Classy Living Society brought community service to a whole new level recently as several volunteers joined forces across the U.S. to serve in their local communities! Saturday, November 7 was all about making a difference as members partnered with seven nonprofit organizations around the country.
In Atlanta, members volunteered in various locations around town. At the City of Johns Creek’s Household Hazardous Waste Event 2020, volunteers assisted by checking in customers, directing the flow of traffic, and distributing snacks and water to other volunteers. Hazardous Waste Day is hosted by Keep North Fulton Beautiful, an environmental nonprofit that provides education and conservation programs to the Georgia communities of Johns Creek and Sandy Springs. Their mission is to educate and activate their communities in the beautification and conservation of the environment.
Across town, volunteers helped out with assembling boxes of groceries filled to the brim with meats, veggies, bread, snacks, juices and other goodies for distribution at the Reflections of Trinity Food Pantry in Powder Springs, Georgia. Reflections of Trinity distributes grocery boxes to feed approximately 400 families on a weekly basis and provides essential needs and services to those in need.
CLS also assisted at the food pantry at Salem Baptist Church in Lilburn, Georgia. Volunteers were charged with the task of greeting clients and assisting them with paperwork, as well as sorting food, stocking shelves, preparing bags of food for distribution, helping clients carry food to vehicles, and general housekeeping and cleaning in the food preparation area.
CLS worked in partnership with Hands on Atlanta to mobilize its volunteers for these three momentous Atlanta area events! Hands on Atlanta helps individuals, families, and corporate and community groups connect with nonprofits and other organizations in need of volunteers. It’s a partnership within a partnership! Teamwork makes the dream work!
Tampa, Florida CLS members joined forces with Keep Pinellas Beautiful, a volunteer‐based, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and a certified affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. From Tampa Bay to the Gulf of Mexico, from Tarpon Springs to Ft. DeSoto, Keep Pinellas Beautiful works with volunteers to foster unity and strengthen community bonds through improvement and beautification efforts across Pinellas County. Members picked up trash from designated locations along the beautiful coastline!
Members in Northern California collected and dropped off wishlist items to support families housed at the Ronald McDonald House there. Wish list items such as powdered laundry detergent, individually wrapped snacks, paper towels, dryer sheets, disinfecting wipes, and the like are items the House needs on a regular basis to provide for families living at the Ronald McDonald House. RMHC has houses across America – each is a safe haven that provides all the comforts of home, plus the compassion and hospitality of the staff, volunteers, and other families — all just steps away from the area hospitals. It is their mission to keep families together with children who are being cared for at these hospitals.
Volunteers also provided community outreach in Houston, Texas! Working together with the Houston Furniture Bank, members helped make empty houses homes for families in transition. As distribution center helpers, CLS assisted and guided clients during their appointments with the Center, organized furniture, and helped families select essential furniture for their homes. In its 28 years of services, Furniture Bank has helped 30,000 families by providing essential furniture to families, thanks to the support of the community. In 28 years of service, we have helped 30,000 families.
Spreading holiday cheer to seniors through the Meals on Wheels program! 5,000 seniors in the Houston/Galveston area rely on Meals on Wheels programs each day. These seniors are homebound and many times do not have family or friends to visit on Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers assembled and delivered Thanksgiving holiday gift bags to Meals on Wheels to be distributed to the seniors containing toiletries, blankets, scarves, socks, hand sanitizer, playing cards, activity books, and much more! The Meals on Wheels program provides home-delivered meals to approximately 4,900 homebound seniors and disabled adults in five counties in the Houston area – Harris, Galveston, Montgomery, Liberty, and Chambers. The program also delivers weekend meals and a week’s worth of breakfast to about a quarter of the area’s most frail and isolated clients. This nutritional support helps people stay independent and in their own homes, which is especially important during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Whew! That was a lot of work for one day, but Classy Living Society never grows weary of carrying out its mission. On the contrary, CLS thrives on its wonderful work in communities across America! Giving is the heart of Classy Living Society – it’s who we are; it’s what we do! And it’s always Classy!
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