Circles only exists because of our volunteers! We have many different levels of commitment – from one evening to  18 months. We encourage you to attend one of our Thursday meetings to understand Circles a little better. Any questions? Contact Sherri at sbrown@troupco.org or at 706.883.1687.

ALLIES  are volunteers who agree to form an intentional relationship across class lines with a Circle Leader working to get out of poverty. Allies commit to attending at least two of the Thursday night weekly meetings every month and also contact their Circle Leader outside of the weekly meetings. The Ally commitment is for 18 months.

GUIDING COALITION is the Circles steering committee made up of volunteers who assist in organizing, planning and executing Circles. The Guiding Coalition has five teams: Recruitment, Community, Resource, Economic Stability and Big View.

BIG VIEW TEAM is part of the Guiding Coalition. They come together to address systemic issues that keep people in poverty. Some of the issues may include transportation, affordable childcare, fringe banking practices and more.

MEALS are provided at no cost to everyone attending Thursday evening meetings. With grant money from the World Hunger fund from Georgia Baptist Convention and access to Feeding the Valley food bank, most meals cost little – or nothing – for those preparing it. We need volunteers to prepare, serve and clean up the meals each week. This is a great small group project.  Circles Meal Guidelines.

CHILDCARE Childcare is an ongoing need. We are developing a curriculum to teach some of the same skills to children as we teach to their parents and we also tutor  school age children each week. At times, we offer specific programs and activities for the children. We are always looking for teachers to specific programs such as budgeting, job skills, soft skills and more. We also have babies that need one-on-one attention.

All volunteers (except those providing a meal) are required to attend Bridges Out of Poverty, a 6-hour workshop that examines the culture of poverty and the culture of middle class. The knowledge in that training helps volunteers and community members understand how to “bridge” the transition from poverty to self-sufficiency.