The Myles Singleton Foundation was established in 2010 to help low-income families by supporting social and educational projects. It was founded by Shannon Singleton and inspired by her volunteer work. Since she attributes her giving heart to her mother, she used her mother’s maiden name as the start of the foundation’s name. Shannon is one of ten siblings who were raised by a single mother in a low-income family. They struggled daily to afford the basics. They rarely had new clothes, shoes, or other necessities their classmates’ parents were able to afford. Christmas and birthday presents were nonexistent. Having experienced these tough times, Shannon knows firsthand the struggles low-income families face on a daily basis.
Through all of the tough times, Shannon never lost hope of having a better future. She promised herself that if she ever became successful, she would use her skills to help as many people as she could. As part of keeping her word, she became a distribution volunteer for Barrow County’s Holiday Connection. As she helped the parents, grandparents, and guardians navigate the warehouse, she witnessed the depth of their love for the children in their care. Meeting so many wanting to provide for their children but not having the means reminded her of her own upbringing. Shannon decided to take her support further by sponsoring a family. She enlisted her sister Deon to help her and together they spread their helping spirits to co-workers, family members and as many friends as possible. The response to help was overwhelming and so was the feeling of fullness in their hearts!
Shannon’s passion to help those in need was so strong that she decided to create her own foundation. What began as a way to brighten lives during the holidays is now an organization that supports a number of social and educational programs. Shannon’s enthusiasm is hard to resist—she has recruited family and friends to become permanent MSF Members and convinced many of her co-workers to volunteer each year for our various programs. We all share her passionate belief that today’s help builds hope for a brighter tomorrow, and that together we can help the next generation succeed as we have.
MSF’s hard work combined with Shannon’s leadership, and the support of our communities, propelled us to break all our previous year records. In 2016, our Holiday Giving program sponsored families in Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina—40 individuals total, along with 4 community members. That brought our total helped for Christmas over the past seven years to 166 people! We’ve provided Thanksgiving meals to families residing in PADV shelters since 2013. Our focus on education has resulted in anti-bullying events in Georgia and Louisiana beginning in 2015, supplying 513 bookbags in Louisiana and Georgia since 2013, and giving 950 care packages and approximately $1,200 worth of school supplies to students in Georgia and Louisiana since 2014.We are lucky to have a community filled with so many caring individuals, and we hope to continue our mission with their support in the years to come.
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If you would like to volunteer your time, or have gently used clothing, toys, or housewares you are interested in donating, please email us with your contact information and best time to contact you. For monetary donations, please make your check payable to Myles Singleton Foundation and mail it to P.O. Box 1418 – Winder, GA 30680. Thank you.
Founder and Executive Director
Shannon founded MSF and has been working diligently to expand her foundation so that it can provide year-round support to those in need. She has the overall management responsibility for our personnel, operations, programs, and fundraising.
“God wants to have a personal relationship with everyone. We have the opportunity to do so when He invites us to help Him in his work. MSF is the way I interact and show my love and respect for God. I am overjoyed and overwhelmed to be of service to Him.” S.S.
Deon was the first to join Shannon in volunteering. Together they saw so many families struggling around them; families in need and appreciative of every bit of help, just like the family they had grown up in. Deon helps with organizing MSF’s fundraisers.
“We wanted to help the best we could so we started by giving what we could from our own pockets and then we sold candy to make more donations. Now we are in our second year of running the Myles Singleton Foundation. Every dollar we raise goes toward helping a family in need so the more we can raise, the more we can help. We hope you will join us in our cause by either donating monetarily or by giving your time to help with a fundraiser or two.” D.R.
Community Members Liaison
Gabby directs our Community Members section of MSF. She works with local women and men who are struggling to overcome the mistakes of their past and need encouragement.
“Sometimes people make very bad choices in life; it is not for us to point out someone else’s flaws and mistakes. God doesn’t have rankings for sin and neither should we. As a member of MSF, I strive to send hope and encouragement to those in need in hopes they will realize what I have – We can’t erase the things we’ve done but we can create a new beginning.” G.S.
Cher is responsible for our marketing campaigns and public relations. She also works closely with Shannon to secure locations and coordinate staff for all of our fundraising events.
“I believe my talents should be used to help those in need and to bring joy to those who are less fortunate. Having come from a low-income family, and having received gifts most Christmases from local programs, I connect with the recipients of the foundation’s works. I understand their needs on many levels and I look forward to helping to fulfill them.” C.S.
Dianna’s role in Support Services is helping with fundraisers and administrative duties.
“It gives me great joy to give and help others! My mother taught all of her children to give, even when it was our last. She instilled faith in us, faith that God would always make a way for our family to get through. There were times my family gave to others when we didn’t have for ourselves because it was the right thing to do. Now, I want to help my family’s foundation flourish just as they helped me flourish while growing up.” D.S.
Other Staff Members:
Jerry G. Jr.
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