Project ReNeWal seeks board members and donations

CONYERS — Project ReNeWal, a domestic violence intervention program that derives its name from the three counties that it serves — Rockdale, Newton and Walton — is currently looking for volunteers and donations.

Since 1995, Project ReNeWal has offered shelter and assistance to victims of domestic violence throughout the tri-county area. Its website states that the organization has answered more than 2,000 crisis calls and sheltered over 255 people in need.

Project ReNeWal accepts monetary and physical donations for the women and children that it serves. Director Vickie Stevenson said that currently the organization is overwhelmed with all the clothing contributions that it received over the holiday season. What is needed instead, she said, are donations of other household items such as bed sheets, rugs and curtains. Clothing donations will be accepted again at the end of January, Stevenson said.

Non-perishable food items and canned goods are also being accepted at ReNeWal.

Stevenson added that ReNeWal is one of the only shelters in the state to house men on site, along with women and children. The organization also has an on-site kennel for those in need who have pets.

Project ReNeWal is also seeking individuals to join its board of directors. Volunteer board members are responsible for monitoring the organization’s finances, as well as helping host fundraisers and events. Desired qualifications for board members include a professional background, and experience with managing finances is a plus, according to Project ReNeWall Executive Director Vickie Stevenson. There are currently nine board members, but ReNeWal has room for 15.

“We’re looking for people who can organize and be frugal with our funds,” she said.

For more information on volunteering and donating, contact the Project ReNeWal office at 770-860-9770. For safety purposes, Project ReNeWal does not disclose its physical location to volunteers until they pass a background check.