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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A South Georgia non-profit in danger of shutting down for good, has been saved through fundraisers and the generous support of donors.

Big Brother, Big Sister Satellite offices in Cordele, Douglas, Valdosta and Albany were closed last year. Some staff members had to be let go and mentors were no longer able to be matched up with children.

The focus of the organization shifted to fundraising. Now, an enrollment manager has been hired and the organization is moving ahead.

Melinee Calhoun said, "The children that we are mentors for, they are our next generation and if we can't affect social change, positive social change in their lives, then our generation is doomed."

Board Chair Carrie Council said, "The bad thing is a lot of these children don't have positive adult role models. Sometimes that's the only key that's missing."

A major fundraiser, Bowl for kidsake, is planned for February. Two other fundraisers are planned for next year.

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