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