今年8月，西区未来基金 西方志愿者队 到达西边去工作!
Since the June announcement of the program – a collaboration with 大亚特兰大联合之路, made possible through the generosity of founding sponsor, 菲尔基基础 – our team has been hard at work preparing for our big “Day of Service” launch event, 将在周六举行, 8月26日.
The day will include service projects throughout our four target neighborhoods, hosted by 12 of our more than 60 nonprofit partners, 如 Atlanta Police Foundation/@Promise Youth Center, Goodr, HouseProud亚特兰大, 历史的西区花园, 探索社区发展, 提高的期望 和 真正的生活的很好.
服务项目将从9点开始.m. to noon, wrapping with an after party from noon 2 p.m. 庆祝一天的辛苦工作.
点击 在这里 to register for the 西方志愿者队 “Day of Service.”
As we countdown to kick-off, meet the powerhouse duo behind the Corps, Em Clarke 和 Jovonda Howard.
看看他们的“快速5 Q”&A” below, including their Top 5 Reasons to Join the Corps!
Meet Em Clarke – 西方志愿者队’ Program Manager
- 西区最受欢迎的地方? I’ve been known to trade in my heels for a pair of Nikes 和 walk around the AUC. The history of the Westside is so evident 和 even tangible at times, 尤其是在教育方面. Our Historically Black Colleges 和 Universities have brought leaders 和 change makers to the front lines of our country’s most divisive issues. The AUC continues to shape the future leaders of not just our city, but also our nation. I am humbled to walk the same streets 和 paths as those before me 和 those to come.
- 你在西区吃的最后一餐? The blackberry cobbler at Busy Bee is my go-to! 为什么不先吃甜点呢? But the last meal I had t在这里 was the pork chops 和 corn muffins…mmmm.
- What are you most looking forward to for the Westside 志愿者 Corp’s “Day of Service?” 在过去的几个月里, we have been meeting with nonprofit innovators, 社区规划单位, 神职人员, 商业领袖, 和全面的十大外围app拥护者. I can’t wait to see all these players come together for a common cause. To create long lasting, sustainable change, it takes us all investing our time, talent, 和 treasure. Let’s continue to build our Beloved Community together!
- What do you enjoy most about your role with the 西方志愿者队? I love hearing that our work allows nonprofits to more easily fulfill their mission. When we meet with our nonprofit partners, t在这里 is a moment of relief that washes over their faces. We have engineered very specific streams of volunteer support, including the familiar one-time beautification projects or clean ups. 这个倡议, we intend to go further by match-making individuals to skills-based volunteerism that can support our partners with business plans, 财务记账, 技术支持, 和更多的. Our partners are so thrilled to hear how targeted our program is 和 that their greatest needs can be met. 多么令人兴奋的!
- 你对西区的希望是什么? I hope that more people from Greater Atlanta will see the Westside 和 the value of its people. For some families, their roots go back more than four generations. They are the literal documentation of the Civil Rights Era 和 that means something. 我希望随着对西区兴趣的增长, 无论是志愿服务, 房屋所有权, 或者只是走腰带线, that the history 和 culture of this community is always present.
Meet Jovonda Howard – 西方志愿者队’ Program Coordinator
- 西区最受欢迎的地方? 玛蒂弗里兰公园 & 城市新鲜的花园.
- 你在西区吃的最后一餐? Raw beets, fresh green beans, 和 watermelon straight from Urban Fresh garden on Joseph E. 布恩.
- What are you most looking forward to for the Westside 志愿者 Corp’s “Day of Service?” I’m excited about all 10 service sites happening on this day! But most of all I am excited about meeting more residents 和 other members of the Corps who care about service 和 empowering the Westside communities.
- What do you enjoy most about your role with the 西方志愿者队? Connecting with the residents in our 4 core neighborhoods, 了解他们的遗产, 以及倾听他们的需求, 希望, 和 desires for the future of the Westside; then being able to help execute those 希望 和 desires through volunteerism.
- 你对西区的希望是什么? To see this area maximize its potential 和 live up to its legacy.
Em 和 Jo Share their Top 5 Reasons to 志愿者 with the 西方志愿者队!
- “是改变!” Take pride in knowing that your service helps those in need locally, right 在这里 in Atlanta. Your involvement may also inspire others to get involved too!
- It’s your chance to be a part of the revitalization of Atlanta’s historic Westside, supporting the work of the community’s long-st和ing nonprofit organizations. 提供你的时间和才华, you are providing valuable services so more money can be spent on other organizational needs.
- Learn more about the history 和 culture of Dr. 马丁·路德·金的《心爱的社区.”
- 这对你的健康有好处! Did you know that volunteers are happier 和 healthier than non-volunteers?! So skip that extra hour in the gym, 和 join the Corps!
- Meet other Atlantans who have a heart for service like you! 作为军团的一员, you become a part of an awesome – 和 DIVERSE – group of volunteers united around a common goal.
**奖金: You get one of our snazzy 西方志愿者队 t-shirts!
准备加入军团?! 如果是,点击 在这里 to register for our “Day of Service” launch event, Saturday, 8月26日 from 9 a.m. 2 p.m. All individuals, families, groups, 和 companies are welcome to join us!
想了解更多? 点击 在这里 for more about the 西方志愿者队.