Three Gwinnett County-based charities recently received $11,500 total from the Delta Community Philanthropic Fund as part of the credit union’s efforts to support local communities.

In a ceremony at the Delta Community Credit Union’s Duluth Branch, company CEO Hank Halter awarded $1,000 to The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning, which provides opportunities for creative and artistic expression to promote healing in people with significant illness or disabilities.

Halter also presented a check for $3,000 to Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett, which provides health and dental services to the poor and uninsured, and a $7,500 check to Street Grace Inc., an organization that seeks to end domestic minor sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

“Domestic minor sex trafficking is among the fastest growing criminal industries today,” said Camila Zolfaghari, vice president of policy for Street Grace. “This particular grant will help fund our Youth Education Initiative, a student-led prevention program that helps community groups and schools teach children how to protect themselves and their friends against exploitation.”

Halter said the credit union was happy to give to the Gwinnett organizations.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to invest in these worthwhile organizations which share our commitment to support individuals, families, and communities,” he said. “Throughout 2019, our Philanthropic Fund will invest a total of $100,000 in 24 charities throughout metro Atlanta, in support of our goal to strengthen local communities through education, financial support and volunteer efforts.”

Crime Reporter

Isabel is a crime and health reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. She graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a B.A. in international studies. She is originally from the Boston area.

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