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Recent Blessings
A team of graduate students from the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, led by graduate assistant Rebekah Ryan, as a class assignment, developed new promotional materials, including a volunteer management plan.

And while not as visible to the public, no less gratitude goes to the Athens First United Methodist Church’s Great Day of Service for building new bins.

Included in our recent blessings are hand-made blankets donated by Ellen Nelson

UPS landscaped and spread fresh pine straw.

Church of the Nations cleaned the carpet. 

Athens Church stained and sealed the landing area and fence.

Special thanks to Kathy Lawler who organized the office and maintains the list of volunteers.
Thank You!

Volunteer Spotlight

Linda H. Kelly

Linda H. Kelly
One of Linda Kelly's favorite things to do is serve meals to the homeless. So when she retired from the mortgage business and moved with her husband Greg, from Atlanta to Athens, she started looking for a place where she was needed. 

About that time, the Athens Banner-Herald ran a story about Bigger Vision's new headquarters.

"As soon as I moved to Athens I started looking for a homeless shelter to volunteer in Athens.  Then right on the front page of the paper, I saw the article about Bigger Vision moving into their new and present building and knew I had found where I was supposed to be," Kelly said. "God does move in mysterious ways doesn't he?"
Kelly's team of four includes a three-generation trio: (L to R) Courtney Bennett, Olivia Bennett, 11, Linda Bennett, Linda Kelly 

Their regular commitment is once a month, but they especially enjoy serving dinner on Christmas Day.

Kelly says there is something special about children helping the homeless.

"Olivia loves to come there, and she's especially good at serving the food."

Olivia attends Malcom Bridge Middle School in Bogart. They attend Friendship Presbyterian Church.

It was Olivia's idea to include ice cream to go with the brownies, because "homeless people must not get to eat a lot of ice cream."

Kelly recently stepped up and volunteered to cover an area neglected in recent years. Her contributions to Bigger Vision will now include writing thank you notes to donors and volunteers. 

"We so look forward to the season and getting back on the schedule to serve dinner.  We love it!" 

amazonsmile $$gave$$ to Bigger Vision

Bill Burgin, husband of volunteer Linda Burgin, shown posing as a guest at the Fish Fry, holding a #StartWithaSmile poster, encouraging everyone to switch to when shopping at

We received our first contribution from Amazon in May. If everyone who shops at Amazon would change their login to Smile.Amazon.Com, a portion of each purchase would go to Bigger Vision.

Thanks to amazonsmile, all shopping done on can fund Bigger Vision year round. Make your dollars go that much further.

Enroll today and select Bigger Vision as your amazonsmile charity.  
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Those aren't just any ol' store-bought fish these folks are eating. When guys at Bigger Vision decide to fry up some fish and invite the neighbors, they go out and catch 'em first. 
Bobby Thomas, Al Epting, Jeff Larkins, Dave Himmelsbach, John Morris, Louie Wyatt, and Mitchell Holland supplied the fish for the end-of-season fish fry, and Louie Wyatt cooked them with the help of John Morris and Mitchell Holland.

Janice and Dave Himmelsbach enjoy fish dinner with friends.
Interim Director Ken Sherman, his wife Joleen, daughter Hillary and her husband Blake.
Andrew Wilkins and his wife Shey.
Shelter Manager Mitchell Holland
Do you like supporting Bigger Vision financially?  Would you like also to get discounts around Athens for your contribution?  Over the past three years, Homeless Help Card (HHCard) has helped us fund our operations while also giving our donors discounts to over 250 businesses in Athens and Metro Atlanta. 
HHCard just launched a new smartphone app, on Apple, Android, Blackberry, and Amazon Kindle. Your $20 donation gets you full access for a year, and ALL of your donation comes back to us.  Bigger Vision and five other Athens’ charities also benefit from a portion of the in-app advertisements.
To make sure your purchase funds us, simply purchase through the Bigger Vision link below.  Why not save money and help us at the same time? 

To Purchase:  

A pretty graphic of the year 2016


Financial provision for insulation, remodeling and painting

New board members to help plan and share the load going forward 

New officers

Industrial washer and dryer

Donors and prayers for next season

Shelter Phone Number


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