I believe first that charity begins at home.. There is so much need in our individual communities that it is often hard to imagine making a serious impact with national and even world wide causes.  There are numerous charities that are near and dear to my heart, those that benefit children are the first that come to mind.  There are many remarkable organizations that focus on education, health and welfare of those that hold the key to our future.  The suffering of the sick, the homeless and the mentally ill weighs on my heart. I admire the organizations and individuals who work to ease suffering.

Medical research is another critical area where funding is so very important.  This gained my attention when I realized the lack of funding for Esophageal Cancer, a horrible disease that took the life of my husband of twenty three years, Bob Collier, in June of 2012.  Soon after his death, the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association (ECAA) became a cause I chose to support any way that I could. Esophageal Cancer, EC, is one of the deadliest cancers.  Early detection is key to survival. My immediate hope is that each of us become much more aware of this cancer that can strike anyone at anytime.  Syptoms are subtle. A simple procedure known as an endoscopy can detect early signs of this disease. Please go to for more information and ways to support this worthwhile cause. 

Secondly with my softer side, comes my love for animals and organizations that provide support for our homeless furry friends. I personally support the Etowah Valley Humane Society in Cartersville, Georgia. In the past I served as a board member and continue to support this successful organization which does so much for the homeless animals in my hometown.  There are so many never ending sad cases of abused and unwanted animals in shelters across our country. Please visit for more information about this shelter and what you can do to help. A little bit goes a long way! 

Education is so important to our young people and the future of our country.  I have the honor of serving on the Georgia Highlands Foundation Board.  Northwest Georgia is served by the opportunities at Georgia Highlands College which continues to grow and prosper. Georgia Highlands which began as a small community college has grown to now having several campuses in the Northwest Georgia Area. Finely tuned to meet the educational needs of students, Georgia Highlands is fortunate to have an active Foundation whose goal is to support students financially.  For more information on the Georgia Highland Foundation, please visit: 

Make sure you are aware of the needs in your community and for causes that you might choose to support. Support for the above causes are needed and greatly appreciated

Sincerely, Melanie

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