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Revisiting some of our assumptions…

Long time citizen advocate and board member Linda Wittish wrote this several years ago and has shared it at a covered dish supper a time or two. It continues to be provocative. See what you think. Your comments are welcome …

Every person matters. If we believe that, we have a responsibility – an obligation – to protect and encourage one another.


Every person has talents and gifts and contributions to make to other people and to our community. There are strong forces at work in our society that undermine that assumption. People can be trapped in roles that can overshadow their role as a citizen of our community. Sometimes a person is seen only as a problem or as a project. Individuality, the essence of the person, becomes hidden.


The world we live in chooses to segregate people viewed as different or less valuable away from the ordinary activities and opportunities that are part of being a citizen in our community. This must be questioned and challenged. Entering into a personal relationship and finding ways to help someone participate in community life can do this.


Being separated from community sets up barriers and devalues people’s perceived worth. This leads to more rejection and negative stereotypes being reinforced. This devaluation is dangerous and puts people in harm’s way and at greater risk of being hurt. Once a person is seen as part of a devalued group of people, a different set of rules begin to apply.


Coming into a reciprocal relationship with a person who has been devalued opens up powerful opportunities for people to learn. That learning process teaches us that a lot of what we thought or grew up believing isn’t true. It’s like peeling back the layers of an onion, the more you peel back the closer you get to the truth.


We are inviting people into relationships where there will be great joy and struggle. This is a rich and real journey. This is the journey we all face in our lives. We are asking people to go on this journey together.


We assume that people will choose to go on this journey and make a commitment to the well-being of another person. The relationship will be built on finding common interests and finding ways to create more commonality between one another.


Personal commitment is the most powerful form of action over time. This forms the foundation for action and encourages people to be bigger and better citizens.


There are many hidden and unexpected teachers among us. We hear about them from people we call advocates. This is the power of our idea.

Join us for our 39th Anniversary Covered Dish Supper and Annual Meeting Tuesday, May 9th

Tuesday, May 9th at the Savannah Station at 601 Cohen Street


5:30 – 6:30 Appetizers and the band Soap on the patio


6:30 – 7:30 The biggest and best covered dish supper is served


7:30 – 8:30 Home Grown Good News: Stories from citizen advocacy relationships



Bring a BIG covered dish to share, a bottle of wine if you like (or $5 at the door). For more information or to RSVP, please call us at 912-236-5798 or email us at

Tickets on Sale! Oysters on the Bluff – Sunday, January 29, 2017 – 3 – 6 p.m. Isle of Hope Marina

Oysters on the Bluff Fundraiser for Chatham Savannah Citizen Advocacy

Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 3 – 6 pm

Isle of Hope Marina, 50 West Bluff Drive


$35 in advance    $40 at the door     Buy Tickets Here

Oysters on the table

Delicious oysters and new friends


We hope you will save the date to join us once again for our Oysters on the Bluff fundraiser for Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy. We look forward to spending the afternoon on the bluff at the scenic Isle of Hope Marina shucking oysters, listening to great music and sharing beer, wine and other refreshments.


Sponsorships for the event are available – please call us at 912-236-5798 or email us at for information.


Ticket prices are $35 in advance and $40 at the door – children under 16 enter free. This event sold out last year in advance ticket sales.


Looking forward to seeing you in January!

Sponsorship Information for 2017 Oysters on the Bluff, Sunday, January 29th from 3-6 pm at the Isle of Hope Marina

Chatham Savannah Citizen Advocacy Oysters on the Bluff

Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 3 – 6 pm, Isle of Hope Marina

Sponsorship Opportunities


We thank our 2017 sponsors thus far!

Georgia Ports Authority

Brand Mortgage

FPC of Savannah Executive Recruiting Partners

Isle of Hope Marina

Service Brewing Company

Carroll Construction

Don Callahan Real Estate Group

Port City Logistics

Erskine and Associates

Collins Construction Company

Dr. Leon Aronson DDS

Burgess Law Group

Riverstreet Sweets

Vinnie Van Go Gos

Sea Island Bank

Vinnie Van Go Gos

J. Scott Vaughan P.C.

Please contact us at 912-236-5798 if you are interested in learning more about sponsorships or donating to the Silent Auction.


Silent Auction Sponsors thus far:

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Huey’s on the River

Savannah Power Yoga

Charles Rudd Salon


Oysters on the Bluff is an annual community celebration and fundraising event for Chatham Savannah Citizen Advocacy, a local nonprofit that recruits voluntary citizen advocates on behalf of people with developmental disabilities in Chatham County.


The event attracted 450 Savannahians from all walks of life in January 2016 for second year. The event sold out in advance ticket sales. We project a similar attendance rate in 2017.


The event was shared widely on Facebook in the Coastal Empire – 1,400 people were interested in the event, 687 said they attended, and the event page was shared 1,800 times according to Facebook stats. The event was covered by television and print media and hundreds of pictures of the event were shared on social media.


Your business will be featured among our constituency of approximately 3,000 Savannahians and the event is a wonderful way to support a truly diverse community group and get your business’s name in front of thousands of local customers.


$1,000 Level Sponsorship Benefits:

Logo and Business featured in centerpieces – thanks to ___________ for providing the oysters!

Customized and prominent promotion via social media

Logo on event banner and all event publicity

Logo in newsletter The Citizen Advocate (3,000 local circulation)

8 event tickets (this event sold out last year)


$500 Level Sponsorship Benefits:

Customized and prominent promotion via social media

Publicity on event banner and all publicity

Prominent publicity in The Citizen Advocate Quarterly Newsletter (3,000 circulation)

4 Event Tickets


$250 Level Sponsorship Benefits:

Customized promotion via social media

Inclusion on event banner and publicity

Inclusion in The Citizen Advocate Quarterly Newsletter (3,000 circulation)

2 Event Tickets


For more information about sponsorships, email Ashley or give the office a call at 912-236-5798.


Publicity links from last year’s event:






Annual Covered Dish Supper and Meeting

CA16 Invite Email (3)Join us for the Biggest and Best Covered Dish Supper in Chatham County on Tuesday, May 10th from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Savannah Station at 601 Cohen Street.


5:30 – 6:30 Social hour on the patio with appetizers and music by the band Soap

6:30 – 7:30 The Biggest and Best Covered Dish Supper

7:30 – 8:30 Homegrown Good News: Stories from Citizen Advocates


Bring your family and friends, a BIG covered dish to share, a bottle of wine if you like, or $5 at the door. Children are welcome!


To RSVP or for more information, please call us at 912-236-5798 or email us at