Nonprofit Dedicated to Breaking the Cycles of Homelessness, Poverty and Domestic Violence Heralded as an Organization that – Although Small – Makes a Big Difference in the Lives of Others
Duluth, Ga., September 17, 2019 – Formerly known as the Pinnacle Awards, The Gwinnett Chamber inaugural Small Business Awards will showcase those that dare to start, sustain and succeed and the community that supports them. Recognized as an organization that – although small – makes a big difference in the lives of others, Duluth-based nonprofit Rainbow Village has been nominated in the Community Contributor category.
“We are honored to be nominated in the inaugural Gwinnett Small Business Awards,” said Melanie Conner, CEO of Rainbow Village – an organization dedicated to breaking the cycles of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence. “With as many as 30 families in our care from one day to the next – between success coaching and life skills classes to the provision of childcare and transitional housing on our campus – it’s easy for us to keep our heads down, maintain our lane and stay focused primarily on our mission of helping homeless families with children. Gwinnett Chamber is an amazing asset to the Gwinnett County business community. They champion causes like ours, honor local businesses and pay tribute to community leaders on a regular basis – and that’s a really wonderful thing. Because of the Gwinnett Chamber – award or no – we all win.”
Since its launch in 1991, Rainbow Village has served as a self-described “community of transformation.” Situated in the heart of Duluth, its campus boasts five apartment buildings, offices and a community center that houses facilities for an early childhood development center, after school program, adult counseling and life skills classes, chapel and event space. In addition to its nomination for the Gwinnett Small Business Awards, Rainbow Village is currently in the running for Community Organizations – Family Services in Best of Gwinnett, a distinction it most recently achieved in 2018.
Honoring individuals and organizations alike, in addition to Community Contributors like Rainbow Village, designations will be given in the following areas:
- Advocate Award
- Culture Creator Award
- Emerging Entrepreneur Award
- Founder Award
- Launch Award
- Minority-Owned/Women-Owned Small Business Award
- Small Business Award
- Support System Award
The awards ceremony will be held Wednesday, October 23 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Infinite Energy Forum. For more information, visit www.GwinnettChamber.org/Small-Business-Awards. To learn more about Rainbow Village, make a donation or register as a volunteer, please visit www.rainbowvillage.org.
About Rainbow Village: Established in 1991 and based in Duluth, Georgia, Rainbow Village is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization devoted to breaking the cycles of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence. Committed to serving as a “community of transformation”, Rainbow Village applies a holistic, two-generational approach to serving homeless families with children. With the goal of helping families achieve emotional stability and financial independence, Rainbow Village provides housing, early childhood education and after-school care, child and youth programming, financial planning, career counseling, workforce readiness, mental health counseling, community events and more. Rainbow Village accepts applications from homeless families with minor children throughout Georgia. To learn more about Rainbow Village, register as a volunteer or make a donation, visit www.rainbowvillage.org.