Season of Warmth

By on Nov 3, 2019 in Giving

The year’s end brings lower temperatures and cloudier skies. It’s the perfect time of year to cozy up under blankets or enjoy the warmth of a crackling fire. Not all families are so fortunate. Yet through acts of compassion, residents of north Metro Atlanta who are facing dire straits can stay warm this season.

NFCC Coat Drive

To support neighbors in need, Yardi Atlanta embarked on a mission to contribute new and gently used outerwear to North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC). For one month, employees shopped and Marie-Kondo’d their homes in search of warm gear. They brought their findings to work with them. Collection boxes throughout the office steadily filled with attire. Volunteers Lyndsay Griffin, Shela Johnson, Kayla Roth, and Marilyn Duffield helped to keep things organized.

This week, organizers announced that the 2019 Yardi Atlanta Coat Drive was a success! Team members were able to deliver 120 coats to NFCC in addition to jackets, scarves, and gloves. Last year, NFCC was privileged to distribute approximately 1,400 winter coats, making Yardi’s donation about 10 percent of the nonprofit’s annual contribution.

“These coats are hand delivered to the homeless and to our most in-need community members,” reports Marilyn Duffield, Residential Project Manager, Residential Client Services at Yardi. “We made a difference, and it was not trivial! I love this company!”

Emergency Aid in North Fulton

Each year, NFCC serves more than 4,000 families amongst North Fulton’s growing population of economically marginalized families. The nonprofit operates in cities north of Atlanta proper including Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, and Roswell. In these cities, the average wage needed to pay for a two-bedroom apartment is more than $21 per hour. The minimum wage is only $7.25. Through emergency aid and enrichment programs, NFCC builds self-sufficiency and prevents homelessness and hunger.

Participating families strive to create brighter futures. More than 1,400 adults take NFCC life skills and workforce readiness classes each year. Nearly 90 percent of the education program participants increased their wages or improved wage earning potential last year.

Support NFCC

If you live in North Metro Atlanta, you are invited to shop at the thrift store for gently used clothing. All proceeds benefit NFCC. You can also make clothing donations or volunteer hours to support store operations.

Locals are encouraged to volunteer in year-round programming. Opportunities are available for one-time and reoccurring volunteer roles for adults, youth, and groups. Special seasonal programs provide Thanksgiving meals and holiday toys to families. NFCC welcomes volunteers to help with sorting, packing and distribution.

NFCC also hosts a food pantry five days per week. “Using the Food Pantry frees up money to pay rent, utilities, transportation or an unexpected expense,” explains Eden Purdy, Director of Programs, NFCC.

The NFCC food pantry is a community effort. Individuals, businesses, faith and civic organizations, schools and others are encouraged to donate food and supplies for the pantry. The NFCC website lists suggested items as well as items that are currently overstocked.

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