Sunshine, Smiles and Service: A recipe for impact for the 2019 MLK Day of Service


The masses were out in full force for another big day of impact for the 2019 MLK Day of Service. Numbers are still trickling in, but about 2,000 volunteers served at 32 projects across metro Atlanta. Backed by a huge turnout from all 20 of our corporate sponsors, volunteers rolled up their sleeves and worked on a diverse and impactful series of projects at our partner nonprofits and schools.

At Truly Living Well 200 volunteers helped winterize fruit trees, composting, cleaned up a pond and more. Teammates from our title sponsor Coca-Cola were busy at sites like Blue Heron Nature Preserve, getting dirty, removing invasive plants along one of their trails, and with Keep North Fulton Beautiful by unloading and sorting donated goods and helping with customers. There was a pop-up letter writing station outside of The King Center, where visitors could join the Atlanta Legends by crafting encouraging messages to Atlanta Public School teachers.

Not all projects were outside (thankfully) and there was plenty of work to do at both schools and nonprofits. At Stoneview Elementary, volunteers from State Farm and the surrounding community teamed up for a school maker with a ton of paint projects throughout the school and with some brand new picnic tables in the courtyard. At Helping Mama’s, volunteers sorted diapers, ran inventory on donations and bundled clothing by season & size. At Frederick Douglass High School, 50 volunteers helped paint a huge mural (thanks to sponsors Mercedes Benz USA) that was created in partnership by some of Atlanta’s top muralists. At the Amani Women’s Center volunteers helped sort sewing supplies for the classes they teach to refugee women along with interior painting and a few other beautification projects to give the women a nice place to work and learn.

These are just a sampling of the impactful projects accomplished by volunteers today. We can’t thank the Atlanta community enough for showing up and serving for another huge MLK Day of Service! We’re also sending high fives to all of our corporate sponsors for making this massive day of service possible. To all of the project managers, our AmeriCorps members, all of the current and past Civic Fellows, every task leader and each member of our team at Hands On Atlanta - THANK YOU!

See more photos and learn about the impact our volunteers created across metro Atlanta on the 2019 MLK Day of Service on Twitter and Instagram! Did you volunteer? Share your service with us across social media by using #HandsOnMLKDay.

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