Hands on Atlanta helps individuals, families, corporate and community groups strengthen the greater Atlanta area through service at more than 400 nonprofit organizations and schools.
United Way engages individuals and groups in early childhood advocacy by connecting communities to their schools with programs that provide literacy volunteers in the classroom or mentors for disadvantaged students.
Focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, Y volunteers give men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life the resources and support they need to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.
Jahan Mahdi, intern from Valdosta State University's Master of Library and Information Science program, for creating this guide, with assistance from La Loria Konata, Coordinator of Student Services, and Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, Sociology Librarian.
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Atlanta is home to an impressive list of philanthropic service organizations dedicated to educating, mentoring, and empowering youth. Listed below are a few organizations close to campus and always in need of volunteers.
Georgia State University Office of Civic Engagement focuses on connecting students, staff, and faculty with meaningful community involvement.
Formed in 1998 by local residents hoping to give youth who otherwise have limited after-school and summertime options a safe and stimulating place to play, to learn and to express themselves, East Atlanta Kids Club is an out-of-school-time mentoring and enrichment program for under-resourced girls and boys ages 7 to 17.
Cool Girls, Inc. partners young women with mentors and volunteer networks to support them in all aspects of their development – breaking the cycles of poverty, low self-esteem, and teen pregnancy, and nurturing them into confident women through education and exposure to a broader world of opportunity.
Boys Who D.A.R.E., Inc. is a group of concerned parents, community leaders, local businesses, and writers working in partnership to provide monthly literary events in which a different adult male role model introduces a book and guides a discussion.