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!
As an act of kindness amidst the rising gas prices, we surprised drivers at the midtown Exxon Gas Station with a total of 401 gallons of gas! Although it was April Fool’s Day, this giveaway was no joke.
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!
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The news from our neighbors in Kentucky has been devastating. With so much destruction and loss, it’s hard to know where or how to help—but together as a Georgia’s Own community, we’re going to try. Now through Sunday, December 19th, the Georgia’s Own Foundation will be collecting donations for the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund to assist those who were impacted by the tornadoes and severe weather system that moved through the state last weekend.
If you’re able to give, please click here. Any amount will make a tremendous difference in the lives of affected Kentuckians. All donations received will be matched by the Georgia’s Own Foundation up to $5,000 and sent to Team Western Kentucky on Monday, December 20th.
Thank you for helping us improve what matters, especially in the toughest times.
Now through December 23, we will be selling ornaments in our branches and online to support the work of Children’s Miracle Network in our community, specifically at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. To provide the best care for kids, children’s hospitals rely on donations and community support, as Medicaid and insurance programs do not fully cover the cost of care. Since 1983, CMN has raised over $7 billion to help fill those funding gaps, most of it through programs just like this.
If you’d like to chip in with an ornament purchase to be displayed at your local branch, please click here! We’re asking for a suggested $5 donation, but any amount is greatly appreciated. The Georgia’s Own Foundation will match all donations made up to $5,000! When checking out, please mention ‘ornament’ and the branch in which you’d like your ornament to be hung in the notes section.
Thank you for helping us improve what matters!
The 12th annual Georgia’s Own Golf Challenge was our most successful outing to date thanks to the incredible generosity of our sponsors, participants, and volunteers! We raised an event-record $130,000 for L.E.A.D., who works daily to empower young men in the city of Atlanta through their Ambassador program. Funds from the Golf Challenge will allow them to reach more young men, deepen their programming, and continue to enhance their new ‘home’, the L.E.A.D. Center for Youth. Sponsorship registration for our 13th annual event is now open and we currently have a wide selection of packages available. Click here to view the event page and secure your spot today!
Did you know that one in 266 children will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of twenty? September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and we have partnered with the American Cancer Society’s Gold Together initiative to help raise funds that will fuel critical research, education, advocacy, and vital services for children battling cancer.
Will you help us join the fight? Now through September 30, the Georgia’s Own Foundation will match all donations made up to $5,000, so you can have double the impact! For more information on what it means to #GoldTogether, click here, and to donate today, click here!
We are excited to announce that this June we are once again partnering with Hope Atlanta (formerly Action Ministries) to raise money for the 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! 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!