Below is a synopsis of our Fourth Quarter:
- An “open letter” by RabunYES dated October 31st to out-of-town guests requesting patience in the wake of the damage caused by storm “Zeta” went viral on Facebook and was picked up by other forums as well, to include The Clayton Tribune. Roughly 16,000 people viewed the letter on social media and hundreds of “shares” expanded the recipients to numbers we never will know. The community came together as flooding and tree damage caused power outages lasting up to three days.
- A student at Union Academy in Macon County, NC organized a food drive, working with RabunYES, to help those in need as a result of the storm. We were excited to have a young man, A.J. Sallino, step up and show leadership by getting his peers and school principal involved in the drive. RabunYES pulled together the non-perishables on November 9th and combined them with food collected by youth in Clayton, all for distribution to the needy ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday via FAITH and Caring & Sharing. Youth leadership and character development are imbedded into our mission. Of course, that may take many directions and young people will guide us there.
- RabunYES has developed a simple Excel financial tracking template for tax-exempt youth organizations where more robust tools such as QuickBooks Pro are not being used by those organizations. The template is being refined for 2021 implementation and a Zoom demonstration will be given to Boy Scout and Cub Scout unit treasurers in December. Tax-exempt organizations who are just beginning to use QuickBooks Pro are welcome to consult with RabunYES (free of charge) as to how best to set up and customize their financial statements using that software tool. We are more than happy to share our experiences with other organizations.
- Three Board Members of RabunYES participated in a conservation and cleanup effort joined by Boy Scouts of Troop 19 at the county’s Recycle Center on US 76 East. The effort was in support of county staff who maintain the flowers and shrub beds along the perimeter as time permits. Pamela Motes does a super job making the place look great, but the work required help and had become overwhelming as of late. So…youth pitched in to lend a hand on October 25 bringing all the tools required and their hard work.
- A YouTube tutorial on home budgeting is under development for an early January release. The in-person classroom format as designed in 2019 was rolled out in partnership with the Rabun County Library, but the lingering virus Covid-19 will not permit in-person education for the near future on this topic (or others). Thus, RabunYES is formatting a PowerPoint tutorial structure using YouTube. We would expect the topic’s reach to extend well beyond Rabun County.
- The very successful tutorial titled “Transitioning to Homeschooling in Georgia” has been viewed by over 400 people either directly through our website or through Goggle searches. This course remains active, relevant and is reachable via this website’s Home page free of charge.
A gift of any amount is greatly appreciated, either toward general youth support programs or the Youth Center campaign; checks get made out to “RabunYES” and mailed c/o Tom Buckridge, PO Box 283, Clayton, GA 30525. Of course, the website accepts credit card gifts via its secure PayPal link easily found on the website’s “donate” page… http://www.rabunyes.org/donate/
RabunYES is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, Fed Tax ID 81-3418023 with a State of Georgia Charitable Org Permit # CH014407 at Georgia’s Secretary of State. RabunYES is also an approved ”AmazonSmile” charity.
RabunYES has maintained a platinum rating from GuideStar for financial transparency, documentation and governance.
Rabun Youth Educational Support, Inc. (aka RabunYES)
Supporting youth education & leadership efforts across our county…including as Chartered organization for both Boy Scout Troop 19 & Cub Scout Pack 6 in Rabun County