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Fundraisers for ALCES, the Food Bank and Yanzhuo Zhang

The Athens Latino Center for Education and Services, a nonprofit that provides adult education to the Latino community, is seeking donations. Under Susan Wilson, the former director of the Garnett Ridge Boys & Girls Club, ALCES has started the only bilingual GED prep and counseling programs in the state. To help, visit or send a check to 445 Huntington Road, Athens, GA 30606. Donations are tax-deductible. In addition, Menchie’s frozen yogurt in the Beechwood shopping center will donate a percentage of its profits to ALCES on Wednesday, June 22—but be sure to mention you’re there for the fundraiser. 

Bytes for Bites: The Technology Association of Georgia, TAG Athens and HUB magazine have formed a partnership with the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia to conduct a statewide food drive. Companies will compete to see which one can raise the most funds and donate the most food per employee. Signup is through July 10, and the competition takes place July 11–22. For more, go to

Do It for Yanzhuo: Friends of a UGA research scientist who was seriously injured in a car crash last month have started a crowdfunding site for her. Yanzhuo Zhang lost both of her legs below the knee, as well as her unborn daughter, when a feed-truck boom came loose and struck a pickup she was driving while she was returning from a trip to collect hemlock leaves. The site is at Money raised will go towards fitting Zhang with prosthetics, according to friends Scott and Kelly Horn, who set up the site. 

A Thousand Points of Life: Spoken-word poet and activist Lemuel “Life” LaRoche was recognized by President George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light foundation for his work with Chess and Community, a nonprofit that uses the board game to teach, well, life lessons to at-risk youth. Here’s a TedX Talk Life gave at UGA last year.