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Event Space Transforms into Distribution Center for Athens Nonprofit

Athens Cotton Press

Athens nonprofit Family Connection-Communities in Schools has a sizable new distribution center to help serve those in need. Athens Cotton Press event space, which closed early in the pandemic, has found a new purpose.

Daniel Epting owns the facility and is a board member with FC-CIS. 

“So I’ve got an 8,000 square foot, funky, cool, nice, event space that I built five years ago that was ready for its next life, but the long-term is to build a true hub for nonprofit agencies.”

The facility is not a collection center and financial contributions are best to help with eventual operating costs.

Targeted items available include food, adult diapers, books, school supplies, PPE, and more.

Tim Johnson is Executive Director of FC-CIS of Athens. He says the goods will be distributed by the organization’s Neighborhood Leaders, Site Coordinators, and community partners. 

“One of the ideal things about having the distribution center is that it centralized a lot of those things. So instead of the volunteer having to go to three different sites to pick up food and diapers and books somewhere else, they will be able to pick it all up at one facility.” 

The agency is working with area nonprofits, government agencies, and others to collect and distribute resources.

*The Cotton Press and Epting events are underwriters with WUGA*.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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