Buzz: Parks and Recreation plans drive-through Playtime With Santa Dec. 12. Tyson Foods announces $35,000 grant for the YMCA to help with meals to the community. Lions Club sets free food distribution at baseball stadium Saturday. Honors for Georgia Highlands’ department chair.

Buzz: Parks and Recreation plans drive-through Playtime With Santa Dec. 12. Tyson Foods announces $35,000 grant for the YMCA to help with meals to the community. Lions Club sets free food distribution at baseball stadium Saturday. Honors for Georgia Highlands’ department chair.

Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation has a special plan to welcome the holiday season with a drive-through Playtime With Santa event set for Saturday, Dec. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Ridge Ferry Park.
Santa will be on hand to wave to everyone as will his elves and several mascots, including RFPRA’s own Parky and Rex. The first 900 kids age 12 and under will receive either a free football, basketball or soccer ball as well as a special goody bag while supplies last. There is a limit of two balls per vehicle.
“Last year, we introduced our Playtime with Santa events at our various facilities and had lots of kids come out and enjoy them,” RFPRA Director Todd Wofford says. “We wanted to make sure kids can still get to see Santa, and we’re lucky to have a great sponsor like Coke to help us be able to give these balls out to kids.”
For more information, please visit rfrpa.com.

 


Media release: Tyson Foods announces a $35,000 community grant to the YMCA in Rome to fund programming that provides meals to the Floyd County community.

The investment from Tyson will address ongoing infrastructure needs, including vehicles, staffing, food and equipment to support YMCAprogramming that has served over 100,000 meals and delivered over 500,000 pounds of food in Floyd County since March 2020.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rome YMCA has revamped its feeding programs to meet greater demand while distributing over 529,549 pounds of food to the Floyd County community. The outreach feeding program has served109,132 meals to children, assisted at a monthly pop-up food bank that distributes an average of 10,000 pounds of food per month, delivered each week 250 backpacks with 12 child friendly meals inside each backpack, and orchestrated the weekly delivery of 800 Farmers to Families boxes that include fresh produce, dairy products and frozen protein.

“Working together, we can do so much more to build a stronger, healthier and more unified community,” said Scott McCreless, executive director, YMCA of Rome & Floyd County. “Since March of this year, with the generous help of Tyson Foods, our community partners, donors and volunteers, the Rome YMCA has sought to answer pressing needs in our community. Tyson was one of the first to support our pilot outreach program that has grown from a small summer camp at one site with 20 children, to a year-round, 312 days a year program at multiple sites serving hundreds of families each week.”

In the area, 96% of children qualify for free and reduced lunch and 31% of families in the county live in poverty. The grant helps support the organization’s mission to feed the community and improve the lives of families who struggle with this unimaginable challenge.

“We’re proud to support the YMCA of Rome& Floyd County and the critical work they do to help our community, especially during these challenging times,” said Philip Bain, Rome plant manager, Tyson Foods. “This grant is providing resources to those in need inthe Floyd County community.”

Tyson Foods has donated more food over the past 12 months than ever in its 85-year history. The company donated a record 30 million pounds of protein, equivalent to 120 million meals, this year to fight hunger. The donations were part of nearly $75 million invested to support its team members and critical needs in local communities where the company operates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 40 million meals went directly to team members working hard to feed the country.

To learn more about the YMCA of Rome& Floyd County and how you can help, please visit https://www.ymcarome.org/.


 

 


Georgia Highlands College’s Department Chair of Kinesiology and Wellness Lisa Jellum

Georgia Highlands College’s Department Chair of Kinesiology and Wellness Lisa Jellum was recently selected to serve as a University System of Georgia (USG) Leadership Fellow by the USG Center for Leadership Excellence.

Jellum will work with others to provide support around the system and will be called upon to facilitate workshops and lessons. She added she was happy to also bring more exposure to GHC by serving in this position. “It is great for the college to be on the stage with other schools such as the University of Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Augusta University and others,” Jellum said.

Director for Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Josie Baudier encouraged Jellum to apply for the program. “This USG Leadership and Institutional Development (LID) Fellow program is brand new this year, and the team of Leadership and Institutional Development program included several expert facilitators and research-driven topics that Lisa explored this summer,” Baudier said. “In this role as a fellow, she can guide and support faculty and colleagues, not just at GHC but at other institutions.”

Criteria necessary for consideration for the role includes both experience in leadership development facilitation and a desire to give back to other groups in the USG while providing facilitation to groups outside of a fellow’s home institution.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jellum expected to engage in a two-day USG Leadership Fellow conference as part of the requirements of the program’s application.

“Through a pivot, the conference turned into eight, two-hour virtual presentations and workshops throughout the months of May to August,” Jellum said.

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