VOLUNTEER AND DONATION OPPORTUNITIES
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs are an integral part of today’s conference agendas. Conventions and events offer significant potential to positively impact the communities in which they are held. Service projects allow your attendees to connect more with the destination while forging new friendships with fellow attendees and deeper connections to your organization.
Legacy Collective offers a way for meeting planners, event attendees and companies to give back to nonprofits in Atlanta while gathering for conferences, conventions and events. This giving community is dedicated to funding groups addressing systemic issues with sustainable solutions. Legacy Collective’s Atlanta City Giving Circle includes a comprehensive and diverse list of local nonprofit organizations which have been vetted to ensure they are all 501(c)(3) organizations in good standing with the IRS. Legacy Collective also confirms each group has a diversity and inclusion policy that does not discriminate against any legally protected class during the hiring process, employment or in their client services.
During an event’s registration process, meeting planners may include an option for a specific dollar amount to be donated toward one or more of the nonprofits listed on this site. Alternatively, an organization can also choose to make a lump sum donation to the Atlanta City Giving Circle outside of the registration process. Meeting planners may also choose to make this an interactive experience by allowing attendees to vote on the recipients of the funding.
Once the event registration period has closed, the meeting planner connects with Legacy Collective on their preferred donation method and nonprofit beneficiary of their choosing. Legacy Collective will then issue the grants and provide the meeting planner with blog and social media posts on how the funds were used as well as impact reporting from the nonprofits.
The Atlanta City Giving Circle is a great way to make a meaningful difference when you don’t have the time to coordinate a hands-on activity.
Atlanta is the proud home of several nonprofits that offer a variety of unique community service opportunities. Discover more about how you can bring together your attendees with projects and give-back opportunities that will create a lasting impact:
Small nonprofits often struggle to create and maintain a strong digital presence due to lack of funds and/or technical know how. 48in48 is dedicated to solving this problem by connecting nonprofits with skilled volunteers at weekend-long, hackathon-style events throughout the year. At each event, skilled marketing and technology professionals donate their time, skills and creativity to build free websites for nonprofits in need.
During the past seven years, 48in48 has built more than 1,100 professional level websites for nonprofits – a giveback that exceeds $25 million. With these new and updated websites, nonprofits gain an enhanced digital footprint that attracts more volunteers and funding opportunities to increase impact in the communities they serve. While the organization has a global reach, its impact is local. A contribution to 48in48 has a multiplicative effect; every dollar donated provides $10 in value to its nonprofits.
100 Black Men of Atlanta Inc.
With a goal to become the city’s strongest, most self-reliant African-American volunteer organization focused on education, enrichment and empowerment, 100 Black Men of Atlanta Inc.’s mission is to improve quality of life by supporting and enhancing educational and economic opportunities, particularly for African American youth in the Atlanta community.
The 100 Black Men of Atlanta are a group of civic-minded men who dedicate their time and talents to mentoring Atlanta’s at-risk youth. Volunteer opportunities include leadership development and college preparatory services through its flagship program, Project Success. Since its inception in 1987, Project Success has helped break cycles of poverty, under-achievement and violence that plague the lives of many of Atlanta’s boys and girls, allowing them to reach their highest potential.
@Promise Youth Center
At-Promise Youth Center started in 2017 and provides pathways to success for youth in Atlanta and reduces the number of young people who negatively experience the criminal justice system from ages 12-24. The services provided include individual therapy, group therapy, educational assistance like tutoring, mentoring and GED classes, testing, workforce prep, arts instruction in music and filmmaking, as well as recreational activities.
Atlanta Community Food Bank
Atlanta Community Food Bank‘s (ACFB) mission is to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering the community. It works with more than 700 nonprofit partners—including food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, shelters and senior centers—to distribute nearly 70 million meals to more than 1 million people estimated to be food insecure in 29 counties across metro Atlanta and north Georgia.
ACFB relies on volunteers every day to help with important tasks such as sorting and packing food donations, administrative work and more. Groups can engage in volunteering opportunities and food drive campaigns. Monetary donations are also welcomed and beneficial, $1 helps provide enough food for four meals.
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity transforms communities by acting as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization through education, innovative development, partnerships and long-term relationships with families. Atlanta Habitat has worked with more than 5,000 family members to achieve the dream of affordable homeownership since 1983.
Volunteers can organize a group event or contribute individually. Each year, about 13,000 volunteers work alongside more than 100 new families to build, renovate, repair and paint homes among other volunteer opportunities. Any amount or type of gift empowers our mission to help a family build and buy their first home, seniors and military veterans to complete critical home repairs, Atlanta Habitat families to achieve education and entrepreneurial goals, revitalize neighborhoods and much more.
Atlanta Humane Society
Atlanta Humane Society stands strong today as it has for nearly 150 years. It is a no-kill shelter with a vision to increase animal services and impact more animals in the community. It believes the relationship between humans and animals has deep significance, and the organization calls on Atlanta and each other to take action.
There are plenty of opportunities to help animals that work well with a group’s preferences and schedule. Volunteers help with socializing future companions, community engagement, administrative support, fostering animals and shelter medicine assistance.
Atlanta Mission is the city’s largest and longest-running provider of services to homeless men, women and children. From humble beginnings as a small soup kitchen and 20 bed shelter, it currently operates four facilities serving metro Atlanta’s homeless population. Atlanta Mission empowers and coaches people toward excellence by investing in the spiritual, personal and professional development of people and restoring and equipping them to intentional living.
Services provided are food and shelter, addiction recovery, job attainment, counseling and more. There are many ways to give and get involved with the Atlanta Mission community from supporting annual events like the Atlanta Mission 5K to shelter donations of all kinds.
Aware Wildlife Center
The AWARE Wildlife Center rehabilitates injured and orphaned native Georgia wild animals and educates the public about peaceful coexistence with wildlife. AWARE accepts up to 2,000 injured and orphaned animals every year as patients and delivers hundreds of ambassador programs across Georgia. Most of the hands-on animal care at AWARE is done by volunteers. Our small animal care staff oversees up to 100 weekly volunteers as they carry out the cleaning, feeding, and medicating of up to 200 patients at a time.
Forced prostitution is rampant, trapping victims in a cycle of homelessness and addiction. BeLoved Atlanta provides safe homes and a two-year restoration program, equipping women with the power to create a new path in life. Its vision for each woman it works with is that she may heal from exploitation and addiction as a more true and full version of herself and reclaim the parts of herself that trafficking attempted to steal.
The staff offers a holistic approach to healing by crafting an individual treatment plan for each resident. The BeLoved program includes free housing, one-to-one professional counseling, group therapy, case-management, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, medical and legal assistance, financial planning, education and employment.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta
Established in 1960, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Their vision is that all youth achieve their full potential. They fulfill this mission through community, school and workplace-based mentoring programs. Since their founding, they have served 75,000 children with supportive relationships.
There are a variety of ways to give and get involved, including financial sponsorships of their program or special events (golf, gala, fashion show, etc.), keynote or town halls speaking engagement opportunities for their CEO or Bigs and seasonal volunteer opportunities such as backpack drives, activity kits, etc. Custom events are also available upon request.
CHRIS 180 helps children, young adults and families who have experienced trauma change the direction of their lives to become more productive, self-sufficient members of the community. They do this through mental health counseling, training, providing safe housing and real-world skill building. CHRIS 180’s goal is to help those it serves build resiliency to overcome life’s challenges.
There are many ways to give and get involved, and they are currently developing new in-person volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups.
Furkids operates the largest cage-free, no-kill shelter in the Southeast for rescued cats along with Sadie’s Place, a no-kill shelter for dogs. The Furkids mission is to rescue homeless animals, provide them with the best medical care and nurturing environment while working to find them a forever home. Furkids heals the whole animal, physically and emotionally, restoring its health and its spirit. Furkids has rescued and altered more than 55,000 animals since its founding in 2002.
The shelter provides a wonderful volunteer opportunity for groups of all ages and sizes. Furkids is the only animal rescue organization in metro Atlanta that allows children of all ages to volunteer.
Hands On Atlanta
With a vision to make Atlanta the most civically engaged and equitable community in the world, Hands On Atlanta mobilizes the community to tackle the city’s most pressing needs. From fighting food insecurity to supporting students across Title 1 public schools, Hands On Atlanta annually engages 20,000 volunteers across its trusted, robust network of nonprofit and school partners to do something good.
From plug-and-play group volunteering opportunities to creating completely customizable civic engagement experiences for convention attendees, the organization offers fun and impacting solutions to do something good.
Meals on Wheels Atlanta
Meals On Wheels Atlanta (MOWA) was founded in 1965 to support seniors struggling with poverty, food insecurity and social isolation. Over more than 50 years, it has grown from a small soup kitchen to an organization serving more than 600,000 meals each year throughout the Atlanta area. It has also expanded program offerings to respond to other critical needs in the community and now offer multiple services to support both older adults and veterans, including home-delivered and congregate meals, home repair services and a food pantry for both seniors and their pets.
MOWA offers an array of both in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities including letter writing, meal box decoration, meal delivery, stocking the pantry and hosting a food drive.
Next Generation Men and Women
Next Gen closes the opportunity gap for under-resourced high school students in Atlanta through exposure to college, career options and support. We are dedicated to ensuring that every student is prepared to seize the opportunities life has to offer. We do this by partnering with high schools, local companies and colleges to provide under-resourced Atlanta high school students with the necessary exposure and support to graduate ready and committed to college and career.
Next Gen offers a variety of ways to plug-in and get involved including hosting an Exposure Experience at your workplace, volunteering at our annual fall Networking Night, or joining us in the spring for our annual Next Gen Block Party to celebrate our students.
SafeHouse Outreach‘s (SHO) mission is to restore lives through faith, love and compassionate service.
Breaking the cycle of poverty by giving a hand-up and not just a hand-out, SHO is a nonprofit organization that aims to transition people from homelessness to a point of stability and independent living. SHO provides support along with practical, emotional and physical assistance for the in-need and at-risk, helping integrate them back into society through time-tested programs. This is made possible by selfless, generous and loving SHO staff, volunteers and friends.
Volunteer opportunities include both individual and group projects such as impact meals, city walks, outreach events and hosting drives.
Second Helpings Atlanta
Second Helpings Atlanta (SHA) is a nonprofit food rescue organization whose mission is to reduce hunger and food waste in the metro Atlanta area by rescuing healthy, nutritious surplus food and distributing it to those in need. The food rescued every day gets diverted from landfills and is used to feed those in need, making Atlanta a more environmentally responsible metropolitan area.
SHA offers a variety of programs and ways individuals and organizations can get involved to support its mission. The Large Event Food Rescue program provides a year-round source of high quality and nutritious food from Atlanta’s largest venues. Through corporate engagement, Second Helpings Atlanta partners with companies that have a passion for serving their communities and provides a variety of ways to get their employees engaged in supporting SHA’s food rescue mission.
Since its beginnings, Trees Atlanta’s goals have been to plant new trees, conserve existing trees and educate the public on the many benefits of trees. As a proud steward of Atlanta’s urban forest, Trees Atlanta is a unique community resource for sustainable growth and design, educational programs and volunteer opportunities.
Trees Atlanta pursues its mission through a variety of programs including small and large tree planting, forest restoration, adult and youth education, tree care and advocacy. It has taken a grass roots approach by working directly with residents, neighborhood groups and schools to reach common conservation goals.
Urban League of Greater Atlanta
Urban League of Greater Atlanta (ULGATL) has been all about economic empowerment since its doors opened nearly 100 years ago. It is a dedicated person-to-person organization invested in the economic success of African-Americans and coaching them to a better life.
ULGATL focuses on six key tenets of economic success: education and job skills training; employment, careers and entrepreneurship; housing and community development; financial literacy and wealth creation; youth empowerment; and policy and legislative affairs. The League’s Pathways to Empowerment Program serves more than 3,200 individuals annually and donor support for these programs is also welcomed.
ADDITIONAL CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS
Atlanta has numerous other organizations that do great work in our community. Please use this directory to find one that aligns with your mission and goals. Contact your convention services manager for help making a valuable connection and start a project that will leave a lasting impact in your convention city.
The above is a small sampling of our partners.
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