Being involved in your community will not only connect you closer to your neighborhood, but can also help you transform your own life through uplifting others. Volunteering can help you develop new skills and knowledge from working on different projects, and gives you the opportunity to expose yourself to different experiences. Lifetime friendships may also be established as you work alongside others to improve your community. Volunteering also allows you to conquer new challenges, which can increase your confidence in other areas of your life. Consider attending some of the following events provided by our 2016 grantees for National Volunteer Month, and help bring positive change to others and yourself.
9to5 Georgia is holding a clothing drive from April 1 to 14 to collect professional attire for women and men who are returning to society after incarceration.
When: April 1st-14th, anytime between 9am and 5pm.
Where: Drop off clothing and accessories at the 9to5 Georgia offices, 501 Pulliam St. SW.
What: Any professional attire or accessories for men and women. All sizes welcome.
Contact Erica at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
Fri., Apr. 21, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm @ Abernathy Arts Center – (Register)
Wed., Apr. 26, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm @ Fulton County Juvenile Court – (Register)
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect every child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family.
Fulton County CASA is a volunteer-powered program which provides representation in juvenile court for child victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. The program recruits, screens, trains, and supervises adult community members who volunteer their time to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), with the full legal authority set forth by the State of Georgia. CASAs provide advocacy to child victims to ensure that they remain at the forefront of the court proceedings and find a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.
Habitat for Humanity
Volunteer on a Construction Project as a Non-Sponsor Group
They have several openings for volunteer groups of up to 10 people on Saturdays in April from 7:30 am – 2:30 pm. You can view their most up to date schedule of open non-sponsor group opportunities at www.opengroupdates.atlantahabitat.volunteerhub.com.
Volunteer as Individuals
Individuals are required to attend a one hour volunteer orientation, which they offer three times per month. To register for orientation and find detailed descriptions of their volunteer positions, you can visit www.atlantahabitat.org/individuals.
International Rescue Committee
The IRC in Atlanta is hosting a Job Readiness and Mock Interview Session at the IRC office, located at 2305 Parklake Dr. NE, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30345, where volunteers and professionals from the community can work directly with job-seeking refugees to prepare them for their first professional interview in the U.S. Volunteers will have the opportunity to give an introduction to their own careers (if they choose), and can conduct one-on-one “mock interviews” with job-seeking refugees. Volunteers will be provided with suggested interview questions and are encouraged to ask additional, impromptu questions to simulate a realistic interview experience. Additionally, volunteers will have a rating sheet that gives them specific criteria to rate the “interviewees” (e.g., clarity, professional demeanor, attitude, eye contact) and provide constructive feedback on how to improve their interviewing skills.
The Job Readiness and Mock Interview Session will be held at the IRC office on Saturday, May 6th, from 10am to 12pm. For more information or to sign up, contact David Oliver at David.Oliver@rescue.org.
Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences, Inc. MARR
MARR/Right Side Up (RSU)
Dates: April 3, 4, 10, & 11
Times: 6 – 9 pm
Location: Recovery Center in Doraville
Established in 1975, MARR is a private, non-profit organization that provides long-term residential addiction treatment to men and women. Our mission is to bring lasting, total recovery through high-quality, cost effective, and gender-specific addiction treatment. Spiritually founded and centered on the 12 Steps, we believe in a balanced, holistic approach to recovery.
MARR has served over 20,000 individuals since its inception, offering addiction treatment, providing education, resources and counseling to both our clients and their family members. MARR centers include the Men’s Recovery Center, the Women’s Recovery Center, Right Side Up and the Family Recovery Center. MARR ensures a complete understanding of the 12 Steps, the disease model of addiction and relapse prevention, forming the foundation for long-term recovery. Each program is managed and run by certified/licensed clinicians specializing in addiction treatment with on-site psychiatric/medical management.
MARR offers 12 hours of volunteer training that provide a broad overview of the MARR/RSU philosophy of treatment and the disease of addiction.
Training is scheduled for April 3, 4, 10, and 11 from 6 – 9 pm at the Recovery Center in Doraville.
Please contact Julie Hansen if you are interested in being a part of MARR/RSU volunteer team at (678) 805-5155 or email@example.com.
Nick’s Activity Hour
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm
They need volunteers to lead structured activities with the children of Nicholas House while their parents are in life skills classes. The children will be a group of children of all ages. Suggested activities include crafts, board games, outdoor games, or other creative ideas. Volunteers over the age of 18 will have to pass a background check to be eligible to volunteer. To sign up, email Norma V. Nyhoff, Volunteer and Marketing Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They also have volunteer workdays in their yard available if a larger group would be interested in scheduling a volunteer opportunity—these dates are flexible. To sign up, email Norma V. Nyhoff, Volunteer and Marketing Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Hands and Hearts in Retail, Wellspring Living Treasure Stores
Locations: Duluth, Marietta, Toco Hill, Peachtree City
Dates: Monday – Saturday
Times: 10 am – 6 pm
If you are passionate about educating community members about the issue of sex trafficking while impacting the mission of Wellspring Living, this job is for you! Our Retail Store locations are seeking volunteers to help sort donations, steam clothing, price items and greet customers. Our locations are in need of weekday and Saturday volunteers between 10am and 6pm Monday through Saturday. These flexible shifts and activities require a background check. Opportunities are open to men and women ages 16+.*
To begin the registration process, or if you have any questions about our Single Days of Service opportunities please contact the coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at: www.wellspringliving.org/retail.
Refresh Our Homes – Serve Day
Dates: Saturdays On-Demand – date requests must be submitted 5 weeks in advance
Times: 9 am – noon
Volunteers can also serve as a group for our “Refresh our Homes”/ Serve Days. Deep clean our residential homes and maintain peaceful environments for survivors of domestic minor sex trafficking. Serve Days take place at our North Atlanta Campus and South Atlanta Campus. We begin the day with an overview of the issue of DMST, an overview of Wellspring Living’s mission, vision and programming; we include a detailed breakdown of project assignments, and facilitate an optional circle of prayer. Bottled water and energizing snacks are made available to volunteers, as well as unisex restrooms that are disabled assessable. We invite men and women to serve with us that are over the age of 14. We will require a signature on a waiver/confidentiality form (parent/guardian signature for minors). Background checks and training are not required. To begin the registration process, or if you have any questions about our Single Days of Service opportunities, please email email@example.com.*
Refresh Our Grounds – Serve Day
Dates: Saturdays ON-DEMAND – date requests must be submitted 5 weeks in advance
Times: 9 am – noon
Host a unique volunteer project or Single day of Service (Serve Day). Help us maintain our residential campus grounds and landscaping; create beautiful, outdoor spaces for survivors of domestic minor sex trafficking. Single days of service take place at our North Campus and South Atlanta Campus. We begin the day with an overview of the issue of DMST, an overview of Wellspring Living’s mission, vision and programming; we include a detailed breakdown of project assignments, and facilitate an optional circle of prayer. Bottled water and energizing snacks are made available to volunteers, as well as unisex restrooms that are disabled assessable. We invite men and women to serve with us that are over the age of 14. We will require a signature on a waiver/confidentiality form (parent/guardian signature for minors). Background checks and training are not required. To begin the registration process, or if you have any questions about our Single Days of Service opportunities, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.*
Sponsor A Graduation/Celebration
Host a unique volunteer project with a group of 5 to 6! Gather your family and friends (females, 21 and up) to help sponsor a graduation or celebration for a young lady! Volunteers can help plan, decorate and prepare the celebratory meal for a young lady’s special occasion.*
Details are provided as events are scheduled.
*A background check is only required for volunteers that do activities involving participants (i.e- graduation, teaching a life skill class or group activity). All other volunteer activities do not require a background check, but only that they sign a confidentiality agreement.