Executive Board members for 2017-18 include, from left, Samantha Morrison, vice chairman; Ashley Stephens, chairman; Michelle McGrath, treasurer; and Ashlyn Carney, secretary. Not pictured is Sam Huynh, social media and public relations coordinator.

From Special Reports

The Coweta Community Foundation’s Community Service Team recently elected its executive board for the 2017-2018 year. Board members include Ashley Stephens, a Northgate High School twelfth grader, chairman; Samantha Morrison, a Northgate High School eleventh grader, vice chairman; Ashlyn Carney, a Northgate High School eleventh grader, secretary; Michelle McGrath, a Northgate High School eleventh grader, treasurer; and Sam Huynh, an East Coweta High School twelfth grader, social media and public relations coordinator.

In the fall of 2015, the Coweta Community Foundation launched its first Community Service Team for local freshmen and sophomores. Members of the team met monthly to study local nonprofits and learn more about how they operate, and at the end of the year, they chose to give a grant to the Community Welcome House. Building on its successful first year, the group added even more members for the 2016-2017 school year, and they awarded their second grant, this time to the Coweta Organization for Riding, Rehabilitation and Learning (CORRAL).

In the fall of 2017, the third group of community-minded high school students, CCF’s largest yet, was selected. They’re already busy learning about the world of Coweta nonprofits and will again be awarding a grant before the end of the school year.

The objectives of the Community Service Team are to build awareness of local nonprofits among high school students; provide an opportunity for active participation in local nonprofit organizations; train young teens to serve as auxiliary board members of local nonprofits during their junior and senior years; bring new ideas and youthful energy to local nonprofit agencies; and provide an opportunity for the team to research and select one local nonprofit to receive a grant for a special project or program.

Membership is determined through an application and interview process among high school students. They attend monthly meetings during which they are introduced to the various nonprofit organizations serving Coweta citizens, and they also participate in two workdays with a nonprofit agency. At the end of the student’s two-year participation, nonprofits may invite the participant to serve as an auxiliary member of the Board of Directors. In addition, a standout team member each year is awarded a $500 scholarship from the Coweta Community Foundation.

Leading the program are Foundation board members Cynthia Bennett, director of programs for the Newnan-Coweta Chamber and a retired Coweta County educator; Deidre Bembry, a local State Farm insurance agent; and Michael Nix, executive director, local government, 911 Authority for the State of Georgia.

The Coweta Community Foundation is a publicly supported 501(c)3 organization that helps focus local philanthropy on the community’s changing needs. The Foundation manages individual gifts and bequests as an endowed pool of assets, distributing grants to a wide variety of organizations that enhance and support the quality of life in Coweta County, while maintaining the charitable intent of the donors. For more information, call the Foundation at 770-253-1833.