Circles of Troup County, a non-profit organization that works to address poverty in the community, held its second annual fundraiser event. Holly Roberts, one of Circles’ hardworking Coaches, was able to use her birthday celebration this past Thursday, January 25th, as a fundraiser for the program that she loves. Just like last year, this year’s fundraiser was held at one of LaGrange’s favorite breakfast and lunch spots, 505 Eats. 505 Eats donated a portion of the funds for Circles to use for their programs.
Circles has been an institution in LaGrange and the Troup County area since its foundation in 2012. The program creates awareness of poverty in the community, as “more than 20 percent of the people in Troup County live at or below the federal poverty level, which is $23,550 for a family of four.” Poverty is an epidemic, and it’s a cycle. A person raised in poverty is more likely to raise their children in poverty as well. It’s difficult for a person to pull themselves out of poverty on their own. With the help of Circles, more people are able to break this cycle of “generational poverty” and become self sufficient.
Participants in Circles must apply for the twelve week informational program. After graduating, participants are partnered with volunteers or “Allies” who help them meet their goals. Circles also has certain meetings that are open to the public the first and fourth Thursdays of every month. The fourth Thursday is what Circles refers to as a “Big View” meeting.
The continued hard work of Circles Director Sherri Brown and all of the Circles Coaches and Volunteers has made a huge difference in the lives of its participants.
For information or to volunteer, please contact volunteer manager, Mary Ellen Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 706.883. 1687 The author of this article can be reached via email at rhenderson@ troupcountynews. net.