CareNet News…

Recently we were asked to speak to the Rotary Club of Franklin, Club 6013- Noon Day. The group declared the month of April, Hunger Awareness Month.

We enjoyed our time spent with a wonderful group of individuals representing various partnerships within our community. Read about it in The Flywheel by clicking on the image below!


Rotary Flywheel

2014 CareNet Annual Meeting

CareNet held it’s Annual Meeting at the Drake Education Center on April 9th, 2014 with guest speaker, Mr. Phil Drake, CEO of Drake Enterprises, Ltd. The meeting was held as part of the Macon County Care Network Bylaws, which states: “The general Membership will meet annually…The general Membership of the corporation shall be composed of all representatives from Christian congregations who have been accepted by the Board and who are in agreement with the Bylaws and purposes of CareNet.”

The following points were discussed during our guest speaker’s presentation,
in an effort to strengthen our Mission at CareNet in planning for the future we have further elaborated on the ideas shared (see bullet points below):
Direct Evangelism
o We believe it is our duty as a faith-based ministry to continue to share and show the love of our Lord to all those who desire his presence in their lives. Through various projects, like the Shepherding Ministry, we hope to touch lives and strengthen the spiritual relationships with not only our clients but also our staff and volunteers!
Immediate Needs Met
o In order to assist families and individuals who visit with us, we must be proactive in ensuring their very basic needs are met: concern, compassion and respect. We believe these to be the utmost in terms of what most folks who visit us truly desire. Amongst these things, of course providing their needs for sustenance and any relief from financial burden is a top priority.
Changes the Culture
o This is, we dare say, the most important obligation we have as a ministry that assists families in times of crisis. We have to not only provide emergency crisis assistance but we must also arm them with the tools and motivation necessary to do for themselves and change their circumstances. This plays a large role in our attempts as a ministry to go several steps further with educational workshops, one-on-one financial appointments, etc.


Special thank you to the following for their support and generosity in ensuring this year’s Annual Meeting was a success: Macon Bank, Valley Cafe & Catering and Macon Coffee for providing lunch and refreshments and Drake Enterprises for use of its Education Center.

The Impact of Kindness

John 7:24 – “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment”

A simple act of compassion and generosity changed one family’s lives and perception of humanity! #payitfwdreceipt

We recently stumbled upon an article titled, “To the Woman Behind Me in Line at the Grocery Store” , in which a mother of five kids and her husband had an interesting experience on a routine trip to the grocery store. The message that follows the story is one all too familiar here at Macon County Care Network.

Many of our donors, community supporters and sometimes even our own staff don’t get to experience these moments of appreciation of those assisted.  Appreciation in the sense of knowing how much you have shaped one family’s lives moving forward by providing them assistance in a time when they needed it the most. The fact of the matter is, it doesn’t happen over night and more times than not it happens long after those who have been assisted leave our offices here at Bidwell.

We thank you for your continued kindness towards your neighbors in need during times of crisis!


Athens First United Methodist Church

Athens First United Methodist Church

We were delighted to have the wonderful group from Athens First United Methodist Church out to volunteer with our BackPack Program and assist us in the Food Pantry!

Huge Thank You to the leaders of the church, the adults who chaperoned and Franklin First United Methodist Church who organized the volunteer opportunity!

Octane - the choir of Route 56 ministry for 5th and 6th graders

Octane – the choir of Route 56 ministry for 5th and 6th graders

Liberty Tax Service Donates to CareNet

Liberty Tax Service 2014

Help Liberty Tax raise funds for CareNet

Liberty Tax Service of Franklin contributed $250 to Macon County Care Network (CareNet) on Monday, March 10. The donation is part of an ongoing fundraiser by Liberty Tax to provide assistance to the nonprofit organization for its many community programs. Through the April 15 filing deadline, customers at Liberty Tax can get a $25 discount and request that another $25 is contributed to CareNet. With its slogan “Bridging the Gap in Times of Crisis,” Macon County Care Network (CareNet) regularly operates a Food Pantry and the CareNet Thrift Store, runs the BackPack Program for children each year, distributes the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and operates the CareNet Soup Cafe. CareNet also offers Thanksgiving & Christmas Holiday Boxes to those in need. And as a measure of last resort for many, CareNet has a Financial Assistance Program based on need and availability of funds. Pictured left to right is Jeff Butler, owner of Liberty Tax Service, and Miss Liberty Nikki Swafford presenting a contribution check to CareNet Executive Director Shaina Adkins. CareNet is located at 130 Bidwell St. in Franklin.  For more information call (828) 369-2642 or visit online at

Pack 263 Volunteers…

We were honored to have Cubscout Pack 263 out to visit and volunteer with us! Thanks to this AWESOME group who stepped up to the challenge and packed over 140 Backpacks for school children in need, right here in Macon County!Pack 263 3.11.14

‘God’s Not Dead’ Movie with Ruby Cinemas and Macon Bank

In case you needed another reason to attend these select showings….
Check out Option 2 for some new exciting details on the partnership with Ruby Cinemas, Macon Bank and CareNet!Ruby Cinemas is excited to announce a special promotion in connection with Macon County Care Network (CareNet), the upcoming movie “God’s Not Dead”, and Macon Bank. Starting today if you donate canned goods and or provide a monetary donation you can receive a discount on your advance ticket to the movie “God’s Not Dead”.
Here are the details of each option:-
Option 1 – You will receive $1.00 off on a ticket with any amount of canned goods dropped off at the time of ticket purchase. Minimum of 1 canned good per ticket but additional would be appreciated.Option 2 – You can purchase a ticket for the price of a child’s ticket ($3.50 off) with a voluntary donation to the Macon County Care Network. A suggested minimum donation would be $3.50 per ticket but any donation amount is greatly appreciated.UPDATE: Now this deal gets even better. MACON BANK is running a promotion of their own in that they are going to match local donations ($1 for $1) to CareNet up to $25,000 and we get to be a part of that. So, the monetary donation you make under this “God’s Not Dead” promotion is eligible to be matched by Macon Bank. How great is that! You get a discount to see a great movie just by donating to a great local non-profit organization which can now go twice as far with the help of a great local Bank. #winwin #carenet #maconbank

The options cannot be combined but both a canned goods and a monetary donation would be accepted and greatly appreciate!

** This special promotion is LIMITED to the 6:45 show on Saturday March 22, 2014 and the 6:45 show on Tuesday March 25, 2014 **

Seats for this special promotion will be limited and are on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE basis. So don’t miss out on seeing this great movie while helping your community. Get your advance tickets now! Advance tickets can be purchase at our box office window during normal operating hours

30 Hour Famine Totals…

Drum roll please…

The official totals from this year’s 30 Hour Famine are in! A total of 72 youth participated in the fast, with 4 children and 102 adult volunteers!

  • 9 church groups participated
  • Over 3,700 pounds of food was collected for CareNet
  • $4,256.67 was collected for CareNet
  • $1,400 for World Vision
  • 390 BackPacks were assembled for the CareNet BackPack ministry, as well as, assistance with sorting, folding and cleaning at the CareNet Thrift Store as part of the Community Service Projects on Saturday, February 22

Thank you to all of those who organized, supervised and participated in this year’s 30 Hour Famine to support both World Vision and Macon County Care Network. A special thank you goes out to all of the youth here in Macon County who participated and the churches from which they represented: Franklin First United Methodist, Dryman’s Chapel, Asbury, Union, Mulberry, Memorial, Clarks Chapel, Cullowhee and the All Saints Epsicopal Community!

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30 Hour Famine

Join youth groups from the Franklin area churches this weekend as they participate in World Vision’s ’30 Hour Famine’ to raise awareness of hunger both around the world and right here in our community!

Youth will be collecting canned goods and monetary donations in the 4 “Boxville” collection locations:

  • First UMC – corner of Main St. and Harrison Ave.
  • Macon Plaza – near BiLo
  • Westgate Plaza – near Ingles
  • Commons Plaza – Walmart

For additional information, contact First United Methodist Church (828) 524-3010. For a list of items to donate to the CareNet Food Pantry, please print off our ‘Food Pantry Shopping List’.