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December 2020

COMMUNITY HEADLINES – DECEMBER 14, 2020

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HEALTHY WALK
(SAVANNAH, GA) On Tuesday, December 15, join the Healthy Savannah team for a #HealthyWalk at Savannah Ogeechee Canal Museum and Nature Center, 681 Fort Argyle Rd, Savannah, GA 31419. Be sure to wear your mask if you plan to walk. Check out last week’s walk at Wormsloe Historic Site. https://fb.watch/2i1PGToHTc/
AdMoER HEALTH TRACKING APP TO LAUNCH IN SAVANNAH
(SAVANNAHNOW.COM) A new mobile app launching next year aims to support and protect the community by tracking COVID and other highly infectious diseases. AdMoER (Advanced Monitoring Emergency Response) will alert users if an individual with pre-existing conditions is in the area to remind them to take additional precautions, as well as notify users if a possibly contagious individual is in the area. AdMoER starts beta testing next month.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Health App Brings US Operations to Savannah, GA
CENTER PARC CREDIT UNION DONATES TOYS TO WEST BROAD YMCA
(SAVANNAH, GA) Center Parc Credit Union donated toys to the Heritage West Broad YMCA December 10. The location for the drop-off was moved to Trinity Church on 225 West President Street between 4:30 and 4:45 p.m. Toy donations supported West Broad YMCA’s 40th Annual Miracle on May Street Christmas Festival on December 12 and went to children registered to receive a gift at this event. Toys were distributed via grab-and-go present pick-up due to COVID-19 restrictions.
COLONIAL GROUP ANNOUNCED AS JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT DISCOVERY CENTER LEAD SPONSOR
(SAVANNAHNOW.COM) The Junior Achievement Discovery Center planned for Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus has taken a step forward with the Colonial Group, Inc., investing as the lead sponsor. The $2 million contribution will fund the renovation and launch of the facility known as the JA Colonial Group Discovery Center of Savannah.
ENCOURAGE HEALTH EDUCATIONAL SERIES
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series, in partnership with Healthy Savannah, will stream its next broadcast on January 7 with “Activity-Friendly Routes to Everyday Destinations.” Watch the interactive program LIVE at 1:00 p.m. on Healthy Savannah’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/healthysav/). It will also be rebroadcast at a later date on the City of Savannah’s Government Channel and on SavannahNow.com/podcasts.
ENMARKET ENCOURAGE HEALTH LIVE SERIES EXPLORES HEALTHY WALKING ROUTES ON JANUARY 7
CREATIVE COAST TO HOST STRESS MANAGEMENT WEBINAR DECEMBER 17
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Creative Coast will be hosting a Lunchtime Topics Webinar on December 17 at 12 p.m. covering how the brain responds to pleasure and threat and why we are so addicted to our devices, cable news, and seasonal treats from our favorite coffee shops, especially during these stressful times. The focus will be understanding the root of these behaviors in order to start adopting healthier habits. This webinar will be presented by health and fitness expert and award-winning columnist Dr. Davana Pilczuk. https://thecreativecoast.org/event/how-smart-phones-cable-news-and-peppermint-lattes-have-kidnapped-our-brains
CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER FOR PARK PLACE OUTREACH
(SAVANNAH, GA). Chipotle on E. Victory Drive is hosting a fundraiser to support Park Place Outreach. Between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m. on December 16, 33 percent of all proceeds from Chipotle orders will be donated to Park Place Outreach, a nonprofit agency that serves at-risk youth. Customers may tell the cashier they’re supporting the cause or order online using promo code 6Z3BLN3 upon checkout to ensure funds are donated.
PHOTOVOICE AUTHOR DR. NANDI A. MARSHALL APPOINTED TO PUBLIC HEALTH EXECUTIVE BOARD
Dr. Nandi A. Marshall has been elected to sit on the American Public Health Association’s Executive Leadership Board. With a membership of 25,000 public health professionals, the organization is committed to building a healthier nation in one generation. A public health professor at Georgia Southern University, Dr. Marshall recently facilitated a Photovoice project to identify social, cultural, and physical barriers that discourage breastfeeding by African American mothers in Chatham County and the opportunities to remove those obstacles. The findings were published in a photo book, “Savannah H.O.P.E. Photovoice Project,” documenting personal experiences from local African-American mothers. The project was also recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials, which represents the nation’s nearly 3,000 local governmental health departments.
SAVANNAH AREA BUSINESS BREAKFAST DECEMBER 17
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Area Business Breakfast brings the business community together to honor two new recipients of Savannah’s highest recognition for its business and community leaders, the Oglethorpe Award. Updates will also be provided by several Savannah area business organizations. The event is open to the public as space allows, and all are welcome to join in recognizing the best of the Savannah community. https://bit.ly/3oEmwhH
LEADERSHIP SAVANNAH ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Applications for the 2021 Leadership Savannah Class are currently being accepted. This will be a one-year class and is limited to 42 people. The Selections Committee is seeking representation from a cross-section of the community. The programs are being finalized but are expected to consist of monthly interactive sessions lead by top community experts within their fields. Need-based scholarships are available, and the application deadline has been extended to January 4. https://bit.ly/3m1094o
DEC 14 SAVANNAH COMMUNITY HEADLINES LIVE AT 9 A.M.
(#WATERCOOLER) Top 10 Things Nonprofits Need to Know. Join Nipuna Ambanpola, CEO and Cofounder of IVolunteer International, Michael Siegel, Chair of SCORE Savannah and Diana Morrison of Ad Specialty to hear their insights on what non-profits need to know. The interactive conversation will stream at 9:00 a.m., Monday, Dec 14, 2020, on Savannah Community Headlines LIVE, the #WATERCOOLER social media show on Carriage Trade Public Relations Facebook page. Join the conversation with this link.
SCORE SC LOWCOUNTRY CHAPTER RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION
(HILTON HEAD, SC) SCORE SC Lowcountry Chapter #0650 has achieved the Platinum level performance rating for the fourth consecutive year— the highest level for a SCORE Chapter and a rare achievement among the 240 chapters nationwide. SC Lowcountry Chapter was also recognized as the 2019 Chapter of the Year (Small Markets). It was acknowledged as the number one performing chapter in the country, as well as the number one chapter for client engagement/feedback ratings. https://sclowcountry.score.org/
PODCAST
(#WATERCOOLER) Special Guest, Tim Echols – Georgia Public Service Commission. In this podcast, we learn about the different green energy projects happening in Georgia. Energy policy will be a major topic of conversation in 2021. Tune in to hear about what might change in 2021, who will benefit, and how issues like solar energy roll-outs, broadband expansion proceedings, and clean technologies will impact Savannah this coming year and beyond.
SEASONAL INFLUENZA VACCINATIONS – IT’S NOT TOO LATE
(SAVANNAH, GA) Flu season doesn’t wind down until the spring, so it’s not too late to get vaccinated. Those who get the vaccine reduce the risk of getting the flu and help save medical resources needed for COVID-19 patients. Now is a great time to roll up your sleeve. Most insurance will cover the cost of the flu shot, and some clinics offer it for free. Check out upcoming clinics in the Savannah area at https://www.gachd.org/ or find the nearest clinic here: https://vaccinefinder.org/find-vaccine
12 USEFUL GMAIL SETTINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU NEEDED
(FAST COMPANY) Feature-rich apps like Gmail have tons of options and you might not be aware of quite a few. Here’s a breakdown of some of Gmail’s most helpful, yet least visible settings. Consider it your Gmail treasure map!
SAVE THE CRYSTAL BEER PARLOR
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Crystal Beer Parlor, established in 1933, is part of Savannah’s rich and colorful history. Like many other restaurants, the pandemic has hit the Crystal hard. To help keep the lights on, the owners have established a Go-Fund-Me page with a fundraising goal of $150,000.
MINK NEEDS A HOME
(COASTALPETRESCUE.ORG) Neat, petite and oh so sweet, Mink is a beautiful girl waiting to find her forever home. Having raised her two kittens when she was barely more than a kitten herself, she’s now ready to enjoy life and would make a purr-fect companion.
HOW TO CREATE AN ENGAGED FACEBOOK GROUP: 5 STEPS
(SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER) Facebook marketing expert Dana Malstaff shares five steps to create a Facebook group members will return to and engage with. Get practical tips to structure your group and discover three types of posts to ban from your group. You’ll also get examples of posts you should be using, and learn how to balance conversational posts with educational posts.
How to Create an Engaged Facebook Group: 5 Steps
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Free Vaccines Offer Savannahians a Way to Fight the Flu We Know

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Flu season is in full swing. But this one is like no other. As we await a COVID-19 vaccine, there’s another that’s readily available in Savannah, thanks to a CDC flu prevention grant. On Sunday, December 13, the Chatham County Health Department will offer free seasonal flu shots to the public in downtown Savannah. While the coronavirus has yet to be conquered, it’s time to fight the flu we know.

“Getting the flu vaccine is especially important this year since COVID-19 and the seasonal flu will circulate through the population at the same time,” said Nichele Hoskins, Flu Education Campaign manager. “This compounds the risk among African Americans and other ethnic and racial groups disproportionately affected by COVID-19.”

The walk-up clinic will be managed by the Chatham County Health Department and is made possible by Healthy Savannah, in partnership with the YMCA of Coastal Georgia, through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called REACH. That’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health. The overall objective of the local grant is to reduce health inequities experienced by Black residents in Savannah’s and Chatham County’s low-wealth neighborhoods.

The event is also supported by Center Parc Credit Union and Enmarket.

The event sponsors will hand out prizes to participants and free flu shots will be distributed to anyone six months and older from 10:30 am. to 12:30 p.m. at 510 West Gwinnett St., across from Conner’s Temple Baptist Church. Everyone is asked to wear a face covering and practice social distancing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tapped recipients of the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Grant to reduce the risk of African Americans contracting the seasonal flu. Flu season begins in October and will run into the spring. The CDC awarded the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah $171,336 to increase that awareness, knowledge and vaccination rates among Black residents of Chatham County.

Under the flu prevention grant, Healthy Savannah is engaging trusted community members to address misinformation about the flu vaccine, educate community members about the risks of getting the flu, and foster stronger connections, communication and trust between people who need vaccines and vaccine providers.

For more information or to get involved as a Flu Fighter, contact Nichele Hoskins, Flu Education Campaign manager at nichele@healthysavannah.org or (205) 222-2030.

ABOUT THE YMCA OF COASTAL GEORGIA/HEALTHY SAVANNAH GRANT FOR RACIAL AND ETHNIC APPROACHES TO COMMUNITY HEALTH: In September 2018, Healthy Savannah and the YMCA of Coastal Georgia were awarded a five-year, $3.4 million grant called Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health. This funding, awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been deployed by the Savannah/Chatham County project team to reduce health inequities experienced by Black residents in low-wealth neighborhoods. The local project is called Healthy Opportunities Powering Equity, or HOPE. Its aim is to increase the availability of high-quality nutrition, increase physical activity by creating greater access to safe places to walk, run, bike and play, and foster stronger connections between people and the healthcare providers who serve them. Working with more than 200 community partners and organizations, the team’s work elevates the health and wellness of our community through policy, systems, and environmental change.

https://healthysavannah.org   https://ymcaofcoastalga.org

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COMMUNITY HEADLINES – DECEMBER 7, 2020

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CENTER PARC CREDIT UNION MAKES DONATIONS TO LOCAL COMMUNITY GARDENS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Center Parc Credit Union presented a $5000 check to the Hudson Hill Community Garden Network on December 3. The community garden will foster relations by bringing generations together as well as feed neighborhood residents and provide youth with employment opportunities. Center Parc Credit Union also presented a $3500 check for the community garden at the Moses Jackson Advancement Center on December 4. The garden supplies its community with fresh produce and learning opportunities. These donations are part of Center Park Credit Union’s initiative to support local programs that increase access to fresh food and beautify neighborhoods. www.centerparc.org
DECEMBER 8, VIRTUAL STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS IN CHATHAM CO
PRESENTED BY WELLS FARGO AND SCORE SAVANNAH
(SAVANNAH, GA) The 8th Annual STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS IN CHATHAM COUNTY will be presented LIVE online, Tuesday, December 8, 2020. The event will go LIVE from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. on SCORE SAVANNAH’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/143458775716705/posts/3695300390532508/
This will be a landmark event as the benchmarks to be presented will go down in the history books due to the pandemic. The benchmarks will be given to the Georgia Historical Society for their Covid-19 gallery collection.
2020 STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS IN CHATHAM COUNTY GEORGIA * DEC 8 AT 1PM
LEADERSHIP NOW SERIES
(SAVANNAH, GA) After the State of Small Business, the Savannah Jaycees will be holding a panel discussion about the upcoming elections. December 8 at 6pm: https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees/
NATIONAL RUNAWAY PREVENTION MONTH
(SAVANNAHNOW.COM) November was National Runaway Prevention Month. With the pandemic only emphasizing the ongoing problem of youth homelessness in our community, Park Place and its partner agencies are raising awareness for runaway and homeless youth and providing resources and strategies for preventing youth from running away. The Executive Director of Park Place Outreach spotlights resources available to support youth in crisis throughout the nation.
PHOTOVOICE PROJECT
(SAVANNAH, GA) A public health professor at Georgia Southern University has facilitated a Photovoice project to identify social, cultural, and physical barriers that discourage breastfeeding by African American mothers in Chatham County and to identify opportunities to remove those obstacles. Nandi A. Marshall, DrPH, MPH, CHES, an associate professor and Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, has published a photo book, “Savannah H.O.P.E. Photovoice Project,” documenting personal experiences from local African-American mothers. Photovoice projects tell a story using a combination of photography and storytelling to amplify the participants’ voices by their experiences through their own lens.
Photovoice Project Aims to Help Make Breastfeeding Easier in Chatham County
ROTARY CLUB OF SAVANNAH
(SAVANNAH,GA) Savannah Country Day School has partnered with the Rotary Club of Savannah to establish a campus Interact Club for students ages 12-18. Modeled as a junior Rotary, the Interact Club will focus on service projects within the Savannah community and a larger, global project each year.
THE MANSION ON FORSYTH PARK HOLIDAY DINING EXPERIENCE
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Mansion on Forsyth Park announces that it will welcome guests at the 700 Drayton Restaurant for special holiday dining experiences this Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Each evening, guests will enjoy live music as they dine. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 700 Drayton will be accepting reservations from 5 to 10 p.m. for a special three-course prix fixe dining experience. This menu is priced at $60 per guest.
ENCOURAGE HEALTH EDUCATIONAL SERIES
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series, in partnership with Healthy Savannah, will stream its next broadcast on January 7 with “Activity-Friendly Routes to Everyday Destinations.” Watch the interactive program LIVE at 1:00 p.m. on Healthy Savannah’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/healthysav/). It will also be rebroadcast at a later date on the City of Savannah’s Government Channel and on SavannahNow.com/podcasts.
GUIDELINES FOR FOOD DRIVES AND FOOD BANK DONATIONS
(HEALTHYSAVANNAH.ORGHealthy Savannah has compiled a list of food products to prioritize when giving to food banks or food drives this holiday season. Often, highly processed food or those with high added salt and sugars and those that lack nutrients are the cheapest and easiest to get. This year, Healthy Savannah asks that you review these guidelines before making your donation and consider what you’d like to receive if you were in need.
NATIONAL INFLUENZA VACCINATION WEEK DECEMBER 6-11
(SAVANNAH, GA) Flu season doesn’t wind down until the spring, so it’s not too late to get vaccinated. Those who get the vaccine reduce the risk of getting the flu and help save medical resources needed for COVID-19 patients. Now is a great time to roll up your sleeve, during National Influenza Immunization Week, which runs December 6-11. Most insurance will cover the cost of the flu shot, and some clinics offer it for free. Find the nearest clinic here:
DANCE CLASS AND CLOTHING DRIVE TO BENEFIT UNION MISSION
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Frank G. Murray Community Center will celebrate Kwanzaa early with a free West African Dance Class at 10 a.m. on December 7. The center will also be holding a holiday clothing drive for the entire month of December. Donations can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 125 Wilmington Island Road and will benefit Union Mission.
HEALTHY HUB
(WSAV) Visitors to Savannah’s Lake Mayer Park now have a new place to get resources that promote better health and quality of life. The first of two “Healthy Hub” sites was unveiled on Tuesday, December 1. https://www.wsav.com/shows/the-bridge/healthy-hub/
DEC 7 SAVANNAH COMMUNITY HEADLINES LIVE AT 9 A.M.
(#WATERCOOLER) Special Guest, Tim Echols – Georgia Public Service Commission.
The mission of the Georgia PSC is to ensure that consumers receive safe, reliable and reasonably priced telecommunications, transportation, electric and natural gas services from financially viable and technically competent companies. Learn about the different green energy projects happening in Georgia. Energy policy will be a major topic of conversation in 2021. Tune in to hear about what might change in 2021, who will benefit, and how issues like solar energy roll-outs, broadband expansion proceedings, and clean technologies will impact Savannah this coming year and beyond.
PODCAST
(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) Hour long podcast about Amy and Scott Pierce’s new business My Nurse Now, winners of the Savannah Scores biz pitch competition this year.
COASTAL GA SEA-LEVEL RISE
(THE CURRENT) Look up your home’s flood risk and check your country’s flood maps and plans.
HOMELESS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Union Mission will end its informational series for the year on December 8 with “Homeless for the Holidays,” featuring guest speaker Michelle Norris with National Church Residences. Registration for the informational session is not required.
POOLER MAGAZINE SPOTLIGHTS LOCAL ACTRESS JESSICA ROSE WARREN
(POOLER MAGAZINE) Pooler Magazine recently interviewed Jessica Rose Warren, who has worked as an extra in top Hollywood films such as “The Do Over” and Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” Jessica also has Down Syndrome, which hasn’t slowed her down one bit. She also loves working out and helping teach Zumba classes at her local YMCA. With her acting, fitness, modeling, and job at The Donut Shop on hold due to COVID-19, Jessica discusses her life today as she uses her love of crafts to accessorize face masks and create beaded bracelets to give away.
TIDE TO TOWN CLEANUP
(SAVANNAH, GA) Truman Linear Park Trail Phase 2A is the Savannah area’s newest trail. Help keep it neat and tidy by joining volunteers on December 12 to pick up any litter and collect recycling, trim vegetation, and make sure the trail is in tiptop shape. All tools and supplies will be provided, along with refreshments. Helpers will be spatially distanced, but masks are required. Meet at the Scarborough Sports Complex, located at the corner of Skidaway Road and Bona Bella Avenue.
NED NEEDS A HOME
(COASTALPETRESCUE.ORG) If you want a snuggle, Ned’s your man. If you have treats, he is still your man and eager to learn tricks. He’s about two years of the perfect age because he’s happy and joyful to see you but will settle down. Ned is such a pleasure to be around and is the perfect dog just looking for his perfect human match.