex challenges, visionary leadership and operational excellence.

Named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce, the Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987 to enhance the competitiveness and performance of U.S. businesses. Since the first group was recognized in 1988, 134 national-level awards have been presented to 124 organizations. The awards are handed out annually by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology and are considered the most prestigious U.S. recognition of quality performance.

Previously, Wellstar Paulding Hospital received the 2019 Oglethorpe Award — Georgia’s highest level of recognition for organizational performance excellence and a milestone on the national Baldrige Award journey.

NIST manages the Baldrige Award in cooperation with the private sector. An independent panel of judges reviewed the evaluations performed by the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program’s all-volunteer Board of Examiners and recommended this year’s award recipients from a field of 20 applicants.

For more information, visit wellstar.org.

Wellstar Health System and Goodr Partner to Launch Mobile Market Program for at-risk Families

November 30, 2020
Wellstar Health System and Goodr Partner to Launch Mobile Market

Wellstar Health System, one of Georgia’s largest and most integrated healthcare systems, and the Wellstar Center for Health Equity announce a new “Mobile Market” collaboration with Goodr, a community-based organization that provides re-distribution of food resources for people in need.

The joint initiative will help address food access for vulnerable communities in Wellstar’s service areas. Funded by the Wellstar Foundation, this program enables the health system to provide for vital community needs that impact health and well-being, offering “PeopleCare. More than Healthcare.”

The overall goal of the new Wellstar on Wheels: Mobile Market is to address food insecurity with a routine and reliable food source in the communities served by Wellstar. To that end, the Mobile Market program will provide pop-up farmers markets to address food access and provide a dignified shopping experience that offers healthy, family-friendly food options.

The program launched on November 14 at the Wellstar Development Center, supplying 200 families with 5-7 days’ worth of fresh produce, proteins, dairy products, and shelf-stable items. Clients pre-registered for this program and were able to choose items that are culturally sensitive and appealing to their households. To adhere to the CDC’s social distancing measures, Goodr has revamped its traditional pop-up experience to provide a quick, safe way for families to walk or drive through the event and receive free groceries, beverages, and other items. To address the need for accessible COVID-19 testing, the Wellstar Community Health team provided clients with PCR tests in conjunction with the first Mobile Market.

“Food is another form of medicine. With unemployment impacts, company closures, and the overall health crisis, Wellstar recognizes the immense toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has created,” said Shara Wesley, executive director, Wellstar Center for Health Equity. “We are excited about this collaboration with Goodr to further Wellstar’s mission to improve the health and well-being of the individuals and communities we serve.”

Wellstar and Goodr will continue to introduce this program to other communities in need over the next eight weeks, with the goal of providing more than 1,000 shopping experiences for at-risk families. Those wanting to support the Mobile Market or donate to Wellstar’s greatest needs, including care for vulnerable communities, can make a tax-deductible donation to Wellstar Foundation, where 100% of every dollar goes to work in the community. Donations can be made anytime online and by participating in #GivingTuesday, December 1. As a not-for-profit organization that relies on donations to provide critical services, Wellstar participates in #GivingTuesday to raise awareness for and support vital healthcare and community needs. #GivingTuesday is “a global generosity movement” that encourages people to do good by inspiring them to give, collaborate, and transform their communities.  

“We are thankful for the partnership with Wellstar to help provide access to people who are food insecure,” said Jasmine Crowe, founder and CEO of Goodr. “People simply cannot live a good life without access to healthy food. What makes Goodr different is that we give people dignity and choice, so they have options about the foods they take home. This is more important now than ever, with so many people who are going hungry during the pandemic.”

To extend the Mobile Market program, in February 2021 seven pilot community-based locations will be identified through an application process. Each site will provide free, fresh, and healthy food options monthly to 100 families in need. Through Wellstar Foundation and vital community funding, Goodr will provide food and staffing support for this program, register participants, and provide impact reporting each month. Wellstar will provide program logistical support, on-site staff resources, participant incentives, nutrition education, and other health services.

All communities, whether rural, urban, or suburban, are home to families who struggle to supply their family with basic dietary needs. In 2018, across the U.S., 34 million people – including more than 11 million children – lived in food-insecure households. The coronavirus pandemic has worsened this figure and it is estimated that more than 54 million people may experience food insecurity in 2020, including a potential 18 million children. In the Metro Atlanta area, one in six people suffer from food insecurity, and one in four children go to bed hungry. Providing food access interventions and programs for communities in need is a priority for the healthcare system, with essential support from donors and community partners.


ABOUT GOODR

At Goodr, we believe that hunger isn’t a scarcity issue. It’s a logistics issue. Even with many social programs that aim to end hunger, the current food supply chain ecosystem in the United States has failed to solve this problem which has grown into a national epidemic. Every year in the United States, we waste over 80 billion pounds of edible food, yet 42 million people are suffering from food insecurity. We believe the solution is simple: Feed more, waste less. Goodr solves hunger through redistribution with services that include: Surplus food donations, organics recycling, food delivery and popup grocery stores. The Goodr model aims to provide a triple-win solution by improving an organization’s bottom line through charitable tax donations, reducing its greenhouse emissions from landfills, and getting its edible surplus food to local communities in need.

ABOUT THE WELLSTAR FOUNDATION

For more than 30 years, the Wellstar Foundation has been at the forefront of securing life-saving resources for Wellstar Health System, one of the largest and most integrated health systems in Georgia. As a not-for-profit, donations from individuals, businesses and community organizations help Wellstar to realize its vision of delivering world-class healthcare. The Foundation directs every dollar donated toward initiatives that advance the level of healthcare provided to the communities Wellstar serves through improved patient services and assistance for individuals in need. To learn more, visit wellstar.org/foundation or call 770-956-GIVE (4483). For #GivingTuesday on December 1, 2020, please donate at: https://www.wellstar.org/foundation/pages/giving-tuesday.aspx.

ABOUT WELLSTAR HEALTH SYSTEM
At Wellstar, people are at the center of everything we do. By listening actively to what people want, need and expect from their healthcare, Wellstar is able to provide “More than Healthcare. PeopleCare.” — at every age and stage. Nationally ranked and locally recognized for our personal, high-quality care, inclusive culture, and exceptional doctors and team members, Wellstar provides access to compassionate, high-quality care through our: 11 hospitals; 300+ medical office locations; 9 cancer centers; 74 rehabilitation centers; 3 hospice facilities; 1 retirement village; 29 imaging centers; 16 urgent care locations; and 5 health parks. As one of the largest and most integrated healthcare systems in Georgia, Wellstar is growing our services, footprint, capabilities, and ability to meet evolving patient needs. Our passion for people extends into the communities we serve. As a not-for-profit health system, we thoughtfully reinvest annually in prevention and wellness programs, as well as charity care for eligible patients. Our Wellstar Foundation also supports our mission to enhance the health and well-being of every person we serve with funding for equipment, services, and programs that provide more than healthcare. To learn more about how Wellstar is always listening, learning, and tailoring care to meet patients’ individual needs, visit wellstar.org.

USO Patriot of the Year Awarded at ARMAC

November 19, 2020

Steve Cannon received the Patriot of the Year award virtually at the Military Appreciation Luncheon. His strong community engagement and numerous achievements in the business, civic and military community made him perfect for this award.

Steve is the CEO of the AMB Group (includes all of Arthur Blanks’ entities which includes: (Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United, PGA Superstore retail chain, and a Montana Guest Ranch). He is prior CEO of Mercedes -Benz North America, West Point Graduate with honors in Economics, 1986 and he founded the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund to support a fallen West Pointer’s Family, which has now raised more than $17Mil to provide scholarships to veterans and family members, particularly children of our nation’s fallen and disabled.

He Serves on the national board of directors for TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), Serves an executive advisor to VETLANTA, Co-Created the West Point Consulting Group, a team of passionate, mostly West Point leaders supporting veteran non-profits with pro-bono expertise across Atlanta.

Cannon is currently supporting the Veterans Empowerment Organization. He has also led efforts to make the Falcons military outreach efforts the benchmark in the NFL. In 2018, Steve and Coach Dan Quinn led the first NFL team -directed USO Tour, visiting  Soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait lifting the morale and spirits if deployed Soldiers.

Congratulations Steve Cannon, thank you for all you do for the community!

Wellstar Health System Leads Georgia in Emergency Cardiac Care Center Designations

November 19, 2020

Wellstar Health System, one of the largest and most integrated health systems in Georgia, leads the state in Emergency Cardiac Care Center (ECCC) designations from the Georgia Department of Public Health, Office of Cardiac Care.

Established by legislation passed in 2017 by the Georgia General Assembly, the three-level designation program aims to strengthen Georgia’s Emergency Medical Services system by identifying hospitals that provide outstanding advanced emergency cardiac care aimed at improving survival rates for heart attacks and cardiac arrest. Five Wellstar hospitals have now received the designation, including Wellstar Kennestone Hospital (Level I), Wellstar North Fulton (Level II), Wellstar Cobb Hospital (Level II), Wellstar Douglas Hospital (Level II), and Wellstar Paulding Hospital (Level II). Wellstar has the largest ECCC network in Georgia and is home to one of only two LI ECCCs in Metro Atlanta.

“Receiving the Emergency Cardiac Care Center designations further illustrates Wellstar’s ability to provide exceptional critical and often life-saving care for patients having heart attacks or other acute cardiac problems. Wellstar has a robust network of cardiology experts and services across our system so people can get the right care at the right time – no matter how routine or complex. These designations further validate our ability to offer quality cardiac care for some of our most critical patients.”

Dr. Barry Mangel, Chief cardiology officer for Wellstar Health System Cardiovascular Medicine

Wellstar Kennestone Hospital received Level I ECCC designation, the highest level of recognition for emergency cardiac care in Georgia. Level I designated hospitals must provide comprehensive emergency cardiac care services 24/7, 365 days a year. Services that must be offered include cardiac catheterization and angioplasty to treat cardiac patients with clogged, blocked or narrowed arteries, and advanced procedures such as implanting left ventricular assist devices and automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillators for patients experiencing heart failure from sudden cardiac arrest.

“As a not-for-profit health system, our communities rely on Wellstar to provide the very best care, for every person, every time. For heart events, as with many medical emergencies, every minute counts. This designation confirms that we are equipped for and committed to providing the highest level of emergency cardiac care for our communities.”

Mary Chatman, Wellstar Health System executive vice president and president of Wellstar Kennestone and Windy Hill Hospitals

Wellstar North Fulton Hospital and Wellstar Cobb Hospitals received Level II ECCC designation. Wellstar Paulding and Douglas were the first hospitals in the state of Georgia to receive Level II designations earlier this year. Level II-designated facilities must meet several standards, including the performance of interventional cardiac catheterizations, established protocols for therapeutic hypothermia to treat cardiac arrest patients, and reporting data to the national Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival database.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, cardiovascular disease is the single leading cause of death in Georgia and accounts for more than 20,000 deaths annually. Additionally, approximately 350,000 persons in the United States experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OCHA) or sudden death, and about 90 percent of people who experience an OHCA die.

The Wellstar Cardiac Network delivers personalized, whole-hearted care and has been nationally recognized for performing life-saving procedures such as percutaneous coronary intervention, which restores blood flow to the heart within 90 minutes or less from the time a patient arrives in the emergency room. Wellstar also features accredited Chest Pain Centers that can quickly treat or transfer heart attack patients for enhanced patient outcomes with targeted expertise.

Individuals experiencing a heart attack, cardiac arrest, or other life-threatening illness should immediately call 911.

KSU News | Competition offers hands-on experience for grant-writing students

November 19, 2020

Kennesaw State senior Kylie Burns decided to major in human services because she wanted a path into a career where she can make a difference.

She got an opportunity to do just that this semester as part of a KSU grant-writing class in which she helped a local nonprofit organization win a $15,000 award from the United Way of Greater Atlanta through its SPARK Prize competition, designed to fund projects addressing social challenges throughout the Atlanta metro area.

“This was a great learning experience, and it reaffirms my commitment to this field,” said Burns, who will graduate in May. “I can now visualize the impact I can have in this field and understand that I can use my skills to really help people.”

Burns joined fellow human services students Ashley Francis and Shandia Sinclair to help Kidz2Leaders, a nonprofit organization in Marietta dedicated to ending the cycle of generational incarceration, earn the grant. The winning grant was the result of their major project for a grant-writing and fundraising class, required of all human services majors and an integral part of working in a nonprofit organization.

“We now know what a winning grant looks like,” Sinclair said. “For me, it was a lot of fun because we were involved in every part of it. We made suggestions, we edited it, they took some of our ideas and we were able to conduct the research that became a part of their presentation. For our group, it was really hands-on.”

Over the summer, United Way of Greater Atlanta approached KSU’s Wellstar College of Health and Human Services to discuss collaboration for the SPARK Prize contest. The discussion led to associate professor Jennifer Wade-Berg’s grant-writing and fundraising course, where students were given the option to pick one of five organizations, all of which serve communities in Cobb County, to apply their studies and help in writing grant proposals to solicit United Way.

For much of the assignment, students spent their time compiling research into easily integrated pieces for the purposes of the grant submission and presentation, tailoring the data to the mission of their respective nonprofit. They met with their nonprofits weekly throughout the semester to fine-tune the submission and create a five-minute “pitch” with PowerPoint. The presentation took place in front of a United Way panel in a setting inspired by the TV program “Shark Tank.”

The assignment took on extra resonance during the coronavirus pandemic that has severely affected the economy, Wade-Berg said.

“Nonprofit agencies have a tremendous responsibility and community role. Consequently, the need for resources (monetary and nonmonetary) are always in the forefront as they are asked to meet and confront increasing demands for services. In this economic downturn, this becomes even more pronounced” she said. “This project provides students with an experience that teaches then in a very nuanced way how nonprofit organizations not only develop programs, but work with a prospective funding agency. This type of experience also gives them insight to the very type of work they hope to be doing in the future and play a small role in helping their community.”

Christina Cummings, executive director of Kidz2Leaders, said having extra help made a big difference in the effectiveness of the grant. She added that the grant money will go toward a three-pronged mission of helping the children of incarcerated individuals gain secure housing and fulfill basic needs, close the skills gap and learn how to build wealth.

“It’s been a lot of fun to work with these students and show them the granting process from start to finish,” Cummings said. “They came up with great ideas for writing the grant, as well as critical research and data to back our project. They were actively involved every step of the way.”

United Way Regional Director for Cobb County Nicole Lawson said Kennesaw State’s dedication to addressing homelessness through Campus Awareness, Resources and Empowerment (CARE) Services, insistence on engaging students with real-world problems through their coursework, and strong programs in human services made it the perfect partner for the competition.

“The opportunity to work with Dr. Wade-Berg and her students in teaming up with our five nonprofit finalists has been a wonderful addition to this year’s event,” said Lawson, a KSU alumna. “The finalist nonprofits have ultimately benefited from having Dr. Wade-Berg’s expertise and the students’ creativity.”

David Shelles

Tidal Wave Auto Spa ranked 6th in the industry

November 13, 2020

The 2020 Top 50 List of Conveyor Carwashes is published annually by Professional Carwashing & Detailing magazine. Tidal Wave Auto Spa jumped from the number 10 spot in 2019 to the number 6 spot on the 2020 list.

Tidal Wave opened its very first express car wash and revolutionized the car wash industry in 2004. This first express wash, which ultimately became Tidal Wave’s signature model, was located in metro Atlanta. Its success with the public attracted visits from industry insiders from across the country. Tidal Wave’s founders traveled across the southeast researching ways to improve the model.

Tidal Wave Auto Spa values the customer experience, providing educational opportunities for our team members, giving back to our communities and charitable organizations, and offering our customers with a superior clean with every visit.

“We have the World’s Best Customers and the World’s Best Team and for that we are so humbly grateful.” said Scott Blackstock, CEO and Founder.

The home office, headquartered in Thomaston, Georgia, staffs and supports all Tidal Wave operations. Tidal Wave Auto Spa will have 63 locations in 9 states by the end of 2020.Tidal Wave Auto Spa was also named one of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies on Inc. 5000’s 2020 list.

See Full List here: https://www.carwash.com/2020-top-50-list-conveyor-carwashes/