#CommunityService

This week we are pleased to spotlight Ms. LaNai’ Whitaker, Founder of the organization, Simply Helping – Ms. Whitaker is our first recipient of our new Igniting Change Award!

As part of an initiative to Go National with its membership, Classy Living Society will honor, celebrate and fellowship with Societies in the states where it has memberships, and will go on the road and present a number of fabulous events in those locales!  

As we travel, we will honor those nonprofits and community service organizations that we hold in high regard.  The Igniting Change Award is designed to recognize those organizations that demonstrate tireless effort in giving back to the community and bringing awareness to and furthering the causes they serve.  Nominees for this award will be selected from those featured on Chronicles Too!

Ms. Whitaker received the Igniting Change Award at this past weekend’s Yellow Dress Brunch in Houston, Texas (read more about this brunch in this issue of CLS on the Move!).

Read more about Ms. Whitaker and her organization by clicking on the link below.  Congratulations, LaNai’!

https://cls-volunteer.org/ChroniclesToo/lanai-whitaker/

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On Saturday, April 20, CLS volunteers gathered for a morning of packing meals for delivery to individuals who would otherwise go without.  Looking Classy in their hairnets and aprons, the ladies managed to put together over 1000 nutritious meals!  Working alongside one another encourages friendship and sisterhood bonding; all while giving back, which is always a win-win situation!

Open Hand prepares, packs and delivers over 6,000 healthy meals each day throughout the metro-Atlanta area and are passionate about building a healthier community.  Through people-centered services and partnerships, they create access to healthy meals and nutrition education, empowering their clients and the community to achieve personal goals for health and wellness.  Open Hand’s mission is: We cook. We deliver. We teach. We care.

“It was wonderful having your group with us! I hope you all truly enjoyed your experience. There is absolutely no way that Open Hand would be able to prepare, package, and deliver 6,000 meals each day without the help of teams like yours who take time out of their day to serve. Your group’s service packing 1,569 meals continues to prove that fact!”- Thank you note from Open Hand Atlanta to CLS Founder LaShanda Pitts

It was an honor and a privilege to partner with Open Hand Atlanta to provide meals to those in need in the Atlanta area!

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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“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”  – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is the day we observe the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and give honor to Dr. King and his legacy.  The Corporation for National Community Service asks that you make it a day on and not a day off.

What is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Why is it a “Day of Service?”

Legislation signed in 1983 marked the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Each year, on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is observed as a “day on, not a day off.” MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.” (Corporation for National and Community Service website).

For more information on how you and your friends and family can make today a day of giving back to the community – or a day that you make a commitment to giving back all year – visit the Corporation for National Community Service website: https://www.nationalservice.gov/serve-your-community/mlk-day-service.

 

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“KEISHA” is an acronym for “Kingdom Educated Individuals Serving Healing Angels” and TaKeshia Chapple founded Keisha’s Kloset, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, to assist victims of child sexual abuse to become survivors and thrivers!  Read about her unique approach to providing support to young girls and young ladies between the ages of 5-25 in her Chronicles Too! feature.  Click the link below!

TaKeshia Chapple

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For more than 110 years, the American Lung Association has worked to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy. Their work is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases.  Whether it’s searching for cures to lung diseases, keeping kids off tobacco or fighting for laws that protect the air we all breathe, the work of the American Lung Association helps to save lives every day.  To read more about the American Lung Association, their mission and initiatives and the way they are making strides in the community at large, visit their website at https://www.lung.org.

 

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On December 1, members of Classy Living Society Tampa took part in the annual Jingle Bell Run in Tampa, Florida to benefit the Arthritis Foundation.  The Jingle Bell Run is an Arthritis Foundation original – the longest-running, holiday-themed 5K race series anywhere.  It is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. 100 percent of proceeds from registration fee and fundraising efforts go to the awareness of cure of arthritis.

The Arthritis Foundation’s mission is to boldly pursue a cure for America’s #1 cause of disability, while championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections. Nationwide for 70 years, in ONE community after another, the Arthritis Foundation has taken colossal steps to conquer this crippling disease. Jingle, Jingle!

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We are pleased to highlight the accomplishments of plus-size model pageant winner and former Georgia educator Faye Atwater!  Read her feature in the Chronicles Too! on how she has spread her passion to educating the children of Nigeria by personally funding material and encouragement to the pupils and staff at Angels Montessori School of Ikeja!  Click the link below:

Faye Atwater-Edozie

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Most of us are familiar with the Salvation Army red kettles at Christmastime – but did you know the second most popular Salvation Army holiday effort is the Angel Tree program?  Cards are placed on Christmas trees in various locations across America, outlining the needs of children at holiday time, and people wishing to donate can “adopt an angel” by purchasing the requested items.  The items are bagged/boxed according to an assigned number given to each family.
CLS partnered with Salvation Army at Angel Tree registration stations in various area malls this past weekend.  CLS volunteers were charged with the task of assisting generous donors select printed cards contained the Christmas wishes that are hung on the “Angel Tree.”  After the donors purchase gifts for the families, they are to return the gifts back to the Angel Tree location for further distribution.
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Welcome to the NEW Classy Chronicles!

Formerly, the Classy Chronicles was the official online digital magazine of Classy Living Society. The newly revamped Classy Chronicles is now a platform housed on the Classy Living Society website! Through easy-to-navigate dropdown menus, the Classy Chronicles provides an outlet to many subjects of interest at the click of a mouse – articles and features that highlight people who are doing amazing things in the community, health and wellness, work-life balance, beauty and fashion and more!

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