Monthly Archives: April 2015

Have a Field Day! Volunteer at Hope-Hill’s Field Day on May 14 or 15!

field dayGiving new meaning to the phrase, “have a field day,” Hope-Hill is looking for volunteers to help out with the school’s Field Day—actually Field Days—on May 14 and 15.

The school needs 24 volunteers to man “stations,” where the students will take part in activities like water balloon toss and limbo. More volunteers are needed for competitive fun, including relay races and tug-o-war.

Can you volunteer with Hope-Hill pre-K through second grade from 9:00 AM through 1:00 PM on Thursday, May 14, or with third through fifth graders from 9:00 to 1:00 on Friday, May 15?

If so, please contact Angie Lewis of Hope-Hill’s PTA, angela.dhati@gmail.com (with a cc to partnersineducation@uuca.org).

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The final Advocacy “ASK”!

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Now that the Georgia legislative has ended for the year, there’s just one last “ASK”!

Take a moment to write a personal note, or send a personal email , to your state representative and your state senator, to thank them for representing you.

They give a lot of themselves during the session and outside the session. Let them know you appreciate their willingness to work for the people of Georgia, and for their willingness to listen to the voices of constituents like you!

Thank them specifically for passing the Safe Harbor Act and the Child Welfare Reform legislation, which you were particularly interested in.

Remember: Legislators WANT to know their constituents. During the “off” season, they are willing to meet you for coffee or lunch, to get to know you and to know your concerns. Meeting with your legislator is not as “scary” as you might think!

In a few months, Promise the Children Advocacy group will be encouraging you, (and supporting you!!!) in doing just that! Our advocacy voice for children is even more effective when our legislator “knows” us individually, and knows that he/she will get thoughtful recommendations on legislation from you… Stay tuned!!!

Use this website to easily and quickly get contact information for your legislators:

http://www.house.ga.gov/Representatives/en-US/HouseMembersList.aspx

http://www.senate.ga.gov/senators/en-US/SenateMembersList.aspx

Thank you for speaking up for Georgia’s Children.

 You have made a difference!

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WHEW!!!! Georgia Legislature – End of Session Update

The current Georgia Legislative session ended in the wee hours Friday morning.

The most important legislation we asked you to “Be a Voice” for, passed!

Here is an update on some of the issues we’ve asked you to advocate for or against since January.

If the advocacy information we’ve provided has sparked an interest for you and you’d like to become more involved, please consider joining us on the Promise the Children Advocacy Team. To sign up, or for more information, email PromiseTheChildren@uuca.org.

Safe Harbor/ Rachel’s Law – SB8, SR7: We asked you to advocate for this bill and resolution. This bill ensues youth who are trafficked in the sex trade are treated as victims, and it creates a “user fee” at strip clubs to fund services for these youths.   PASSED April 2nd

Child Welfare Reform Bill – SB138: We asked you to advocate for this bill to enact some of the recommendations of the Governor’s Child Welfare Reform recommendations. This will carry us a long way to re-making Georgia’s Child Welfare (DFACS) system. Very good news! PASSED April 2nd

Religious Freedom Restoration Act – SB129: We asked you to advocate against this bill. So did other groups within UUCA. STALLED in the house.

Budget: We asked you to advocate for adequate funding for child welfare reform as well as education staff and support for juveniles in the GA department of corrections. Generally, we were happy with the budget that was passed.

Hidden Predator Act – HB17: We asked you to advocate for passage of this act extending the statute of limitations for civil actions for childhood sexual abuse. PASSED on April 2nd

Legalize the sale of explosive fireworks in Georgia – HB 110: We asked you to advocate against this bill. Unfortunately, this PASSED on April 2.

The final step for most bills that passed is for Governor Deal to sign them into law. In some cases, part or all of the intended laws will be on the ballot to be voted on by Georgia voters in the next election.

Thank you for speaking up for Georgia’s Children.

 You have made a difference!

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