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.
On Sunday, January 20, almost 300 corporate and community leaders gathered around the dinner table at the College Football Hall of Fame, for an engaging evening of conversation on the intersection of sport and social justice.
We’re teaming up with The King Center, Civic Dinners and Mailchimp to help launch a national conversation around Bridging the Racial Divide, with a goal of getting 1,000 Civic Dinners to happen all across the United States! While the campaign officially kicks-off on Sunday, January 20 at our Signature Sunday Supper, we’re hoping to secure 53 Civic Dinners in Atlanta through February, in honor of the 53rd edition of [insert alternative name for a really big, huge and awesome football game here].
Pulling off a massive day of service isn’t easy, or for the faint of heart, and to make this past weekend’s Hands On Atlanta Day happen, we had to dig deep and rally the troops. We had 35 corporate sponsors come through (thank you, thank you, thank you and high fives) to support more than 50 projects at nonprofits and schools throughout metro Atlanta. We leaned on our title sponsor, Delta, to set the tone for the day at Bolton Academy with 150 employees and another 150 families and community members who rolled up their sleeves to build a Kaboom! playground and outdoor classroom in just 6 hours! But that’s just the start…
Trying to pick your favorite Hands On Atlanta Day volunteer project is like trying to pick your favorite King of Pops flavor... You're leaning towards Chocolate Sea Salt because duh, Chocolate Sea Salt, but that Raspberry Lime is so dang refreshing!
We get it. It's tough. So, to help make it a little easier on you, we hand selected our Top 10 (11 actually, we tossed in a bonus at the end) Hands On Atlanta Day volunteer projects that you can sign up for right now!
Every year, on the first Saturday of October, ATLiens come together for the city's biggest, single day of service - Hands On Atlanta Day presented by Delta. On just one day, more than 2,500 volunteers will:
Work on 50+ service projects
Serve 10,000+ hours in the community
Support programs that will give over 10,800 kids safe places to learn
Plant over 100 trees
Serve over 570 seniors and
Provide over 15,500 pounds of food and medical supplies for those in need.
College football season isn't the only thing getting ready to kick-off.
Join the Hands On Atlanta team, corporate and nonprofit leaders, and plenty of changemakers on Wednesday, October 3 at the Monday Night Brewing Garage for a fun evening to kick-off Atlanta's largest, single day of service!
Atlanta, I have come to realize, is like America in all its complexity and contradiction. It is, as W.E.B. Du Bois said, south of the North but north of the South, challenging the assumptions and mores of each half of the nation. It’s a city that General Sherman had to burn to the ground so that Doctor King could rise from it a century later. A capital of slavery and a hub of black liberation. A city of rising prosperity and inequality, of suburban sprawl and status anxiety and immigrant influx and persistent poverty – and beneath it all, a web of faith communities and a corporate power structure that dominates civic life.