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CAC may be able to help if you are experiencing a crisis such as job loss, illness or divorce and need emergency financial assistance. CAC provides financial assistance to pay a portion of rent, mortgage or utility bills, or to help in other emergency situations such as fire or flood. Qualified clients may receive help with prescription medication or prescription glasses in emergency situations only.

Frequency: Eligible clients may receive financial assistance once a year, level of assistance will depend on the client’s circumstances.

Process:  Clients receive a pledge for the amount of support CAC is able to provide.  In most cases, additional sources of funding may be necessary. Once the client has secured all necessary funds, the client will need to return to CAC to provide documentation that all funds have been pledged or secured. At that time, CAC will provide a check for payment to the appropriate business entity (landlord, utility company, etc.) Checks are not written to clients directly.

About Financial Assistance

CAC serves as a safety net to assist our neighbors that have nowhere else to turn for help. Assistance is provided to keep our neighbors in need in their homes and prevent homelessness. CAC provides short term emergency financial assistance to families or individuals facing a financial crisis. Most clients have experienced job loss or reduction of wages; others are affected by factors such as high medical expenses, family separation, illness, fire or flood.

CAC helps about 570 households a year avoid eviction with emergency financial assistance. This assistance typically pays for portions of rent or utility bills.

Applicants are thoroughly screened and must qualify for assistance. CAC works with clients to develop a service plan that will help them move toward self-sufficiency.

CAC follows up with clients over the next 180 days to see if their situation has become stable and offers opportunities throughout the year to enroll in additional programs such as holiday food or youth programs for their children.

CAC provides emergency assistance to residents of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody, GA. Assistance of food, clothing and emergency financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

Applicants seeking assistance must make an appointment, call the Helpline (770) 552-4015. The following documents must be brought to your appointment:

  • Identification
    Social Security card or picture ID

  • Proof of Residency
    Copy of current apartment lease or mortgage
    Adults not named on the lease must provide proof of address

  • Documentation for all Residents Living at a Given Address
    Social Security cards or picture IDs or for children, proof of school enrollment or birth certificate

  • Proof of Income
    May be provided by a pay stub, IRS tax documentation, or AFDC/Food stamp letter

Applicants seeking Emergency Financial Assistance must bring all of the above plus the following:

  • Proof of Loss of Income or Financial Need
    For example, separation notice, medical bills or payment receipts, etc. Client’s name must appear on the bill being submitted for documentation



We have volunteer opportunities in all areas of the Center. Volunteers staff the food pantry, the Thrift Boutique, the donation center, the reception desk and serve as client interviewers. Volunteers for these areas are most needed Monday – Friday, 10 am – 2 pm and would ideally be able to work on a re-occurring basis such as once a week.

Individual volunteer opportunities also exist behind the scenes to perform duties such as calling clients, retrieving phone messages from clients, data entry, sorting donations, and food pick-up drivers. Day and evening hours can be accommodated.

Throughout the year we seek volunteers to work on seasonal programs and events such as the school supply program, Adopt-a-Family for the Holidays, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, inventory and the Vintage Affair.

Volunteer teachers are needed to teach adult education classes during the day and evenings. Classes include English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL),  computer workshops and citizenship preparation.

CAC accepts volunteers seeking to serve community service hours, whether for school, civic organization requirements or court ordered.

Join CAC’s more than 350 regularly scheduled volunteers and make a difference in the lives of neighbors in need! For more information contact Nolan at

Download a Volunteer Application


Get your office, school, club or neighborhood involved with CAC! We welcome volunteer groups from businesses, schools, congregations, civic organizations and more. Groups may conduct projects with us at the center, help with events or organize drives at their locations for food, clothing or school supplies. Call us and let us help you find a project that fits the interest of your group!

Groups Projects at CAC include:

  • Shelve large food drive donations

  • Fill back packs with school supplies

  • Receive and distribute holiday gifts

  • Reset the Thrift Boutique Spring & Fall

  • Building and grounds projects such as painting, landscaping and re-organizing

Group Drive Projects:

  • Hold a General Food Drive

  • Hold a Summer Lunch Box food drive for children and pack bags (April – July)

  • Hold a School Supply Drive (April – August)

  • Hold drives for Clothing such as jeans, jackets or shoes etc.

  • Hold a drive for Household Cleaning Supplies

  • Hold a drive for Toiletry Supplies and pack bags

Group Volunteers for Events

  • Food ‘n Fun Festival

  • Vintage Affair

For more information contact Debbie at

Giveing a& what it does

Your donations make a difference! Financial contributions keep our most vulnerable residents afloat during crisis situations with rent and utility bill assistance, thus avoiding eviction and loss of heat or electricity.

Financial contributions also support services such food, clothing, adult education and youth programs that help neighbors stay in their homes long term, improve quality of life and promote self-sufficiency.

You may designate your donations to support services of most interest to you.
No amount is too small.

  • $25 pays for an adult education class

  • $35 provides school supplies for a child

  • $35 provides a summer lunch bag for a child with lunches for 3 weeks

  • $50 provides food for a family for a week

  • $100 pays a utility bill

  • $300 pays the balance of rent due and stops an eviction

  • $500 or more addresses the emergency needs of several families

CAC Accepts Donations Online by Credit Card and also by Check.

Please write checks to Community Assistance Center
and mail to:

PO Box 501298
Atlanta, GA 31150

Give in Tribute
Donate in the name of a loved one, as a gift or in memory of them.

Donate Stocks
Give shares of stocks. 

Planned Giving
Commit to helping your neighbors in need on a regular basis. Monthly, annual or somewhere in between, recurring donations sustain CAC services throughout the year.

Sponsor Special Events
Become a financial or in-kind sponsor of CAC special events designed to raise awareness of the center and raise funds to support the mission. The annual Vintage Affair takes place in the fall and other events take place during the year.

For more information on donating to CAC please contact Pam Jones at

CAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
TAX ID #: 58-1825565
Donations are tax-deductible.


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