Saturday is expected to be proclaimed the first annual Community Assistance Center Day by the Sandy Springs City Council.
The CAC celebrates its 25th anniversary, this week, with a name change to reflect its dedication to Sandy Springs and Dunwoody residents. In recognition, several local restaurants and other businesses will donate a portion of their Saturday proceeds to the non-profit.
Last week, during an annual meeting, the CAC reported the following information:
- Eleven area congregations founded the Community Action Center in 1987 to coordinate responses to requests for emergency assistance, for Sandy Springs and Dunwoody residents.
- The yearly annual budget has grown from $20,000 to $1,500,000.
- In 25 years, the CAC has served more than 16,000 households and delivered benefits to more than 33,000 people.
- 467 students received school supplies.
- 223 students learned at least one skill through the CAC adult education program.
- Nearly 1000 household were able to pay their mortgage, rent or utilities for at least one month through CAC assistance.
- Approximately 800 families, 2000 individuals were able to keep their home or utilities connected for six months after receiving financial assistance.
- 800 children from 350 families received holiday gifts donated by Sandy Springs families.
Who Does the CAC Serve?
- In 2011, 5377 individuals from 2180 households
- 44 percent were African American
- 15 percent were Caucasian
- 34 percent were Hispanic*
- 45 percent were single adult
- 55 percent were families
- 7 percent were over age 55
* This story previously indicated that 54 percent of Hispanics were served by the CAC. The non-profit has adjusted its report.