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    Community Outreach
    4th Quarter 2018

    Kim Lerstang

    Ashton Pointe Completes Coat Drive

    Ashton Pointe recently held a coat drive to benefit those in need in and around the Monroe, Georgia, area. They collected coats and other winter accessories from residents, vendors and others in the community for approximately a month. When the drive was complete, Ashton Pointe had gathered over 50 pieces of clothing to donate to the Athens Area Homeless Shelter. A great cause for those less fortunate.      

    Magnolia Heights Helps "Change the World"

    Magnolia Heights participated in the annual "Change the World Day" event in October held in Covington, Georgia. Local businesses and churches in the community gathered together to give away tons of food, blankets, coats, clothes, books and much more. Leasing Consultant Sherry Davis and the Magnolia Heights staff helped to hand out all the donations despite the wind and the rain. They were also able to use the event for marketing, as they gave out flyers, Magnolia Heights water bottles and goodie bags to prospects. Even better, some of the current residents helped make the goodie bags, so it was a total team effort by the Magnolia Heights community.
           

    Ambling's Valdosta Office Helps Out Hurricane Victims

    When Hurricane Michael hit the southwestern region of Georgia, specifically Seminole County where CFO Cynamon Willis is originally from, the Valdosta office immediately jumped in to help.  The Seminole County School System lost the majority of their books in the massive storm, so Ambling knew it could help.

    Last year, our Greenville and Valdosta offices, along with several of our properties, collected books for a book fair at Avalon Apartments. We had over 2,000 books left over, so Cynamon and some Ambling team members loaded all the books, along with personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies, into vehicles and made their way to Seminole County Elementary School to personally deliver the goods.

    In addition, three families were adopted and were provided food, hygiene items, diapers, formula, gift cards for fuel and cleaning supplies. The families were "blessed beyond words and filled with such gratitude for what Ambling gave them," according to Cynamon.

    Ambling's motto is "Enrich Lives. Build Community. Create Home." and this event was a true example of that.
            

    Pinewood Park Volunteers With Stop the Violence

    Pinewood Park's staff volunteered in the Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia's Stop the Violence event this quarter. Property Manager Teresa Knight, Leasing Agent Dennisha Holloway, Maintenance Supervisor Samuel Tyson, and Maintenance Tech Emmanuel Nieves placed purple pinwheels on the Rescue Mission's lawn to represent Georgia victims who have been killed by domestic violence over the last 10 years. The event lasts 10 days and over that span, a total of 1,266 pinwheels were placed on the lawn.
      

    Heritage Park Makes Memories

    Heritage Park saw that the Memory Makers program, run by Respite Day Services of Oxford, Mississippi, was in need of some items. Since there are several residents who volunteer at Memory Makers, Property Manager Mary Liles and Regional Property Manager Christie Billings simply asked what the organization needed, held a drive to collect the items, and then delivered the goods. Memory Makers, which is an adult day respite service for people with cognitive issues, operates on donations and grants, was very appreciative of all the generosity. Great work serving the community!

    Ashton Landing and Ashton Hills Help Their Respective Communities

    Along with Ashton Pointe's Coat Drive, Magnolia Heights' "Change the World" event, and Pinewood Park volunteering with domestic violence prevention referenced above, other properties in Regional Property Manager Clara Bray's region helped their communities with a variety of events.  In Perry, Georgia, Ashton Landing held a clothing drive to benefit ABBA House for Battered Women. Residents and staff donated lightly used clothing and shoes, and then delivered the collected clothing during a gathering at Ashton Pointe with some of the ABBA residents.  Five women and 8 children from the house were present to collect the donations and enjoy desserts made by the Ashton Landing residents. Property Manager Kyla Burnell said there were both stories that brought tears to all, and laughs that brought comfort to all. A great event for a great cause.

    Meanwhile, the staff at Ashton Hills took time to volunteer at the Macon City Senior Citizens Center in late October. They played games and music, enjoyed some quality laughs, and served dinner to the seniors at the community.  Not sure if the seniors or the Ashton Hills staff had more fun!  What a great way to serve the community.  Property Manager Natasha Lewis and her staff also visited Macon Middle School for a Career Day Christmas Party.  They spoke to disadvantaged students about careers in general, what duties a property manager has, and other career options at Ambling.  After the presentation, the Ashton Hills staff enjoyed refreshments and getting to know the students better.
        

    COMING 1st QUARTER 2019

    Create your 1st Quarter Outreach by Regional Property Manager.  Each RPM should create the outreach of your choice along with your property manager’s teams for the 1st Quarter.  This will be a contest for most creative idea as well as an additional winning team for best implementation of the outreach idea.  Get those pictures and outreach started.  We are looking forward to seeing all the exciting ideas.