Jersey Day to benefit local nonprofits

COVINGTON – Local employees and sports fans will have a chance to show their team spirit while benefiting a worthy cause at the same time with the Newton Fund’s Jersey Day kicking off on Aug. 29.

Jersey Day, a campaign to raise money for local nonprofit organizations, will allow employers to let their employees wear their favorite sports teams’ jerseys to work each Friday during football season. To participate in the weekly jersey-wearing event, employees will be asked to make a small donation — which can be as little a $1 — that will benefit the Newton Fund.

All funds raised will go toward various nonprofit organizations throughout the county. Nonprofit recipients will be selected in a competitive grant-making process. The first $10,000 raised will be matched by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, which charters the Newton Fund.

According to Jersey Day Chair and Newton Fund Advisory Committee member Scott Willis, a few local employers have already decided to take part in the sports attire-themed fundraiser. Bridgestone Golf, THP Graphics Group Inc., Newton Federal Bank, Bank of North Georgia, Georgia Heart Specialists and the Newton County Chamber of Commerce will be participating in Jersey Day. The event is aimed at boosting employee morale, engaging employees in philanthropy and recognizing participants at the Newton Fund’s annual grantee ceremony.

“What’s unique about the Newton Fund is that all funds collected from Jersey Day and our other fundraising efforts in Newton County go straight to the competitive grant winners,” said Willis in a released statement. “There’s no overhead between the contributors and those who need the funds. And let’s face it: the people on the front lines are doing the hard work, and those of us who can’t be on the front lines have a means now through Jersey Day to join them behind the scenes to make this community stronger.”

Since 2000, the Newton Fund has sponsored and contributed to nonprofit efforts to meet critical needs locally. The Community Foundation has invested about $2.5 million in Newton County through its competitive grant-making programs and donor-advised philanthropic funds. The Newton Fund itself has awarded over $285,000 to more than 50 local nonprofits.