When I am not climbing in cobwebby crawl spaces, looking for property lines, researching market trends, conducting open houses, or driving buyers around Atlanta, I give back to the community I love. Therefore, after each transaction, I ask my clients to choose which non-profit listed below they would like for me to give a $100.00 donation to in their name. Of course, clients can choose their own as well!
We can all make a tremendous contribution by giving back!
LifeLine Animal Project
LIfeLine Animal Project is working to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in animal shelters and now manages both DeKalb and Fulton County Shelters. Their programs strengthen the entire animal welfare community by promoting homeless pet adoption, providing affordable spay/neuter services, increasing public awareness, and advocating for lifesaving public policy. And, by supporting the work of other rescue organizations and animal control agencies, both locally and nationally, they have established a network of hope that continues to grow.
Park Pride works to create more and better parks all over Atlanta, engaging and empowering residents to improve their parks and to address Atlanta’s historic lack of parkland. Did you know that even though we are among the 25 largest cities, Atlanta has the smallest percent of its land dedicated to parks? So sad. The foundation of Park Pride’s work is the more than 60 community-base “Friends of the Park” groups with which it works. For more information, visit www.parkpride.org
Atlanta Community Food Bank
I just started giving to Atlanta Community Food Bank this past year when I realized how much the recession was affecting lower income residents in Atlanta. At this time, nearly 1 in 6 kids in Georgia are at risk of hunger. This is horrendous.
Founded in 1979, the Atlanta Community Food Bank currently distributes almost 2 million pounds of food and other donated grocery items each month to more than 800 non-profit partner agencies in 38 counties in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. To learn more about their programs, visit www.acfb.org
Project Open Hand began 21 years ago in Atlanta by Michael Edwards-Pruitt and a few friends who cooked nutritious meals for individuals with HIV/AIDS. Since this “project” began, Open Hand has grown into cooking some 4,500 meals a day to the chronically ill, disabled, and the elderly. I am sure you have heard of Dining Out for Life where over 150 Atlanta restaurants generously give a whopping 20% of food and beverage sales to Open Hand. This year it was on April 22, and Alison and I went to Sotto Sotto and it was fabulous as ever. Visit www.projectopenhand.org for more information.
Based in Atlanta, Care is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. The organization places special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. They rock. Visit http://www.care.org/ to find out just how much you can help.