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The Covey Guild is a group of women dedicated to meeting the needs of Atlanta’s homeless, run-away and trafficked youth, ages 18-21, by supporting the mission and staff of CHGA.
Working together through the Covey Volunteer Guild, we can accomplish more for the youth than we can as individuals. The Covey Guild dues provide educational and social enrichment opportunities for the CHGA residents. Join us as we empower our Georgia youth!
Covey Guild Leadership
President: Chris Cavanaugh
Co-President: Laura Torbert
Membership Chairs: Jane Ridall & Cissy Zelickson
Secretary/Treasurer: Elaine Bailey
Covey Guild Committees
Clothing Closet Committee - Chair: Dale Ioannides
The Clothing Closet Committee seeks to improve the lives of Covenant House youth by meeting their clothing needs. Twice a year the committee comes together for a closet work day, switching out winter clothing for summer clothing or visa-versa. In addition the committee also holds drives for Covenant House's greatest clothing needs.
In addition to the work day, the Covey women are also holding an “Undie Drive.” We are collecting Women’s bras and panties, all sizes, and will be collecting men’s boxers and briefs, all sizes.
Special Events Committee - Chairs: Billie Lampinen & Sarah Murphy
The Special Events Committee gives Covenant House youth experiences and opportunities they may have never had before. Events include Prom in late spring, a skate night in the fall, cook-outs, bowling parties, Atlanta excursions, and much more!
Meals Committee - Chairs: Gaylen Baxter & Shirley Davis
The Meals Committee is responsible for developing strategies to solicit meal donations from churches, businesses and individuals. This program has cut our food costs by close to 75% and gives volunteers the opportunity to prepare and share a meal with our youth. The committee also provides and serves a meal to our youth once a month.
The Meals Committee helped implement Covenant House Georgia’s Healthy Eating Initiative for our youth. This program encourages volunteer meal providers to use healthy recipes that will help nurture healthy bodies and minds for our youth. Members assisted in developing detailed instructions for volunteers to "prepare and share a meal" and assembled an assortment of tasty, nutritious receipes, which are available on the website.
Birthday Committee - Chairs: Pam Malone & K'Re Shirley
The Birthday Committee hosts a birthday party once a month for our youth. This gives an opportunity for the youth to celebrate their birthdays with the Covenant House community. The Birthday celebrations include: decorating the cafeteria, writing birthday cards to youth, and picking up a cake from the Publix-Peachtree Battle Shopping Center (a recurring donation from Publix).
Life Skills Committee - Chair: Chris Cavanaugh
The Life Skills Committee aims to develop ways to teach our youth the life skills necessary for them to become independent and responsible adults through our transitional living, Rights of Passage (ROP) program. These activities often include courses on money management, cooking/nutrition, job preparation, and much more!