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New $2.5 million Sarah Kenan Kennedy Endowment Fund supports AADD

New $2.5 million Sarah Kenan Kennedy Endowment Fund supports AADD

DECATUR, Ga. -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) has announced the establishment of the Sarah Kenan Kennedy Endowment Fund, a new $2.5 million gift to the nonprofit organization. The endowment will fund in perpetuity programs at AADD (www.aadd.org) for those individuals and families that do not have the financial resources to access services provided by AADD. It was created by Sarah’s husband, Jim Kennedy, chairman of Cox Enterprises, in honor of his wife’s volunteering and commitment to the organization.

The endowment is the largest ever gift to AADD, which provides support services, advocacy and training to Georgia families living with developmental disabilities.  Funds from the endowment will support services and programs to families who cannot afford services and do not have state funded waivers to purchase services.  In 2015 it will fund two full-time positions at AADD and help more than 500 families who live independently in the community.

All About Developmental Disabilities Offers Two Life Challenge Workshops in March

All About Developmental Disabilities Offers Two Life Challenge Workshops in March

All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) will host several events in March, including a series of workshops through their Family Support Center in Decatur (125 Clairemont Ave, Suite 300, Decatur, GA 30030). Each workshop will help families living with developmental disabilities learn more about a specific issue, including “Guardianship” and “Job Readiness.”

AADD’s Family Support Center (FSC), designed to serve individuals and families living with developmental disabilities in metro Atlanta and across Georgia, offers assistance during various life transitions. 

March events include:

Guardianship – Is It Right For Your Family?

Speaker: Jim Outman, Law Office of James B. Outman, LLC

Georgia's Safest Cities: 31-40

Georgia's Safest Cities: 31-40

(WXIA) -- Auburn, Ga., in Barrow and Gwinnett counties, has been named Georgia's safest city.

Security company SafeWise used FBI crime data and its own private research to compile its list of the 50 Safest Cities in Georgia. A number of this year's selections are in metro Atlanta.

See the top 10 safest cities here. Numbers 31 through 40 include:

31. Loganville
32. Smyrna
33. Sandy Springs
34. Waynesboro
35. Powder Springs
36. McDonough
37. Austell
38. Decatur
39. Doraville
40. Jackson

All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) announces schedule of support groups and workshops

All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) announces schedule of support groups and workshops

ATLANTA -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) has announced its February 2014 schedule of events and workshops, an element of its Family Support Center (FSC), located at AADD’s offices in Decatur.

The FSC serves individuals and families living with developmental disabilities in metro Atlanta, offering assistance during difficult life transitions. Support groups are designed for moms, dads, siblings and entire families, providing information to make informed choices that build on their strengths.

“For people living with developmental disabilities, everyday life is full of challenges,” said Kathy Keeley, AADD’s executive director. “There are emotional, physical and financial issues. AADD’s support groups and workshops are designed to assist individuals with different perspectives navigate all of the challenges and obstacles.”

Celebrating MLK Day

Celebrating MLK Day

(WXIA) -- Many metro Atlanta residents and companies chose to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by serving their communities.

RELATED | Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

Hosea Feed the Hungry estimates it will feed 10,000 families during its MLK Day meal, which began at 10 a.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

More than 3,000 people rolled up their sleeves to serve with Hands On Atlanta, beautifying such areas as City of Refuge and Chastain Memorial Park.

Georgia Power employees spent the day volunteering at Lutheran Towers, a housing development for seniors in Midtown Atlanta. They also assembled, labeled and distributed collection boxes at Rockdale Emergency Relief in Conyers.

Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

(WXIA) -- Every year, 11Alive News honors extraordinary metro Atlanta residents who make a daily difference in the community.

The annual Community Service Awards recognize some of the area's unsung heroes.

11Alive is accepting nominees for the 39th annual Community Service Awards. This year's dinner and awards ceremony will be held Saturday, Apr. 22. Proceeds benefit a local charity; the 2014 recipient is the Ron Clark Academy.

To nominate a deserving person, visit 11Alive.com/CSA and click on the nomination form link at the top of the page. The deadline is Jan. 10.

All About Developmental Disabilities honored by Home Depot Foundation

All About Developmental Disabilities honored by Home Depot Foundation

DECATUR, Ga. -- On November 19, All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) was inducted into the Building Community Network Class of 2013 at The Home Depot Foundation and Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ annual Building Community Network Kick-Off Luncheon, held at Piedmont Park.

AADD (www.aadd.org) is an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization dedicated to creating lifelong support, education and opportunities for children, adults and families living with developmental disabilities.

Twenty Atlanta-area nonprofit organizations were invited to join this year. Each also received a surprise $20,000 donation from The Home Depot Foundation. AADD board president Lisa Blanco and AADD executive director Kathy Keeley were invited to join the class of 2013.