Family Connection-Communities in Schools

Two area organizations are working together and donating tens of thousands of dollars to other area nonprofits assisting families during the pandemic. Sarah McKinney is President and CEO of the Athens Area Community Foundation.

“We chose, working with our COVID-19 Community Response Fund Committee, to fund Family Connections across the Northeast Georgia area,” McKinney said. “Really focused on economic stability, workforce development, those family layered, leveled responses to the pandemic.”

The proceeds are in from the Amplify Athens fundraising concert for Family Connection-Communities in Schools Athens. Last month’s event raised $10,000 for the Athens nonprofit which works to help young people and their families. Tim Johnson is Executive Director of FC-CIS. He says the money can help in a variety of ways.

“A lot of our funding, of course is restricted, and has to be spent on certain things,” according to Johnson. “The great thing about Amplify funding is that we can use it to fill in the gaps to provide our ongoing work in the community.”

Family Connection Communities In Schools Athens is hosting its biggest fundraiser of the year this weekend.

The Changing the Picture Awards Dinner is going virtual this year due to the pandemic.

This year’s honoree is former University System of Georgia Chancellor, Hank Huckaby.


Free COVID-19 testing is available for members of the community and anyone else in Winterville this afternoon. Shawanda Johnson, the Family Connection-Communities in Schools Neighborhood Leader for the area says the testing is particularly timely coming after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Family Connection-Communities in Schools of Athens is reaching out to the community to help meet the needs of area residents. An anonymous donor has committed to matching up to $10,000 donated to the nonprofit through Saturday, October 31st. 


Tim Johnson is the Executive Director of the nonprofit.