Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Anna Huthmaker involves local civic leaders and business owners in ensuring continuation of the Duluth Police Department’s Awards Banquet.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Bob Smith
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
When Anna Huthmaker of Huthmaker Violins heard three years ago that the Duluth Police Department was planning to shelve its annual awards ceremony and banquet in the face of budget cuts, she was aghast. “All they do for us in Duluth, GA, and they refused to sacrifice any of those services. They chose rather to sacrifice their own banquet." Anna couldn't let that happen, and began contacting local business owners to solicit donations to keep it going. “The first year, we raised just enough to keep it alive. They put what little extra was there into a fund for the following year,” Anna said. “We got a little more the following year, and they did the same thing.” The donations for the project, now officially known as “Project Appreciation,” …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Rainbow Village CEO Nancy Yancey leads transitional housing program aimed at reducing vicious cycle of homelessness, poverty and domestic abuse in North Metro Atlanta.
In 1991 Christ Episcopal Church parishioner Josh Costell felt the urging in his heart to donate $25,000 to begin an outreach ministry for homeless families. As fellow parishioner Nancy Yancey sat in the pew across the aisle, she had no idea at the time how that gift would change the course of her life and the lives of homeless families. In a few months time, the church allocated an additional $10,000 from its budget. Georgia Power offered a house in Norcross for a mere $1 per year, and church volunteers rallied to make the house ready. In the spring Rainbow House opened its first family home. Originally Rainbow House was a simple outreach ministry for Christ Church in Norcross, GA, that offered a safe haven for homeless families to regroup…
Monday, October 24, 2011
Kathryn Willis is a founding and motivating force behind the successful Duluth Fall Festival.
Kathryn Willis is a founding and motivating force behind the Duluth Fall Festival that attracts 80,000 to 100,000 folks to the Duluth Town Green for two fun-filled days the last weekend in September and raises funds for community improvements. Ask anyone about Duluth, GA, and they probably have heard about its fall festival. The 29th annual festival Sept. 24-25 featured nearly 400 arts and crafts, food and vendor booths, live entertainment, a parade, a silent auction, 5K road race, children’s activities, and a carnival. The festival is the heart of the community, and Willis is in the center of it. A petite charming southern lady, she’s known as “Ms. Duluth.” If you love Duluth, you’re her friend. And before you know it, you’ve become a …