Garden Tour: Save the Date!

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We are excited to announce the fifth annual Not Your Mama’s Garden Tour is going to be held this year on Saturday, June 11, 2016……… in Sandersville! SAVE THE DATE. More details coming soon.

5th Annual Autumn Concert

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Citizen Advocacy is set to host its 5th annual autumn fundraiser concert on Tuesday, November 10th at 6:30 p.m. at Northridge Christian Church. This year’s concert will feature performances by Vaughn Chapel, The Milledgeville Singers Guild, Northridge, Union Baptist, Sensational Steps dancers, and the Voices of the Beloved Community joint choir representing Green Pastures, Flagg Chapel, Powell Grove (Sparta), and more.

The concert began in 2011…

5th Annual Autumn Concert

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Citizen Advocacy is set to host its 5th annual autumn fundraiser concert on Tuesday, November 10th at 6:30 p.m. at Northridge Christian Church. This year’s concert will feature performances by Vaughn Chapel, The Milledgeville Singers Guild, Northridge, Union Baptist, Sensational Steps dancers, and the Voices of the Beloved Community joint choir representing Green Pastures, Flagg Chapel, Powell Grove (Sparta), and more.

The concert began in 2011…

Addition to the tour

We are adding an additional site to this year’s Not Your Mama’s Garden Tour! Please make sure to visit 206 North Madison Avenue on Saturday as you are taking in the rest of the gardens downtown.

Bob Holland’s property is most accurately described as a Grecian garden. Boxwood hedges delineate a formal setting of statuary, sundials, bird baths, stone paths and other classical garden ornament. The garden is centered on a reflecting pool surrounded…

Gardens on the tour

Map of Homes on the Tour in Downtown Eatonton

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205 N. Lafayette Avenue
Marsha and Dan Sichveland moved to their historic home in Eatonton in 1996.  At the time, the 3-acre grounds were all grass enhanced by the beautiful old trees.  Marsha had been a landscape designer and immediately started planning and establishing the gardens and backyard pond.  Later the arbors, brickwork, garden sculptures,…

Not Your Mama’s Garden Tour 2015

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Oconee Area Citizen Advocacy is set to host its fourth annual “Not Your Mama’s Garden Tour” on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Eatonton. This year’s tour, sponsored by Eatonton Main Street, will continue its tradition of offering special features in addition to a nice variety of home gardens and landscapes.

Autumn Concert Photos

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4th Annual Voices of the Beloved Community

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Voices of the Beloved Community began as an autumn fundraiser concert in 2011, and has blossomed into a large-scale gospel music event that showcases the talent of local diverse choirs and dance groups in our community.

We are excited to announce this year’s concert will feature performances by Vaughn Chapel, Community Baptist Church, Northridge Christian Church, the Hancock-Baldwin Community Choir,…

Citizen Advocacy Get Together in Omaha

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In September, we traveled to a Citizen Advocacy Get Together in Omaha, Nebraska to celebrate the life of the late Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger who first came up with the idea of Citizen Advocacy in 1970. Dr. Wolfensberger was considered to be a leading expert in the field of mental retardation and had a huge influence over the way modern medical and social service practices have evolved and…

Ongoing Learning Opportunity Recap

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How do we open the conversation with people about the possibility of becoming a citizen advocate, or begin to provide orientation to someone simply thinking of learning more about Citizen Advocacy in general?

We opened our gathering by going around the room having each participant introduce themselves and share something, whether it be about their career or life accomplishments. From that, we posed the question, “What is…

Advocate Gathering in Hancock County

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Oconee Area Citizen Advocacy hosted an advocate gathering on Friday, June 13th, at the Hancock County library. Gillian Grable, a board member from Atlanta-DeKalb Citizen Advocacy, led a discussion on Person-Centered Planning, giving advocates and board members some food for thought when it comes to planning a meaningful future for a…

3rd Annual Garden Tour Slated for May 10

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Just in time for Mother’s Day, Oconee Area Citizen Advocacy is set to host its third annual “Not Your Mama’s Garden Tour” on Saturday, May 10, 2014. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tour goers are invited explore Elm Street Gardens, a certified organic farm in the local food movement, as well as Sparta Imperial Mushrooms and the Hancock County courthouse.
Elm Street Gardens is…

Autumn Concert Press Release

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Milledgeville, GA — Oconee Area Citizen Advocacy is set to host its third annual autumn fundraiser concert, Voices of the Beloved Community, featuring musical performances by Flagg Chapel, Northridge Christian Church, Flipper Chapel AME, and First United Methodist Church. The event will take place on Tuesday, November 12 at 7 PM at Northridge Christian Church on Log Cabin…

Garden ornament sneak peek

Here are a couple of the garden ornaments that will be for sale the day of the tour at the Magnolia Street garden. This is just a taste of what is to come! You don’t want to miss this.

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Ticket Sale Locations

Tickets are available now at two locations—The Citizen Advocacy office at 118 N Wayne Street in downtown Milledgeville and the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce Office in the Plaza Arts Center in downtown Eatonton. Tickets will also been on sale at each site on the day of the tour. To reserve tickets by phone, call (478) 452-9269.

Tickets on Sale Now

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Oconee Area Citizen Advocacy is set to host its second annual “Not Your Mama’s Garden Tour” on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in downtown Eatonton. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., tour goers will be able to take in five exquisite garden sites around downtown Eatonton ranging from the formal and pristine, to the do-it-yourself, lived in garden.

In addition to the sites on display, an…

The Gardens

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Map of Garden Sites in Downtown Eatonton

203 Church Street
A blank canvas for art is what my yard was six years ago.  In six years I have created a “peaceful” area that includes water, rock and plants of many colors.  The area changes in color for each season and is always evolving.  I think of form, style and even rhythm while trying to continually…

Garden Tour planning underway

Save the date!
Not Your Mama’s Garden Tour is set for Saturday, May 11, 2013 just in time for Mother’s Day weekend. This year’s tour will be in downtown Eatonton, featuring five gardens and unique vintage garden ornaments. Tickets will be available April 1 - Details and a map of the tour sites soon to come!

Autumn Concert Photos

First Presbyterian Church Choir - Directed by Dr. Jennifer Morgan Flory

Citizen Advocate and Board Member - Jeanette Waddell

Jeremy Saincine, drummer and vocalist for Flipper Chapel

The Flipper Chapel AME Church Choir Directed by De’Adre Rice

Collaborative piece “I’m…

Autumn Concert Planning Underway

We are excited to announce that planning for our second annual autumn fundraiser concert is underway. On Tuesday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m., the choirs of First Presbyterian Church and the Flipper Chapel AME will join together for a night of musical performance and fellowship. “Voices of the Beloved Community” will take place at First Presbyterian and is to be followed by a reception. There will be no charge for admission but attendees are encouraged…

The 6 People You Need in Your Corner

An Article Shared With The Board…

Nothing incredible is accomplished alone. You need others to help you, and you need to help others. With the right team, you can form a web of connections to make the seemingly impossible practically inevitable.

The Instigator:


Someone who pushes you, who makes you think. Who motivates you to get up and go, and try, and make things happen. You want to…

Program Updates

It’s been a while since our last post and we would like to share some updates from the office and let you know what we’ve been up to in the latter part of this year.

The first-ever “Not Your Mama’s Garden Tour” was a massive success and drew tour-goers from all across the state of Georgia. This event laid a sustainable fundraising foundation, involving community players across the spectrum. We are still evaluating and exploring…

Spring Newsletter: Matches & Board

Our sole reason for existing is to introduce people who would not ordinarily meet and ask one person who (in the words of Tom Kohler of Chatham Savannah Citizen Advocacy)  is living on thick ice to meet another person who is living on thin ice, to get know one another and find ways to be together.  Since the beginning of our calendar year in July we have introduced 19 people who…

Spring Newsletter: Office & Staff

The new calendar year has begun and with it some good things we want to share with you. Many of you have probably read about our new location, but the office has been so wonderful that it is news worth repeating.


We are located 118 N. Wayne Street which at one time was a restaurant that served African Americans on one side and whites on the other.  In our work we are always…

Advocate Gathering a joyful success!

OACA hosted a gathering for advocates on November 29, 2011 at 6 p.m. at our office. The evening was an opportunity for fellowship and reflection, as advocates shared widsom they’d gained from relationships formed with their protégé and the protégé‘s family members. After reaching the 10-year milestone with her protégé, long time advocate Gwen Foster spoke about the twists, turns and triumphs their relationship had been through—how she had been able to support the young…

Greenway Concert Photos

Our concert at the Greenway was a wonderful success.

Click here for our photo album.

From Concert at the Greenway

Benefit Concert Sunday, October 16 at 3 p.m.

Join us for a concert at the Oconee River Greenway on Sunday, October 16 at 3 p.m. Baldwin High School Choral Director Kathy Carroll will lead her students in a selection of favorites. Kathy also conducts the Milledgeville Singers Guild, now in their tenth season. The MSG will also perform a selection of their favorite classics. Voluntary donations are appreciated; all proceeds go to Oconee Area Citizen Advocacy.

Citizen Advocacy Roles

Citizen Advocacy offers many different ways to be involved..Please let us know if you are interested in learning more.

Spokesperson-to vigorously represent a person’s best interests and to help them acquire necessary services and support.

Friend-to begin an ongoing, hopefully lifelong relationship that may develop into a true friendship over time.

Representative Payee-to assume responsibility of a person’s finances and to help the person with planning a monthly budget.

Crisis Advocate-to…


1. What was it that made you say, “Yes”?

2. What do you like to do when you get together?

3. What do you do to become acquainted with new people?

4. Have any of your family or friends met ________?

5. If _______________ were a poem or a movie character which would she be?

6. What club or group could you join with _____?

7. What sort of…


In the Spring 2011 Insight and Action, I told you about the newest edition to my Iris collection: “Strawberry Frosting,” and how excited I was to see its first bloom. What would you have thought you would see with a name like that? Some lovely bloom the color of Valentine cupcakes, right? Well, you would have had to check the name tag as I did when “Strawberry Frosting” bloomed a pale lavender with a faint…

Developing New Relationships

Beginning a new relationship calls for using what you have learned from every relationship you have been involved in — the ones that have ended, as well as the ones you have enjoyed for decades. Following are a few ideas to ponder as you begin to get to know the person you were introduced to and perhaps find yourself asking, “What do I do now?”

Paying Attention: Frequent phone calls, brief visits, and intense…


Every one of you, gardener or not, has to be aware of the new season that is so colorfully announcing itself. As a gardener, it is a season that calls me to take the morning coffee outside, rediscover old plants emerging from their winter slumber, and to wonder what they will do this year. I have a special fondness for the iris and bought and planted several new ones last year that I hope will…


It’s not a role I ever planned for, but a couple of Mondays ago, I sat in a courtroom and agreed to take legal responsibility for another human being. It happened so gradually and painlessly that when asked if I was willing to accept the guardianship, I almost told the judge no - panicking, I searched my memory: how did I get here, what does this mean? It certainly scares the daylights out of me,…

The Power of Saying Yes

You may wonder about being one of the 36 who save the world, but to one person—your protégé—you might just be saving theirs. Here are some of the ways in which your powerful “Yes” can help in assuring life affirming/saving rights:

The right to security in one’s personal life. Someone who has never experienced security is apt to feel innscure about most aspects of life. A strong personal relationship offers the possibility of your…

The 36 That Save the World

“There is an ancient legend found in both Judaism and Islam that God is frequently tempted to destroy the world because of its weight of wickedness and injustice. But generation after generation, it is spared by the presence of thirty-six just men (or women, I might add) who quietly commit acts of kindness and compassion. Not only are the thirty-six anonymous, they are, in all likelihood, unknown, even
to themselves.”

—Taken from…

Georgia School Board Bans Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

In Georgia, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to enact Rule 160-5-1-.35 which prohibits the use of seclusion, prone restraint, mechanical restraint, and chemical restraint. The Rule will limit the use of physical restraint to those situations involving imminent danger. Additionally, the Rule requires schools to notify parents within one school day that their child has been restrained.
Before the historic vote, schools could restrain or seclude any student, at any time,…

INSIGHT & ACTION, FALL 2010 Back To School: A Time For Advocacy and Hope

It is that busy time of year again! Yes, that time when parents with their kids in tow are looking for the latest and greatest new styles of notebook, pens, paper, and uniforms; leaving the aisles of the stores in complete disarray. The community comes together to help make certain that all students have the necessary supplies to start the new year off right. Both parents and the community desire that students will be ready…