Community Service Opportunities

We are all in this together. Here is a list of Community Service Opportunities that are in-person and/or virtual. Thank you for supporting your fellow neighbors and those that need a hand.

Hands on Atlanta in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities: https://www.handsonatlanta.org/relief#now

Atlanta Community Food Bank Volunteer opportunities: https://acfb.volunteerhub.com/

United Way of Greater Atlanta and our nonprofit partners have safe, approved volunteer opportunities that support the children, families and communities most directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sign-ups are now available for virtual volunteering, as well as more active ways to get involved.

VIRTUAL SUPPORT

Youth United Online Storytime
While students, children & families are spending more time at home during the COVID outbreak, parents are taking on the full-time childcare and education of their children. Youth United is here to bring a virtual ray of sunshine, by providing a platform for online storytime! Students, you can submit a short video of yourself reading your favorite childhood storybook to go on the Youth United Instagram page. We encourage you to be creative and, most of all, have fun!

The Gateway Center
The Gateway Center, an organization working to end homelessness through wrap around services, is looking for one skilled volunteer to help with technology. This opportunity can be done remotely (with a confidentiality agreement) or in person, and experience with Raiser's Edge software is required. The volunteer is needed to assist wih creating and running queries, as well as some data entry. The time commitment is about 5 hours per week. Please contact Martha Reich at 404-215-6602 or [email protected] if interested.

  1. G. Rhodes
    Volunteer virtually by sharing words of encouragement to the staff and Senior residents of A.G. Rhodes Community Wellness Centers through email! Send pictures, letters, drawings, and videos to seniors in the Atlanta area to provide support and a little happiness to those isolated during the COVID outbreak. Contributions can be sent to [email protected].

Atlanta CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocate
CASA volunteers are individuals who have eyes to recognize; ears to hear; hands to help and a heart to heal children in foster care. Volunteers assist the court in making an informed decision about the child's permanency. Be the voice for children in Atlanta. During the COVID outbreak, informational sessions and parts of the 40-hour required training are going virtual, so you can get started today. Volunteers should be willing to commit to at least a year of service in the role and be prepared to undergo background checks, interviews and more.
Register here!

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Attend a virtual orientation to start your journey as a mentor to kids who want to realize their full potential. There are 400 kids on the waiting list for mentors through Big Brothers Big Sisters, who could benefit enormously from your guidance and support. One-on-one mentoring is all the more important during these times - you can be an inspiration and a friend. Get started today!

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Send a smile to healthcare professionals working hard to keep our children well. CHOA employees are working around the clock to deliver the very best care to our patients. They are rising to the occasion to fight the challenges of this global health crisis and have shown they are true heroes among us. Join CHOA in encouraging the team with your messages of positivity. Share messages of hope, appreciation and encouragement by sending a smile.

Mind Bubble
Atlanta locals can register to assist with online tutoring sessions benefiting students in Dekalb County, and many students in grades 5-10 in the metro Atlanta area. This program is free to students and provides much needed academic support during their time out of school. Mind Bubble strives to create a relaxed learning environment where many of life's most important lessons can be learned while having fun.

MUST Ministries
In an effort to help the many at-risk students and their families who do not have enough food during the closing of schools, MUST Ministries is coordinating a MUST FOOD Rapid Response program. Family food boxes will be distributed at several points around Cobb and Cherokee Counties beginning soon. Purchase items from their Amazon Wishlist to help their efforts!

Operation Gratitude
With a Starbucks Foundation donation for U.S. frontline COVID-19 responders, Operation Gratitude will deliver up to 50,000 Care Packages, bulk donations, and handwritten letters to First Responders, Health Care Workers, and Military Personnel. Take a moment to thank those who served our country for their commitment and bravery, and to thank those who are keeping our people healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scholarship Academy
Adopt virtual office hours to help students navigating the college admissions process. Volunteers will learn how to facilitate virtual sessions that provide one-on-one support to students. Volunteers who opt to lend virtual support will be assisting students with their 4-year college funding plan, resume building, providing scholarship essay support and conducting scholarship research for a month-long period.

Ten Dollar Tutors
During the Coronavirus Threat, Ten Dollar Tutors is offering free group tutoring sessions through the Whiteboard app for students in Atlanta to ensure all children are keeping up with schoolwork remotely. Volunteer tutors can be board teachers, certified tutors, and educators who are interested in teaching classes and helping students in communities that demonstrate the most financial and economic need. To get involved, contact the program coordinator at [email protected]. Be sure to include a cover letter, resume, and a statement of interest in the role.

Volunteer Surge - Community Health Workers
Volunteer Surge provides free, online training of volunteer community health workers to perform the most basic caretaking tasks for vulnerable people so that professionals can focus on the most acute needs. Volunteers can be trained to work in telehealth from the comfort of their own homes providing phone support to patients, OR become trained as a Community Health Worker working with patients on-site where help is needed the most. These positions relieve front line medical providers who are overwhelmed and exhausted.

IN-PERSON SUPPORT

MUST Ministries' Summer Lunch Program Extension
The MUST Ministries' Summer Lunch program was extended through 8/13/20 for Cobb County since schools will not be starting until mid-August. Volunteers are still needed to help distribute lunches. Cherokee County will start back to school on Aug 3rd, so we will not need additional volunteers there as well. Marietta City schools will also end their lunch program in July. Please go to the following link to sign up for Cobb County Lunch distributions. Click here to sign up for Summer Lunch.

MUST Ministries' Tutoring at Elizabeth Inn Shelter
As Cobb County postponed in-person classes in favor of Online learning for the Fall semester, there are several Cobb county students living at the Elizabeth Inn shelter with their families. They are working to create spaces on campus where these students can complete their school work while also maintaining safe, social distance. Volunteers willing to supervise and provide tutoring assistance as needed for these students are in high demand. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 8am-12pm. A weekly commitment is preferred. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and undergo a background check to volunteer. Skills needed include patience, tutoring experience is helpful but not required, comfortable using computers, and lastly, more patience. Experiencing homelessness is already a major disruption for these students; online schooling further challenges their ability to feel stable and secure. For volunteers interested in serving, please contact Angel Radford at [email protected].

American Red Cross
Healthy individuals are needed now to donate to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. This blood shortage could impact patients who need surgery, victims of car accidents and other emergencies, or patients suffering from cancer. Individuals can schedule an appointment to give blood with the American Red Cross by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or activating the Blood Scheduling Skill for Amazon Alexa.

Covenant House
Volunteers are needed to provide a meal for youth living at Covenant House. Meals can be catered OR prepared by the volunteer, and will ideally serve 65 people to include 6 vegetarian-friendly meals and have a small side to accompany the main. Volunteers are asked to deliver meals in containers they don't need back, and to write the date of preparation on the container. Usually meals are used the same day. The biggest need is for dinner (must be delivered by 5:30 pm) or lunch on the weekend (must be delivered by 11:30 am), especially sack lunches of a sandwich, chips and an apple. Interested volunteers can contact Abbey Mixon in advance ([email protected]) to select a date and receive delivery instructions.

Georgia Department of Public Health
Medical volunteers may be used to answer medical questions coming into the COVID-19 hotline or assist at test specimen collection sites. Non-Medical volunteers may be used in administrative roles at either the call center or test collection sites, or provide interpretation or other skills as needed.

Gwinnett Cares
Gwinnett Cares supports families in need of food and other services, especially at this time. Volunteers may be asked to help sort through food and/or personal care donations, organize by category and pack boxes to be distributed by cooperative partners. As volunteer needs are communicated by our community partner, interested volunteers who have registered through this posting will be contacted directly. At this time, the goal is to establish a bank of volunteers who can be called on to deploy when needed as needs are evolving through the COVID-19 crisis.

Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children's Shelter
Volunteers are needed to provide meals throughout the week for those residing at Home of Hope, which can either be prepared meals from home or local restaurants. Volunteers can choose to provide one meal a month, or a rotating schedule with another volunteer. On-site assistance at the shelter is also needed. Potential projects include: washing agency vehicles, landscaping needs, organizing closets, and other sanitary needs around their campus. Please contact Samantha Pryor at [email protected] or 678-546-8770 to schedule a meal delivery, or to volunteer at Home of Hope.

Intown Collaborative Ministries
Intown Collaborative Ministries is distributing four times more food than normal during COVID-19 and needs your help to get these donations out to those who need them. Volunteers can drive delivery routes from the Food Bank to Intown on Tuesday mornings, OR work in the pantry on Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, directly distributing food to those who need it. Volunteer shoppers can visit a local grocery store, purchase items & be reimbursed once delivered to the pantry. Donations of food are also requested. Sign-up here to help out! To provide donations, visit here for a list of acceptable items.

Keep North Fulton Beautiful 
Keep North Fulton Beautiful works to educate and activate our community in the beautification and conservation of our environment. With minimal staff to assist with daily operations, volunteers are needed to communicate with customers accepted/non-accepted items, direct them to the proper donation bins upon arrival and sort/shred recyclable materials. Sign-up here to help KNFB make our communities cleaner and more beautiful places to live, work, and play for all families!

LifeSouth Community Center
LifeSouth is currently accepting blood donors. This urgent need covers individuals in medical crisis and ensures all community members in hospitals and receiving emergency medical attention are covered during this time.

Meals on Wheels 
At a time when 1 out of 6 Georgia seniors do not know when or where their next meal will come from, it takes a village to support our community's most vulnerable populations. Volunteer with Meals on Wheels as a delivery driver, or help out with their food distribution days.

Second Helpings - Rapid Response Volunteer
Second Helpings is swiftly adjusting to changing circumstances due to COVID-19 and is implementing a new initiative: Rapid Response Volunteers, who will help manage incoming one-time food donation requests. On the signup page, be sure to select "Rapid Response Volunteer" under the Referral and Volunteer Skills section. Register here.

The YMCA of Metro Atlanta
The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is providing meals to families in need of relief from summer hunger. Volunteer as a meal packer at one of many locations around Atlanta. Volunteers must be age 16 or older, and will all be required to undergo temperature checks as well as sign a waiver. Masks are provided, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own.

FOOD/SUPPLY DRIVES 

Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities
Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities is committed to the health and well-being of our families, volunteers and staff. Our team is working diligently to address concerns and prevent COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our Ronald McDonald Houses, which houses families with children currently in treatment in Atlanta hospitals. Donate gift cards or schedule to have catered food delivered by contacting Dee Dee Ebert, our volunteer services manager, at [email protected]. Food should be delivered between the hours of 9 am - 12 pm and 4 pm - 7 pm at our Houses. Locations include: Near Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston hospital: 795 Gatewood Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 Near Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite: 5420 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30342.

Community Assistance Center
Host a food drive and donate goods to the CAC Food Pantry. The top pantry needs can be found here.

Family Promise of Gwinnett County
Donate items to benefit children and families facing homelessness. Most requested items are basic household items, cleaning supplies, paper products & office supplies. Please call (678) 376-8950 or e-mail [email protected] to schedule a time to drop off your donation. A full list of requested items can be found here.

First Baptist Church of Woodstock
First Baptist Church of Woodstock has put together food donation barrels located in the front lobby of the A-Building on their campus from 7 am - 10 pm daily. Donated meals will support families of Cherokee County Schools. Find a list of requested food items here.

Foster Cares Support Foundation
Foster Cares Support Foundation needs brand new clothing for children in the foster care system and the families who are supporting them. Currently, the urgent need is for summer clothing for young boys age 24 months through 18 years. Donations can be shipped to the FCSF center at 115 Mansell Place, Roswell, GA 30076. To schedule a drop-off, please contact Executive Director Rachel Ewald at [email protected]

Gwinnett Cares
Volunteers can donate pre-packaged, individual-size snacks (i.e. protein bars, granola, crackers, cookies, etc.) or order up a meal for delivery to Gwinnett Cares' wide-range of healthcare providing partners including Eastside Medical Center, Good Samaritan Health Center, Gwinnett Health Department, Kaiser Permanente, Northside Hospital Gwinnett/Duluth, and View Point Health. You can also donate to the Gwinnett community's various Cooperative Ministries such as 12 Stone Church, Gwinnett Sugar Hill Church, Perimeter Church, and Victory Church. The contact information for each partner to schedule a donation drop-off can be found here

Host a drive for Atlanta Community Food Bank
Host a drive & collect food items or donate online to the ACFB to support an increase in demand for distribution during COVID-19. The ACFB has asked that volunteers do NOT go out and buy food from grocery stores to ensure the shelves are not empty, but instead that volunteers donate extra items from their pantries. Donations can be delivered to the Food Bank's NEW distribution center location: 3400 N Desert Drive, Atlanta, GA 30344. For the most needed items, please visit here.

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
Donate non-perishables, create notes of encouragement, or assemble Care Packages for Jewish HomeLife Senior Living staff prepared by a healthy person, for their caregivers and staff. Appropriate items include, but are not limited to, wrapped candy, power bars, granola bars, individual-sized chips, crackers or cookies, individual-sized nuts, pop-tarts, travel size hand sanitizer, lotion, mouthwash, toothpaste and toothbrushes, Emergen-C packets, individually wrapped tea bags or other "comfort" items. Drop off on Fridays at the front of the Cohen Home, the William Breman Jewish Home, and Berman Commons.

Keep North Fulton Beautiful
Donate sanitary gloves or brand new face masks to support Keep North Fulton Beautiful as they plan to reopen their facilities in May and need to keep their essential volunteers protected. Keep North Fulton Beautiful provides conservation services for the Sandy Springs & John's Creek areas, including recycling and neighborhood clean-ups. Find CDC recommendations on creating sewn cloth coverings here. To schedule a drop-off, please contact Mary Thelwell at [email protected].

Meal Bridge
At a time when 1 out of 6 Georgia seniors do not know when or where their next meal will come from, it takes a village to support our community's most vulnerable populations. Volunteer with Meals on Wheels as a delivery driver, or help out with their food distribution days.

Newnan Salvation Army
The Newnan Salvation Army, which remains open to help those in need, is asking for donations of food and goods for the thrift store. These donations help support the programming of the Salvation Army locally, which provides assistance to homeless and low-income families. Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 4:30 pm at the store, located at 670 Jefferson Street.

Rainbow House
Rainbow House is asking for your support. During this pandemic, with the youth spending the majority of their time at Rainbow House rather than at school or participating in community events, the organization needs cleaning products and non-perishable foods. Keeping the shelter clean with 20 teens is a hard job, and keeping those 20 growing teenagers full is an even harder job! Volunteers can drop donations at Rainbow House, or send via mail. To schedule a drop-off outside of 9 am - 2 pm, contact To'Nia Washington (404-940-7853).

Rainbow Village
Rainbow Village provides transitional housing and supportive services to families experiencing homelessness to increase income and savings, reducing debt, and allowing them to transition to stable housing. There are currently 28 families that live on the Rainbow Village campus and several alumni families who are in need of basic essentials. Volunteers can drop off donations every Saturday from 10 am - 12 pm, or by appointment only. Contact Elizabeth at [email protected] Requested items can be found here.

Wellstar Hospital
WellStar Hospital is accepting donations of unopened (sealed) medical supplies, as well as homemade masks. Please reference the information in the FAQ section for creating masks that will help keep our team members safe and healthy. Find more information here. Email [email protected] to schedule a drop-off time or ask questions.

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United for Racial Equity and Healing Fund
Nearly 500,000 children in Greater Atlanta live in communities that lack the basic opportunities and resources that all children and families need to thrive. These communities are in zip codes where the majority of residents are people of color. These are also communities where COVID-19 hit hardest, exposing the health and economic disparities resulting from years of disinvestment and structural racism. The current spotlight on these disparities and recent civil unrest has created new momentum to address racial inequities and an opportunity to convert the moment into a turning point for advancing deep and widescale changes. In response, United Way of Greater Atlanta has created the United for Racial Equity and Healing Fund to tackle the systemic issues underlying the correlation between race and zip codes, place and equity.

For more information about community resources by zip code, please reach out to United Way of Greater Atlanta's 2-1-1 Contact Center or dial 2-1-1 on your mobile phone.  For any additional questions about volunteering, please contact [email protected].