5 ways to give back to Atlanta this holiday season

Photo: Courtesy of Second Helpings Atlanta

Giving season is just around the corner, so we’ve rounded up five local organizations that need your help.

  • But don’t stop there. There are dozens of other good causes in and around Atlanta.
1. Feed the hungry

Since 2004, Second Helpings Atlanta has helped collect surplus food for distribution to those in need.

Why is this important: Second Helpings Atlanta is a nonprofit food rescue organization with over 300 volunteers helping to reduce hunger and food waste in Atlanta.

What to expect: Second Helpings offers four different service programs, including meal assembly and delivery, business engagement, and student education about hunger and food waste.

Details: Sign up to volunteer as an individual or in a group here.

Other needs: Second Helpings lists here several ways to give in addition to volunteering.

2. Read to children

Everyone wins! Atlanta serves students who read below grade level by developing a love of reading and improving their skills.

Why is this important: Everyone wins! helped close the literacy gap for children by hiring volunteer mentors to read aloud to children who are falling behind.

What to expect: Volunteers can read with a child over lunch or in their classroom or donate books to low-income families.

Details: Complete the volunteer interest form here.

Other needs: Donate books through Everybody Wins! Amazon Wish List.

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3. Support the homeless

Intown Collaborative Ministries has a homelessness awareness program designed to help people find permanent housing and overcome barriers to stable housing.

Why is this important: Intown has helped nearly 200 people find permanent housing since 2017 and serves food to an average of 150 people per week.

What to expect: Individuals or groups can volunteer at Intown’s food pantry, deliver groceries to customers, or host a food drive.

Details: Here you can find information on volunteering requirements.

Other needs: Intown offers several donation options, see them all here.

Photo: Courtesy of Intown Collaborative Ministries
4. Help our veterans

Employment assistance is one of the primary needs of military members as they transition to civilian life.

Why is this important: Hire Heroes USA has helped over 65,000 veterans and military spouses find careers.

What to expect: Volunteers are sought for mentorship, fundraising and speaking on panels.

Details: Hire Heroes needs volunteers from many different industries and businesses. Apply here.

Other needs: You can set up a one-time or recurring donation here.

we the troops
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5. Help refugees settle

The Refugee Women’s Network (RWN) supports refugee and immigrant women who have resettled in Georgia.

Why is this important: RWN helps with social adjustment, leadership training, economic empowerment, and health care and wellness navigation.

What to expect: Volunteers are needed for writing grant applications, facilitating workshops, mentoring, fundraising and organizing fundraising campaigns.

Details: Complete an application here.

Other needs: Learn more about donating clothes, money or supplies here.

Do you know a worthy cause? Email us at [email protected] and we may feature your nonprofit in an upcoming newsletter.

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