Givers 8

Monique Honaman

Peachtree Corners

Founding Partner of ISHR Group, Co-founder
Contender Brands, Published Author

Where she gives: Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Gwinett Church, Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Georgia

One thing to make the world a better place:  Live each day making a positive difference in the lives of others.

Right away, you can understand why the spunky and sweet Monique has given and achieved so much – she’s highly determined. Part of that determination is revealed in her recent book co-authored with her husband Justin, Bonus Dad!  Bonus Mom!  They hope to lessen the challenges that come with remarriage and children. Part of the proceeds of this book with go to benefit the National Stepfamily Foundation. The companies she co-owns also select a non-profit to benefit.  A portion of proceeds from two of their companies goes to Duluth-based charities LoveRolls and Rainbow Village.  Love Rolls collects donations to provide toilet paper to the homeless. Rainbow Village is a a faith-based educational and holistic approach to breaking the cycle of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence. When she’s not volunteering weekly at her church, she also serves on the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Atlanta, hoping to share her passion for volunteering with girls at a young age.  Monique and her husband also enjoy spending time with their two teenagers, helping instill an attitude of service in each of them, as well as taking adventure travel trips together.

Cynthia Smith

Peachtree Corners

Retired Elementary School Teacher

Where she gives: A Beacon of Hope, CURE Childhood Cancer, The Summit Counseling Center, Mt. Pisgah UMC, Norcross Cooperative 

One thing to make the world a better place: Remind people that life is precious and we must not waste the time we are given, but rather use it to serve and love others.   One person serving can change a little, but many giving of their time and resources can change the world.

Mother of two grown children, grandmother to seven children, wife to David for 45 years. That is how the lovely and kind Cindy, a Peachtree Corner resident for 28 years, describes herself, listing others she loves as who she is. Her most recent volunteer work has been as a Patient Care Advocate for A Beacon of Hope, as well as Director on their Board of Directors for the past five years.  Beacon of Hope, a faith-based non-profit, helps both women and families thrive—during and after an unplanned pregnancy. When Cindy is not volunteering or spending time with her family, she enjoys her membership with the Women’s Golf Association at Atlanta Athletic Club, volunteering for the association and playing regularly.

June Rondinone

Roswell

Community Relations Coordinator for Second Wind Dreams

Where she gives: Second Wind Dreams, Historic Roswell Kiwanis Club, Roswell Woman’s Club, The Child Development Association, Local Cystic Fibrosis Chapter

One thing to make the world a better place:  When you do for others, the rewards are heartwarming and immeasurable.  You never know the impact you have had on someone’s life by a small gesture.

When you hear June say, “I believe in serving others, and I try to help other organizations in the community as much as possible,” you know she doesn’t take her passion for giving lightly.  This mom to three incredible children – Anthony, Chris, and Brianna – puts family first.  Working as the Community Relations Coordinator for Second Wind Dreams, she manages the Dreams Program, their Gifts of Light Program, and Community Relations in Georgia.This national non-profit grants dreams for residents in eldercare communities. They also have an educational program for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients.  She supports and attends many community fundraisers and events in North Fulton and around town. When June is not working or volunteering, she loves to be by the ocean.

Howard Flint

Roswell

CEO, Ghost Partner Inc. – 
Content Marketing Agency 

Where he gives: Homestretch, Roswell Presbyterian Church, Camp Rutledge, Family Promise

One thing to make the world a better place:  If everyone could do one or two things locally each month to help the community, it would make a huge difference. Living in an affluent area, people don’t think there is need nearby. It’s all around us. Ask how you can help. And get your kids started young helping others. It helps keep them very grounded.

We dare you not find yourself laughing around Howard, because this giver is witty, funny and warm.  The family man has dedicated his life to his three children’s gifts and talents, while teaching them to share their talents and resources with their community and world. Even though Howard owns and runs a content marketing agency, he finds time to volunteer in quite a few capacities. Some of his favorites include HomeStretch,  guiding working homeless families in north metro Atlanta with minor children toward increased self-reliance and stability by providing education, mentoring, and supportive housing.  He and his wife Canita help with the Family Promise program through their church. During the year, they host several homeless families providing a place to sleep, meals, and daycare so that parents can go to work each day. Howard says, “My wife, kids and I usually prepare and share the meals. We love that our kids get to spend time with these kids while they are with us. It helps normalize their lives while they are living a very non-normal life growing up where we live.”  When not working or volunteering, Howard loves going with his family to music or theater events – especially small or local productions.

Jack McConnell

Johns Creek

Student Providence Christian Academy – 
Johns Creek Campus

Where he gives: Founder of 2020 Hearing, 
GA Bell Teen Advocate, Starkey Hearing Foundation

One thing to make the world a better place: If 2020 vision is perfect vision, I want everyone in the world to have 2020 hearing.

Spend just a few minutes with the incredibly kind and endearing Jack McConnell, and you’ll almost forget he is a high school student. He has an old soul and has founded the  impressive 2020 Hearing charity. He has used his hearing loss to fuel his passion.  It’s a local, national, and international organization aimed at providing support for kids and teens with hearing loss. He works with GA Bell Teen Advocate, and has supported the Pediatric Hearing Aid Coverage Law (private Insurance companies in Georgia were mandated to cover pediatric hearing aids).  Jack travels throughout the U.S. speaking about the international work they do with the Starkey Hearing Foundation and educating people on hearing loss and the importance of early intervention. “When you fit someone with a hearing aid, their faces light up, and they are smiling, dancing, and praising because they can hear. It goes way beyond giving the gift of hearing, it allows these kids to go to school, the parents to provide for their families, people can now hear their family say ‘I love you’ for the first time. It allows these people to be connected to the world around them. I personally see my hearing loss as a gift to be used to help others with hearing loss,” he says. When Jack is not at school or working for his mission, you can find him on the lacrosse field where he has played for six years.He doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon!