October 23, 2020

West Georgia Cares links people in need with resources that can help

(West Georgia) — The Community Foundation of West Georgia revolutionized the way those in need and the organizations serving them interacted when it introduced the West Georgia Resource Network in 2007.

Now, the foundation is enhancing functions of the community resource network as it evolves into West Georgia Cares which lists services available in Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties.

“The West Georgia Cares community resource website is more user friendly for those in need and for area nonprofit organizations, governments and churches serving them,” said Kim Jones, president of the Community Foundation of West Georgia.

Help with food, shelter, utilities, education and training, child and adult care, physical and mental health services, substance abuse treatment, prescription drug costs and protective services are just some of the resources local residents can find on the West Georgia Cares website at www.westgacares.org.

Community-Foundation-01-300x154The website was created in partnership with Tanner Health System’s Get Healthy, Live Well, an initiative working to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent chronic disease for residents of Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties.

In an effort to improve the community’s health, Get Healthy, Live Well provides a variety of free programs that offer valuable resources to west Georgians. They include tobacco cessation classes, chronic disease prevention and management programs, walking groups and more.

“While many chronic diseases like diabetes can be prevented or managed by adopting a healthier lifestyle, many of west Georgia’s residents lack the resources they need to make those changes,” said Amy Riedesel, community health director at Tanner. “West Georgia Cares will make it easier for residents to find the resources and tools they need to get and stay healthy.”

West Georgia Cares continues to offer area nonprofit organizations, governments and faith-based organizations help in managing their caseloads with more efficiency and effectiveness. The network also allows agencies to create visit reports, tracking how many people were served, pounds of food distributed and other factors required by the USDA. Reports recording where clients have been referred for help can be created as well. There is a $50 annual fee for the agencies that use the database and reporting features. There is no fee to list your organization in the Resource Network.

“Local service organizations helping those in need in our community tell us that the West Georgia Resource Network has been a valuable tool for both the agencies and local residents in need,” said Jones. “Now, they will be able to enjoy even more features using West Georgia Cares.”

Organizations that have not participated in the West Georgia Resource Network or that have not switched to West Georgia Cares should contact the foundation at info@cfwg.net or 770.832.1462 to find out how they can become participants.

Brochures describing how the West Georgia Cares website can direct those in need to organizations that can help are being distributed in a number of locations throughout west Georgia.

The Community Resource Guide was developed by volunteers from the West Georgia Area Information Technology Society (WGAITS).

Get Healthy, Live Well is funded by a Partnerships to Improve Community Health Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information about Get Healthy, Live Well, visit GetHealthyLiveWell.org.

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