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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

Mission: The mission is to help distribute across Georgia ADVENTURE BAGS to agencies in Georgia. With these bags it is our desire to begin an ongoing opportunity to help agencies give children who are displaced something of their own to feel a sense of security when what they knew to be home, is not an option at that time.

Results: Over 2,000 book bags have been distributed to agencies in 29 counties since our "kick off" October 15, 2011

Target demographics: children in crisis.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1069 children in 28 counties of GA

Geographic areas served: /with 29 GA counties

Programs: Book bags filled with essentials used every day as well as comfort items such as coloring books, crayons, journals, pens, pencils, small toy/activity and always a stuffed animal. These bags are given to children from infant to 18 years.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Misty18

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a foster parent, I've seen first hand what these bags do for the children that come into foster care. I've seen a 9 yr old little boys world turned up side down, but for a moment when given an Adventure Bag, he has something that's his and no one can take it. Being removed from their home with little or no personal belongings is something children shouldn't have to do, but sometimes it's necessary. These bags offer thrm a sense of security. Thank you Adventure Bags, Inc for all that you do.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a 12 year old girl who loves helping Adventure Bags with my mom. I love being able to help kids in crisis. I never know if I might need an adventure bag someday so I love to help out in every way I possibly can.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Adventure Bags is such an amazing organization! From the first moment I stepped onto the AB house to volunteer, I fell in love. Working in the school system, I knew there are children in need, but never the demand was so high. It's heartbreaking! However, with the help of Adventure Bags, we can help add a smile to their face and give them something to call their own. It also provides people in the community, especially children, the opportunity to come volunteer and bag bags. Together we are making a difference!

1 Randy41

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I ride in the Adventure bags motorcycle ride every year. Its the one ride I never miss. I was once a social worker for Child Protective Services and I have been there when a child is uprooted from the only environment they have ever known. This non-profit was not around when I was doing the job,but here's the thing, the situation is already difficult enough. It's stressful on the child, the workers, and the parents. Remembering to get toothbrushes and teddy bears is the last thing on anyone's mind in that situation and even if you do remember, there is no guarantee that all parties will be cooperative. I've heard parents go as far as to say things like, "If the 'State' wants him, then they need to buy his clothes," and refuse to allow the child to take anything with him when he is placed in Foster Care. So I think what adventure bags does is awesome. Just the fact that the child gets a book-bag and a toothbrush can be a really big deal in some situations.

1 Tamra N.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a community advocate, I see kids in crisis everyday in multiple counties throughout the state of Georgia. Often these kids leave home and never return for various reasons, the bags provide a sense of belonging as they truly are truly beginning of a new adventure.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Adventure Bags is one of the best non profits in the state of Georgia. They make a difference in every county they serve by helping children in need. Great organization!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started helping in 2012. and I think it is great what adventure bags does to help kids who are taken out of their home by fire or by the department on children services or anything else. I just want to keep volunteering because I know I am helping kids

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Adventure Bags is a fantastic organization that provides hope to children in transition. Debbie and the entire staff gives all they have in the form of time, money and love. I am truly impressed and grateful that I have had the opportunity to talk with Debbie.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work at a Domestic Violence shelter in north GA. I use these bags to put a smile on the kids faces when they have to come into shelter. Without them a lot of my shelter kids would be very unhappy. It gives the kids a feeling of comfort to have something that is there's when they come into shelter.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Adventure Bags is an awesome organization that serves children in our local communities by providing them with something to call their own when they've lost everything else. Having 3 children of my own I understand how transition can be difficult for children. I also know how attached they become to certain items (security blankets and such). Adventure Bags provides children with a brand new book bag filled with toiletry items, school items, and things for fun. Most importantly each child receives their own stuffed animal. This simple bag serves as a token of love from community partners that we care for each and every child.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Adventure Bags is an organization that seeks to meet a great need in a child's life! When a child has a need for necessities and they are many times placed in an awkward position the bag can be a comfort. The hands and hearts of Debbie, her family and the volunteers that make this work possible touch the lives of children in North Georgia in a special way. This is an awesome opportunity for our community to sow a seed in a child's life.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Adventure Bags with my mom. It is a great opportunity for me to give back in a way that could have impacted my own life as a foster child. I choose to volunteer because I know that value of what's being done here.

Brenda Webb

Board Member

Rating: 5

Adventure Bags is an incredible organization... it's totally donation funded, and no one gets paid. I met Debbie, the president of AB about a year ago...at a Barrow Co. Chamber of Commerce networking meeting. I have watched her talk about the "why" behind her purpose week after week. Her passion for the cause is catching...I started out giving donations and volunteering, now I'm a board member. She has touched countless numbers of people with her simple goal of giving kids in crisis something to call their own. Sadly, the need for this service continues to grow.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization for a fantastic cause. What a wonderful idea...giving book bags full of necessities to children in foster care. The people behind this organization have the biggest hearts and are fulfilling a great need in these kids lives.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is run entirely on donations. No one is paid and the only way it continues is through donations and all the hard work of the volunteers! This is a true nonprofit and their goal is simple helping kids feel secure and they do just that! I have seen first hand the impact these Bags have on children in need. It is something so small but yet so needed and appreciated. Something to call your own when all you own is gone. Wonderful organization!

1 meri9145

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Most amazing hands on charity my family had worked with. A blessing to our community

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Adventure Bags has been a very important part of my life and of my son's life over the past 2 years. We first encountered Adventure Bags as a church project. My son had recently come from foster care so the topic was one he could relate to. When we volunteered, we felt comfortable and needed. Even my son felt his work and input was valued. This is one of the only charities we have worked for that wanted our time and affordable donations more than our money. Since that first day, we have been back several times. The leaders are so kind and passionate. I know my son will always have a place in his heart for Adventure Bags just as I do. The project means even more to me having his perspective. He says he wishes he had something like it. The leaders are even in tune to his ideas. I know the ambitions of Adventure Bags serves a real purpose. I also know the hard work put in by the leaders on a daily basis.

1 Sherri10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Debbie at a Network with Barrow meeting. Over the years, I have built their new website and helped in any way I could. Debbie is so amazing though as she allows my special needs daughter and her caregiver to come in and help out once a week. You might think, "so what? She always needs volunteers." While this is true, you have to understand my daughter. She is 23 years old, developementally 6 and VERY MOODY! She loves to help others but only when it suites her and can get very defiant. Debbie treats her like any other kid and they just move past the moment and get things done! Most people would say they didn't want my daughter to come back but Debbie understands how important it is she have things to do and makes sure has just that! Thanks Debbie for not just helping thousands of kids you don't even know, but those you do know too!

Sherri

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Adventure Bags is awesome! Not only are they doing a wonderful thing for displaced kids, Debbie is wonderful to allow special needs kids to help out too! My 22 yr old special needs daughter is no longer in school and needed some way to fill her time. Debbie is so sweet and patient and is wonderful to not just help my daughter stay busy but she is also so helpful to me as well! She always has a kind and encouraging word when I need it most!

Thanks Debbie!

Danette J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I just recently became a board member of adventure Bags. Prior to this I was a volunteer. I believe fully in what Adventure bags is doing. When A child has to leave her or his home they are given a book bag with everything they need to clean themselves from the head to the toes, and they are given a personal related to their age. If you were taken from your home with nothing, just think what it would mean to you to get this book bag. I think it is wonderful and I support Adventure Bags, which is why I accepted a position on the Board.

Debbie104

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is coming from someone that has been there, I was 13, took to a foster home with nothing of mine. No familiar surrounding but a strange man and women telling me all will be ok, and not to worry. ( easy for them to say. ) Wen I met Debbie with adventure bags, I wish I knew of them years ago, as a child besides my mother passing away,, that was the worst feelling I ever had.. thats why I fully support this awesome cause, and im proud to be part of them. I feel like we make a difference in a childs life as far as there spirit and soul in a trying time when they look around and see nothing that they once had, but now thanks to Adventure Bags they cann start stability.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adventure Bags has been such a great program to the foster families of Jackson County. The foster parents depend on the items in the bags especially when the children come to the foster families with nothing, but the Adventure Bag. Any child who is being removed from their birth family is scared, frightened and nervous and these bags do help momentarily with that. The child is able to have their own bag and a small toy, which makes a world of difference to a child who is going to a foster family whom they have never seen before. Jackson County DFCS also depends on Adventure Bags and the support they offer to the foster families of Jackson County. They are an excellent program that I strongly encourage everyone to particiapte in.