Heritage Community Foundation Presents Grant to Rachel’s Ray of Hope, Inc.

Jonesboro, Ga. (April 8, 2016) – The Heritage Community Foundation presented a grant to Keri Cannella-Moye, President of Rachel’s Ray of Hope, Inc., on March 31, 2016. The $1,000 grant will be used by the organization to purchase a laundromat cash card so that donated clothes in usable condition can be washed before wearing. As Rachel’s Ray of Hope is fairly new, it does not have the luxury of disposing of usable but dirty clothing; therefore, it has become a necessity to wash multiple loads of clothing on a regular basis. Their hope is to one day have enough space to purchase their own large capacity washer and dryer; for now, however, they must utilize the commercial-sized washing machines at the local laundromat.

Rachel’s Ray of Hope opened its clothes closet in July 2015, with a mission to help children in the Fayette County School district whose families are struggling to provide basic necessities for their children. Rachel’s Ray of Hope is there to ensure that children in these challenging circumstances are given the opportunity for academic success. Students are identified by school social workers, counselors, and other local non-profit organizations. Rachel’s Ray of Hope also works with families who have children qualifying for free/reduced lunch. Once identified, the children are invited to “shop” at the clothes closet for clothes and school supplies at no cost to the family. Clothing is given out by availability, including 4-5 outfits, new socks, new underwear, and shoes. New and gently used clothing is donated by individuals in the local community. The Rachel’s Ray of Hope store is available to the community year-round, so all-season appropriate clothing is needed.

For more information on how to apply for a grant with Heritage Community Foundation, make a donation or volunteer, please visit www.heritagecommunityfoundation.org. You may also contact Rocky Davis, Executive Director, at 770-478-8881.

Heritage Community Foundation (HCF) is a 501c3 organization which provides funding to local nonprofit organizations in Clayton, Henry and Fayette counties. HCF is designed to support Heritage Bank’s first mission, “Committed to those we serve.” The bank absorbs all of the operating costs of the foundation, so 100% of the funds raised go directly to meet community needs.

Heritage Bank, a state chartered commercial bank, has been serving metro Atlanta’s Southern Crescent since 1955. The independent community bank has six full-service offices, features a well-rounded offering of commercial and consumer products, and is an active, involved member of the community it serves. The company’s stock is traded under the symbol “CCFH”.

Front row left to right:  Pamela Cisneros, Luann Daniels, Sheri Dockweiler, Keri Cannella-Moye (President Rachel’s Ray of Hope)

Back row left to right:  Rocky Davis, Rochelle Hehir, Jenny Smith, Kim Bridges (Vice President Rachel’s Ray of Hope)