Comcast Foundation awards
scholarships, sets charity work
Comcast NBCUniversal’s Augusta-area operation announced it has awarded nine $1,000 scholarships to area students through the Comcast Foundation. The company also announced more than 60 local employees and their families, friends and community partners will volunteer to make improvements to the Haven of Peace transitional center in Hephzibah on April 22 as part of “Comcast Cares Day.”
The scholarships for the 2017-18 school year are part of the Comcast Foundation’s annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program, which recognizes the best and brightest high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills.
“Our winners exemplify leadership, academic excellence and positive community service,” said Andy Macke, vice president of external affairs. “We are honored to recognize their achievements, and excited to support them as they continue their journeys.”
Students at the following Augusta-area high schools were recognized: A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School; Westside High School; John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School; Aquinas High School; Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School; Lucy Craft Laney High School; George P. Butler Comprehensive High School; Academy of Richmond County; and Westminster Schools of Augusta.
The improvements to the nonprofit Haven of Peace facility, which serves transitional single mothers and children coming from safe homes or homeless shelters, will include landscaping, pressure washing and painting in addition to the construction of a privacy fence and refurbishing the deck. The center is located at 2108 Stoker Place in Hephzibah.
The Comcast Foundation has donated more than $195 million to organizations in the communities nationwide since its inception in 1999.
Evans Wal-Mart Supercenter
opens regional training site
Wal-Mart opened its first Augusta-area training academy last month at its Evans Supercenter at 4469 Washington Road.
The retailer plans to build approximately 200 academies in the U.S. by the end of 2017, with each training associates from about 25 nearby stores. Hourly supervisors and department managers receive two weeks of hands-on training that combines the classroom and the sales floor.
“Our training academies help provide associates with the skills they need to succeed and advance, while creating a better and more consistent customer experience,” said Jimmy Clark, regional general manager, Wal-Mart. “Skills training increases productivity, confidence and knowledge, which leads to greater job satisfaction, personal and professional growth and helps make working at Wal-Mart a smart career choice.”
Wal-Mart’s new end-to-end training program, called Pathways, is offered to employees of all levels of store operations, from entry-level to regional management. The first week is dedicated to retail fundamentals and gaining core retail skills, and the second week is dedicated to training on the sales floor to gain the knowledge and skills to run the specific department where the associate works. Areas of study include leadership, merchandising, operations, technology and customer service, in addition to the department-specific training.
School board lauds work in
education by Georgia Power
Employees from Georgia Power’s East Region and Plant Vogtle were recently recognized for their education initiatives by the Richmond County Board of Education.
Georgia Power has been actively reaching out to students with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math – known as STEM – initiatives, such as STEM Power at Sego Middle School.
Other programs include Learning Power energy-efficiency education, Energy Pathways, Energy Week, STEM Power Academy summer camp, the REACH program – which provides scholarships and mentors to selected students – and robotics at the Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School.
Georgia Power employees also support a number of nonprofit organizations that benefit students in Richmond County Schools. Dr. Angela Pringle, superintendent of Richmond County Schools, made the presentation during the school board’s February meeting to Georgia Power officials representing the 85 employees who serve and volunteer for Richmond County School students during the year.
Lucy Craft Laney Museum’s
golf benefit tees off in May
The Lucy Craft Laney Museum on May 20 will host its second annual fundraising golf tournament to support the museum’s community educational programming and facility maintenance.
The four-person best ball (captain choice) format tournament will be held that Saturday at the Augusta Municipal Golf Course at 8 a.m., with registration from 6-7 a.m. The “early bird” entry fee is $75 through May 10. An additional $10 fee will be added afterward. A Friday evening pairing reception will be held at the museum from 6-9 p.m., featuring museum tours and live entertainment.
The black history museum, founded in 1991, embraces the legacy of local educator Lucy Craft Laney as well as black leaders from Augusta who have made significant contributions to the community and the world.
Its programs include historic tours, the Black Heritage Trolley Tours and art exhibitions. For more information on the tournament and the organization go to lucycraftlaneymusuem.com or call Christine Miller-Betts at (706) 724-3576.
WoodmenLife delegates help
equip Augusta soup kitchen
The WoodmenLife Georgia Jurisdiction donated equipment to the Master’s Table soup kitchen during its 2017 WoodmenLife Georgia Biennial Jurisdictional Convention last month.
The financial services organization’s delegates donated a mobile sealed-well steam table, enabling the Golden Harvest Food Bank-affiliated kitchen to have a moveable hot buffet to make it more efficient for the nonprofit to serve more than 325 people daily at its Fenwick Street location in downtown Augusta.
“Our National Community Focus is fighting hunger, so we wanted to partner with an agency that is on the front lines, feeding the most vulnerable people in the area,” WoodmenLife Georgia Jurisdiction President Nora Waters said.
Women in Philanthropy aids
Augusta Tech Foundation
The Augusta Technical College Foundation received a $5,000 grant for its Special Populations Lending Library from Women in Philanthropy, a fundraising group composed of 100 Augusta-area women.
The college’s library service helps single parents, displaced homemakers, nontraditional career-seekers or those with limited English proficiency who are current, part-time and full-time students. The gift last month was part of a contribution of more than $134,000 to the foundation and nine other organizations: the Augusta University College of Education, Augusta University Literacy Center, Heritage Academy, Augusta Locally Grown, Boys & Girls Club of the CSRA, Harrisburg Family Healthcare, Immaculate Conception Catholic School, Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer’s Care and the Walton Foundation for Independence.
Military families group, Taco
Bells help Fort Gordon school
The Armed Forces Families Foundation, in conjunction with local Taco Bell restaurants, donated $15,000 to Freedom Park School at Fort Gordon on March 29. The funds were used to buy 25 HP ProBook computers and other educational materials for the school at 345 42nd St., Building 43400.
The new computers supplement the limited number of classroom computers previously available and are allowing students to learn computer skills and work on school projects, homework, standardized testing and other curriculum needs.