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Hometown Heroes

Do you know someone who has done something amazing in the community? Nominate them by emailing

Kimberly Walden

Founder/CEO, GLM2 Foundation, Inc.

GLM2 is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) that provides safe dwelling places and long-term aftercare for women and their children who have been affected by sex trafficking and domestic violence. Kimberly launched this multi-dimensional program into the community in 2019. "We have the opportunity to transform the lives of those who have experienced heinous crimes against humanity," she shares. GLM2 comes alongside survivors, for a minimum of two years/maximum five years, and assists them in rebuilding their lives by providing housing, employment, transportation, medical, trauma informed counseling, education, etc. "Our 'Lane' is long-term and we are grateful to our donors and community partners who help us sustain the healing environment necessary to reestablish the family bond and give our participants a success plan for life."

To report sex trafficking, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1(888)373-7888. If you would like to support GLM2, you can do so with monetary donations, clothing, and toiletries. For more information, please visit

Renita Carroll

Director of Community Resources, Shepeard Community Blood Center

“When someone donates with Shepeard Community Blood Center, the blood products quickly go to our local hospitals to help patients in need,” says Renita. Almost everyone is eligible to donate blood and a single blood donation can help save up to three local lives.

  Shepeard Community Blood Center is in need of donors of all blood types. Another way the community can help is by hosting a blood drive. “We have our bloodmoblie that we can bring to the location and we can also set up an inside-drive that we can do at local businesses,” says Renita.

Shepeard Community Blood Center accepts walk-ins and appointments. They are located at 1533 Wrightsboro Road. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 706-737-4551.

Yannik Mckie

Pastor and Founder, Chosen Church

Author, Living In Purpose

“I lost both my parents to AIDS before I turned sixteen. That pain caused a lot of turmoil initially, not knowing how to navigate that level of tragedy at such a young age sent me sideways,” says Yannik. “I always say, pain took me away from God, but pain brought me back to Him. What I know now is that a loving God does allow pain, and when you trust Him, He can turn it into purpose.”

  When Yannik moved to Augusta, he started an after school mentor programs for young men, programs for kids in the community, and a clothes closet. In 20XX, Yannik started Chosen Church, where he could expand his ministry and reach more people in the CSRA. 

Chosen is located inside Quest Community at 5001 Gateway Blvd. For more information, please visit

Reverend Charlie DeLoach

Wounded Warrior Retreat

The Wounded Warrior Retreat is a nonprofit organization that takes wounded veterans on activities such as hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities and all lodging, food, and activities are provided. Currently the Wounded Warrior Retreat is located at the Boll Weevil Plantation, a 2,700 acre lot that used to be a peach plantation. 

If you would like to volunteer or donate to the Wounded Warrior Retreat, visit their website or visit their Facebook page Wounded Warrior Retreat.