(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, June 29, 2020

Savannah’s

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The Local Newswire


CENTER PARC CREDIT UNION TO OPEN THREE SAVANNAH AREA LOCATIONS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Center Parc Credit Union is expanding to the Savannah area. A division of APCU, the oldest credit union in the State of Georgia, Center Parc plans to open two Chatham County locations in September at the Pooler Walmart, 160 Pooler Parkway, and the Savannah Walmart, 6000 Ogeechee Road. Center Parc is also planning to open a free-standing flagship branch in the spring of 2021. For more information: www.centerparc.org


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CENTER PARC CREDIT UNION HELPS KICK OFF BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY
(CHATHAM COUNTY, GA) The 12th Annual READY! SET! GO! Back to School GIVEAWAY is scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2020. This year’s drive-thru event to provide school supplies to 5,000 area students in need and will be held from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM at Garden City Recreation Center, 160 Priscilla Thomas Way. If you can donate school supplies for this event please visit: http://rsgbacktoschool.org/. This event is sponsored by WSAV and Center Parc Credit Union.


LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY’S PEOPLE OF THE YEAR
(SAVANNAH, GA) The winners of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man, Woman & Students of the Year campaigns were announced on Saturday, June 13 at virtual grand finale celebrations. Cathleen Barela of Keller Williams Realty was named Woman of the Year, raising $61,435. Jeff Maine of Proudly was named Man of the Year, raising $38,713. Cancer Crushers, led by E.B. Threlkeld, Caroline Ambos and Mattie Lynch, earned the title of Students of the Year by raising $65,213. For more information, contact jennie.brewster@lls.org


ROYCE CENTER RECEIVES GRANT
(SAVANNAH, GA) Chatham Academy at Royce received a $1,000 grant from the Matthews Children’s Foundation through their friends at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors.
https://www.roycelearningcenter.org/Chatham-Academy


ROTARY CLUB OF SAVANNAH ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT-ELECT
(SAVANNAH, GA) Ted J. Kleisner, retired CEO and active community leader, has been elected 2020-21 president of the Rotary Club of Savannah. On June 29, the Rotary gavel will be passed on to Kleisner from outgoing president, Ellen B. Bolch, President and CEO of THA Group. For more information, visit www.savrotary.org


FARM TRUCK 912
(SAVANNAH, GA) Farm Truck 912 is a mobile farmers’ market is delivering local seasonal fruits and vegetables to Savannah neighborhoods throughout the week, even during the COVID pandemic. All of the fruits, vegetables, and agricultural products are sourced directly from the Saturday market vendors. Farm Truck 912 accepts credit, debit, and cash as forms of payment. In addition, the farm truck also accepts and doubles SNAP/EBT benefits. This program is supported by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah through grant funding awarded through the Center for Disease Control’s REACH program to provide close the gap in health disparities among priority populations in Savannah and Chatham County. https://forsythfarmersmarket.com/farmtruck912


MIA MANCE’S TRENDING TOPICS PODCAST
(WXYY G100-1) Keeping Savannah Healthy with Paula Kreissler of REACH and Healthy Savannah
https://g100savannah.com/podcast/view/mias-trending-topics/keeping-savannah-with-healthy-savannahs-paula-kreissler


HOW TO EASILY CREATE ATTRACTIVE INSTAGRAM STORIES
(SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER) Are you tired of Instagram Stories that all look alike? Wondering how to create visually attractive stories without using third-party tools?


SHOP AROUND FOR BETTER INTEREST RATES
(MONEY.COM) For years, online banks have boasted about their high-interest rates, which they’re able to offer by sidestepping many of the overhead costs associated with brick-and-mortar locations. But those rates are shrinking fast. Experts suggest shopping around to see if a competitor offers a better APY and that means checking into community banks and credit unions for savings accounts offering higher yields.
https://money.com/high-yield-savings-accounts-rates-increase/


CHOCOLATE NEEDS A HOME
(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Chocolate is a female American Staffordshire Terrier mix in need of a place to call home. If you are interested in adopting Ms. Chocolate, please visit http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2020-d-157-chocolate/.


FIVE PR TRENDS THAT WILL MAKE AN IMPACT IN 2020 AND BEYOND
(FORBES.COM) The COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench into the best-laid PR plans. While masks and lines outside store entrances will hopefully become relics of the past, some of the trends catching steam this year will continue for years to come, and companies relying on traditional PR tactics will need to sit up and take notice or risk falling behind.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnhall/2020/06/07/5-pr-trends-that-will-make-an-impact-in-2020-and-beyond/#2dab48ed2c02


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HealthMPowers Now Up to Four Stores in Drive for Healthy Food Choices

Four Stores Now Participating in HealthMPowers Drive for Healthy Food Choices

(SAVANNAH, GA) Four local stores have joined the HealthMPowers campaign, a project of REACH Savannah-Chatham County, to make healthy food choices available in small retail stores that are often the closest — or only — stores that sell food in low-wealth neighborhoods.

The project is supported by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah through grant funding awarded through the Center for Disease Control’s REACH program to help close the gap in health disparities among African Americans in Savannah and Chatham County.

HealthMPowers works with store owners to encourage and support them in stocking healthier options to go along with such mainstays as soda and chips.

HealthMPowers is an organization that oversees the Corner Store Initiative,” said Deidre Grim, nutrition program manager for REACH Savannah-Chatham County. “Through the REACH grant, HealthMPowers provides technical assistance and support to corner stores in low-wealth communities to encourage them to provide fresh produce in their stores.”

Targeted neighborhoods include those where many residents lack transportation to more distant grocery options. Services include surveys of patrons to see how receptive they would be, what they would buy if more options were available and whether it would be seen as beneficial.

“The pandemic shutdown has really driven home the importance of access to good food. Even affluent citizens struggled with how to get fresh groceries into their homes during the height of the crisis, so you can imagine how difficult it was for those in lower-wealth communities,” Grim said. “By working directly with the ground-level stores that are such an important part of these communities, we can help build strong supply chains that will make healthy food readily available, even in times of tumult. HealthMPowers can be a significant player in helping communities weather another emergency, whether it’s a global pandemic or just the everyday struggle of feeding a family.”

The organization provides signage and literature and serves as a go-between for the store and the USDA to the extent of doing regularly scheduled taste testings.

Participating stores are:
A-1 Food Corner (formerly named El Cheapo), 902 Pennsylvania Ave., Savannah;
Alive Mini Market, 707 Harmon St., Savannah (temporarily closed due to COVID-19 shutdowns);
Niti Food Mart, 1212 U.S. Highway 80, Garden City; and
Zack’s Quick Stop, 2701 Ogeechee Road, Savannah.

For more information, visit online at https://ymcaofcoastalga.org/reachsavannah or https://healthysavannah.org/about/reach-savannah-chatham-county/

ABOUT REACH SAVANNAH:
In September of 2018, The YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah were awarded a five-year, $3.4 million dollar Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health (REACH) grant from the Center for Disease Control. Through this funding, the Savannah / Chatham County REACH team works to close the gaps in health disparities among priority populations in Savannah and Chatham County in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and community – clinical linkages. The local project is called HOPE, Healthy Opportunities Powering Equity. Working with over 20 community partners and organizations, the REACH team works to provide equal and consistent access to ensure the health and wellness of our community through policy, systems, and environmental change. www.ymcaofcoastalga.org www.healthysavannah.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
912.844.9990
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marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

Zack’s Quick Stop, 2701 Ogeechee Road, is one of four local stores participating in the REACH Savannah-Chatham HealthMPowers campaign.
The Alive & Sho’Nuff Deli at 707 Harmon St. is currently closed due to COVID, but the staff hopes to be able to welcome customers again soon. (Pictured L-R in the Alive & Sho’Nuff Deli before the pandemic: Deidre Grim, REACH Grant; Joyce Griggs, owner, Alive and Sho’Nuff Deli; and Danielle Scudder, HealthMPowers)

CENTER PARC CREDIT UNION TO OPEN THREE SAVANNAH AREA LOCATIONS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Center Parc Credit Union is expanding to the Savannah area. A division of APCU, the oldest credit union in the State of Georgia, Center Parc plans to open two Chatham County locations in September at the Pooler Walmart, 160 Pooler Parkway, and the Savannah Walmart, 6000 Ogeechee Road. Center Parc is also planning to open a free-standing flagship branch in the spring of 2021.

Center Parc’s parent company, APCU, has a familiar history in middle and north Georgia, and we’re now excited to bring our services to the Coastal Empire,” said Chuck Head, CEO. “Everything we do is for the benefit of our members and future members. We want prospective members to invite us to have a seat at their kitchen table, where families make decisions about their finances.”

Established by a post office employee to help improve the financial well-being of postal workers in Georgia, APCU (Atlanta Postal Credit Union) was chartered in 1925 as a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative, built on the premise that working people need a safe and sound place to save and borrow money. It now serves more than 100,000 members nationwide. In the new Savannah area Center Parc branches, membership will be open to anyone who works or lives in Chatham, Effingham and Bryan counties, and any U.S. Postal Service employee as well to the family members of anyone in these groups, no matter where they reside.

“The Center Parc division of APCU will provide the same products and services as APCU, with a community-focused outreach to help even more members grow and prosper,” Head added. “Our hope is that prospective members will get to know Center Parc as a trusted advisor to help them navigate their finances.”

Head explained that the Center Parc brand is aligned with the idea of “parks” and “town centers” being a place where members of a community gather to have fun and enjoy each other’s company. The unique spelling of the name is intended to reflect the company’s respect for its postal roots with the word “parcel.” The new brand is focused on community engagement and participation to attract a diversity of members from each community.

ABOUT CENTER PARC CREDIT UNION
Center Parc Credit Union is a division of APCU, the oldest credit union in the state of Georgia. In September 2020 two new Center Parc Credit Union locations will open in the Savannah area: at the Pooler Walmart, 160 Pooler Parkway, and the Savannah Walmart, 6000 Ogeechee Road. The company is also planning to open a free-standing flagship branch in Savannah in the spring of 2021 and will launch an exciting community gardens program this year. The member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative is committed to helping hardworking people save money and prosper. Each member’s funds are insured for up to $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). For more information, call 800-849-8431, email info@centerparc.org or visit online at www.centerparc.org. #MembersFlourish

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
912.844.9990
www.carriagetradepr.com
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

The Rotary Club of Savannah Announces Ted J. Kleisner as 2020-21 President-Elect

(SAVANNAH, GA) Ted J. Kleisner, retired CEO and active community leader, has been elected 2020-21 president of the Rotary Club of Savannah. On June 29, the Rotary gavel will be passed on to Kleisner from outgoing president, Ellen B. Bolch, President and CEO of THA Group.

A third-generation hotelier, Kleisner originally came to Savannah in 1973 as general manager of the DeSoto Hilton and that year became an active member of the Rotary Club of Savannah. He is a former member of Rotary organizations in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and Hershey, Pennsylvania.

“I am honored that Rotary Savannah has entrusted me with the leadership of the organization,” Kleisner said. “I look forward to continuing our mission to promote peace, fight disease, support health and education initiatives, and to grow our local economy.”

Kleisner is the immediate past chairman of the board of trustees of the Telfair Museums, president of the Savannah Classical Academy Foundation and a member of the board of directors of the Savannah Music Festival, Inc. Appointed by the Mayor and City Council of Savannah, he currently serves as a commissioner on the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport Commission and as a member of the Downtown Savannah Authority board.
The Chicago native retired as chairman of the board, president & CEO of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company and as president of CSX Hotels, Inc., CEO of The Greenbrier Resort & Club Management Company and The Greenbrier Sporting Club Development Company, Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Denver’s College of Business.

Kleisner and his wife of 48 years, Karen, reside in Savannah’s Historic Landmark District. They have two grown children: Kerry (Cornell ‘94) and Colonel Teddy (USMA, West Point ’97; and five grandchildren.

ABOUT THE ROTARY CLUB OF SAVANNAH

The Rotary Club of Savannah includes 205 community leaders and volunteers. Over the past 104 years, the club has championed local and regional developments that include completing the road to Tybee Island, improving the Savannah River for commercial traffic, enhancing the Dixie Highway system in southeast Georgia and building bridges over the Savannah and Altamaha Rivers. Most recently, in recognition of its 100th anniversary, the club raised funds and built an all-accessible playground in Forsyth Park. Meetings are held each Monday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DeSoto Hotel, 15 E. Liberty St. For more information, visit www.savrotary.org

CONTACT
Rotary Club of Savannah
P.O. Box 11105
Savannah, GA 31412
Phone: 912-272-9711

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
912.844.9990
http://www.carriagetradepr.com
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, June 22, 2020

Savannah’s

COMMUNITY HEADLINES

The Local Newswire


VIRTUAL CAMP BUDDY
(CHATHAM AND EFFINGHAM COUNTIES) For the past 11 years, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) has been helping students with Down syndrome enjoy summer fun at Camp Buddy as they prepare for the upcoming school year – and this year, not even a global pandemic can stop them! The LDSS is hosting Virtual Camp Buddy June 22 through June 25, 2020. https://ldssga.org/


PARK PLACE OUTREACH TEEN PRESERVATION PROGRAM REOPENS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach’s Family Always Matters (F.A.M.) Teen Preservation Program is now open for in-person summer sessions. https://www.parkplaceyes.org/our-programs/family-preservation-for-teens/


WHY ARE PEOPLE SO OBSESSED WITH CREDIT UNIONS?
(MONEY.COM) The coronavirus crisis is forcing many Americans to take a hard look at their finances — and that includes re-evaluating where they keep their money. Banks may be the most obvious option, but credit unions tend to have pretty passionate fans. The factor that sets credit unions apart is their philosophy. Banks are generally for-profit entities, which means they tend to serve shareholders. Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, which means they tend to serve customers. https://money.com/whats-better-credit-union-or-bank/


$120 BILLION STILL UP FOR GRABS
(ALIGNABLE.COM) Over $120 billion in Payroll Protection Plan Relief funds are still available through June 30th for small business owners. The Federal government is a bit perplexed on why businesses aren’t gobbling it up. They even tried to make it easier with the new Flexibility Act. Alignable gathered the latest about the PPP to help business owners more easily decide their next steps.
https://www.alignable.com/forum/ppp-updates-small-business-flexibility-act?tid=707178
https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm1026#blank


ECONOMIC INDUSTRY DISASTER LOANS REOPENED
(SAVANNAH BUSINESS JOURNAL) To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration has announced they are reopening the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19. SBA’s EIDL program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profit. These loans can provide vital economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue.
https://www.savannahbusinessjournal.com/covid-19/june-16—-economic-injury-disaster-loans-advance-program-reopened-to-all-eligible-small/article_262a6852-aff4-11ea-b555-c7d8f7432e28.html#utm_source=savannahbusinessjournal.com&utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletters%2Flists%2Fheadlines%2F%3F-dc%3D1592388018&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline


UGA SMALL BUSINESS WEBINAR
(SAVANNAH, GA) The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a Public Service and Outreach unit of the University of Georgia, and Chatham Insurance Partners, invite small business owners to a no-cost educational webinar to help them prepare for hurricane season and other disasters. Disasters are inevitable, but the damages these disasters may cause are not. Being prepared by having the right insurance is vital for your business. Collaborate on Webinar for Small Business Owners, June 23rd at 2pm. For questions please contact Liz Overstreet at (912) 651-3200 or go to https://www.georgiasbdc.org/tuesdays-at-two-with-the-expert/ to register online.


SOUTHERN HOMETOWN PHARMACY
(POOLER, PEMBROKE) Locally owned and operated Southern Hometown Pharmacy is pleased to announce the opening of two locations under new management in Pooler and Pembroke, Ga. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/southern-hometown-pharmacy-is-open-for-business-in-pooler-and-pembroke/


REACH TEAM SAYS BREASTFEEDING IS BEST EVEN DURING COVID
(SAVANNAH, GA) Breastfeeding remains the healthiest way to feed a baby, even during the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis, and locally, the REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health) team of Project HOPE (Healthy Opportunities Powering Equity), continues to urge mothers to choose this method.
https://carriagetradepr.com/covid-19-doesnt-change-the-message-breastfeeding-is-best/


Q&A WITH CLEANING COMPANY
(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) Interview with Helyn Gallucci, CEO of In & OUT Cleaning & Seaming.


ENMARKET PARTNERS WITH ATLANTA GAS LIGHT TO OFFER CLEAN, EFFICIENT COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS IN SAVANNAH AT NEW PORT WENTWORTH STORE
(PORT WENTWORTH, GA) The newest Enmarket store is now open in Port Wentworth, bringing the first public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling service to Savannah. The new store at 7002 Highway 21, at Exit 109 off Interstate 95, also offers Enmarket’s second Fuzzy Taco Shop, a fast-casual Mexican restaurant. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/enmarket-partners-with-atlanta-gas-light-to-offer-clean-efficient-compressed-natural-gas-in-savannah-at-new-port-wentworth-store/


MISS CADBURY NEEDS A HOME
(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Cadbury is new to Coastal Pet Rescue. She is a tiny kitty that is looking for a forever home. http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2020-c-032-cadbury/


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(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, June 15, 2020

Savannah’s

COMMUNITY HEADLINES

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SOUTHERN HOMETOWN PHARMACY

(POOLER, PEMBROKE) Locally owned and operated Southern Hometown Pharmacy is pleased to announce the opening of two locations under new management in Pooler and Pembroke, Ga. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/southern-hometown-pharmacy-is-open-for-business-in-pooler-and-pembroke/


REACH TEAM SAYS BREASTFEEDING IS BEST EVEN DURING COVID

(SAVANNAH, GA) Breastfeeding remains the healthiest way to feed a baby, even during the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis, and locally, the REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health) team of Project HOPE (Healthy Opportunities Powering Equity), continues to urge mothers to choose this method.https://carriagetradepr.com/covid-19-doesnt-change-the-message-breastfeeding-is-best/


GRIEF COUNSELING NO CHARGE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Hospice Savannah’s Full Circle bereavement counselors offer individual and group counseling at no charge. Virtual Grief 101 support group for adults and Virtual Kids 101 support group start Tuesday, June 9 at 6:00 p.m. Virtual Spouse/Life Partner Loss support group starts Thursday, June 11 at 11:00 a.m., and Virtual Survivors of Suicide (SOS) support group is the 3rd Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Please call Full Circle at 912.303.9442 for registration information. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIRIfifWnJY&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=June&utm_campaign=April+14&utm_medium=email


ENMARKET PARTNERS WITH ATLANTA GAS LIGHT TO OFFER CLEAN, EFFICIENT COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS IN SAVANNAH AT NEW PORT WENTWORTH STORE

(PORT WENTWORTH, GA) The newest Enmarket store is now open in Port Wentworth, bringing the first public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling service to Savannah. The new store at 7002 Highway 21, at Exit 109 off Interstate 95, also offers Enmarket’s second Fuzzy Taco Shop, a fast-casual Mexican restaurant. For more information, visit https://carriagetradepr.com/enmarket-partners-with-atlanta-gas-light-to-offer-clean-efficient-compressed-natural-gas-in-savannah-at-new-port-wentworth-store/


NOT FOR SALE

(ONEHUNDREDMILES.ORG) One Hundred Miles, an advocacy group striving to preserve, protect, and enhance Georgia’s 100-mile coast, is urging the public to tell Georgia’s senators that “Ossabaw is Not For Sale.” The group is asking Georgia residents to contact their Georgia state senators to ask them to vote NO on HB 906, which, if passed, would allow certain heritage preserves, including portions of Ossabaw Island, to be sold to private and commercial developers. http://www.onehundredmiles.org/protectheritagepreserves/#/240/


HIPPIE NEEDS A HOME

(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Hippie is a one of a kind, energetic, happy, carefree senior who believes in second chances. That’s because her second chance was being rescued by Coastal Pet Rescue She had some health problems she was dealing with when she first came to rescue, but thanks to the folks at Von Trapp Animal Lodge helping with cold laser therapy and hydro therapy, she has made a complete recovery! http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2019-d-248-hippie/ Female German Shepherd.


PARK PLACE OUTREACH RECEIVES FACE MASKS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Services has received a donation of 100 face masks through Satchel’s buy-one-give-one face mask program. The masks will be distributed and required for all youth in Park Place Outreach’s residential and non-residential programs.http://parkplaceyes.org Facebook: ParkPlaceOutreachInc, Instagram/Twitter: @outreachparkhttp://savannahceo.com/news/2020/06/park-place-outreach-receives-donation-face-masks-satchel/


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VIRTUAL CAMP BUDDY

(CHATHAM AND EFFINGHAM COUNTIES) For the past 11 years, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) has been helping students with Down syndrome enjoy summer fun at Camp Buddy as they prepare for the upcoming school year – and this year, not even a global pandemic can stop them! The LDSS will host Virtual Camp Buddy June 22 through June 25, 2020. https://ldssga.org/


15 TOP MARKETING TRENDS FOR 2020

(FORBES) Members of Forbes Agency Council weigh in on the trends they expect to show up throughout 2020, to better inform marketers where they should be putting their focus. https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesagencycouncil/2020/01/09/15-top-marketing-trends-that-may-impact-2020/#286ff8c96100https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesagencycouncil/2020/01/09/15-top-marketing-trends-that-may-impact-2020/#286ff8c96100


SAVANNAH COMMUNITY HEADLINES *LIVE* THIS MORNING AT 9AM

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LDSS Will Hold Virtual Camp Buddy June 22-25 for Savannah and Effingham Students

(CHATHAM AND EFFINGHAM COUNTIES) For the past 11 years, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) has been helping students with Down syndrome enjoy summer fun at Camp Buddy as they prepare for the upcoming school year – and this year, not even a global pandemic can stop them! The LDSS will host Virtual Camp Buddy June 22 through June 25, 2020.

Kerry Heape with daughter Brenna.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic upended life in mid-March, people have turned to internet meeting applications like Zoom or Google Meets for everything from business meetings to class sessions to worship services. Now, add summer camp to that list. With web-cam equipped computers, parents and their campers (ages 7 to 16) will gather for the virtual camp each day during the camp session.

Look for the features that made Camp Buddy a favorite with families for more than the past decade, according to Molly Marchese, the camp’s co-director with Pam Hussey — things like involvement of occupational, physical and speech therapists, and learning cleverly disguised as games.

“The summer break always presents the threat of children losing ground as they’re away from the classroom, and that’s heartbreaking when they have worked so hard,” said John Bogardus, president of LDSS. “This year, we knew we couldn’t give up on Camp Buddy because children have been out of the classroom for at least two additional months. All kids need to have a fun and exciting summer, and we’ve worked out a way to do that safely with a virtual day camp that also reinforces learning.”

Previous camps started out using church facilities and moved on to public school facilities, with different sessions for Chatham County and Effingham County and nearby areas. As the pandemic gobbled up larger and larger chunks of the calendar, LDSS’s leadership realized that a physical camp was simply not possible in 2020. The answer was Virtual Camp Buddy, largely an improvisation driven by necessity.

“We’ve always had a very therapeutic approach to camp, with involvement by speech, occupational and physical therapists, and also a focus on socialization and grade-appropriate level education by special education teachers,” said Marchese.

What are some activities that can be done in a virtual camp? She gave the example of a scavenger hunt, where children are asked “Where do you go if you needed to find a toothbrush?” or working on fine motor skills by being told to find a jacket that zips or something that buttons.

The physical camps were generally based in a public school, with students often using the camp as a home base for field trips. Instead, this year the campers will be led through various projects via Zoom and its audiovisual links. The plan is to return to the physical format in future years, but Marchese said the virtual version may present some future potential as well. Depending on how well things go in this first year, it could become an option for serving children who live in areas without summer options for differently-abled children.

The camp sessions will run daily on each of the four camp days. Most of the slots are already claimed, but parents can see if any positions open up by emailing Marchese at mollymarchese6107@gmail.com. The camp fee is $20.

Working with Marchese and Hussey will be occupational therapist Melinda Hawkins, physical therapist Joy Marshall, speech therapist Helen Reynolds and special education teacher Traci Whitaker.

“Our campers look forward every year to Camp Buddy, and we are determined that our virtual version won’t disappoint them,” said Marchese. “So much of our daily lives has been turned upside down by this virus, but we aren’t going to let it rob the children of a joyful learning experience that, for many, is a summer tradition.”

ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) supports people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact. LDSS encourages the whole family to attend; children of all ages are welcome. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit ldssga.org

CONTACT
Whitney Lowery
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
wlowery@ldssga.org

COVID-19 Doesn’t Change the Power of Breastfeeding

(SAVANNAH, GA) Breastfeeding remains the healthiest way to feed a baby, even during the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis, and locally, the REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health) team of Project HOPE (Healthy Opportunities Powering Equity), continues to urge mothers to choose this method. The program, which is supported by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah through grant funding awarded through the Centers for Disease Control’s REACH program, is dedicated to closing the gap in health disparities among various populations in Savannah and Chatham County, and many of those disparities are rooted in nutrition.

Major health organizations – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and professional associations representing obstetricians and pediatricians – continue to call breastfeeding the best option, largely even in cases where there is a threat or even confirmation of COVID-19 infection.

That doesn’t mean things haven’t changed, however. Mothers are advised to pay particular attention to hand hygiene before feeding their infants and to wear a mask if there is a possibility they have been exposed.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that infants born to infected mothers should be cared for by a healthy caregiver. “Mothers who are in the same household as their babies should maintain at least a 6-foot distance whenever possible,” the AAP website says.

Mothers who are concerned about exposure to COVID could pump milk for someone else to feed their babies, according to groups like the CDC, but great care must be taken to sanitize pumping equipment and observe other health measures.

“We do not know for sure if mothers with COVID-19 can spread the virus to babies in their breast milk, but the limited data available suggest this is not likely,” the CDC says in a statement on its website, pointing out that breast milk provides protection against many illnesses.

Shawntay Gadson is a lactation consultant who works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Memorial and with Project Hope and the REACH team’s various programs. She has first-hand experience in the health value of breastfeeding. She pointed out that she and other lactation professionals are making sure they keep up with the latest CDC guidelines since the COVID situation has proven to be fluid and rapidly changing.

“If moms are expressing concerns about COVID-19, we are telling them the most important thing is to have good hand hygiene,” Gadson said. “If a mom is COVID-19 positive, basically the mom and her doctor come up with a plan. If that mom chooses to pump breast milk rather than directly breastfeed, then she gets her own dedicated pump. If she decides to breastfeed, she wears a mask and takes extra care with hand hygiene.”

Local breastfeeding advocate Holly McSpadden, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), who is the senior lactation consultant at Memorial Health University Medical Center, says current medical thinking is that breast milk remains the best option for babies and keeping mother and baby together while directly breastfeeding is preferable whenever medically possible. She pointed out that pumped breast milk is a well-established option, especially when health concerns separate mother/baby pairs.“That wouldn’t be any different than what we do with our mothers and babies in the neonatal intensive care nursery,” she said. “We want to talk to mothers that are suspected of or who have COVID and instruct them to be careful when they pump, to be sure they disinfect the surfaces. But they certainly can provide their own milk.”

The American Academy of Family Physicians, via its website, has issued a statement on breastfeeding and COVID-19. It reads in part: “The AAFP recommends promotion of breastfeeding and parent-infant bonding, and avoidance of parent-infant separation whenever possible. If the parent has been exposed to COVID-19 but is asymptomatic, breastfeeding is a reasonable choice. The parent should use a mask and careful hand hygiene to reduce the risk of exposing the infant to respiratory secretions.”

The REACH team, through Project Hope, supports a variety of programs to make healthy food available to low-wealth communities, including a new Photovoice Project being developed by Nandi Marshall, DrPH, of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. She uses a combination of photography and storytelling to empower those taking part to share their experiences with breastfeeding. Gadsen is also working with this effort in recruiting new moms as participants. This effort was inspired by the 2007 Breastfeeding Report Card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that indicates African Americans have the lowest rates of initiating breastfeeding (60 percent) and continuing it at six months (28 percent) and 12 months (13 percent) compared to all other racial/ethnic groups in the United States.

Project HOPE is supported by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah through grant funding awarded through the Center for Disease Control’s REACH program to provide close the gap in health disparities among priority populations in Savannah and Chatham County.

For more information, visit online at https://ymcaofcoastalga.org/reachsavannah or https://healthysavannah.org/about/reach-savannah-chatham-county/

ABOUT REACH SAVANNAH:
In September of 2018, The YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah were awarded a five-year, $3.4 million dollar Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health (REACH) grant from the Center for Disease Control. Through this funding, the Savannah / Chatham County REACH team works to close the gaps in health disparities among priority populations in Savannah and Chatham County in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and community – clinical linkages. The local project is called HOPE, Healthy Opportunities Powering Equity. Working with over 20 community partners and organizations, the REACH team works to provide equal and consistent access to ensure the health and wellness of our community through policy, systems, and environmental change. www.ymcaofcoastalga.org www.healthysavannah.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
912.844.9990
www.carriagetradepr.com
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

Grand Opening of Southern Hometown Pharmacy in Pooler and Pembroke

(POOLER, PEMBROKE) Locally owned and operated Southern Hometown Pharmacy is pleased to announce the opening of two locations under new management at 1557 Pooler Parkway in Pooler and at 546 West Bacon St. in Pembroke.

 Southern Hometown Pharmacy Pooler location.
 Southern Hometown Pharmacy Pembroke location.

“When folks walk in our door, we do everything we can to make them feel like home,” said Melissa Etheridge, one of the managing partners. “Our desire is to return to the days when pharmacists knew their patients, their lifestyles and the best way to assist them beyond the family doctor.”

Etheridge said she and co-managing partner Tracey Leavitt strive to facilitate patients’ pharmaceutical needs on a personal level.

“When customers walk through the door, they will immediately know they are not in a cold, nondescript, big chain store,” Leavitt said. “They will be welcomed by the warm and friendly décor, plush chairs in waiting areas and attractive merchandise displays.”

But what the partners hope customers will appreciate most is the dedication of Southern Hometown Pharmacy’s staff to ensuring they feel at home and are well-served.

“Our pharmacy patients become like family,” Leavitt said. “With the bigger corporations, you’re just a number. Here we recognize customers and establish a relationship.”

In addition to prescriptions, Southern Hometown Pharmacy offers pet medications and over-the-counter healthcare products, including pharmacist-formulated CBD products. They also have a selection of household supplies and children’s toys.

The company also specializes in supplying the pharmaceutical and medical supply needs of people with work-related health issues, as well as coordinating patient needs with home care providers. Southern Hometown Pharmacy is certified to process U.S. Department of Labor prescription claims for all three of its medical compensation programs: Black Lung, Energy and FICA.

Both locations offer drive-through service, free delivery and easy prescription transfers and plan to provide flu shots and immunizations in the fall.

For more information, visit https://southernhometownpharmacy.com/

ABOUT SOUTHERN HOMETOWN PHARMACY
Southern Hometown Pharmacy serves the pharmaceutical healthcare needs of the greater Savannah area. Offering locally owned and operated stores in Pooler, Ga., and Pembroke, Ga., Southern Hometown Pharmacy provides caring, personal attention to patients, along with delivery options and convenient, drive-through service. Stop by Southern Hometown Pharmacy in Pooler at 1557 Pooler Pkwy, Ste 400 Pooler, GA 31322; or call (912) 988-3005. Visit the Pembroke location at 546 W Bacon St Pembroke, GA 31321; or call (912) 653-1000. For more information, visit online at https://southernhometownpharmacy.com/

Enmarket Partners with Atlanta Gas Light to Offer Clean, Efficient Compressed Natural Gas in Savannah at New Port Wentworth Store

(PORT WENTWORTH, GA) The newest Enmarket store opened June 8 in Port Wentworth. It is the first fueling station to bring compressed natural gas (CNG) supplied by Atlanta Gas Light to the Savannah public and provides a wide range of services aimed at truck traffic serving the Port of Savannah as well as the general public. The new store at 7002 Highway 21, at Exit 109 off Interstate 95, also offers Enmarket’s second Fuzzy Taco Shop, a fast-casual Mexican restaurant.

The store becomes the 126th in Enmarket’s growing chain of convenience stores and travel centers in Georgia and the Carolinas.

“CNG is an increasingly important fuel, especially for heavy trucks, and we are delighted to bring the fast-fill version of it to the motoring public in Savannah,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “CNG is a clean, efficient product and making it available is in keeping with our goals to serve the public and protect the environment.”

According to Southern Company Gas subsidiary Atlanta Gas Light, CNG reduces emissions up to 90 percent when compared to gasoline and diesel vehicles. The new station will be able to fuel all classes of CNG vehicles, including Class 8 trucks (18-wheelers).

“We are proud to partner with Enmarket and help expand the state’s CNG infrastructure,” said Bryan Batson, president of Atlanta Gas Light. “This new station is also making it possible for local area fleets to deploy CNG vehicles to help meet their sustainability goals.”

The new store supplies a wide array of fuel types, including an electric vehicle charging station, auto and truck diesel, DEF, and ethanol free blu, in addition to CNG.

CNG is still developing in the public markets. Early investors in CNG vehicles were often commercial fleets, and the investing companies tended to have dedicated fueling stations of their own. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are more than 175,000 CNG-powered vehicles in the United States, and 23 million worldwide.

According to the Department of Energy’s alternative fuel website, 23 Georgia cities have public CNG vendors, with 26 sites among them. Atlanta is the only city in the state with a large number of stations, while Augusta has two and Columbus has one. The stations tend to cluster around Interstate accesses.

Atlanta Gas Light adds the location of the new station off Exit 109 provides value to CNG vehicles traveling I-95 between Florida and the Carolinas. The company has been building and maintaining CNG fueling sites for fleet customers in Georgia since the early 1990s.

The 5,814-square-foot store is a new build. The adjoining Fuzzy’s Taco is 3,960 square feet. The fast casual restaurant features a full bar as well as outdoor seating.

“We’re excited to add a second Fuzzy’s location to the low country area,” added Giesick. “Based on the customer reception at our Hardeeville location, we are confident that customers who have yet to experience Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will be happy that there is now one a little closer to Savannah.”

The first Fuzzy’s Taco Shop opened in Fort Worth, Texas back in 2003 and there are now more than 140 of them scattered across the country.

Customers can expect the same wide array of services as familiar at most Enmarkets, including freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, breakfast biscuits and more- all made on site. The store will be the third Enmarket location to offer Mooz frozen yogurt. Overflow parking for diesel trucks and a backup generator will also be included in the site.

For more information about natural gas vehicles visit https://www.atlantagaslight.com/business/natural-gas-vehicles.html.

ABOUT ENMARKET
Enmarket, Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, employs more than 1,400 people and operates 126 convenience stores, 14 quick-serve restaurants and two fast casual restaurants as the 49th largest convenience store operator in the country. Founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, the retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. www.enmarket.com [enmarket.com]

ABOUT ATLANTA GAS LIGHT
Atlanta Gas Light is one of four natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Atlanta Gas Light provides natural gas delivery service to more than 1.6 million customers in Georgia. In operation since 1856, the company is one of the oldest corporations in the state. For more information, visit atlantagaslight.com.

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CONTACT
Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing
Enmarket
MClements@enmarket.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
912.844.9990
http://www.carriagetradepr.com
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

Satchel Donates Face Masks to Park Place Outreach

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Services receives donation of 100 face masks through Satchel’s buy-one-give-one face mask program. The masks will be distributed and required for all youth in Park Place Outreach’s residential and nonresidential programs.

Satchel Team with masks to be donated.

“The safety of our youth and staff is our top priority, and we are so grateful to have such an amazing partnership with Satchel,” said Park Place Outreach Executive Director Julie Wade.

For every mask purchased through Satchel, a mask will be donated to a nonprofit organization in need.

Satchel was founded in 2006 by Savannah College of Art and Design graduate, Elizabeth Seeger. Satchel operates as a studio and store in partnership with Port City Sewing Factory which customizes and produces accessories and handbags in Savannah, Georgia.

Satchel has two locations in the Savannah area, one in the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and the other in downtown Savannah at 4 E. Liberty St. For more information on Satchel and the buy-one-give-one mask program, please visit https://shopsatchel.com/.

ABOUT PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER:
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. The organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped more than 6,500 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.org or find us on Facebook at ParkPlaceOutreachIncInstagram and Twitter @outreachpark.

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, June 8, 2020

Savannah’s

COMMUNITY HEADLINES

The Local Newswire


AUTISM SPEAKS

(SAVANNAH, GA) The proposed elimination of all state funding to the Matthew Reardon Center for Autism would terminate our organization’s existence and eradicate southeast Georgia’s only comprehensive educational and advocacy support programs for children and families affected by autism. 3 ways that you can help them maximize their outreach and prevent future closure. https://matthewreardon.org/take-action/?mc_cid=2438a26437&mc_eid=105a951b19


LIVING IN SAVANNAH

(ISLE OF HOPE) New Real Estate Video on best places to live in the Savannah area.


PARK PLACE OUTREACH RECEIVES FACE MASKS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Services has received a donation of 100 face masks through Satchel’s buy-one-give-one face mask program. The masks will be distributed and required for all youth in Park Place Outreach’s residential and nonresidential programs.http://parkplaceyes.org Facebook: ParkPlaceOutreachInc, Instagram/Twitter: @outreachpark


NATIONAL PROGRAM SELECTS REACH TEAM MEMBER TO CREATE SAFER WALKING CONDITIONS IN SAVANNAH

(SAVANNAH, GA) America Walks, a national advocacy organization working to empower walkable communities, has selected Armand Turner of Healthy Savannah and the REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) Team for a Walking College Fellowship as part of the 2020 program.www.ymcaofcoastalga.org or www.healthysavannah.org


CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS® WELCOMES MYANDI PETERSON

(SAVANNAH, GA) Carriage Trade Public Relations is pleased to announce that Myandi Peterson has rejoined the company as its Director of Communications. She is looking forward to putting her 16 years of public relations and marketing expertise to use. https://carriagetradepr.com/carriage-trade-public-relations-team-members/


SUNDAY STRETCHES WITH THE STARS

(SAVANNAH, GA) On Sunday, June 14, Armand Turner, assistant director, physical activity, of Savannah’s REACH team, has been invited to be the guest “stretcher” at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church’s online service. Rev. Billy Hester has been asking special guests to virtually visit during COVID and lead a morning “Stretch” right before the sermon. Recent guests have included Broadway and TV celebrity Jane Atkinson from House of Cards and Madam Secretary; and Ian Armitage, who plays Young Sheldon. The services are posted on the church website Sundays at 11:15 a.m. http://asburymemorial.org/


PHASE I FOR REOPENING THE STATE’S ECONOMY

(VISIT SAVANNAH) Governor Brian Kemp has announced that, with certain restrictions and following prescribed guidelines, the following businesses are being allowed to reopen as of June 1, 2020:* Medical and dental practices* Gyms, rec centers, tattoo parlors, hair salons, barbers* Restaurants, theaters, private clubs* Bars and nightclubshttps://www.visitsavannah.com/savannah-travel-updates


MEET BABY JAZZ

(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Jazz is a black kitten who has a heart of gold, just like her stunning eyes! She is playful and loves to fetch hair ties! She likes to bat at wand toys and strings and loves being with people! She appreciates a good nap and a lap to snuggle on while watching her shows. She has grown up in a foster home so she is used to the sounds and rhythm of people life! You can follow her on Instagram @DeltaFosters and see photos and video of when she was rescued at few days old! #KittenJazz #TheWildWestKittens http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2020-c-034-jazz/ 


SAVANNAH SAFE INITIATIVE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Safe is a commitment to help stop the spread of COVID-19 with cleaning and disinfecting protocols to help ensure the health and safety of everyone in places of business. By taking the pledge, business owners and managers will gain access to a toolkit of printable graphics for display and the business will be listed on the SavannahSafe.com website. https://www.savannahsafe.com/


VIRTUAL CAMP BUDDY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the YMCA and the American Medical Association have created new guidelines to aid camps in choosing the safest ways to go about re-opening camps for Summer 2020. Luckily for those planning to attend Camp Buddy this summer, the directors plan to hold camp through a virtual platform to ensure the safety of the children. John Bogardus, president of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, believes that this is the best decision for the camp, and will allow campers to socialize and participate in camp activities without putting their health at risk. https://www.wsav.com/news/local-news/camp-buddy-goes-virtual-ymca-develops-safety-plan-for-summer-camps/


GRIND COFFEE ROASTERS

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) Ian Duncan owner of Grind Coffee Roasters created an outdoor drive through of area businesses in Bluffton, SC to pivot during Covid.


LIVE OAK PUBLIC LIBRARIES – JOIN THE ADVENTURE

(SAVANNAH, GA) This summer, the library is coming to you with great reading resources, activities, and programs online. Virtual programming is available for all ages. Connect with resources for books, ebooks, comics, magazines, and news. Enjoy Library Online programs with storytimes, crafts, and special performers. Check out librarians’ reading recommendations, engage with weekly challenges on social media and join online book discussions and virtual book groups. Everyone can join the adventure. Take a journey and share your story! https://liveoakpl.org/events


ENMARKET OPENS PROTOTYPE STORE OF FUTURE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket customers can get a glimpse of the future, now that the completely rebuilt Enmarket at 4318 Ogeechee Road in Savannah is open for business. The relaunched store is the prototype for future new builds for the rapidly expanding Savannah-based chain of convenience stores,  food service establishments, and car washes.
https://carriagetradepr.com/enmarket-opens-newly-rebuilt-store-prototype-future-construction/


HEALTHY SAVANNAH RECOGNIZED FOR IMPACT ON HEALTH POLICIES THAT SAVE LIVES

(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah is pleased to announce it has received the 2020 Karl E. Peace Leadership Award. The community coalition that advocates healthy policies was recognized for its leadership in expanding the impact of public health by the Gamma Theta Chapter of Delta Omega at Georgia Southern University.
https://healthysavannah.org/


LILLY MORGAN SELECTED TO INTERNSHIP WITH CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Please join us in welcoming our new intern, Lilly Morgan, to Carriage Trade Public Relations. Watch the video below to learn a little bit about Lilly and how she will be helping us this summer!


WEBINAR TOMORROW ON REPUTATION MARKETING, POST COVID, 3 STRATEGIES  – JUNE 9, 2PM

(SAVANNAH, GA) The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is hosting a live webinar on Tuesday, June 9 at 2 p.m. Marjorie Young, CEO of Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc., will present three powerful reputation marketing strategies to help companies increase visibility, credibility, and positive word of mouth in the community and online. For more information call SBDC at 912-651-3200. RSVP here: https://www.georgiasbdc.org/tuesdays-at-two-with-the-expert/

Marjorie Young Carriage

SAVANNAH COMMUNITY HEADLINES *LIVE* THIS MORNING AT 9AM

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join us for an online, interactive conversation about Savannah each Monday morning at 9:00am on Facebook. Join on this link:  https://www.facebook.com/CarriageTradePublicRelations/videos/2792427090985714/

REACH Team Member Selected by National Organization to Create Safer Walking Conditions in Savannah

Armand Turner of Healthy Savannah and the REACH team to participate in America Walks communities training program.

(SAVANNAH, GA) America Walks, a national advocacy organization working to empower communities to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and move, has selected Armand Turner of Healthy Savannah and the REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) Team for a Walking College Fellowship as part of the 2020 program.

The fellowship will enable Turner and other advocates from around the country to participate in a training program designed to strengthen local efforts to make communities more walkable and livable.

“I believe the Walking College fellowship, combined with Tide to Town and other great projects being powered by REACH, can help me bridge the gap that prohibits people from walking and biking on area bike lanes and trails,” said Turner, who serves as assistant director, physical activity, with the REACH team.

Locally, the REACH team of Project HOPE (Healthy Opportunities Powering Equity) is dedicated to closing the gap in health disparities among various populations in Savannah and Chatham County. Many of those disparities are rooted in barriers to physical activity. The effort is supported by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah through grant funding awarded through the Centers for Disease Control’s REACH program.

The Tide to Town project will consist of nearly 30 miles of protected walking and bicycling trails throughout Savannah. The urban trail system will address an urgent public safety issue and will be designed with the entire community in mind. Currently, Georgia ranks as the sixth most dangerous state for people walking, and Savannah is one of the most dangerous cities within the state for crashes between drivers and people walking or bicycling.

“The REACH Grant has provided a tremendous opportunity for me to work with many underserved populations in Chatham County and begin to address the barriers to physical activity that they face on a daily basis,” Turner said. “This fellowship will help augment that work.”

While participating in the Walking College, Turner will complete a six-module distance-learning program which will culminate in the creation of an independent study project focused in Chatham County. He will also engage with America Walks’ national network.

“We are thrilled to welcome Armand as a member of the Walking College,” said Emilie Bahr, Walking College manager with America Walks, “This year’s application process was our most competitive to date, with more than 140 applicants vying for just 25 slots. The fellows selected this year represent a diversity of experiences and backgrounds and Armand will serve as a vital member of our 2020 class. We look forward to helping Armand develop his skills and are excited to see the yields of his efforts in bringing positive change to Chatham County at a time when the importance of safe, accessible walking opportunities has arguably never been more pronounced.”

The curriculum of the Walking College aims to expand the capacity of local advocates to be effective community change agents. Fellows will participate in learning about topics such as the science behind the benefits of walking, evaluation of built environments, as well as communication skills and building relationships with stakeholders and decision makers.

ABOUT REACH SAVANNAH
In September of 2018, The YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah were awarded a five-year, $3.4 million dollar Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health (REACH) grant from the Center for Disease Control. Through this funding, the Savannah / Chatham County REACH team works to close the gaps in health disparities among priority populations in Savannah and Chatham County in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and community – clinical linkages. The local project is called HOPE, Healthy Opportunities Powering Equity. Working with over 20 community partners and organizations, the REACH team works to provide equal and consistent access to ensure the health and wellness of our community through policy, systems, and environmental change. http://www.ymcaofcoastalga.org http://www.healthysavannah.org

ABOUT AMERICA WALKS
America Walks, a nonprofit national organization, is leading the way in empowering communities to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable walking conditions for all. We provide a voice for walking and walkable communities with federal agencies, provide strategy support, training and technical assistance to statewide, regional, and local organizations, and serve as the convener of the national Every Body Walk! Collaborative. Together, America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative boast 700 allied organizations who across the nation are working to increase walking and support walkable communities for all members. More at http://www.americawalks.org.

REACH CONTACT
Armand Turner
Physical Activity Program Manager for the REACH Grant / Healthy Savannah & YMCA
Armand.turner@ymcaofcoastalga.org
219-801-1477

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
912.844.9990
www.carriagetradepr.com
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, June 1, 2020

Savannah’s

COMMUNITY HEADLINES

The Local Newswire


BABY CHARLIE NEEDS A HOME

(SAVANNAH, GA) Charlie and his littermates are all sweet and playful. They are very cuddly and they paw at us when they want to be held or get attention. They love to play and chase the little mice and always hop around like bunnies when they do their zoomies. http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2020-c-049-charlie/


ENMARKET OPENS PROTOTYPE STORE OF FUTURE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket customers can get a glimpse of the future, now that the completely rebuilt Enmarket at 4318 Ogeechee Road in Savannah is open for business. The relaunched store is the prototype for future new builds for the rapidly expanding Savannah-based chain of convenience stores,  food service establishments, and car washes.
https://carriagetradepr.com/enmarket-opens-newly-rebuilt-store-prototype-future-construction/


POST-PANDEMIC ADVERTISING AND MEDIA

(FORBES) The COVID-19 pandemic will change a number of businesses including advertising and media. Not since World War II ended 75 years ago, has there been such disruption on a global scale. In the years ahead, there will be references to a pre-pandemic and post-pandemic world.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradadgate/2020/05/22/thought-leaders-weigh-in-on-the-post-pandemic-advertising-and-media-landscape/#39b66fc51f90


HOW TO DEAL WITH STRESS DURING THIS PANDEMIC

(SAVANNAH, GA) For those feeling unproductive during these unprecedented times, Dr. Davana Pilczuk provides video tips on how to perform at your best under stress during the pandemic.


HEALTHY SAVANNAH RECOGNIZED FOR IMPACT ON HEALTH POLICIES THAT SAVE LIVES

(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah is pleased to announce it has received the 2020 Karl E. Peace Leadership Award. The community coalition that advocates healthy policies was recognized for its leadership in expanding the impact of public health by the Gamma Theta Chapter of Delta Omega at Georgia Southern University.
https://healthysavannah.org/


ANNOUNCING VOLUNTEER INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF ADVISORS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Volunteer International announces its new board of advisors ahead of social impact mobile app launch: Dr. Jennifer Frum, Vice President for Public Service & Outreach at the University of Georgia; Scott Center, Chairman of World Trade Center Savannah; Jennifer Graham, Executive Director of Shelter From The Rain Inc.; Kevin Lawver, Co-Founder of TechSavannah; Marjorie Young, Founder of Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.; George Seaborough, Executive Director of Savannah Chatham Citizen Advocacy; and Sarah McConville, Director of Volunteers at the United Way of the Coastal Empire.
https://www.ivint.org/press/ivolunteer-international-announces-new-board-of-advisors/


LILLY MORGAN SELECTED TO INTERNSHIP WITH CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Please join us in welcoming our new intern, Lilly Morgan, to Carriage Trade Public Relations. Watch the video below to learn a little bit about Lilly and how she will be helping us this summer!


SUNDAY STRETCHES WITH THE STARS

(SAVANNAH, GA) On Sunday, June 14, Armand Turner, assistant director, physical activity, of Savannah’s REACH team, has been invited to be the guest “stretcher” at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church’s online service. Rev. Billy Hester has been asking special guests to virtually visit during COVID and lead a morning “Stretch” right before the sermon. Recent guests have included Broadway and TV celebrity Jane Atkinson from House of Cards and Madam Secretary; and Ian Armitage, who plays Young Sheldon. The services are posted on the church website Sundays at 11:15 a.m. http://asburymemorial.org/


WEBINAR ON REPUTATION MARKETING, PLANNING POST COVID, JUNE 9

(SAVANNAH, GA) The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is hosting a live webinar on Tuesday, June 9 at 2 p.m. Marjorie Young, CEO of Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc., will present three powerful reputation marketing strategies to help companies increase visibility, credibility, and positive word of mouth in the community and online. For more information call SBDC at 912-651-3200. RSVP here: https://www.georgiasbdc.org/tuesdays-at-two-with-the-expert/


COMMUNITY SURVEY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah’s work is guided by input from the community. The public is being asked to complete a five-minute #CommunitySurvey. When we know what our greatest needs are we can strategize improvements and the direction of our work for years to come. https://tinyurl.com/healthysavannahsurvey #MissionMonday


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Enmarket Opens New Prototype Store in Savannah

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket customers can get a glimpse of the future, now that the completely rebuilt Enmarket at 4318 Ogeechee Road in Savannah is open for business. The relaunched store is the prototype for future new builds for the rapidly expanding Savannah-based chain of convenience stores/food service establishments.

“This particular store is right next to the new headquarters, which is one of the reasons it was the perfect location for our new prototype,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “We wanted a clean, modern design that accommodates the multiple roles of an Enmarket store – a fueling station, a deep convenience inventory, appealing and healthy prepared food options, and a modern, state-of-the-art carwash.”

New Enmarket Prototype Store in Savannah
Newly rebuilt Enmarket prototype store in Savannah.

“The store offers full foodservice at The Eatery, with breakfast, lunch and dinner options, along with Mooz frozen yogurt and Enmarket’s Bean-to-Cup Coffee. The fueling options include gasoline, diesel and ethanol-free gas, and customers can save as much as 10 cents a gallon on all grades when they use their enPay card,” Giesick added.

The site was already in use as an Enmarket when the chain’s headquarters was constructed next door. The original store was razed to make way for construction of the modern replacement. Now that it’s back open after a soft opening on March 24, the new 5,893-square-foot store has a workforce of 25 employees, about double the previous number.

The store is the latest step in the development of an Enmarket campus at the intersection of Chatham Parkway and Ogeechee Road. It joins a 22,000-square-foot office structure that houses the three-state convenience chain’s headquarters, along with a second building of equal size to be used a flex space and room for future expansion. Two out-parcel lots on the compound are earmarked for future development, sale or lease.

Marketwash+
Enmarket’s new Marketwash+

“One of the many features we are excited about at the new store is the new car wash. It’s our first Marketwash+, which is an 80-foot tunnel wash. It’ll stand up to anything Savannah and the surrounding region’s pollen season can throw at our cars and, best of all, it does a fantastic job in about half the time of most car washes,” said Giesick. “That includes free vacuums for customer use. We know it will be popular with customers, so we are adding membership wash opportunities that start at $19.99 a month.”

West Construction served as the general contractor for all phases of the compound’s construction.

ABOUT ENMARKET
Enmarket is Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, employing more than 1,300 people and operating 125 convenience stores, 14 quick-serve restaurants, and a fast casual restaurant as the49th largest convenience store operator in the country. Founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, the retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. www.enmarket.com

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing
Enmarket
MClements@enmarket.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
912.844.9990
www.carriagetradepr.com
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

Healthy Savannah receives Karl E. Peace Leadership Award for Public Health Initiatives

Healthy Savannah recognized for Impact on Health Policies that Save Lives

(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah is pleased to announce it has received the 2020 Karl E. Peace Leadership Award. The award recognizes “leadership in expanding the impact of public health among their peers and/or in the state of Georgia,” and is given annually by the Gamma Theta Chapter of Delta Omega at Georgia Southern University (GSU).

“It is extremely exciting and a joyful feeling to see the work we’ve done be recognized,” said Lillian Grant-Baptiste, vice chair. “We are seeing some serious improvements in health outcomes in our community from cardiovascular issues, particularly among minority populations. Childhood obesity has also vastly decreased.”

The coalition was founded by former Mayor Dr. Otis Johnson in 2007 and brought together leaders from all sectors of the community to advocate healthy policies and build a collaborative environment. One of the first issues the coalition tackled led to the passage of Savannah’s SmokeFree Ordinance, adopted by the city in 2010.

At that time, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) reported that Chatham County had the highest death rate in the Coastal Health District due to heart attacks and heart disease. In the following seven years after the passage of the Smoke-Free Air Ordinance, those numbers plummeted from a yearly total of 284 to 178, with the rate falling from 106.8 to 61.3. The DPH now reports Chatham County now has the second-lowest rate in the Coastal Health District.

“Healthy Savannah has been at the forefront of major policy changes that encourage healthy, active living,” said Dr. Randy McCall, chair. “We also worked with the support of elected officials and many community partners for the passage of Complete Streets in 2015 and advocated for the city’s New Zoning Ordinance, passed in 2019.”

McCall expects the new Zoning Ordinance to be instrumental in improving health outcomes by allowing some neighborhoods to have more stores and restaurants within walking distance, thus providing greater access to people living there.

One of Healthy Savannah’s most notable accomplishments may have been the founding of the coalition itself. Grant-Baptiste said it might not have been created at all except for Johnson’s determination to make Savannah a healthier place for all after recuperating, himself, from a heart attack.

“He took an obstacle and turned it into an opportunity.”

Turning obstacles into opportunities might also describe the life of GSU alumnus Karl E. Peace, who established the first school of public health in the University System of Georgia.

Peace enrolled at GSU in 1959 with a loan of $532. After completing his bachelor’s degree in chemistry while supporting his mother and siblings, he earned a master’s degree in mathematics from Clemson University and later, a Ph.D. in biostatistics from the Medical College of Virginia. He returned to GSU to create a biostatics center in 2000, and in 2004, his endowment to honor his late wife led to the creation of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH).

Each year, the Gamma Theta Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health selects a JPHCOPH alumni, faculty member, community member, or community organization who has expanded the impact of public health among their peers and/or in the state of Georgia to receive this leadership award.

“As a charter member of the chapter and a long time partner with Healthy Savannah, I nominated them because they represent the true meaning of leadership in public health,” said Nandi A. Marshall, DrPH, associate professor of Public Health, Georgia Southern University – Armstrong Campus. “They have worked tirelessly in the Savannah and Chatham County area to improve health outcomes and work with the communities that they serve. The Healthy Savannah team, board, and partners always stand ready to address inequities through system changes and by providing needed services to the community.”

Due to COVID-19, the actual award presentation is being rescheduled to a later date.

“We’ve come a long way but have a long way to go,” said Grant-Baptiste. “We have so much more work to do, which we will do with enthusiasm and passion. When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion. When we unite there’s a lot we can accomplish.”

ABOUT HEALTHY SAVANNAH
Healthy Savannah, a 501©3 public charity is a public/private coalition of over 150 businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, neighborhood organizations, and healthcare and government agencies, It began as an initiative of City of Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson, formed in 2007. Healthy Savannah leads and supports a culture of health in the Savannah area by creating an environment that makes a healthy choice the easy choice; building a collaborative network that identifies and shares resources; collecting and disseminating information, promoting best practices and implementing innovative programs, and advocating for effective policies. Since its inception, this innovative, cross-sector collaboration has vastly benefited the community as evidenced by numerous multi-agency projects, grants and policy initiatives that have emerged from the initiative to create and sustain a Healthy Savannah. For more information, visit www.healthysavannah.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young, CEO
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912-844-9990

Lilly Morgan Selected for Internship at Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. is pleased to welcome University of Georgia (UGA) senior Lilly Morgan to the company’s internship program.

Majoring in mass communications at UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Morgan is expected to graduate in December of this year.

Her responsibilities during the internship will include coordinating media relations, writing press releases and awards, and providing photography and videography. Morgan also plans to assist with search engine optimization, researching keywords, social media management and community relations.

During her undergraduate studies, the Savannah native and graduate of St. Vincent’s Academy has served as a strategist for her team within the UGA student-run ad agency, Talking Dog Agency. She is also a member of the University of Georgia AdClub and the Phi Mu women’s organization. Morgan is also minoring in fashion merchandising while completing her undergraduate degree.

“I am incredibly excited to spend the summer as an intern for Carriage Trade Public Relations,” said Morgan. “This will be an opportunity to gain important skills and learn from experienced professionals in the public relations industry while creating strong relationships within my community.”

She is also looking forward to gaining a more thorough understanding of the business culture in Savannah.

In her free time, Morgan enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, especially when it involves outdoor activities or cooking new recipes. She enjoys keeping up with all things fashion and hopes to one day work for a communications company that works alongside the fashion industry.

ABOUT CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS®, INC.
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc., is Savannah’s premier reputation management company founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their visibility, credibility, and positive word of mouth in their community and globally online through its proprietary Reputation Matrix method. For more information, contact www.carriagetradepr.com; 912-844-9990.

For more information, contact:
Marjorie Young
CEO of Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
Phone: 912.844.9990
Email: marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

Lilly Morgan
Public Relations Coordinator
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
Phone: 912.713.2449
Email: savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com

2020 Night of Champions President’s honorees

WillPower Ties Founder, Former National AMBUCS President to Receive President’s Award at 2020 Night of Champions

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Will Howell, a Darien-based entrepreneur, and Kevin Sheehan, who heads an organization dedicated to improving the lives of differently abled people, will receive the President’s Award when the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society holds its 11th annual Night of Champions later this year.

The event was originally scheduled for April 2 but was postponed due to the coronavirus crisis. A new date has not been determined.

Howell, 20, hasn’t allowed cerebral palsy to stand in the way of founding WillPower Ties, a recently launched internet-based firm that markets a line of ties, bowties and even doggie bowties.

Sheehan has been the national president of AMBUCS, an organization famous for the adaptive tricycles – Amtrykes – it provides to give mobility to children who otherwise could never experience pedaling a wheeled vehicle.

“Our Night of Champions is a wonderful event that allows us to salute employers and employees who demonstrate, every day, the value of inclusive work spaces,” said event chairman Tom Kenkel. “To add to that, each year we present our President’s Award. This year, we are privileged to honor two outstanding men whose efforts have directly impacted the quality of life for so many families in our area.”

In Howell’s case, as his school years neared an end, he and his family began to search for a meaningful business he could help to manage. Inspired by John’s Crazy Socks, an internet company founded by a young New Yorker with Down syndrome, the family came up with the idea for a line of designer ties. Howell, working with his father, fulfills orders and writes personal thank-you notes to his customers.

Sheehan is the assistant office manager of the family-based Dan J. Sheehan Co., a Savannah firm founded in 1924 to specialize in tile, paint, stucco and stone work.

He grew up in Savannah, playing and later coaching in AMBUC Stadium without ever thinking much about the name. When he was working a booth at a Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce business expo, he noticed a nearby booth with a “funny-looking” three-wheel bicycle and was told AMBUCS provides the special adaptive equipment to differently abled children.

When Sheehan saw the face of a young girl as she received one of those trikes, he was hooked and has been an AMBUCs member since 1999.

Over the past 21 years, Sheehan has been Savannah chapter president 13 times, including his current tenure, and served in various state and regional leadership positions before becoming the national president-elect, president and immediate past president over 2016 to 2019. In addition to adaptive tricycles, Sheehan and AMBUCS also sponsor adaptive bowling sessions for people who wouldn’t be able to experience the sport without assistance.

Sheehan attends Sacred Heart Catholic Church and enjoys spending time with his 10 nieces and nephews and three grand-nieces. He has also been on the LDSS board for nine years.

Sheehan and Howell met when Sheehan was in Darien to attend a football game between McIntosh Academy and Benedictine Military School. On a trip to the concession stand, Sheehan saw the Howell family and noticed Will had difficulty walking. He approached the Howells and offered to give Will the chance to ride a bike of his own. Now, Will uses his Amtryke to ride to the post office and mail his WillPower Ties orders. WillPower Ties donates a portion of each sale to AMBUCS.

In addition to the presentation of the President’s Award, the Night of Champions will recognize outstanding employer/employee partners.

Last year’s honorees included Erik Glasford, Effingham Health System; Meghan Mayle, Bubba Gumbo’s Seafood Restaurant; Reginald Horton, The Savannah Bananas; Chris Mayor, DIRTT Environmental Solutions; and Chris Holt, Tybee Island YMCA. Amy Wright, owner of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, was the recipient of the 2019 President’s Award.

LDSS’s ongoing programs include Camp Buddy for children with Down syndrome, the annual Buddy Walk in Forsyth Park and weekly support meetings held for people with Down syndrome along with their families and friends, as well as educational workshops for children.

ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) supports people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact. LDSS encourages the whole family to attend; children of all ages are welcome. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit ldssga.org

CONTACT
Whitney Lowery
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
wlowery@ldssga.org

Pandemic Brings Surge in Demand for Fresh Produce from Farm Truck 912

(SAVANNAH, GA) Farm Truck 912, the mobile version of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market, has seen a surge in demand during the COVID-19 crisis, with overall sales up by 50 percent in the month of April and a 70 percent increase in SNAP-funded purchases.

This program is supported by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah through grants awarded through the Center for Disease Control’s REACH program to close the gap in health disparities among priority populations in Savannah and Chatham County.

The staff of Farm Truck 912 also has developed a pilot delivery program for older residents who live in four of Savannah’s low-wealth senior housing complexes.

“The truck is still going to all the stops we’ve been going to,” said Jeb Bush, executive director of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market. “In general, stops have been super busy. We had a 50 percent increase in the amount of money spent. Part of that is that new customers have found us, and part is our new delivery service for low-wealth seniors. Several people have said they really feel safe purchasing produce in an outside environment with the Farm Truck.”

Due to the pandemic, new regulations are in place: Only staff members, who wear gloves and masks, are allowed to touch the produce, social distancing is maintained and all surfaces are wiped down with disinfectant between stops.

The mobile farmers’ market operates six days a week on a schedule that takes it throughout Chatham County and across all economic strata.

While the truck sells to the general public, it cuts prices in half for SNAP purchases.

The senior delivery program was driven by needs brought on by COVID-19. Low-wealth households have difficulty accessing delivery services from grocery stores, which generally require home internet access and payment via credit card. Farm Truck 912 work with the resident managers at senior housing complexes, who help spread the word and take orders so recipients can choose their produce for delivery.

“Right now we are calling it a pilot program, but our hope is to prove this is a successful means for reaching particularly vulnerable people,” Bush said.

Another program Farm Truck 912 will launch this month, Veggie RX, works with four health providers — J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center, St. Mary’s Clinic, Memorial Health’s children’s clinic and the Chatham County Health Department — to serve low-wealth participants diagnosed at risk for a chronic diet-related disease.

Classes based in the clinics will begin May 14, and as participants leave, they can use their financial incentives to buy the “prescribed” produce at at the 912 Food Farmacy. Those vouchers can be redeemed at the mobile unit or at the Forsyth Farmers’ Market’s Saturday session.

Veggie RX was designed with a large educational component and has been adapted for pandemic safety regulations. Now, many of the class sessions are video-delivered.

ABOUT REACH SAVANNAH:
In September of 2018, The YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah were awarded a five-year, $3.4 million dollar Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health (REACH) grant from the Center for Disease Control. Through this funding, the Savannah / Chatham County REACH team works to close the gaps in health disparities among priority populations in Savannah and Chatham County in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and community – clinical linkages. Working with over 20 community partners and organizations, the REACH team works to provide equal and consistent access to ensure the health and wellness of our community through policy, systems and environmental change. http://www.ymcaofcoastalga.org http://www.healthysavannah.org

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Healthy Savannah Wins Statewide Recognition for Public Health Initiatives

(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah is pleased to announce it has received statewide recognition from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation. The coalition has received the 2020 Joseph D. Greene Community Service Collaborative Award for its work to make Savannah a healthier place to live.

“We are beyond thrilled to receive this recognition from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation,” said Paula Kreissler, Director of Healthy Living and Community Development at Healthy Savannah. “It shines a light on over 200 extraordinary individuals and partners who have shown unwavering dedication to making the healthy choice the easy choice. Savannah is a healthier place to live because of their commitment.”

Launched in 2007 by (former) Mayor Otis Johnson, Healthy Savannah’s mission is to build a culture of health in the community by sharing resources with organizations, advocating healthy policies, and building a collaborative environment. The coalition supports programs for families, schools, businesses, and faith-based organizations. It is led by people from all sectors of the community.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award was created to honor individuals, nonprofit health organizations, and community collaboratives for improving the quality of health and healthcare of those they serve. As a founding Healthcare Georgia Foundation board member, Greene helped steward the organization from its inception in 1999 through his retirement from the board in 2006. By recognizing those who inspire and lift others up, the organization strives to continue Greene’s legacy of community service through the work of others.

“Mr. Greene’s remarkable triumph over poverty and adversity proves that by working together, we can improve the quality of life of everyone in the community,” Kreissler said. “His legacy inspires us to continue to make Savannah a healthier place because this is a cause worth fighting for and winning. This award encourages me to keep doing what we’re doing with more energy and passion.”

A video highlighting Healthy Savannah and its contributions to the Savannah community was produced by the Healthcare Georgia Foundation and is available online at https://vimeo.com/user62393556/download/410707732/2f2668b4f6

In addition to Healthy Savannah, the 2020 Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award recipients include Sheila Weidman-Farley, Dr. Heval Mohamed Kelli, Beth Shaifer, Dr. Beverly Deaderick Taylor and Darrell Sabbs. The awards will be presented during Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s biennial Connections conference in November, which was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ABOUT HEALTHY SAVANNAH
Healthy Savannah, a 501©(3) public charity is a public/private coalition of over 200 businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, neighborhood organizations, and healthcare and government agencies, and it began as an initiative of City of Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson, formed in 2007. Healthy Savannah leads and supports a culture of health in the Savannah area by creating an environment that makes a healthy choice the easy choice, building a collaborative network that identifies and shares resources, collecting and disseminating information, promoting best practices, implementing innovative programs, and advocating for effective policies. Since its inception, this innovative, cross-sector collaboration has vastly benefited the community, as evidenced by numerous multi-agency projects, grants, and policy initiatives that have emerged from the initiative to create and sustain a Healthy Savannah. For more information, visit http://www.healthysavannah.org

CLICK HERE FOR ARCHIVED PRESS RELEASE W/ PHOTOS/VIDEO

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young, CEO
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912-844-9990