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Ready2CONNECT powered by action pact relies heavily on the support of our community to raise funds to benefit area families facing unemployment and underemployment barriers.  We’re gearing up to host our 7th Annual Back-2- School Blowout! Last year hundreds of families in our area were provided various back-to-school essentials to help their children jump-start to a productive school year! We couldn’t provide this community-wide family event and fundraiser without YOUR continued support.

There are various ways you can partner with us to make the event a success!  We hope you will join us to continue empowering families in our community.

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Ready2CONNECT Inc. provided nearly 700 students and their families with school supplies at the recent Back2School Blowout at Effingham County High School.

The non-profit raised $6,000 to help alleviate some back-to-school expenses as part of its mission to help the unemployed and underemployed in Effingham and West Chatham counties, according to Destiny Bradshaw, founder and executive director.

It’s the sixth annual event and it grows every year. This year Heroes Overcome, dressed as superheroes, spoke to the children, encouraging them not to be overwhelmed by negative influences, bullies and bad attitudes and to stick with friends that make them better, stronger and wiser.

Bradshaw thanks the Board of Education, 30 volunteers, 48 vendors and various area sponsors for their contributions. Platinum sponsors were: Coca-Cola, Burger King, Kroger, Southern Motors Springfield and WellCare Health Plans.

From January through June, Ready2CONNECT has had 32 people complete career training, with 23 securing sustainable employment.

More sponsors

Gold sponsors of the Back2School Blowout were: Cumulus Broadcasting, Effingham Magazine and Lions Club International. Silver sponsors were: Amerigroup, Concerted Services Incorporated and Effingham Health System.

Vendors and business sponsors were: Amerigroup, Ashley Boyette State Farm, Behavioral Health Link-Mobile Crisis, Burger King, The Cake Mix, Burger King, Coastal Campaign for Healthy Kids, Color Street Nails, Concerted Services Inc., Cuts by Eric, Cuts N Styles, Department of Juvenile Justice-Eff. CSO, E-93, Effingham County Schools Homeless Education Program, Effingham Health System, Effingham RSM Project, Effingham YMCA, Effingham County Victim Witness, Effingham Family Connection, Funnel Cakes R Us, Gateway Community Service Board, Georgia Department of Driver Services, Georgia Fairy Hair, GeoVista Credit Union, Girls On The Run, Habitat for Humanity-Effingham, Hazel & Company, Holy Temple Christian Mission Inc., Keller Williams Realty-Dawn Sanders, Kona Ice of Effingham County, Kroger, Lions Club International, Little Caesar’s, Live Oak Public Libraries, Neighborhood improvement Association Inc., Nova Music, Papa John’s, Parent University-Effingham, Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire, Rincon Chevrolet, Salon Nevaeh, Safe Haven, Share Hope International, Springfield United Methodist Church, Southern Motors Springfield, St. Simons by the Sea Hospital, State Farm Agent-Ashley Boyette, T. Perry Photography, The Teal House: Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault and child Advocacy Center, Thrivent Financial, Truetlen House, Young Living, Walgreens and Verizon.

2018 Special Thanks

We would like to dedicate this page to our Sponsors and Vendors. We here at Ready2CONNECT appreciate their continued support of our mission to empower families and individuals to reach financial independence through collaborative efforts.


2018 Back2School Blowout Sponsors And Vendors

Platinum Sponsors




Gold Sponsors




Silver Sponsors




Business Vendors

Ashley Boyette State Farm

Cuts by Eric

Funnel Cakes ‘R’ Us

GeoVista Credit Union

Keller Williams Realty-Dawn Sanders

Kona Ice of Effingham County

Mr. Blades Barber & Shave Shop


Rincon Chevrolet

Salon Nevaeh

St. Simon’s By the Sea’

Treutlen House

The Cake Mix


Walgreens Pharmacy

Nova Music