Heritage Community Foundation Presents Grant to United Way – Vets Connect in Henry County

Jonesboro, Ga. (June 8, 2016) – The Heritage Community Foundation presented a grant to Shane Persaud, Regional Director, United Way, and Betsy Brown, County Engagement Director, United Way, on May 24, 2016. The $500 grant will be used to purchase gas cards for Henry County veterans. In addition, Vets Connect in Henry County has the opportunity via a private donor to the Regional Commission on Homelessness (RCOH) to double its fundraising efforts through a matching grant program. Therefore, the $500 HCF grant will be doubled so that $1000 is used for the purchase of gas cards. The cards will allow veterans and their families to access referral services, travel for medical treatment, or relocate, if necessary.

Vets Connect in Henry County provides the support and services that homeless veterans need to get off the streets into permanent housing, and on a path to the American dream. Over the past year, veterans have been connected to the Vets Connect program via City Hall (primarily McDonough and Hampton), American Legion, Marine Corps League, Vets4Vets, and 2-1-1. Once contact is made with local United Way volunteers and staff, the veteran and his or her family needs are assessed and veteran status is verified. After those steps are completed, hotels are contacted for immediate placement and ready-made meals boxes are delivered. Vets Connect then provides case management services combined with rapid re-housing services for the veterans.

In addition to providing the grant, the Heritage Community Foundation introduced Vets Connect in Henry County to Vance McCutcheon, Vice President/CFO of United Food Force, Inc. United Food Force, also a recent HCF grant recipient, is a non-profit hunger relief organization located in McDonough. They are currently serving more than 300 non-profit organizations weekly by providing food products and other household goods to community outreach programs, shelters, and food pantries. Through the newly formed partnership with Vets Connect in Henry County, United Food Force will help with the food-related needs of veterans in Henry County.

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”.

Photo credit
Front left to right: Stacy Hammons; Marlene McKee, Vice President/Commercial Relationship Manager, United Community Bank and volunteer for Vets Connect; Sheri Dockweiler; Shane Persaud, Regional Director, United Way; and Betsy Brown, County Engagement Director, United Way

Back left to right: Vance McCutcheon, Vice President/CFO, United Food Force; Brenda Simms, Director of Operations, United Food Force; Jenny Smith; Pamela Cisneros