Local group marks 10 years

LAWRENCEVILLE - Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services is celebrating 10 years of service. The nonprofit, volunteer organization was established in March 1999 and has raised funds to support programs and address senior needs.

Gwinnett has the second largest senior population in Georgia. The Friends organization has donated two fully equipped Meals on Wheels trucks and two cars for homemaking services to Gwinnett County Senior Services. Friends has also met budget shortfalls by supporting 133,825 meals and nutritional dietary supplement drinks and distributed funds for emergency assistance, home repair, food baskets, dental and medical health and wellness screenings to seniors.

To volunteer or make a donation to Friends, call Celia Moore at 770-822-8775, or visit the Web site at www.gwinnettseniorservices.com.

Gwinnett Tech to help families complete FAFSA

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Technical College will hold a series of free workshops to assist students and their parents complete the 2009-10 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA is the federal financial aid form required for students interested in both federal and state funding sources, including the HOPE Grant and Scholarship. The workshops are free and open to any student interested in attending Gwinnett Tech.

Workshops will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 24, March 31 and April 31 in the Gwinnett Tech Assessment Center, Building 100, Room 811-A, on campus at 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville. Students who sign in by 6 p.m. will also be able to take the COMPASS test, a nationally recognized college admissions and placement exam used by most two-year colleges, including Gwinnett Tech.

Students attending the FAFSA workshop must bring their Personal Identification Number (PIN), which must be obtained online before the workshop at www.fafsa.

ed.gov, and their 2008 tax information to be able to complete the FAFSA form.

For more information, e-mail financialaidoffice


Foundation to host fundraiser

SNELLVILLE - The South Gwinnett Cluster Foundation will hold its first major fundraiser at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Summit Chase Country Club.

The event will feature an evening of socializing, heavy hors d'oeuvres, music, an auction and an informative program that will introduce local business and community leaders to the organization.

The presentation will highlight the foundation's mission, which is to establish partnerships with schools in the South Gwinnett cluster and with residents and business communities to promote the academic enrichment, growth and success of students.

Tickets for the program and auction are $20 each and can be purchased in advance by calling 678-522-1113. Each ticket includes entry into a raffle for $100 cash and other prizes.

For more information about the foundation, visit www.southgwinnettcluster.org.

Piedmont YMCA reopens facility

WINDER - The YMCA of Georgia's Piedmont will hold a ribbon cutting and re-grand opening ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday at its facility at 50 Brad Akin Drive in Winder.

To RSVP or for more information, call the Barrow Chamber of Commerce at 770-867-9444.

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