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Volunteers ages 14+ needed @ Pegasus Riding Academy, Savannah

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

Pegasus Riding Academy Savannah

Just a reminder of this great way for your teens to get in some volunteers hours and outside, too.

The Pegasus Riding Academy (Summer Adventure) sessions are looking for 14YO (and older) volunteers for week-long camps Mondays-Friday from 8:30AM-12:15PM. Peggi Noon is the contact for the camp. They are looking to fill four volunteer spots each week.

Final weekly camp sessions are camps this week (July 12) and next week (July 19).

If your child ages 14+ is interested in volunteering, please email: peggi@prasav.org

Pegasus Riding Academy is a therapeutic riding program providing equine assisted activities for individuals with physical, mental or emotional disabilities. Summers at PRA include equestrian instruction, ground lessons with horse and equestrian themed art projects. Sessions are conducted by Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors.

The equestrian center is located at The Old Roberds Dairy, 2500 Tennessee Ave., Savannah, GA 31404.

Wanted: Summer Camp Junior Counselors at Savannah Cultural Arts Center

Friday, June 4th, 2021

junior camp counselor opportunities jobs Savannah Cultural Arts summer 2021

Have older kids at home looking for a local volunteer opportunity? The Savannah Cultural Arts Center is looking for Junior Camp Counselors to join them this July!

What are Junior Counselors? Counselors assist with summer art camps in a volunteer capacity. Responsibilities include assisting teachers with projects and staff with logistical tasks such as camper drop off and lunch.

Who? This opportunity is open to ages 14 to 18.

When? Camps run all four weeks in July, daily, 8AM-4PM.

Do I need to be available that whole time? No! Indicate your availability during July on the application form.

Learn more and apply online here. 

All camps will be masked and reduced capacity for social distancing.

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Free interactive, outdoor theatre: Georgia Storytelling Roadshow, Savannah

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

Georgia Storytelling Roadshow Free event Savannah Treasure Map

Treasure Maps pop-up, interactive, outdoor theatre, 7:30PM June 25 2021 @ Old Roberds Dairy Farm, Savannah

Treasure Maps is a pop-up, interactive, outdoor theatre taking place in six cities across Georgia.

The Treasure Maps show will include live-local hosts, film screening, installations, and interactive activities, all under safe social distancing practices. The roadshow feature is the film screening of Treasure Maps on the big screen.

Treasure Maps showcases a collage of ten Georgia storytellers’ experiences with an up-close and personal viewpoint into what it’s like navigating the complex webs of life in our communities as a person with a developmental disability.

Themes include:
starting your own business
friendship
going to college
alienation & acceptance
dealing with the physical aspects of disability
and how transformative living a full inclusion life can be.
This show is proudly presented by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities and L’arche Atlanta. Local partners include the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society and Savannah-Chatham County Parent Mentors.

NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, this event will be moved to an online format.

Register online for this free event here. 

Location
Old Roberds Dairy Farm
2500 Tennessee Avenue
Savannah, GA 31404

Autism Awarness 5K & Children’s Dash to support Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym, Bluffton

Saturday, May 29th, 2021

Ignite the Senses Children's Gym Autism Awareness Run Bluffton 2021

Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym Autism Awareness 5K

You’re invited: Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym AUTISM AWARENESS 5K Bubble Run & Children’s DASH on Sat June 26, 2021 in Bluffton, SC. Register online here.

There will be two children’s dashes at 8AM – one for ages 2-4 & one for ages 5-10.

The 5k race starts and ends at LowCountry Community Church off of Buckwalter Parkway. It is a fast flat course and will be chip timed by Grounded Running. There will be one water station on the course approximately at the halfway point. The race will start promptly at 8AM with the Children’s DASH followed by the 5k run. Parents are welcome to run with their child(ren) if necessary. All participants will be welcomed back to the finish with a shower of bubbles (representative of special needs) and a finisher’s medal. NOTE: Each participant MUST turn in their timing chip to receive a medal.

Register by June 15 to receive T-shirts.

Registrations accepted until 7:45AM on race day.

Packet Pick up is Friday June 25 9AM-6PM at Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym, 163 Bluffton Road, Suite C-1 and race day morning from 7-7:45AM at the race start.

**Proceeds from this event will be used to provide support groups, special events and activities like art, music, yoga and fitness opportunities for our local special needs population.

Register online here.
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Ignite Senses Children's Gym Autism Bluffton Lowcountry Hilton Head

Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym, Bluffton, SC 

Ignite the Senses Gym is a gym for ALL kids…

At Ignite the Senses, we ignite each child’s curiosity to explore new activities and new social relationships. Ignite the Senses gym is a fun, clean and safe place for kids to play, learn and party.

As Bluffton’s only children’s sensory gym, we intend to spread community awareness and acceptance for those living with Autism in and around the Lowcountry. We will provide a safe and fun indoor environment where autistic and typical children can grow physically, emotionally, and socially together whether in the open gym setting or in any of the small group classes offered.

Ignite the Senses also has a new half day preschool program where children do active learning.

The gym’s motto: It’s OK to be DIFFERENT!

Check out the difference Ignite the Senses can make in your family’s life.

Learn more about Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym in Bluffton here.

Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym
163 Bluffton Road, Suite C1
Bluffton, SC 29910

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You’re invited to donate one item a month to Trinity Lutheran Church Savannah Homeless Outreach

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

homeless Savannah Chatham County Help

Trinity Lutheran Church Hearts of Compassion Helping Hands Ministry in Savannah invites the public to participate in their year-long 2021 drive to help the homeless and families in need.

“Year of Giving Hope.”
Each month during the year, a new needed item will be listed. All you have to do is drop off your item in the bin outside the church’s Clothes Closet @ 12391 Mercy Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31419.

The item for the month of February 2021 is hand wipes. (Please see below list for each month.)
If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Wolfe at (912) 507-4990.

January – Hand lotion or sanitizer
February – Hand wipes
March – Toothpaste and toothbrushes
April – Bar soap and deodorant
May – Sunscreen
June – Shampoo and conditioner
July – Nail clippers and files
August – Band aids, Neosporin, insect repellant
September – Underwear
October – Blankets
November – Backpacks
December – Hats, scarves and gloves

Savannah memorial to honor lives lost to COVID-19

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

Savannah memorial COVID-19

The City of Savannah is inviting houses of worship, businesses and individuals to join in a national memorial for the lives lost to COVID-19 on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 5:30 p.m.

The City Hall bells will ring once for every 10 deaths in Chatham County at 5:30 p.m., and the building will be illuminated in red. Anyone wishing to participate is invited to ring bells, illuminate homes or businesses, hold a socially distant candlelight vigil and document their remembrance on social media using #SavannahRemembers and #SavannahStrong.

Savannah’s memorial will coincide with ceremonies in Washington, D.C., that will include a lighting ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. To date, more than 10,000 Georgians, including more than 240 Chatham County residents, have died from COVID-19.

Kid-friendly films in family program of Mountainfilm on Tour-Savannah 2021 Virtual Film Festival

Saturday, January 2nd, 2021

Mountainfilm Savannah family movies films 2021 festival virtual

The Mountainfilm on Tour – Savannah 2021 Virtual Film Festival – a nonprofit organization working in partnership with Mountainfilm in Telluride, Colo.- is January 22-25 2021.

The 2021 event will feature a virtual screening of a feature film as well as a documentary short films program and a special family program, which consists of 8 inspiring short, kid-friendly films.  Find the film descriptions here.

Family Program tickets as well as tickets for the feature film Public Trust and the Adventure Shorts Program are currently on sale at mountainfilmsav.org. The virtual family program is available beginning at noon on Fri. Jan. 22 and will be available until noon on Mon. Jan. 25 2021.

Public Trust/Adventure Shorts Program tickets are $20 per individual and $35 per family. Family Program tickets are $10 per individual and $15 per family. This event is a fundraiser for Mountainfilm on Tour – Savannah

All Mountainfilm on Tour – Savannah 2021 virtual film programs will be available on-demand from January 22-25, 2021.

Learn more here. 

Help a Savannah mom of 5 whose story reflects local increase in first-time homelessness due to the pandemic

Friday, December 18th, 2020

This 28-year-old single mom and her five kids, ages 2 to 10, were forced to move from their Savannah rental home this past spring when Robinet’s hours were cut at her housekeeping job at the Courtyard Marriott and she could no longer afford rent.

Since then, she and her children have lived in roughly 15 Savannah hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Her story is heartbreaking and reflects the increase in first-time homelessness in Savannah due to the pandemic.

Read this mom’s story here. 

Help this mom and her kids by donating here. 

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Bethany’s Happy Bags for the Homeless

Savannah’s number of people who are homeless for the first time is increasing. Here’s a way to get your children involved with volunteering to help.

Bethany’s Happy Bags for the Homeless in Savannah – started by Colleen Moultry and her daughter Bethany, a home-schooled first grader-  distributes care packages, which include a variety of supplies and a kind note for people who are homeless, to Savannah shelters and hand out on the street.

To volunteer, visit Bethany’s Happy Bags Facebook page or email Bethanyshappybags@gmail.com

How to help abused/neglected children in Savannah, Chatham County

Friday, November 13th, 2020

 

CASA Savannah Chatham County volunteer sessions 2020 virtual

You can change an abused or neglected child’s story.

Savannah/Chatham County’s nonprofit CASA program, part of a national program which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, is in need of more volunteers to represent the best interests of abused or neglected children in the court system.

This week’s SouthernMamas.com newspaper article spotlights how a Savannah CASA volunteer helped save a teen who ran away with a man she met online. Read it here. 

You, too, can become a CASA volunteer. Online CASA volunteer info sessions are held regularly.

Virtual informational sessions for volunteers
Thurs. Nov. 19 2020, 5:30pm
Thurs. Dec. 10 2020, 5:30pm

Register for the online info sessions on how to be a CASA volunteer here. 

CASA trains volunteers to serve as the eyes and ears of judges in child abuse and neglect cases. A newly trained volunteer is appointed one case at first to research in depth. This involves talking to the children, relatives, teachers and others, attending court hearings, completing court reports and more. The volunteer then reports back to the judge with information gathered about what would be in the best interest of the child.

Abused or neglected children in the court system who have a CASA volunteer are more likely to find a safe, permanent home, more likely to get more help while in the system, and more likely to do better in school.

Outdoor Movie Night “The Addams Family” in Savannah

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

You’re invited to an Outdoor Family Movie Night fundraiser for Family Promise of the Coastal Empire, 7PM Sun. Nov. 15 2020 @ Benedictine Military School in Savannah.

While theaters have reopened, many people may not yet feel comfortable patronizing enclosed spaces in close proximity to others due to COVID-19. But you can enjoy a showing of ‘The Addams Family’ on Sun. Nov. 15 in Savannah.

The movie starts at 7 p.m. at Benedictine Military School (BC), near the batting cages, 6502 Seawright Dr., Savannah. The event is free to attend, but donations are greatly appreciated. Attendees can bring chairs, blankets, and snacks or picnics to enjoy while watching an outdoor screening of the “The Addams Family” on a large inflatable movie screen.

Stage Front Production Services donated their services and equipment for the evening, providing the audio-visual needs for the event, which will guarantee a high-quality show for all in attendance. Benedictine Military School offered the use of its property.

Proceeds from the Outdoor Family Movie Night will support Family Promise’s mission of assisting homeless families with children in Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties.

For more information about Family Promise, visit www.familypromisece.org, email familypromise@familypromisece.org or call 912-790-9446.

Costume contest for dogs @ Humane Society for Greater Savannah Fall Fair 2020

Monday, October 12th, 2020

First annual Fall Fair for Humane Society for Greater Savannah
located @ Humane Society for Greater Savannah adoption center
7215 Sallie Mood Dr Savannah, 31406
Sun. Oct. 18 2020, 10AM-4PM
Local vendors, food trucks, petting zoo, pumpkins, costume contest, adoptable animals and more

To participate in the costume contest for dogs or people, stop by Costume Contest Booth. Enter in one or more of the following Categories.
1. Best Pet Costume
2. People+pet theme costume
3. Best DIY costume people
4. Best DIY Costume Pet
5. Best people costume

$5 to enter.

Proceeds benefit Humane Society. Prizes donated from the community.

Please practice social distancing and wear masks. There will also be markers on the ground to remain six feet a part all all times while shopping. A limited number of guests will be allowed in the yards to pet the animals.

Community helps COVID-stricken Savannah family after major theft

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

Savannah COVID outreach

Our SouthernMamas.com newspaper column this week spotlights how the local community helped this COVID-stricken Savannah family (pictured above) after they experienced a major theft.

Read it here. 

Savannah’s Virtual Buddy Walk 2020 to support Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

Saturday, September 19th, 2020

Help this Rincon 7-year-old raise money, awareness for Down syndrome during Savannah’s Buddy Walk 2020

This week’s SouthernMamas.com Savannah newspaper article spotlights 7-year-old Paisley Metz of Rincon, who has participated in every Savannah Buddy Walk since she was born. She’ll partake in the year’s virtual Buddy Walk on Oct. 3. Read the article here.

Virtual Buddy Walk, Oct. 3 2020, Savannah

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society 15th annual Buddy Walk will be Sat. Oct. 3, 2020.

Due to COVID-19 they had to create a virtual Buddy walk this year. You can continue this tradition of walking to help raise awareness and making change. Individual registration is $10.

Register online here.

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About LowCountry Down Syndrome Society

Since 2006, LDSS has grown from a group of a few families to an organization serving Savannah and the surrounding counties through events such as The Buddy Walk, The Night of Champions and Camp Buddy.

LDSS is a non-profit support group to benefit people with Down Syndrome and their families through local leadership in support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are regularly, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. Members are encouraged to bring their children. The group is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. http://www.ldssga.org/

Animal face masks to support Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

Oatland Island Face masks Savannah

Take a walk on the wild side with Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s new animal face masks.

Available in both child and adults sizes for $10 each. Choose from cougar, barred owl, gray wolf, and opossum.

Order online here.

Proceeds from Gift Shop sales support Friends of Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s mission to assist Oatland Island Wildlife Center in the day to day needs of animal care, preservation of the ecosystem, continuation of education programs and maintenance of the animal enclosures and grounds as a community asset.

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(Savannah schools) St. Andrew’s School partners with Horizons

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

St. Andrew's School Savannah preK kindergarten Wilmington Island

St. Andrew’s School in Savannah will donate 75 iPads to Horizons Savannah this fall. The iPads will be distributed to students throughout Chatham County who participate in Horizons summer program.

“We believe this donation can really make a difference for students who may not have access to technology especially as many schools are beginning with virtual instruction this year,” said Kelley Waldron, St. Andrew’s Head of School. “We are fortunate to have a strong, supportive campus community and believe we also have a responsiblity in serving the greater Savannah
community.”

“Horizons is very fortunate to partner with St. Andrew’s School. In addition to this gift of technology for our students, St. Andrew’s provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all Horizons students and families each summer. Horizons students will use these devices to access distance learning from public school and also continue to be supported by our Horizons faculty through this transition.”

Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School serves over 300 under resourced students each summer.

Horizons is a transformative experience for young people in Kindergarten through the 12th grade focused on helping students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building.

For more information, please contact Horizons Savannah Executive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or cedwards@savcds.org.

You can also visit http://horizonssavannah.org/.

St. Andrew’s is an independent International Baccalaureate World School located in Savannah. For more information on the Pre-K 3 through grade 12 school, visit www.saslions.com or call 897.4941.

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Savannah Bananas game to benefit Friends of Oatland Island

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

FOO night Oatland Island Savannah Bananas

Are you ready to GO BANANAS??🍌🍌🍌

Now’s your chance to get tickets to The Savannah Bananas game AND support Friends of Oatland FOO, the nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the staff and animals of Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah.

FOO Night at Grayson Stadium in Savannah is Tues. July 28 2020 and tickets are on sale NOW.

Let’s fill the stadium with FOO Fans and animal lovers – get your tickets 🎟before they sell out.

Attendance for all Bananas games are limited to half capacity for the season so this might be your best (or only!) chance to get tickets.

GO BANANAS WITH FOO. Order tickets online here. 

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