This Monday, January 16th, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, marks the 17th year that Hands On Atlanta, www.handsonatlanta.org, has been working and volunteering in the city. This year their goal is to gather 3,000 volunteers and to work on more than 50 projects around the city in just one day. If this is completed as planned, it will produce more than 10,000 hours of service for just the day!
This day is more special because it is the inauguration of the Hands On Atlanta’s Civic Leadership Program. It is a grant competition program that is designed to equip civic leaders to create and execute innovative, ongoing and volunteer-driven initiatives to alleviate local poverty. The whole program is built to support social entrepreneurs, promote group entrepreneurship, build infrastructure for sustainability of the sector and develop youth leaders.
This promises to be an exciting day! It starts at 8:30 in the morning with two special projects that are hosted by Delta Air Lines and Alston & Bird. The first project, headed by Delta Air Lines working with Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless, “Touch the Heart, Feed the Body & Warm the Soul” will start at Carver High School and they will use volunteers to put together 6,000 bagged lunches to distribute to those in need around Atlanta and package more than 10,000 recylced fleece blankets collected from Delta Air Lines’ aircraft fleet to distribute to Atlanta’s homeless population and community shelter. A Presidential Volunteer Service Award will be awarded during this project.
The second project is headed by Altson & Bird and those volunteers will work with youth graduates of the Boys & Girls Club’s Keystone Leadership Program to paint several murals throughout the Boys and Girls Club facility as well as prepare the organizations garden for spring planting. This event will also include a keynote address from a 17 year old graduate of the program.
While many spots are filled, there are still quite a few open! Go to www.handsonatlanta.org for more information and to see which volunteer spots are still remaining!