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The following represents a select listing of web site links related to Central OAC’s original charter advocacy issues of health care, education, shelter and hunger.  The links are listed as useful sources for education on the issues and for providing opportunities for individuals to become more involved in living out their faith in the community, but their listing is not to be taken as an endorsement by the Outreach and Advocacy Center or Central Presbyterian Church of any particular position expressed therein.

If you represent an organization and would like to be included in these links, please contact the Executive Director (404-601-3173).

Health Care


Interfaith Health Program of the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University:  Look under IHP-NET for access to a world of health resource information.
HealthPaconline: This internet organization focuses on educational material concerning uninsured Americans with a focus on universal health care solutions.  The site is slanted to the problems of urban America.
The Georgia State Government web site contains an extensive section on Family and Health, including links to information on PeachCare for Kids and Medicaid under  Healthcare & Medical Services.
The United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta maintains extensive lists of local sources for the treatment and screening of many health-related conditions.


Education


Atlanta Public Schools: Look under Board of Education on the web site to find School Board Members for Atlanta Districts.  Look under Our Schools for information on the Ed S Cook Elementary School.
Georgia Department of Education: The web site home page contains links to several articles on the No Child Left Behind Act as well as easy access to information on all Department of Education programs.  Also included are links to the Boards of Education of each Georgia county; typically each site lists officials, board members, web site, and school statistics.
Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education: This organization, consisting of business, education, community and governmental leaders, seeks to be Georgia’s foremost change agent in education through its research, advocacy and communications activities.  The site contains information about current legislative activities and numerous links to educational organizations.

Shelter


Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership: This private organization focuses on affordable housing and mixed-income developments.
Community Housing Resource Center:  This organization is a resource for community housing developers and is known for its networking contacts.  The web site contains numerous housing and community economic development links.
The Corporation for Supportive Housing:  This national organization is a leader in the field of supportive housing and the web site is filled with information.
Taskforce for the Homeless:  This local Atlanta Organization operates an emergency shelter hotline, among many other programs.  Their web site contains information on their monthly coalition lunches.
The United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta offers extensive listings of shelters and housing facilities, cataloged by type of guest served, throughout the area.

Hunger


The Atlanta Community Food Bank:  One of the nation’s leading food banks and more.  Its web site provides detailed information on its numerous ongoing projects, serving both food pantries and individuals.
The United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta provides listings of emergency food resources as well as sources for meals throughout the area.
Bread for the World:  This national Christian advocacy group seeks to end world hunger in this century.  Its web site contains much useful background information on the national and international issues it focuses on.  The organization and the site are particularly helpful on issues relating to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).
Presbyterian Hunger Program, a ministry of the General Assembly Council of the PC (USA), contains extensive information about denominational Presbyterian special hunger projects, a useful selection of hunger news and facts, and a hunger in the Bible section.

Advocacy


Congress.org allows the user to identify their political representatives at the local and national level by entering one’s 9-digit zip code.
The Washington-based Legislative Action Center of the Presbyterian Church (USA)provides information on current legislative issues in which the Church has an interest; users can also link to federal representatives’ e-mail addresses to express concerns… again, a zip-code locator.  There are several white papers available for downloading, including “How to Be an Effective Advocate.”
The Georgia General Assembly web site provides information on bills before the House and Senate and contact information for local legislators.
PHEWA: The COAC is a member of the Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association, a voluntary membership organization dedicated to the enactment of social justice and welfare ministries. It's website includes Action Alerts and further Resources.
The Association of County Commissioners of Georgia provides links to each county’s web site, allowing the user to identify and e-mail each commissioner.  A number of legislative links connects to activities and players in the General Assembly.
The Atlanta City Council web site includes links to Council members email addresses, council district maps, and committee appointments.
The City of Atlanta web site includes a city directory of departments and officials, as well as news releases, special reports, and calendars of events and public meetings.
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