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Helping Hands Committee

The CAI-GA Helping Hands Committee mission is to build better communities by hosting service oriented charitable events that bring our members together throughout the year for the common good of others.  

CAI-GA Helping Hands Committee

Committee Co-Chairperson        Melanie Caceres, Horizon Painting & Renovations
Committee Co-Chairperson        Eric Love, CMCA, FirstService Residential
Board Liaison                Sean Ruthven, CMCA, AMS, Access Management Group
Secretary                                           Wendy Brant, Silverleaf Management Group
Treasurer                                           Jamie Butler, Landmark Landscapes

Committee Members

Kent Atzinger, CMCA, AMS, PCAM; Access Management Group
Jonathan Benator, Esq.
, Lazega & Johanson LLC
Amanda Daniels, Blackmon Mooring of Atlanta
Brian McGowan, Building Restoration Products
Kelley Moon,
Shandron Pemberton CMCA, AMS, PCAMPOSolutions, LLC
Steve Rollins, Chatham Landscape Services
Brandon Thomas, Russell Landscape Group
Vicky Sand, Esq., NowackHoward, LLC
Sharon Sheldon,
Homeowners Management Services, Inc.
Peter Thelen, Landmark Landscapes
Lisa Simmons Weibel, Beacon Management  Services
Tim Winterstein, Royal Flush Plumbing
Miye Johnson Yi, Esq.,
Winter Capriola & Zenner

Helping Hands Committee Contributes Over $50,000 in Improvements to the MUST Ministries Campus

CAI-Georgia Chapter Committee Undertakes Largest Service Project to Date

The CAI-GA Helping Hands Committee’s mission to build better communities by hosting service oriented charitable events undertook its largest project to date for MUST Ministries in May 2017.   In conjunction with HomeAid Atlanta, over 40 sponsors and 80 volunteers spent hundreds of hours making improvements to the facilities and shelters on the MUST Ministries campus located on Highway 41 in Cobb County.  

MUST's Director of Facilities Operations, David Ladnak, said, "The CAI-Georgia - HomeAid Care Days had the largest impact on the campus I've seen in the five years I've been here. The repairs and improvements are valued at approximately $50,000!”

Over the course of the care days, Helping Hands’ volunteers tackled an extensive to-do list including pressure washing; building closets; painting trailers, ramps and railings; replacing rotten wood on office trailers; cleaning and organizing; parking lot - repair, sealing and restriping; rebuilding stairs and a handicap ramp; landscaping with new play safe mulch on children's playground; creating a large, interactive original artwork on freshly installed concrete for children; cleaning the women’s shelter and more!

“We are so pleased by the efforts and contributions from our volunteers,” said Eric Love and Melanie Caceres, co-chairs of Helping Hands.  “Everyone came together as a team to make a difference for the families served by MUST.”  

For more than 45 years, MUST has established itself as a servant leader caring for those in need in the Marietta, Smyrna and Canton/Cherokee county communities.     Founded in 1971 by the Rev. Wayne Williams, MUST Ministries’ initial programs included a grocery bus ministries for the elderly, a youth tutoring program and outreach ministries to "alienated" young people.   Today, MUST encompasses more than 10,000 volunteers who are continually helping to provide shelter, food and clothing for homeless families in Georgia.

Howard Cox, MUST Ministries Development Officer remarked, "MUST Ministries has truly been blessed with the outpouring of support from HomeAid, CAI-Georgia, and all the volunteers who turned out to spruce up the MUST Ministries Elizabeth Inn homeless shelter campus. With the growing need for housing and supportive services, the work of MUST remains a critical endeavor. It can be a very tough world for people who have nowhere to go, but your support helps make a difference.”

The Helping Hands Committee is always looking for new members to help us fulfill our mission in building better communities through service and volunteerism.   Please contact Eric Love or Melanie Caceres for more information!

Habitat For Humanity House

The CAI Charity Committee now referred to as the Helping Hands Committee has been hard at work with Habitat for Humanity to build the first ever CAI House for the Thang/Men family!  In addition to raising the $80,000 necessary for this Build, the Committee arranged for volunteer support from sponsors and CAI Georgia members for Saturday build dates during the months of January, February and March 2016.  The CAI House is the 273rd house built by Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia but is the first Build so far funded by individual and private contributions from one group, CAI-GA.  CAI Georgia should be very proud!  

Pictured left are the new owners of the Habitat for Humanity house, the Thang/Men family and Helping Hands Committee Chairpersons; Miye Yi and Kelley Moon, and CAI-GA Board Liaison Sean Ruthven.

The video below about the CAI-GA sponsored Habitat for Humanity house Build was shown at the August 26, 2016 CAI-GA Networking Luncheon. 

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In addition to providing hope to a deserving family the Committee also organized a canned food drive. The recent August 26 Networking Luncheon was paired with "Ignite the Fire Against Hunger-Feed the Hungry" canned food drive deadline to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Almost 1600 pounds of food were delivered to the food bank after the luncheon to assist those in need. The Committee also sponsored the BeTheMatch Registry drive at the 2015 CAI-GA Tennis Tournament.   Thirty-Eight people joined BeTheMatch Registry that day to support this worthy cause with our very own member Amy Rader being a match for a three year old boy! 

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