The mission of Optimist International is “bringing out the best in kids”. The Optimist Club of Jasper supports this mission each year by making donations to organizations that serve our local youth. At their meeting on August 16, five Pickens County groups were recognized for their work in our community and given a check to continue their good work.
These five organizations are The Joy House, Pickens County Library/Youth Programs, CARES, North Georgia Boys and Girls Clubs as well as the Youth Enrichment Programs for Pickens County middle schools. Each of the representatives of these organizations gave a brief overview of how the money is used to meet their missions.
Caption: L to R: Steve Lowe of The Joy House, Olivia Hattan-Edwards of Pickens County Library, Larry Starr of CARES, Michele Brackin of North Georgia Boys and Girls Clubs, Richard Hauenstein of Youth Enrichment Program/Pickens County.