ONE OF OUR MOST FAVORITE LOCAL non-profits is Milton-based Children’s Charities, Inc. Founded by two local businesswomen, CC was established because the duo sought to make a meaningful difference in their own community by funding some of the greatest needs of local children. Their efforts have snowballed, and now a vast network of enthusiastic volunteers has taken the organization to levels that are having an immense impact in our area.
The 2018 efforts continue to focus on supporting children with special needs. This massive two-year all-volunteer project aims to raise $500,000 to fully fund an all-inclusive play park in the City of Milton, which will provide a safe (and super fun!) area children with abilities and disabilities can play.
A few features of the park (which will sit on an acre of land) include rubber floors, a variety of swings, roller slides, musical instruments, sensory centers, ADA-approved picnic tables and ramping throughout. Local individuals, businesses and organizations have contributed in big ways.
Ongoing fundraising includes some of the community’s most exciting events: The Big South Beer Competition & Festival (April 14), Denim & Diamonds (April 28), the Milton Opener Beer and Wine Festival (May 19), and the Milton Wine Festival in September. Pinnacle Beverage has proven to be a big supporter of Children’s Charities through sponsorships of the beer and wine festivals.
Additionally, sponsorship opportunities come in a variety of cool options ranging from $500 to $225,000 – each representing specific pieces of park equipment which also includes permanent recognition on site. Tickets to these events, purchases of silent auction items and engraved bricks for the park all add to the opportunity for hundreds of residents to play a part in making the park a reality. Talks are underway to find the perfect location for the new park, and the organization has suggested it’s getting close to a decision. In the meantime, nothing is stopping this team of active local supporters from tirelessly working toward the goal.
In addition to Children’s Charities, the following local non-profits stand out:
Special Equestrians of Georgia
13185 New Providence Rd, Milton This organization provides therapeutic horse riding and activities to physically and mentally challenged individuals.
http://www.canineassistants.org 3160 Francis Rd, Milton
Volunters and staff offer animal training to assist individuals who have physical disabilities and promote community awareness and outreach in support of their mission.
Angels Among Us Pet Rescue
This local non-profit is dedicated to saving dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in Georgia. They operate through a massive network of volunteers and foster homes in the entire metro Atlanta area.
Cats in the Cradle
2315 Saddle Springs Dr, Alpharetta
Rescue work aimed specifically at saving the lives of and permanent homes for cats.
The Drake Closet (for The Drake House)
26 Old Roswell St, Alpharetta
A local thrift store which dedicates all of its sale proceeds to support The Drake House, which offers housing and education programs for homeless, single mothers.
Furkids Animal Rescue
Dog Shelter: 1520 Union Hill Rd, Alpharetta
FK operates one of the largest cage-free, no-kill shelters in the SE. It aims to rescue homeless animals, provide the best medical care and environment, and then find them forever homes.