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The Village says 'thank you' to Gwinnett

In March of this past year, I introduced many of you to Annandale Village. For others, I just reminded you about the place that you have known as your neighbor for more than 35 years.

For those that did not see the column, Annandale Village, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is a residential community located in Suwanee that serves adults with developmental disabilities. In addition to residential services, Annandale administers a day program and a skilled nursing facility for this special population.

In the March column, I called on you to support our efforts by participating in our 12th annual fundraising event known as the Annandale Jazzy Thing. I am pleased to announce that more than 1,000 people attended this year's event, and we raised more than $150,000 - a record for Annandale.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and show you how your donations will benefit the residents or Villagers of Annandale. The money raised through Jazzy goes directly toward Villager fees or tuition so that many Villagers who otherwise could not afford to live at Annandale will be able to for a reduced rate. Because of the success of Jazzy and your generosity, those Villagers will be able to stay in the only place they consider home.

Throughout the year, Annandale also solicits support for our annual fund. Fortunately for Annandale and the Villagers, the local community has supported this as well. Just this year alone, we were able to raise enough funds to purchase a much needed wheelchair-accessible bus. The new bus allows us to take residents of our skilled nursing facility that require the assistance of a wheelchair off campus with ease and comfort.

Donors have also purchased items this year for the Villagers to meet many of their ancillary needs, ranging from life-saving equipment (automated external defibrillators) to furniture for their bedrooms and living rooms.

As health care and related industry costs continue to rise, the support of the community becomes more integral to the success of an organization like Annandale. Because of your sponsorship, we will be better able to meet more of our Villagers' needs and enhance their quality of life. On behalf of the board of trustees, the staff, the Villagers and their families, thank you, Gwinnett County.

If you think you know someone who may benefit from our services, you do not have to know all the answers. Just call Annandale and our staff will coordinate with everyone involved to determine eligibility and make any necessary arrangements.

To learn more about Annandale Village or how you can continue to help Annandale achieve its mission, please call us at 770-945-8381 or mail to 3500 Annandale Lane, Suwanee, GA 30024.

"People Helping People" is a weekly column written by the executive directors of nonprofit organizations in Gwinnett County. Today's article was written by Adam Pomeranz of Annandale Village.

Need help or know someone who does? The Gwinnett Helpline directs callers to the appropriate nonprofit agency. Call 770-995-3339.