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Call to Action! CHP needs monetary donations, groceries, supplies, and volunteers.

School closures and work stoppages disproportionately affect lower-income families. The Community Helping Place’s food pantry and free clinics are often the last safety net. Side by side, with colleagues like Family Connections and churches in the area, we’re preparing and engaged to meet the needs of our community as we face this unusual world-wide emergency.  Getting food, home health and sanitation supplies into the hands of those who need it, is crucial to how well we succeed in limiting the spread of Covid-19 and to help keep our health care facilities from being overwhelmed. 

We’re OPEN:  The CHP Food Pantry is committed to staying open for our regular hours in this time of need, M, W,  F,  between 10am – 1pm.  Find the pantry around back, at 1127 Hwy 52E, Dahlonega.  Sanitation and social distancing protocols are in place to keep you safe.

At the moment we are full up with volunteers.

NEEDS: If you are fortunate enough to have extra resources or supplies please consider donating to our food pantry and emergency assistance. 

Money donations  (click here) are always the most helpful, but at times like this, supplies and goods are especially needed as well.  


This is our list of food needs as of March 26, 2020 - we'll update this list regularly. Thank you for food or monetary donations.

- Cans of corn, green beans, misc. vegetables....
- Cans of meat: Tuna, Spam, Chicken, Salmon, Ham....
- Dried Beans
- Dried Pasta (especially spaghetti noodles)
- Jars of Pasta Sauce
- Flour regular and self rising in 1lb and 5lb bags
- Fruit Juices, all sizes

CHP Covid-19 Protocol & Policies

Dear CHP Volunteers, Friends, and Family,

Like many of you, we have increased concerns about the spread of illness in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. While we ultimately have hope and faith that the virus will slow down and become controllable, we also know there are additional risks for vulnerable populations. In light of these concerns, we have developed policies to help us prevent the spread of viruses while continuing to offer care and compassion to our neighbors in need. Attached you can read about the policies we are enacting immediately in our food pantry and free clinics. We believe these are responsible ways to address the concerns while still offering services.

These policies encourage anyone with potential symptoms of the virus to remain in their vehicle and call us to deliver services to their vehicle instead of possibly spreading germs in our waiting areas, food pantry, and treatment areas of the clinic. Staff or volunteers who will assess clients in their vehicles or deliver food pantry goods will be provided with appropriate protective equipment such as gloves and masks. You will be asked to wash your hands before and after visiting with the client in the parking lot. We also ask that any volunteer who delivers services or items to clients in their vehicles is not part of a vulnerable population. Our staff is available to help as needed and your health is a priority to us. Additionally, we will be adding extra cleaning and disinfecting procedures to all of our facilities. Please be mindful of items like pens, clipboards, and appointment cards as these may be contaminated.

If due to underlying health conditions, your age, or any other reason you are uncomfortable volunteering during this time, we certainly understand and want to minimize your risk. Please let us know how we can serve and support you as you have always done for your neighbors in need.

The Staff of Community Helping Place

CHP Food Pantry Covid-19 Protocol

CHP Clinic Covid-19 Protocol

Lumpkin Matters March 21. 2020
A Drive Thru Event at
Dahlonega Assembly of God

275+ folks drove through #lumpkinmatters at Dahlonega Assembly of God receiving free groceries, information about local resources, friendly smiles, prayers and fresh burgers and hot dogs!  Lumpkin Matters workers wore protective gear, prepacked  bags, and delivered them to participants trunks,  so folks did not even have to roll down their window.  A big thank you to Stacy Jarrard, Lumpkin’s favorite Sheriff, who directed traffic and kept order.

Thank you too all who participated and all who drove thru!


#Lumpkinmatters events are changing lives!

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Our Saturday #Lumpkinmatters events have been wonderful with over 500 of our neighbors in attendance. CHP is fortunate to have great community partners and sponsors that make these events pretty special. 

Thanks Georgia Trend for spotlighting us in your March 2020 issue!  We would like to make a clarification however.  We did NOT receive a $1.2 million grant to treat Hepatitis C but we did provide the equivalent value of 1.2 million dollars worth of care to 24 Hep C patients in 2019 through generous donations of medication and the donated time of our Doctors and Nurses

The community makes CHP happen!

In November we received 2 donations on the same day! The Phi Mu ladies spent the day with us painting, cleaning, and sorting in our office and then surprised us with a check for $200. And then Mr. Schreiber and his adorable grandson dropped by to deliver a $500 donation to help make the holidays happen for so many folks. Your support makes a difference.

University of North Georgia's Nu Gamma chapter of Beta Alpha Psi workday at the CHP thrift store was a huge success!

As CHP is undergoing some renovations to the thrift stores, we simply could not have done this work in a timely manner without these fantastic students and their sponsors! Thank you, Friends, for your hard work and support! 

CHP was voted 2019 "Best Nonprofit" and "Best Thrift Store" for 2019!

Thank You for helping make the LumpkinMatters event on 9/21 a smashing success!

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Did you know Community Helping Place is the largest outreach program in Lumpkin County?

 Our programs and services include a food pantry, free medical and dental clinic, emergency financial assistance (for rent, utilities, etc..), and referral support services. These services are made possible by the generous donations of individuals, businesses, churches, and civic groups. In addition, we rely on approximately 180 volunteers who donate their time to help meet the needs of others in their community

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