This year the North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) is celebrating 25 years of service. NFCC has come a long way from a small group of concerned citizens convented by Mary Drake to discuss forming a non-profit in 1982 to a full service Outreach Center on Elkins Road in 2008. NFCC incorporated in 1983 and has grown every year since. The organization has expanded to over 60 faith partners from the original eight and has engaged scores of civic groups and friends from the business community. In 1990, it brought the pre-existing Clothes Closet under its wing. In its 25 years, NFCC has expanded several times, most recently in 2005 when it moved to its wonderful Elkins Road home. Through the years, NFCC has welcomed hundreds and hundreds of volunteers, donors and families in need.
What hasn't changed is the commitment to be the safety net for residents of North Fulton who fall on hard times. Each family who comes for help is struggling with a different set of problems. At NFCC they find volunteers and staff who listen, offer support and comfort, and direct assistance for the immediate need while working together to resolve the underlying problems. And it has done all this with the backing of a generous North Fulton community.
We have a lot to be proud of in North Fulton. One of the best things about our community is the way we pull together to help each other. NFCC is the creation of a community that cares. Since the beginning, NFCC has been assisting local families with emergency needs. With the support of local religious, business, civic groups and individuals, NFCC assists local families with rent, utilities, clothing, food, transportation, and other basic needs. Today, as families struggle with the downturn of the drought, escalating gas and food prices and the slowdown in the housing industry, demand for services is at an all time high.
This is why community support continues to be so important. Whether the support is from individuals or other local organizations, NFCC's success will always be neighbors helping neighbors to help themselves.
An example is the upcoming collaborative effort with the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerces. From June 17th - 19th, the Chamber is asking local businesses to volunteer their facilities as a drop-off site. In addition, drivers, packers, and loaders will also be needed to fill up the pantry shelves for those lean summer months. Last year, the Chamber collected over 5 tons of food, and with this year's goal to collect 20 tons, the Chamber and NFCC really need the entire community to participate.
It is said, "Charity begins at home." The NFCC offers thanks to the North Fulton community for always responding to the call for help.
To learn how you can help North Fulton Community Charities, please visit www.nfcchelp.org for more information.