Programs & Resources

Our programs include:

Partnering and supporting the programs and efforts of the Sawnee Woman’s Club and Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (KFCB).
  • Matched funding for reusable bags under grant with SWC (2015-2016).
  • Volunteer and materials assistance with SWC Conservation Department senior center reusable crafts.
  • Donated $1,000 to KFCB for Adopt-A-Stream grant (2016). 
  • Recognized KFCB Student of the Year with $100 check (2016).
  • Donated 200 reusable bags to KFCB (2017).  100 bags given to the Forsyth County Water Department.
  • Recognized KFCB Students of the Year with $100 check each (2017).
  • Matched $500 in KFCB funding for Whitlow Elementary Wishlist Items (2017).
  • Donated $150 to KFCB Student of the Year (2018).

Bags of Books.  Donating bags of books to inspire the love of books and reading to students at Chestatee Elementary School, a Title I Forsyth County School, in partnerrship with Sawnee Woman's Club as part of their Read Across America celebration.. Thank you to Sawnee EMC Operation Round Up for their support of this program.
  • 147 bags (2014)
  • 528 bags (2015)
  • 271 bags (2016)
  • 515 bags (2017)
  • 180 bags for each kindergarten student (2017)
  • 523 bags (2018)
  • 190 bags for each kindergarten student (2018)
  • 1,200 bags (2019)

3,554 bags of books donated to date!!  Learn how you can help us with this effort - click here.

Teacher Reuse Store.  Grand Opening July 13, 2019 at The Place of Forsyth.  Free school supplies for Forsyth County teachers.  Click here for more information.

Boys & Girls Club of Forsyth County. The very first Boys & Girls Club in Forsyth County opened its doors at Cumming Elementary for the 2018-19 school year.  In partnership with the Sawnee Woman's Club, we collect donations of books, games and puzzles for use by children in the club. 

Sweetheart Bags for Seniors.  In partnership with the Sawnee Woman's Club, we put together Sweetheart Bags for seniors that The Place of Forsyth serves in February 2019.  Children in a Brown's Bridge Church youth group made cards for the seniors.

Five Points Challenge 5K.  This event has been discontinued.  Thank you to everyone who participated for a great five year run. This event has allowed us to fund our programs, as well as support Atlanta’s Shepherd Center as follows:
  • $2,000 to support single stream recycling efforts (2015-2016).
  • 300 reusable water bottles to patients and staff (2015-2017).
  • 100 reusable water bottles for Project Rollway fundraising event goodie bags (2017). 
  • 200 reusable bags for Shepherd Peers event (2017).
  • 200 stainless steel straws to patients and staff at Shepherd Center (2016-2017).

Shepherd Center.  We're still continuing our work with the Shepherd Center to get staff and patients excited about going green. Reaping Nature's Executive Director, Denise Carleton, is a member of Shepherd's Sustainability Committee.

  • Plastic Free July.  Handed out stainless steel straws and reusable bags to staff and patients.

Buddy/Comfort Bags.  Inspired by the work of Comfort Cases, Reaping Nature embarked upon a project to donate buddy bags with comfort items in them for displaced Forsyth County children through CASA and The Place of ForsythEach duffel bag (made with recycled fiber) will contain a stuffed animal, fleece blanket, coloring book, colored pencils, toothbrush and toothpaste.  If you would like to get involved in this effort, please contact us.

  • 2018 - 50 bags donated
  • 2019 - 25 bags donated

​Thank you to Sawnee EMC Operation Round Up for their support of this project.. 

Shoes and Bras and Sport Bras.  Reaping Nature collects these items all year long.  Shoes are shipped to Community Recycling as part of their ShoeBox Recycling program.  We have recycled thousands of shoes through the years.  Help your shoes find their SoleMate.  Reaping Nature collects bras and sport bras for Bra Recyclers.  They get them to woman and girls in need.  October is bra recycling month.  If you would like to get involved in these efforts, please contact us.

Annual Earth Day and America Recycles Day contests for students in Forsyth County Schools (public, private and homeschool).

Compost bins for Forsyth County Schools in partnership with Tyson Foods.  Together we have installed compost bins at the following Forsyth County Schools since 2012:
  • Mashburn Elementary
  • Shiloh Point Elementary
  • Forsyth Central High School
  • North Forsyth High School (has 2 bins!)
  • Daves Creek Elementary
  • Whitlow Elementary
  • Piney Grove Middle School
  • Sharon Elementary
  • Haw Creek Elementary
  • Cumming Elementary
  • Chattahoochee Elementary
  • Kelly Mill Elementary
  • Sawnee Elementary
  • Matt Elementary has two bins!) (#16)

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Flier

Learn more about what we've done!
2011 Accomplishments
2012 Accomplishments
2013 Accomplishments
2014 Accomplishments

Did you know?

"It's been shown that fostering environmental education in children is critical because it:

* helps them develop into adults who understand and care about environmental stewardship

* nurtures their sense of wonder, imagination, and creativity

* provides them with a sense of beauty, calm, and refuge in a sometimes frightening world

* expands their intellectual development; it's been proven to improve test scores, grade-point averages, and problem-solving skills

* enhances physical development

* helps them understand the interrelationship of all life"

Source:  Promote Environmental Education in Children by Deborah Mitchell, - How to Make a Difference in a Few Hours
A Charity of Awareness - Supporting Environmental Education for Children, Adults & Communities

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.  -- Margaret Mead