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.”


A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows many Georgia families are struggling with a wide range of issues including health concerns, food, income, mental health, and housing insecurity.

Tim Johnson is executive director of Family Connection-Communities in Schools Athens.

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.”

FC-CIS Launching Steps to Connect Challenge Fundraiser

Aug 28, 2020

Family Connection-Communities in Schools of Athens is launching its Steps to Connect Challenge fundraiser. The effort raises money and awareness for the organization.

Liz DeMarco is a Board Member and Resource Development Chair at FC-CIS.

She explains how it works.

“We are challenging the Athens community to either walk, run or ride, we have three mileage goals and you get to select what your goal is going to be,” DeMarco said. “But them we also, to make it fun are breaking people into three teams, so it’ll be a little competition.”