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Ga. Power Foundation gives to RER, Mercy Heart
(Left to Right) Susan Clark, program manager/RER Food Bank; Andy Peabody, RER executive director; Lee Cronan, president of Conyers Chapter of Citizens of Georgia Power; Darlene Hotchkiss, president of Mercy Heart, Inc.; John DeBroux, Mercy Heart Board of Directors member; Facie Goodman, Mercy Heart Board of Directors member; Tim Hogg, secretary of Mercy Heart, Inc.; Ed Conway, executive director of Mercy Heart, Inc. - photo by Submitted Photo

It's the season of giving back to the community, and Georgia Power employees in Conyers showed their generous spirit with donations to two non-profits that help families in need.

On Nov. 20, representatives of Rockdale Emergency Relief and Mercy Heart, Inc. were presented donations from the Georgia Power Foundation at the RER offices on Tall Oaks Drive.

Each organization was awarded $2,500 to underwrite its ongoing work with those in need in Rockdale.

Lee Cronan, President of the Citizens of Georgia Power (Conyers Chapter) presented the checks to leaders of the two organizations. "I'm so glad to be able to present these today. These are two wonderful organizations, both doing great work in the Rockdale community," he said

RER Exec. Director Andy Peabody, who received the check on behalf of RER, said "We're delighted to partner with the Citizens of Georgia Power whenever the opportunity affords itself," he said.

Rockdale Emergency Relief is currently entering its 48th year of meeting the urgent needs of Rockdale families suffering from financial insecurity, through programs designed to help them to maximize household resources in an effort to retain housing, find employment, and get back on the road to self-sufficiency.

RER's services include a full-service food bank, summer lunch program for children, clothing distribution program, holiday assistance programs, and referrals for emergency housing, as well as direct financial assistance. From July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014 RER disbursed just over $100,000 in direct emergency financial assistance to Rockdale families in need and more than $250,000 of in-kind food and clothing while keeping administrative costs between 12 to 13 percent of the nonprofit's expenses, said Peabody.

Mercy Heart, Inc. is a free medical clinic that provides medical care for uninsured and underinsured Rockdale County residents with diabetes, hypertension, chronic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and dental care including prophylaxis, extractions and fillings.