5 Ways to Give Back in Atlanta

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Thanksgiving often gives me the opportunity to look back and think about how blessed I am. I would imagine that the majority of you do the same. Unfortunately, it’s also a crazy time of year and I can easily become consumed with myself. It’s easy to forget that there are families out there that won’t have a Thanksgiving dinner, and there are kids that won’t have presents on Christmas morning. In fact, there are kids in Atlanta who are being sold into slavery at this very moment. There are needs that need to be met year round around our city. This time of year however, is a great opportunity to find a way to serve… even for just a moment.

When it comes to change, I believe that it begins with us.

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Here are 5 easy ways to give back to your community in Atlanta.

  1. Open Hand
    Open Hand helps feed some of our most neglected community members: our sick and our elderly. Through home delivered meals and nutrition education, Open Hand provides meals to people with critical, chronic, or terminal diseases. You can provide financial service, or volunteer your time to help prepare meals or deliver them.
  2. Atlanta Mission
    Atlanta Mission helps families and individuals facing homelessness.Technically, they provide emergency shelter, residential recovery programs, job attainment and transitional housing across multiple ministry centers across Metro Atlanta. You can give financially, or you can volunteer your time. There are also “high skill” volunteers needed, such as Addiction Counselors.
  3. Wellspring Living
    Wellspring Living serves the thousands of girls and women who fall victim to sexual abuse and exploitation. Atlanta is one of the top cities in the nation for child sex trafficking. This is an extremely devastating statistic, but there are ways that you can help. Whether it is your time, money, or connections, there are plenty of ways to give to Wellspring Living.
  4. Goshen Valley Boys Ranch
    A non-profit located in Waleska, Georgia, Goshen Valley Boys Ranch serves young men, ages 11-18 and 19-21 in their transitional living program in North Georgia. Financial donations and volunteered time are always appreciated and needed to help continue being agents of change in the lives of young men in Georgia.
  5. Good Samaritan Health Centers
    There are a few Good Samaritan Health Centers around Atlanta, where you can help volunteer your time, money, or both to help the uninsured and under-insured working poor in Metro Atlanta. Led by Dr. Bill Warren, this center offers medical, dental, and mental health services along with a handful of others as well.

Understand that you are needed. You have been given an opportunity to change the lives of those around you, either by your financial position, your special talents, or your passion for life.

There are plenty of other opportunities out there that we simply weren’t able to list… yet. Please contact us with your favorite giving opportunity in Atlanta by submitting it on our contact form.

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About the Author Kevin

Kevin Ekmark is the CEO at TrustWorkz, Inc., the co-owner of En Pointe Designs, and the Co-Owner of The Trot Line. He was born and raised in Georgia. Kevin loves peanut butter, bourbon, the outdoors, football season, and rare meat... Oh, and anything with bacon.