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BIS in brief: Coastal Center gets Wells Fargo grant

Coastal Center gets Wells Fargo grant
Coastal Center for Developmental Services is the recipient of a $1,000 grant from Wells Fargo Bank. CCDS is a Savannah-based private, non-profit that serves adults with developmental disabilities. The grant will go toward operational and program expenses to provide quality employment and training services in Chatham, Effingham, and Bryan counties.
“We are grateful to Wells Fargo and its employees for their generosity and commitment to improving the lives of people with disabilities in this community,” said CCDS Executive Director Kathy Thomson.
The organization offers training and employment-related services to more than 400 individuals with developmental disabilities, providing education, advocacy and support.
To learn more, to volunteer, or to donate, visit www.ccdssavannah.org or call (912) 644-7500.
 
Historical Society awarded 4-star rating
The Georgia Historical Society has been awarded its seventh consecutive 4-star rating by Charity Navigator for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.
“Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Georgia Historical Society exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in their area of work,” said Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator, adding that only 3 percent of the charities his group evaluates have ever received 7 consecutive 4-star evaluations.
“This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator indicates that Georgia Historical Society outperforms most other charities in America, setting it apart from its peers and demonstrating its trustworthiness,” Thatcher said.
“We are deeply proud to have received this distinction for the seventh year in a row and to be counted among the elite 3 percent of non-profits nationwide,” said Todd Groce, GHS president and CEO.
“It reinforces our commitment to donors that when they give to the Georgia Historical Society they can do so with confidence.”
For more information or to view the Georgia Historical Society rating visit CharityNavigator.org.
 
Kroger launches effort for holiday food bank
Area Kroger stores and their customers will be helping Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia help area families have a happier holiday. More than 47 million Americans faced difficulties in providing sufficient food for their households in 2015, and more than 50 percent of food-insecure homes count on local food banks and assistance programs, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
From Nov. 13 to Dec. 24, Kroger customers can purchase $1, $3 or $5 icons to help provide food for area families in need. All donations collected in the Savannah area will benefit the Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. 

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