8 Ways to Make an Impact in Atlanta on Giving Tuesday

8 Ways to Make an Impact in Atlanta on Giving Tuesday

By Phoebe Knight

The holidays are fast approaching, and they’re bringing along the season of giving. After the shopping hustle of Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, which encourages those who are able to give back to those in need.

Giving Tuesday is a global movement that encourages donating money and time to local charitable organizations after the Thanksgiving holiday. By supporting our community, we help build a brighter future for everyone, proving that it can be more rewarding to give than receive.

We’ve rounded up eight Atlanta-area organizations that could certainly use your help this year.

Hands on Atlanta

Someone has to help the helpers, and this is one of the primary goals of Hands on Atlanta. The organization connects volunteers to each other and to the organizations that need them. It also provides leadership training and encourages a spirit of service in volunteers of all ages. In addition to its service programs, Hands on Atlanta provides meals and educational support to kids in need.

If you’re interested, you can make a direct donation or find a variety of opportunities to serve via the online calendar.

Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta

Encouraging Atlanta children to foster academic success, healthy lifestyles and leadership qualities is the mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta (BGCMA). The organization provides after-school services and summer camps to economically disadvantaged youth. Children who join BGCMA have demonstrated measurable successes ranging from improved high school graduation rates to notable community leadership positions.

Volunteers are needed to help with homework assistance, coaching sports and staff support. You can also support BGCMA by shopping with supporting retailers or donating directly.

Metro Atlanta’s Engineering for Kids

With a growing trend towards careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), it’s important to provide children with STEM-based educational opportunities. Engineering for Kids partners with local schools to bring engineering into the classroom with programs for students from pre-k to middle school. The classes promote important problem-solving skills and introduce children to the various fields of engineering.

To help, you can “adopt an engineer” or donate to fulfill a specific need.

Girl Talk

One of the best ways to learn leadership skills is to help others reach goals or combat fears. That’s why Girl Talk pairs young women in high school with middle school girls in a mentoring program that benefits both parties. This peer-to-peer approach is successful because the girls are close enough in age to relate to each other, but the younger students still benefit from the experience and wisdom of their mentor. During mentoring sessions, the girls address common issues like boys, body image and the importance of education.

To support Girl Talk, you can donate or volunteer as a chapter advisor.

Atlanta BeltLine

Part urban rehabilitation project and part alternative transit initiative, the Atlanta BeltLine unites parks, neighborhoods, artists and local businesses in a single project that benefits the city as a whole. The BeltLine serves the community by preserving green space, supporting affordable housing initiatives and creating sustainable transit options.

Volunteers are needed to keep the BeltLine clean and assist with special events. Donations are used to expand the BeltLine and support community engagement projects like Family Fun Day.

Junior Achievement of Georgia

Students know they have to learn in school, but they don’t always know the “why” behind what they’re learning. Junior Achievement of Georgia (JA) closes that gap with supplemental education services that connect classroom lessons to real-world concepts. In one such program, sixth graders participated in a simulated economy and experienced the challenges of running a business. Teachers reported improved student engagement after their JA-fueled experience.

JA needs volunteer mentors and coaches to support its goals. Browse the calendar for individual volunteer opportunities or invest in the future with a donation.

Meals on Wheels Atlanta

One out of six Atlanta seniors will endure food insecurity because they lack reliable transportation or cannot afford to buy food. Meals on Wheels Atlanta delivers hot meals to impoverished or house-bound seniors in Fulton County, ensuring that they can count on a daily supply of food that meets their dietary needs.

Meals on Wheels Atlanta also provides services like home repairsenior centers and respite assistance for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia. Volunteers are needed in meal prep, delivery and program support. Donations are used to purchase meals and materials and to maintain the senior centers.

Lifeline Animal Project

More than 15,000 animals enter Atlanta-area shelters every year, but the unfortunate truth is that many healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized due to overcrowding. The Lifeline Animal Project works to save the life of every animal possible through community outreach, spay and neutering services and open-admission shelters in Fulton and DeKalb counties. Through increased adoptions, the organization saved the lives of more than 12,000 animals in 2015.

Volunteers are needed to foster animals, help with adoption events and assist with animal care. The organization needs both monetary donations and items from their wish list.

Whether you support any of these organizations or one that’s particularly close to your heart, we hope you’ll consider doing a little giving this holiday season.

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