What’s Happening Atlanta? | Get Involved
Inspired by Alicia Sparks
One could only imagine that as a Volunteer Management Professional, I am always getting the question: “Tonya, can you point me in the right direction for nonprofit organizations/events where I can either donate money or my time?” Most of the time, after speaking to those individuals on a personal level, I am able to quickly point them to an organization that is near and dear to their hearts. It excites me to see individuals not only giving of their time, but doing it in such a way that not only benefits them personally, but also provides social change in their very own community(ies).
“I’m a firm believer that getting involved in your community is beneficial for both your mind and your body” (Sparks). There’s a sense of connection, solidarity, and strength that comes from organizing or participating in an event within your own neck of the woods.
With that being said, below are seven ways you can get involved in your own community.
1. Look for Local Events
Keep an eye on newspaper and news station announcements. Whether it’s a music and arts festival, a performance by your local dance troupe, or a special presentation such as an outdoor movie viewing, GO!
2. Volunteer Your Time
There are TONS of ways you can volunteer your time. For example, you might volunteer as a dog walker for your local animal shelter or volunteer to read to the elderly at retirement homes. Just think about what’s important to you, reach out to that organization, and ask!
3. Donate Your Resources
If you don’t have time to volunteer, then donate. Actually, donate anyway! Some donation ideas include donating:
-Clothes and household goods to your local thrift shops or area Salvation Army or Goodwill.
-Food to your city’s food bank.
-Bed linens to your town’s city mission or homeless shelter.
-Books to area libraries.
-Food, cleaning supplies, and bedding to your local animal shelter.
4. Shop Locally
Buy from local vendors. I purchased the cutest handmade bracelet from the festival, and there were paintings and clothes there, too. You can also skip the Big Box grocery stores and shop with locally owned grocers or at farmer markets.
5. Join a Class or Group
Two summers ago, I joined a running class hosted by a track runner from one of my state’s universities, which – surprise! – is located in my city. I met like-minded people, learned more about an activity I enjoy, and spent registration money – you guessed it – locally.
6. Support Your Local Sports Teams
You might not even be aware of how many sports teams surround you. Think about it. Does your town have a Little League? What about a Minor League? Think about high school and college sports teams – can you go support them? Remember: Players play because they love the game, but seeing fans in the stands can make a world of difference.
7. Organize Your Own Event
OK, so maybe you don’t feel qualified (or have enough time) to organize something as involved as a music and arts festival or marathon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t team up with a few friends and organize a fun event! Think about special kids’ events at the library, car washes to raise money for your church, or putting together goodie baskets for hospitals and retirement homes.
Your turn! How will YOU support, OR get involved in YOUR Atlanta-metro community(ies) in a more tangible way?
Here are three events happening in and around your area!
6th Annual Burgers & Backpacks
Burgers & Backpacks provides a free back-to-school community event for all ages! Children in grades K – 12 will be provided a free backpack with school supplies while supplies last (via pre-registration)!
There will be games, food, great music, arts and crafts, free haircuts and so much more!
Date: Saturday, July 22nd | Time: 1 – 3pm
Location: English Avenue School Campus
Address: 627 English Ave. NW Atlanta, GA 30318
To learn more about this awesome event, click the button below…
Annual Back 2 School Food Festival
Atlanta Back 2 School Food Festival is produced by Inside Out Center, Inc. We collect school supplies, backpacks and new uniforms. Admission is free with donated school supplies.
Come and experience a variety of dishes from Atlanta’s restaurants, caterers, and food trucks.
It is a family affair so bring your kids. They will enjoy the Fun Zone with rock climbing walls, inflatables, arts and crafts. Invite a friend!
Proceeds from the Atlanta Food Festival will go to the Inside Out Center, Inc, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Inside Out Center, Inc. provides business training, business development, and basic needs items to the unemployed and the working poor.
Our focus is on community, business, and economic development.
Date: Saturday, August 5th | Time: 11:30am – 5pm
Location: Mable House Amphitheatre
Address: 5239 Floyd Rd Mableton, GA 30126
For more information about this amazing event, getting involved with the parade, and to volunteer, click the button below…
6th Annual Nonprofit Trinity Awards
Once per year, The Nonprofit Trinity Awards, Inc ~ A 501 (c)(3) Tax Exempt Organization~ hosts an Award Ceremony Program that supports, encourages, and motivate Small Nonprofit Visionaries & Volunteers for the dedicated work and positively impacking lives of those in local communities and beyond, as they truly make a difference in this world. The program accepts public nominations of outstanding local individuals and small nonprofit organization that displays the potential for growth and that has already made an impact their neighbourhoods. Even though a trophy is not enough to show appreciation, but the symbol of an award speaks volumes of the hard work and dedication that the individual, the staff, the board, the volunteers, and the supporters display.
Date: Sunday, August 13th | Time: 6pm (Red Carpet begins at 5pm)
Location: The Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center
Address: 3181 Rainbow Drive Decatur, GA 30034
For more information about this amazing event, or to purchase tickets, click the button below…