Fundraising Event

Posted on May 12, 2014


The Open Arms Home for Children in partnership with 5 local Zaxby’s restaurants will be holding a fundraising event on Monday, May 26th (MEMORIAL DAY) from 5 PM to 8 PM.

Walk-in, drive-in and/or place your Zaxby’s order pnline between 5 PM and 8 PM and Zaxby’s will donate 10% of net proceeds from each of these 5 participating locations to The Open Arms Home for Children.

Participating Locations: Jasper, Ellijay, Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Murphy, NC.

This is your opportunity to be a Child Advocate for the day! So make your last meal of the Memorial Day weekend a delicious Zaxby’s meal and help our local children affected by abuse and neglect.

RSVP at this local link and let us know you will support us at one of these locations on Monday, May 26th. And LIKE our page on Facebook please!

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New Director

Posted on December 17, 2013


We would like to officially announce the hiring of our new Director Lisa McGhee. Lisa was hired a few months back, and we are excited to have her with us directing operations at the Home. Lisa can be reached by sending her an email through our contact form. When you get a chance, welcome her to the Blue Ridge community!

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New Sponsors & Donors

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We want to thank our most recent donors for their generosity. We can’t thank you enough!

  • Businesses: Black Sheep Restaurant, Kevin Panter Insurance, Wrapsody in Blue, Cartwright Landscaping, Johnson Paving, Folger Gas & Propane, Blu Mountain Expressions, Radio Shack – Blue Ridge, HoneyBaked Ham – East Ellijay, Fetch Your News, East Town Cinema, Fun World, CVS Ellijay & Blue Ridge, Buttercream Dreams
  • Organizations: Gilmer County Schools, United Community Bank – Junior Board
  • Individuals: The Davis Family, Neal & Joan Allen
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Thanks from Open Arms!

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We would like to thank everyone who contributed to Open Arms in 2013. We were blessed to have so many thinking of us this year. We were able to achieve many great things for the Home thanks to your contributions of time and money.

We have exciting plans in the works for 2014, and we look forward to posting them to this website and our Facebook page very soon. Until then, THANK YOU for your ongoing support and we look forward to having you involved in 2014!

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December/January Quote

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There are significant reasons in favor of giving to charity now rather than in the long-distance future. Giving communities a helping hand today allows them to continue to be better off in the future, increasing the social rate of return. It is also important to make a public stand and encourage others to give.

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June Quote of the Month

Posted on June 7, 2013

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted on March 1, 2013

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we each can play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in communities. Learn more >>

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Open Arms Events in 2013

Posted on February 6, 2013

In the coming months, Open Arms of Blue Ridge will announce details on our Annual Casino Night and Breakfast with Santa.

Check back often or sign up for our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss it!

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CASA – Speak Up For a Child

Posted on August 2, 2011

Georgia CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) works diligently with Georgia’s children who have been removed from their homes on account of neglect or abuse. For years, CASA volunteers have helped find healthy, permanent homes for children in the state’s foster care system and put their lives back on track.

CASA volunteers aim to represent Georgia’s children on an individual level, to identify a child’s specific situation and needs, and help them into a brighter future.

To read more about Georgia CASA and hear some of their success stories, visit the Georgia CASA website.

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Child Welfare “National Picture” – Feb. 2011

Posted on July 22, 2011

This February, 2011 report from the Children’s Welfare Information Gateway shows the facts on what’s happening to our nation’s children.

Download the PDF

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