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Pickens Community Thrift Store cashier Jo Young takes money for sale of a variety of items from a happy customer who saved a bundle. It's shoppers and the donners who donate all items sold in the store that make grants a possibility for the Pickens County non profit organizations.

Pickens non-profit Lunch & Learn January 24 to teach grant application

By Suellen Reitz

     Unless you are brand new to Pickens County, you know that our Community Thrift Store is all about helping those in need from Pickens.  In the 20 plus years since the store opened it’s doors, more than $10,000,000 has been given back to the community in the form of grants to 501C3 non profit organizations located within the county. This money is raised from the sale of all of the generous donations given to the store throughout the year.

            When the store was set up, a separate board of voting officers known as the Pickens County Community Resource Association Incorporated or PCCRA, was formed to review grant applications and award the funds on a quarterly basis to deserving groups with a meaningful cause and need. There are hundreds of qualifying non profit groups registered in our county, but only a handful take the time to apply.

            Receiving free money for a worthy cause is a no brainer. All 501C3 organizations are eligible to apply. We at the thrift store believe the lack of participation is not because of lack of need or interest… but rather, lack of information.

            The fix? A free luncheon / information session open to all qualifying groups. Come enjoy a delicious lunch catered by Fatz on Monday, January 24 at the Chattahoochee Technical College from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and learn how to easily apply online. Please register your organization’s representative name (one per non profit please) NLT  17 January @

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