Two Nonprofits Merge To Aid Community

Darlene Duke  and Linda Oviatt

Darlene Duke and Linda Oviatt

Christian Aid Mission Partnership (C.A.M.P.) and Our Father’s Hands (OFH) also known as OFH Clothing for a Cause, announced that the two organizations have merged to better serve their clients and communities more efficiently.

“In these difficult economic times we have to work more creatively in order to effectively meet the growing needs ,” said Darlene Duke Executive Director of C.A.M.P., ‘this merger will help us fill gaps in services and prevents duplication of efforts.”

Linda Oviatt of OFH says the merger just made sense. Both agencies work very hard to serve the most needy in our communities and by working together they can have a greater impact.

“There is no crisis at C.A.M.P.  and no crisis at OFH,” Duke said. “We respect each other and just felt that we could do more if we put our organizations together.”

Under the terms of the merger, Our Father’s Hands will become a program of Christian Aid Mission Partnership . Linda Oviatt, executive director of Our Father’s Hands, will be Director of Outreach  and remain as the OFH program director of the shop.

Christian Aid Mission Partnership focuses on basic needs services to their low-income neighbors. Founded in 1968, C.A.M.P. distributes an average of 1 million pounds of food annually. Additional services such as financial aid and education programs help reduce the hardships of poverty and expand opportunities for self-sufficiency.

Our Father’s Hands, founded in 2005, is “clothing with a cause”. This trendy resale shop generates its own income and supplies homeless children in CobbCounty schools with new shoes, socks, underwear and uniforms.

Together they will continue to build relationships with other ministries sharing valuable resources making their impact in the community even greater. Both women are very excited and said “We will be announcing a new name and branding for the united ministries in October at our annual Empty Plate Gala. The public is welcome to attend!”

The night of BBQ and Bluegrass will be October 26 in Remington Hall inside Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna. Tickets are $50 each which includes entertainment, dinner and drinks. A silent auction, Cloggers, trucks, target practice and more will make it a very entertaining night all while raising money for a great cause.  Please call Darlene Duke at 770-819-0662 Ext 11 or Linda Oviatt at 770-241-4302 for more information and tickets. Oh, and wear your best blue jeans!

From the October 2013 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton and Austell, GA.