We are excited to announce that this June we are once again partnering with Hope Atlanta to raise money for their Smart Lunch, Smart Kid initiative. Each year, over one million children in Georgia lose access to lunch when school lets out for the summer, and this program seeks to close that hunger gap. A $5 donation will feed a child lunch for two days and will be delivered directly to the neighborhoods in need; avoiding the very real transportation barrier.
Our goal is to raise $15,000 for SLSK -enough to provide 6,000 lunches to children in our community- and we would love your help in making that a reality! This campaign will run through June 30, and the Georgia’s Own Foundation will match all donations up to $5,000, making your contribution go twice as far! If you’re able to give, please click here.
This is one of the most impactful initiatives we do throughout the year and we couldn’t do it without your support, so thank you!
Our team here at Georgia’s Own shares in the shock and heartbreak as the aftermath of the tragedy in Uvalde, TX unfolds. We can’t begin to imagine the grief the victims’ families must be experiencing, and like many of you, feel compelled to take action and help in some meaningful way. The organization VictimsFirst is a network of survivors and relatives affected by previous mass shootings and is currently fundraising to provide no-strings-attached cash payments directly to victims’ family members. Will you join us in sending a message of support to the families through VictimsFirst with a financial donation? The Georgia’s Own Foundation will be matching all contributions made through June 1st up to $5,000.
Thank you for your consideration, and for helping us improve what matters.
On Monday, May 16, we will be teaming up with former Georgia Bulldog star and Superbowl Champ, Malcolm Mitchell, to bring a Reading Rally to the students at Woodson Park Academy School in Atlanta. Mitchell’s foundation, Share the Magic, aims to promote youth literacy through book ownership, so we will be donating 800 books to the students ahead of summer break to help prevent the ‘summer slide’ that often occurs when children are away from school for long periods of time. The students will be treated to a reading of The Magician’s Hat, which was written by Malcolm himself, as well as a real magic show!
It is no secret that nurses play a more than vital role in our everyday lives and the past two years have been more taxing than ever on their profession. Even though the pandemic seems to have waned, the challenges for nurses continue as staffing remains a challenge and the trauma of serving through the Covid-19 period is still ever-present. To honor their work, we surprised the nurses in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with Chick-fil-A lunches as a small token of our appreciation on Nurses’ Appreciation Day.
To celebrate Earth Day, our Volunteer Force headed to Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, GA to work in their organic garden and then served on the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail. Each project was rewarding in different ways and each left our team feeling a little better about our planet!
The Georgia’s Own Foundation is now accepting applications for our two annual scholarship programs: What’s Next and Jump Start. What’s Next is open to all Georgia’s Own members who will be attending college during the 2022-2023 school year and we will be awarding a total of $15,000 to three deserving students ($8,000 for first place, $5,000 for second, and $2,000 for third). Our Jump Start scholarship will award $1,000 to twenty high school seniors in our Southwest Region. Applications and details can be found here!