#AdoptARoad

A few of the ladies of Classy Living Society got together on a Saturday recently and cleaned our adopted road in Gwinnett County!

The Adopt-a-Road litter prevention initiative, sponsored by Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and Gwinnett County Department of Transportation, enables citizens to show their pride in Gwinnett and safely reduce the amount of unsightly trash and illegal signage alongside county roadways. Unkempt communities are more likely to have increased crime, decreased economic growth and a decline in quality of life. The litter prevention efforts of the Adopt-a-Road program directly benefit the community through litter prevention, greater civic involvement, and area beautification.

The ladies walked up and down our stretch of road and picked up litter in the name of beautifying the County. We are always proud to see the Classy Living Society name on our sign posted on the road and excited to be a part of helping a county in our community stay beautiful!

written by Janine Lattimore

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CLS closed out National Volunteer Week 2019 with a bang!  On Saturday, April 13, CLS took to the streets to volunteer, socialize and inspire!  It was a full day of events that not only marked the end of #NVW; it was the first of many quarterly experiences that are a part of Society Saturdays, CLS’s new signature initiative!

CLS was on the move indeed! First stop: CLS members met at Friends of Disabled Adults & Children (FODAC) where we sorted medical devices and tagged and hung clothing in their thrift store. With a strong network of volunteers and partners, FODAC provides refurbished equipment and services for adults and children with disabilities to improve their overall quality of life.  The FODAC Community Thrift Store offers a large variety of clothing, furniture, household goods, jewelry, books and music – and so much more! All proceeds of the thrift store support FODAC’s mission of supplying medical equipment to those with disabilities at little or no cost to the recipients or their families.

Then, our troop of volunteers boarded the bus! As we enjoyed a delicious box lunch, we traveled to our next destination: Classy Living Society’s adopted road in DeKalb County, GA!  We walked up and down our stretch of road and picked up litter in the name of beautifying the County. Through DeKalb County’s Beautification initiative, the Adopt-a-Road Program enables citizens to show their pride in DeKalb County and reduce the amount of litter and illegal signage along at least one mile of a public right-of-way. We were proud to see the Classy Living Society name on our sign posted on the road and excited to be a part of helping a county in our community stay beautiful!

Then – back on the bus! We visited the Atlanta Mission in Downtown ATL and donated over 1000 bottles of water!  Through our own efforts, we collected bottles of water for this organization that is making a difference in the City of Atlanta.  Atlanta Mission is a Christian nonprofit ministry that has grown from a small soup kitchen to a multi-facility organization serving Metro Atlanta’s large homeless population. Today, Atlanta Mission provides emergency shelter, rehab and recovery services, vocational training, services, and transitional housing. We serve more than 1,000 homeless men, women, and children every day.

After all of these good works, we deserved some relaxation and sister bonding, so we headed over to Centennial Olympic Park to celebrate our BRICK! As reported in last week’s CLS on the Move, CLS adopted a brick in the new phase of the Downtown Atlanta park.  Not only did our brick help pay for new park enhancements, including the expansion of a 21-acre greenspace, but we have also made an indelible mark upon our city with this opportunity to own a piece of history! And what a celebration!  We laid out blankets and had fun in the sun – jumped Double Dutch, played Jumbo Jenga, line danced, chatted and LAUGHED!

Also as reported in last week’s CLS on the Move, Classy Living Society was recognized by Atlanta City Council proclamation for our amazing first Society Saturday! April 13 is now formally and officially declared by the City of Atlanta as the day our beloved national women’s community service organization got on the bus and volunteered! We also exceeded our fundraising goal of $5,000 toward our Adopt-A-Room program to sponsor a room at the Ronald McDonald House in Tampa, FL for one year!  How Classy is that!

A bus, a brick, a proclamation, volunteering, adopting a room, water for the homeless, love, laughter, sun and sisterhood…equals a successful volunteer week for Classy Living Society – where giving back is the heart of the organization. Join us! cls-volunteer.org

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Classy Living Society is one step closer to our goal of keeping America beautiful!  As a national women’s community service organization, and in keeping with CLS Cares, CLS’ own 501(c)(3) organization, we are committed to the environment and keeping our roads clean.

Through our Adopt-A-Road program, we have officially adopted a road in the beautiful city of Tampa, Florida!  The sign has been erected at our road, commemorating our commitment to maintain the road, keeping it litter free and beautiful year round!

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful administers the Adopt-A-Road Program for Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa and the City of Temple Terrace and is a great opportunity for individuals, corporations or groups to give back to the community through stewardship of public right of ways, parks and shorelines.  CLS is pleased to be a part of something bigger.

written by Janine Lattimore

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As a premier national women’s community service organization, Classy Living Society’s No. 1 mission and goal is to be present in the community, while partnering with amazing nonprofit organizations and people to make a difference.  CLS was #OntheMove in a number of places this weekend!  Saturday’s activities included:

 

  • Adopt-a-Road Cleanup: As part of DeKalb County’s beautification initiative, Adopt-A-Road allows individuals and groups to adopt a road and help their local community environment by collecting litter and beautifying streets in their neighborhood. This countywide program allows the “You’re the Solution to Litter Pollution” motto to spark awareness among citizens of all ages.   CLS members arrived early to our adopted road to remove trash and litter.  We are proud of our adopted road, and our part in maintaining cleanliness and beauty in DeKalb County, Georgia!  Information about their beautification program can be found at https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/beautification/adopt-road-0
  • The Enchanted Closet:  CLS members were on hand to assist The Enchanted Closet in their 2019 Prom Dress Giveaway.  The mission of The Enchanted Closet is to physically, mentally, and emotionally outfit metropolitan Atlanta high school girls from low-income families through programs that prepare them for social and professional milestones.  Girls attending 79 schools in metro Atlanta Counties were registered for the 17th Annual Prom Dress Giveaway.  It was a joy to work with this worthwhile organization in getting girls ready for one of the most exciting days of their lives.  Find out more information about The Enchanted Closet at http://enchantedcloset.org/
  • Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC): The FODAC Community Thrift Store offers a large variety of clothing, furniture, household goods, jewelry, books and music – and so much more! All proceeds from the thrift store support FODAC’s mission of supplying medical equipment to those with disabilities at little or no cost to the recipients or their families.  CLS volunteers assisted in sorting donated clothing and various items to be placed on the floor for sale to the thrift store patrons.  We were happy to be able to work together with FODAC to make each day a little easier, and a little more affordable, for people in need.  FODAC’s website can be accessed at https://www.fodac.org/
  • Dine and Discuss: Getting together and socializing with like-minded women is probably near the top of the list of great things for women to do.  CLS strives to promote sisterhood bonding and friendship among its members, and Dine and Discuss outings are one of the best ways to encourage this premise.  A few members got together at Grand Lux Cafe, a restaurant housed in one of Atlanta’s most upscale locations, Phipps Plaza.  Good food, good conversation and sisterhood bonding = a great night!

On Sunday, a group of CLS volunteers arose super early(!) to assist Publix with their annual Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K race sponsored by the Atlanta Track Club.  Read about that exciting volunteer activity in a separate post on this week’s #CLSontheMove Blog!

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