Since our inception, EPPS Helps has focused on initiatives that develop and build a strategic alliance with entities focusing on community well-being.
EPPS Helps was started with the goal of preserving the legacy of Emmett George Pollard, Sr, affectionately known as "George". Those who knew him can remember his greater than life personality and the joy he brought into the life of every person he encountered. Currently ran by his son, Emmett G. Pollard, Jr., EPPS Helps focuses on initiatives that develops and focuses on the well-being of the community.
Pollard, Jr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama and was a product of Jackson-Olin High School, home to the likes of Eddie Kendricks of The Temptations and Arnetta Nunn, the first female Police Chief of the City of Birmingham. At Jackson-Olin, Pollard found his niche for philanthropy. Some of his work during this time included assisting in the organization of the Fox 6 School Cleanup and providing volunteer services for the First Look Youth Council, including grant writing and urban revitalization projects. Upon matriculating at the University of Alabama in 2000, Pollard continued to strive in this area, where he participated in the Capstone Event, various Habitat for Humanity projects, and promoting voter registration.
After relocating to Jackson, Mississippi to attend graduate school at Jackson State University, he immediately began working his niche again by focusing on childhood development at the Boys and Girls Club of Jackson and providing mathematics enrichment to undergraduate students at Jackson State University.
After years of serving the community, Pollard has decided to start a foundation in order to continue his efforts in cities he has yet to reach as well as maximize his philanthropy works for each community which has helped mold him into the person he is today.
Since the inception of E.P.P.S Helps, Pollard has donated time/money to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover, The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inaugural Celebration, The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona and Atlanta, GA., Birmingham Public Schools, Mass Mentoring Partnership, Team ATL: Super Bowl 53, Marietta City Schools, Hosea Feed the Hungry, and Keep Marietta Beautiful.