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COVID-19’s economic impact has impacted some families especially hard.  Fortunately, Cobb County is home to a strong, capable and mighty group of non-profit organizations that, for some, could be the one thing standing in the way of hunger, eviction, homelessness, or worse.  Because more of our community will need their help, now more than ever, they will need your help. See below for details.

If you are in need of help, please click here and you will be redirected to our COVID-19 resource page on our sister site,  Cobb Community Connection to search for food banks and information about other community services.

 

COBB COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESPONSE FUND

The Cobb COVID-19 Community Response Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations meeting critical needs in Cobb. Charitable grants will assist organizations and programs working to provide residents with access to food, prescriptions and healthcare, childcare and basic needs. Our goal is to expand local capacity by supporting the nonprofits helping individuals and families experiencing hardship because of the outbreak, related closures and disruptions.

There are many reasons to give through the Cobb COVID-19 Community Response Fund. Read a recent Forbes article, 10 Ways Community Foundations Are A Best-Bet For Disaster Giving, highlighting how Community Foundations are essentially philanthropic hubs that provide leadership, stewardship and leverage for a broad range of individual charitable contributions.

CCF is waiving all administrative fees for this fund in order to maximize the impact of your generosity during this critical time.

   

How to donate:

 

At this time, there is no formal grant request process for non-profits.  Jointly with Cobb Collaborative and United Way of Greater Atlanta’s NW Region, we are proactively seeking guidance from community partners as well as using collected data to determine funding recipients.  Any non-profit primarily serving Cobb County is welcome to reach out to any of the three organizations to ensure awareness of the organization’s needs and services.

As of January 4, 2021, nearly $322,000 in charitable grants have been awarded.

 

Grant Recipients
Addiction Recovery:
  • Davis Direction Foundation - The Zone
Childcare:
  • Metro Atlanta YMCA
  • Nana Grants
Education:
  • Cobb Schools Foundation
  • Marietta City Schools
Emergency Services:
  • liveSAFE Resources
Financial Assistance:
  • NW Metro Habitat
  • Ser Familia
  • The Center for Family Resources
Food:
  • Acworth UMC Food Pantry
  • Atlanta Growing Leadership Of Women (GLOW)
  • Backpack Blessings
  • Blue Thanksgiving, Inc.
  • Chosen Abilities Resource Center, Inc.
  • Cobb Vineyard Church
  • Connecting Generations-STFCC
  • Family Life Restoration Center Inc.
  • First Presbyterian Church of Marietta
  • Food Security for America
  • H.O.P.E. Family Resource Center
  • Life Foundation Inc.
  • Joseph's Storehouse at GraceLife Church
  • Marietta First Christian Church (DoC) Food Pantry
  • MUST Ministries
  • New Beginnings Food Outreach Inc.
  • Noonday Baptist Association / Storehouse Ministries
  • Reflections of Trinity
  • S.A.F.E. Place Inc.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Sweetwater Mission Inc.
Healthcare:
  • Good Sam Cobb
Legal Assistance:
  • Cobb Legal Aid
Support for Disabled Persons:
  • Lekotek
  • Support for Disabled Persons Cobb
  • Tommy Nobis
  • Vision Rehab
Youth Development:
  • Kidz2Leaders
  • YELLS
Major Donors
  • Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund
  • Hilda and Wilbur Glenn Foundation
  • Liberty Furniture
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Genuine Parts Company
  • Metro Atlanta Ambulance
  • S. A. White Oil Company
  • Brasfield & Gorrie
  • Georgia Power Company
  • Moore Colson
  • Renasant Bank
  • Synovus
  • Smith & Howard

 

OPERATION MEAL PLAN

This field of interest fund was created by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce to provide a mechanism for local restaurants to support local non-profits by providing meals and help keep restaurant workers working. This was not a moneymaker for restaurants, just a way to keep people employed and to feed those that need it.  Because of an outpouring of generous donations from local businesses and individuals, over $93,000 in contributions were received.

Between March and the end of May, 22 Cobb County restaurants and caterers delivered 13,850 meals to these organizations serving those in need.

Center for Children & Young Adults (CCYA) Harmony House South Cobb PTA – Mableton
Cobb Community Services Board (CSB) Group Home liveSAFE Resources Table on Delk
Cobb CSB Mothers Making Change Mission 127 – Legacy Village The Extension – Men
Cobb CSB Recovery in Motion Mission 127 – Walton Renaissance The Zone
Cobb Senior Services MUST – Elizabeth Inn Tommy Nobis Center
Cobb Street Ministries MUST – Smyrna Towers Widow Strong
Devereaux Powder Springs UMC YMCA East Cobb
First Christian Church of Mableton South Cobb PTA – Austell YMCA West Cobb

At the end of May, Operation Meal Plan went on hiatus when Cobb’s board of commissioners allocated $1 million from its CARES Act dollars for the Cobb County Food Grant, providing an alternative source for funding of these meals for the non-profits. Remaining dollars, including half of a $50,000 total contribution to CCF from Lockheed-Martin, would be held for distribution in the fall.The remaining balance in the fund has now been distributed to the organizations below.  These non-profits will use these grants to purchase prepared meals from Cobb restaurants and catering businesses, providing financial assistance to the organizations, support to the businesses, a special meal for residents, and a respite for staff and dedicated volunteers.

Center for Children and Young Adults (CCYA) LiveSAFE Resources The Table on Delk
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health The Extension The Zone

Operation Meal Plan is no longer accepting contributions.  Those wishing to donate are encouraged to contribute to the Cobb COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

 

Major Donors
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Cobb COVID-19 Community Response Fund
  • Georgia Power Foundation
  • Cobb EMC
  • Marietta Rotary Club
  • Vinings/Cumberland Rotary
  • Piedmont Office Realty Trust
  • Rotary Club of Marietta Metro Foundation, Inc.

 

COBB COMMUNITY FOOD FLEET

This initiative brings together Noonday Association, Athena Farms, the Atlanta Braves, Ryder Trucks, S.A. White Oil Company, Mobilized Fuels, CCF Corporate Community Champions, donors and numerous Cobb County non-profits to ensure that lack of storage space does not hinder Cobb non-profits’ food distribution efforts to those in need.

This initiative began, unnamed, in mid-March, where it was identified that Cobb’s non-profits are providing boxes of food to over 5,000 families each week. The organizations were facing issues with storage space to keep food items fresh, and the Cobb Community Food Fleet provides a solution to the problem while connecting organizations to causes that matter.

The involvement of the for-profit community, the non-profit community, and even the local and Federal governments to provide, store and deliver food throughout Cobb made Cobb Community Food Fleet the ideal name for the initiative.

CCF is grateful to be able to participate in this endeavor and will continue to identify resources, financial and otherwise, to help feed Cobb.

Access the full media release here.