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Taste of Athens

For 20 years, our primary fundraiser, A Taste of Athens, has stood as the premier culinary event in Athens-Clarke County, with over 50 local restaurants and 1,500 of our town’s finest residents in attendance. At this year’s Taste, Community Connection is inviting guests to toast its 30th anniversary, by raising champagne glasses to past staff, Board and supporters of the organization.


To strengthen the individuals and organizations of Northeast Georgia to ensure that no need goes unmet.

Your tax-deductible donation supports us in ensuring that local needs can and will be met with locally available resources.

To make a contribution or to learn more about Community Connection, please visit us at:

Taste 10k Supporters are also encouraged to participate in the 4th annual Taste 10K, which boasted 450 racers last year and is the only USATF certified Peachtree Road Race qualifier taking place in downtown Athens.

Our Mission:

Community Connection of NEGA 1865 West Broad Street, Suite C Athens, GA 30606 Dial 211 or 706-353-1313 706-353-1375 (fax)

Information & Referral Volunteer Coordination Nonprofit Development

Founded in 1983 to identify gaps in the social service system, Community Connection established the first computer-based resource directory in the country - a directory which has grown to include information on over 2,600 agencies across 12 Northeast Georgia counties. Over its 30 year history, Community Connection has filled gaps in the social system by incubating some of our area’s strongest nonprofits, including Project Safe, the Athens Area Homeless Shelter, the Athens Justice Project, and many more. Volunteer Coordination began in 2005, when Community Connection served as the coordinating agency for Athens’ response to Hurricane Katrina. Since then we’ve nourished the “culture of service” in Athens, and have logged over 70,000 volunteer hours performed by literally thousands of volunteers. In short, Community Connection is sewing the social safety net in our region. For, it is our dual belief that no need should go unmet and that we’ve got all the resources that we need to actually achieve this ideal in our community.

Information & Referral


Nonprofit Development

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Helping grow other non-profit organizations

At Community Connection we believe that no need should go unmet, which is why we provide Information and Referrals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the 12 Northeast Georgia counties we serve. As centralized intake for our region’s social service system, we serve as a lifeline for community members who need help but who aren’t sure where to start.

Recognizing that the sector is only as strong and resilient as its weakest nonprofit, Community Connection is committed to identifying and filling gaps in the social service system. We strengthen the regional network of service providers by reducing duplication, fostering collaboration and building capacity among area agencies. CCNEGA Nonprofit Development services include: •Startup Incubation/Fiscal Sponsorship •Administrative Support •Strategic Planning Consultations •Nonprofit Board Development

Additional services being developed to support our Information and Referral efforts include: • Phone-based Case Management and follow-up • GIS Community Need & Resource Mapping • Population-specific Resource Guides • Referral Agency Quality Assurance Audits

Volunteer Coordination Register at Driven by the belief that our community possesses sufficient talent and resources to address our challenges, Community Connection annually connects over 3,000 volunteers to the ~130 partner organizations who can use their support.

Current and future Volunteer Coordination services include: • “Project of the Month” program • “Randstad for Nonprofits” skilled volunteer program • Employee Volunteerism Program (EVP) coordination for local businesses • “Get HandsOn” High School Volunteer Leader Training Program • “Day of Service” planning and coordination • Special Event Volunteer Coordination

Community Connection Brochure  

A new marketing material that the organization will use at upcoming events. These can be distributed to volunteers, people in need, or other...

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