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Clayton State Offers Free Tax Assistance for the 25th Year

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

VITA Free Tax Assistance Marks its 25th Year at Clayton State University


Morrow, Ga., Jan. 27, 2015 — Accounting students from Clayton State University are again participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program hosted by the College of Business. Clayton State is the only college or university in the state that has offered this service consistently for 25 years.


VITA is a national program that provides tax support for certain eligible taxpayers. The program, which has been in existence for more than 40 years, is also an experiential learning experience for Clayton State students, providing the volunteers with extensive IRS training and testing, enabling them to ensure that taxpayers will have their tax returns filled out accurately and timely and receive the tax credits they qualify for, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.


This service will be offered at the College of Business at Clayton State on the following Saturdays: Feb. 14, Feb. 21, Feb. 28, Mar. 21, and Mar. 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in room T-152 of the College of Business. Taxpayers will be assisted on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Current college students can also benefit from having VITA volunteers prepare their taxes since the volunteers are trained in the rules for the credits available for tuition and other school-related expenses. The VITA program also prepares state income tax returns and provides free e-filing options to ensure clients receive their refunds as soon as possible.
Those who are eligible to receive this service are taxpayers who make under $51,000 a year and wish to receive help with their 2014 personal income taxes using Forms 1040EZ, 1040A, and simple1040s. The program does not provide assistance with out-of-state or small business returns, or for those who are self-employed.


Those interested in receiving this assistance must bring the following items:

ü  Photo identification,

ü  Social security cards for themselves, their spouse, and dependents,

ü  Birthdates for primary, secondary, and dependents on the tax return

ü  Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1009-R, from all employers

ü  Interest and dividend statements from bank(s), Form 1099

ü  Other relevant information about income and expenses

o   Day care provider identifying number

o   Total amount paid for day care

ü  A copy of last year’s federal and state income tax returns if possible,

ü   Bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit.


Please note that both spouses will need to be present to file electronically.


A unit of the University System of Georgia where dreams are made real, Clayton State University is located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

Clayton State to Host Town Hall Meeting on Police and Community Interaction Post Ferguson

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

The recent incidents in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City have galvanized a range of emotions and discussions regarding the community’s interaction with the police. In response, Clayton State University will host a town hall meeting on “Police and Community Interaction Post Ferguson”on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Student Activities Center Ballrooms B & C for students, faculty, staff, community, and local leaders to openly and honestly discuss their thoughts, perspectives, and feelings.

Additionally, there will be an opportunity for participants to collectively identify some practical strategies and action steps aimed to foster mutually empathic relationships between the community and police. A reception will follow immediately in the Laker Lounge in the Student Activities Center.

Panel members will include: Blair Fortson, former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Color People (NAACP) Clayton State Chapter, Mike Glanton, State Representative District 75, Dr. Lisa Holland-Davis, Clayton State faculty and director for the Center for Community and Social Justice, Kem Kimbrough, former Clayton County sheriff and Clayton State lecturer in Legal Studies, and Lakiesa Rawlinson, Clayton State associate director for Campus Life. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Rafik Mohamad, professor of Sociology and chair for the Clayton State Department of Social Sciences.

This event is a collaboration between the Clayton State Division of Student Affairs’ Departments of Campus Life, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Housing and Residence Life; the Departments of Psychology and Social Sciences; the Clayton State Office of Public Safety; and the Center for Community and Social Justice.

For more information regarding this event, contact Rawlinson at or (678) 466-5421.

A unit of the University System of Georgia where dreams are made real, Clayton State University is located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

Apply ASAP for Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations (ELPNO) is a professional development program for upcoming executives and leaders in the nonprofit sector. It offers an engaging format that provides opportunities for peers to translate theory into practice and concepts into strategies that are relevant, immediately practical, and usable in their work.

A weeklong intensive learning experience, ELPNO offers current and upcoming nonprofit executives practical opportunities to explore cutting edge leadership strategies with experts and peers.  Participants work side-by-side with lead faculty from Georgia State University, the University of Georgia, and Georgia Tech and visiting  speakers from DePaul University, Syracuse University, Emory University and top non-profit organizations.  For details information, visit

Last call!  Only 5 spaces left!  Apply by December 12, 2014 @ midnight for full consideration.

Help Fayette Senior Services Provide Holiday Meals to Homebound Seniors

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Fayette Senior Services provides Meals on Wheels to local homebound seniors, but the standard funding only covers the cost of weekday, non-holiday meals.

Project Love helps bridge that gap. Help over 250 seniors experience the love of the community as well as the comfort and joy of having a nutritious meal on holidays throughout the year. Donations also provide doctor-prescribed Ensure® dietary supplements, as well as additional “shelf meals” – non-refrigerated meals that can be kept on the shelf in the event of an emergency.

Donation forms and additional information can be found at and at Fayette Senior Services Life Enrichment Center, 4 Center Drive in Fayetteville or 203 McIntosh Trail in Peachtree City.

Checks should be made payable to Fayette Senior Services. Credit cards accepted

New CEO Named at McIntosh Trail Community Service Board

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Announcing Mike Hubbard’s Appointment as CEO of McIntosh Trail Community Service Board

The McIntosh Trail Community Service Board (CSB), in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Mike Hubbard as CEO of the organization. Mr. Hubbard fills the position previously occupied by Ms. Pam McCollum, who retired earlier this year.

McIntosh Trail CSB provides a full array of behavioral health and developmental disability treatment services to Butts, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, and Upson Counties.

McIntosh Trail CSB truly values relationships with its community partners/stakeholders, and encourages you to call on Mr. Hubbard for any needed coordination in accessing the variety of services offered by the organization. You may reach Mr. Hubbard directly by calling 770-358-8284 or may speak with his Administrative Assistant, Ms. Jean Scott at 770-358-8250.

McIntosh Trail CSB appreciates and looks forward to our continuing partnerships in providing behavioral health care and developmental disability services to individuals within our communities.


Susan Craig, Chair

McIntosh Trail Community Service Board

Piedmont Fayette Hospital Auxiliary Seeks Scholarship Applicants

Friday, December 5th, 2014



Piedmont Fayette Hospital’s Auxiliary is seeking applicants for the Elizabeth Wilmot Bull Memorial Scholarship. The statewide merit-based scholarship is awarded annually to students enrolled in a medical/health-related field of study, excluding pre-med or pre-nursing, at an accredited Georgia college, university or technical school medical program.


Qualified applicants must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and provide an official transcript from the school they attend, two letters of reference and a personal narrative related to their occupational choice and goals. A member of the Auxiliary Scholarship Committee will conduct interviews with all applicants who meet the requirements.


Applications are available at the Piedmont Fayette Hospital Auxiliary office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., located in the 1279 Medical building, 1279 Highway 54 W., third floor, Fayetteville. The application deadline is January 20, 2015. For more information call the Auxiliary office at 770-719-7098.


“The Elizabeth Wilmot Bull Memorial Scholarship is given by the Georgia Hospital Association’s Council of Auxiliaries and Volunteers (CoA/V) in memory of its founder.” Said Patty Johnson, Auxiliary Services Specialist. “As a member of CoA/V, Piedmont Fayette’s Auxiliary is privileged to present this opportunity to students in our community.”


Since 1997, members of Piedmont Fayette’s Auxiliary have provided scholarship opportunities and support for the hospital through its many fund-raising activities. Auxiliary members also provide volunteer support across a wide array of hospital service areas. For more information visit




About Piedmont Fayette Hospital

Recognized in 2013 by Becker’s Hospital Review as a Top 100 Great Community Hospital and named five times as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, Piedmont Fayette is a 172-bed community hospital known for top ratings in patient satisfaction among metro Atlanta hospitals, according to Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems. With over 1,100 employees and over 500 physicians on staff, Piedmont Fayette specializes in cancer care and heart health. The hospital also offers 24-hour emergency services, medical and surgical services, rehabilitation and women’s services. Piedmont Fayette is one of five hospitals within the Piedmont Healthcare system that collectively provided $63 million in uncompensated care at cost in fiscal year 2013. For more information, visit

Great Give 2014 – How You Can Help Fayette Students In Need

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Great Give 2014 is the second annual Fayette Chamber Gift Card Drive!

During the season of giving, the chamber invites members and the community to join together to support Fayette County School students who are at risk and in need.  In 2013, the chamber was proud to donate more than $1500 in gift cards to help these students.


Gift cards in any amount or denomination from local big box stores or bank cards.  Monetary donations will also happily be accepted.

Children At Risk in Education (CARE) is an FCBOE student assistance-based program dedicated to reach out to students who need a helping hand.  Each school in Fayette County has a CARE team comprised of administrators, counselors, staff and teachers who identify and address the needs of students in need of support.  Donations to CARE provide non-traditional item needs to student identified by the CARE team as “at risk” or “in need.”

All gift cards or monetary donations will be given directly to the CARE program.  CARE leaders/volunteers will use those donations to purchase specifically identified  items needed by students in the program (all ages and grade levels).

Though some gift items may be purchased, the majority of the donations will be used to purchase non-traditional items such as shoes, socks, underwear, wellness supplies, toiletry items, groceries, clothing, school supplies.

**NO gift card or monetary donation will be given directly to students or their families.  All donations will be used by CARE volunteers to purchase CARE approved items.

Gift cards or monetary donations will be collected at the Fayette Chamber of Commerce through Wednesday, December 10th and specifically at the December B2B Luncheon that day.  CARE Angel Volunteers will be on hand at the December B2B Luncheon to accept chamber donations.   Items purchased by CARE will be distributed to students prior to the December 19th semester break.

Contact Paige Muh 770-461-9983, ext. 204    or email

NCR Celebrates 130th Anniversary with Local Service & Volunteerism

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

NCR Corporation  the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, is marking the 130th anniversary of its founding this month. To celebrate this milestone, NCR employees around the world are participating in a new volunteer effort, “130 Hours of Service.”

Led by the NCR Ambassadors, a group of 300 employees in nearly 100 locations, NCR employees are being encouraged to complete volunteer service during a 130-hour period starting on Monday, November 3 and ending on Saturday, November 8. NCR Ambassadors share a passion for NCR and making a difference in their communities. Last year, they organized the “Big Give” in which NCR employees donated nearly 20,000 hours of their time to worthy causes. NCR employees will attempt to surpass this total during “130 Hours of Service.”

Volunteer opportunities are being organized for employees at NCR facilities as well as externally in their local communities. For example, NCR will team with the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta-based home improvement retailer The Home Depot on Tuesday, November 4, to help revitalize Atlanta’s Westside neighborhood near the Georgia Dome. Current Falcons players, alumni and staff will participate alongside NCR employees. The Home Depot will also send volunteers as well as provide supplies for planting and painting.

The employee’s of NCR’s Peachtree City location are excited to participate in volunteer efforts to benefit Fayette County non-profits.  Some of the volunteer work being done each day by local NCR employees during their “130 Hours of Service”  are:

  • Selling cookies at  Great American Cookie Co at The Avenue to benefit the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.
  • Stuffing and labeling envelopes with Thanksgiving cards for ALS to distribute.
  • Building a Nature Hike and Picnic Area at The Ridge and cleaning up Line Creek Nature Area for the Southern Conservation Trust
  • Working in the media center at Burch Elementary School.
  • Installing deer fencing around the Organic Farm at Camp Southern Ground.
  • Preparing cases of food/supplies for distribution to various agencies at Midwest Food Bank.
  • Sorting, organizing, preparing donated clothing for children in need at the Bloom Closet. 

2014 Veterans Day Observance Hosted by CAF Dixie Wing

Friday, October 31st, 2014
Nov ’14
9:00 am

2012 Veterans Day Scout SaluteOn Saturday, November 8th, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be honored at Peachtree City’s 2014 Veterans Day Observance hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing.   The program will be held during the flying museum’s fourth annual Veterans Day Open House, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  The open house and program is free to the public.

The open house will begin at 9:00 a.m. with tours of the CAF Dixie Wing Historical Airpower Facility museum and workshop where vintage aircraft are restored and maintained.  Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions regarding current projects and education exhibits.  A variety of vintage military vehicles and aircraft will be on display, including the CAF Dixie Wing’s World War II-era planes.

It is estimated that over 2.8 million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan during the Global War in Terror beginning in 2011, with many servicemen and servicewomen serving multiple tours over the last thirteen years.

Music Alive, Peachtree City’s Official Ambassadors of Song, will perform patriotic songs beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by a program that includes a launch of Dixie Wing aircraft at 11:00 a.m., recognition of local veterans and guest speakers that include Masters of Ceremonies Col Bob Grove USAF, Ret. and Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Fleisch.

New to the Veterans Day program is a flyover lead by Dixie Wing warbirds, scheduled for 12:30 p.m..

The CAF Dixie Wing was founded in 1987 as the 83rd chapter of the Commemorative Air Force.  The all-volunteer organization has grown to 250 members that have restored and regularly fly six World War II aircraft.  In addition to participating in over twenty air shows throughout the United States, the Dixie Wing hosts patriotic and educational events, as well as free tours for schools and youth groups.

Previous Peachtree City Veterans Day programs have honored veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Viet Nam War.  Veterans from all eras are encouraged to attend the program.

Veterans Day dates back to 1918, when President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th Armistice Day to remember the sacrifices of the men and women made during World War I.  After World War II, Armistice Day was expanded to celebrate all veterans.  On June 1, 1954, congress approved replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.

The 2014 Peachtree City Veterans Day Observance is hosted as a public service by the CAF Dixie Wing in cooperation with the city of Peachtree City and Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field.   For more info, please contact CAF Dixie Wing Veterans Day Coordinator Mike McGowan, / 678-364-1110.  Website

The Commemorative Air Force is a non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft in Honor of American Military Aviation.  Based in Midland, Texas, the organization has over 12,000 members and operates a fleet of over 157 vintage aircraft distributed to 83 units located in 25 states.

Rep. Westmoreland to Be Keynote Speaker at Tyrone Veterans Day Celebration

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The Town of Tyrone invites citizens to their annual Veterans Day celebration on Tuesday, November 11th at 11:00 a.m. at Veteran’s Park in Tyrone, across from the Post Office on Senoia Road.  United State Congressman Lynn Westmoreland will be the Keynote Speaker.

PROGRAM of EVENTS:  Veterans Day Celebration

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