2018 1st Quarter Bags for Change Nominees – Savannah
Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless
The Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless (CSAH) is an umbrella agency that coordinates services for homeless individuals and families in Chatham County Georgia. CSAH also provides street outreach and case management for individuals in need. Donations raised would go to support a “kitchen package” for the Tiny House Project: a 3.25-acre development to build 72, 16×8 Tiny Homes, for homeless veterans who are currently living in camps or homeless shelters.
Savannah Riverkeeper serves as the primary guardian of the Savannah River striving to respect, protect, and improve the entire river basin through education, advocacy, and action. Donations raised would go to purchase Chemical and Bacterial kits to test water quality mounting through the Adopt A Stream program. The purpose is twofold for this program, one reason is to collect useable data on our waterways that we rely. The second and often more important reason is to educate students and the general public on water quality monitoring and how important it is. Each kit costs $300 and the goal is to provide 2 to 3 kits for local schools.
Savannah Bicycle Campaign
Savannah Bicycle Campaign helps to create a safer and more convenient bicycling environment by advocating for better facilities and enforcement, and encouraging, educating and empowering residents and visitors to make bicycling a healthy, enjoyable, useful part of their daily lives. Lack of transportation to and from work can make the difference in remaining employed. SBC’s New Standard Cycles program assists members in the community who struggle with reliable transportation in obtaining a bike including lights, a lock, helmet, reflective vest. The cost for providing each bicycle package is about $100.00.
Tybee Post Theater
Tybee Post Theater’s mission is to be an integral part of the community that enhances cultural experience, encourages and attract visitors and improves the quality of life. In the Summer of 2018 they are presenting Grey’s Reef Tuesdays for families from throughout the Coastal Empire. In partnership with the Grey’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the Tybee Post Theater will offer a summertime series of extraordinary educational documentaries about the Coastal environment. The free program is offered every Tuesday evening for eight weeks in June and July, and last year enabled more than 1,300 adults and children to learn more about the ocean, marshes, beaches and marine life. Donations raised would allow parents and kids can attend free of charge, which will open this educational programming up to many more people than would otherwise be able to attend with a standard $7 for adults, and $5 for children ticket.
Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia
We inspire girls to be healthy, joyful and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We are a positive youth development program which combines training for a 5K with an interactive curriculum to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. Our curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development – their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Lessons provide girls with the tools to make positive decisions and to avoid risky behavior. Donations raised would go to support After School Programs like Girls on the Run for girls 3rd – 5th grades or Heart & Sole, for girls 6th-8th grades. Registration is $175 for a 10-week program and includes all materials and supplies, snacks, t-shirt and medal for completing the 5K. Lucky’s funds would provide scholarships for the girls who can’t afford the registration fee. In 2017, Girls on the Run served 1018 girls from Chatham, Bryan, Effingham and Liberty Counties and 60% of them were on scholarship.