National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration observed by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.  The aim of National Volunteer Week is to promote and show appreciation for volunteerism.  Classy Living Society has participated in National Volunteer Week annually since 2014, and recently received recognition as recipients of the 2016 President’s Volunteer Service Award. Each year we go over and beyond the call of duty with a week full of volunteer efforts from coast-to-coast, including Opening and Closing Ceremonies and virtual volunteer opportunities.

CLS is a unique, women’s membership-based volunteer organization that believes in giving back to the community by partnering with small local charities as well as businesses to generate a positive impact on society.  CLS is also committed to providing a positive bonding environment for women to give back, inspire and speak for those who might otherwise be overlooked and neglected.

To celebrate National Volunteer Week, CLS has planned a host of in-person activities throughout the country and several virtual activities from Sunday April 15, 2018 through Saturday April 21, 2018. Volunteer opportunities are open to both members and nonmembers unless otherwise indicated.  With our virtual opportunities below, the entire world can participate in National Volunteer Week 2018!  Share our link and use our hashtag to spread the word of volunteerism…

#CLSNVW2018

IN-PERSON VOLUNTEERING

Sunday 4/15

Opening Ceremony:  

Classy Living Society presents

LAUNDRY LOVE!

To open Volunteer Week, CLS will work in partnership with Laundry Love and open the doors of Cozy Clean Laundry to invite those in need to come out and launder their clothing. Laundry Love is an organization that partners with local laundromats to clean the clothes and linens of low-income or no-income families and individuals. They see the laundromat as a place where strangers become friends, kids are known by name, hope is being hustled, and the worth of every human being is acknowledged and celebrated.

Sunday 4/15 (1pm to 4pm.)

Greenbriar Children’s Center

3709 Hopkins Street, Savannah, GA 31405

Greenbriar Children’s Center is an organization that provide services that include an emergency shelter, runaway/homeless, residential care, independent living, family preservation, early childhood education & care, and Project Safe Place. 

They have help so many at-risk children over the years. The organization is continuously collecting supplies to help the kids in the community.

Join Classy Living Society help Greenbriar Children’s Center by donating one or more of the following:
•New Pillows•New Twin Bed Sheets•New Twin Comforters/Bedspreads•New White Towels/Washcloths•Cookware (pots, pans, baking sheets)•Flatware•Gift Cards (Target, Wal-Mart, Movie Theater, Michaels, AC Moore, Big Lots, School Uniform Stores)•New School Uniforms and Non-School Clothing (call for teen sizes)•PG Movie DVDs•School Supplies (mesh book bags, scientific calculators)•Folding Chairs (20) •Ziploc Heavy Duty XL Big Bags•Toilet Tissue (no Scott)•Body Wash•Can fruits, vegetables (commercial size)

The public will drop off donations at the Greenbriar Children’s Center from 1pm to 4pm.

Monday 4/16 (from 8am-11am)

Trees Atlanta

Trees Atlanta is a nationally recognized non-profit citizens’ group that protects and improves Atlanta’s urban forest by planting, conserving, and educating.

Join us as we participate in this green effort leading up to Earth Day. CLS will assist with invasive plant removal and tree watering with Trees Atlanta.

Tuesday 4/17

Pajama Program

Pajama Program: is an incredible outlet for people with time and passion to make a positive impact on the lives of the children we serve — those without any idea what a loving bedtime is like or what it can lead to.

We’re here to protect the right of every child to have a good night — and in doing so, to complete their Good Day Loop. By helping us with one of the many well-run efforts we have underway, volunteers support and validate these children in their greatest time of need.

Participate in a reading party for students in grades 1-5

Tuesday 4/17 (5:00 PM – 7:00 PM)

Oakhurst green garden

Our mission is to cultivate vibrant green spaces and inspire communities of environmental stewards.

Volunteers will be digging in the dirt. We do everything from mulching to planting to weeding. Because gardening is so seasonally dependent, it is hard for us to predict exactly what we will be doing on each work day, but we can promise you some hard work and getting dirty!

A few things to know:
Our work is dependent on weather. If on your scheduled work day there is heavy rain, inclement weather (such as thunder, lightning, ice, snow), or the temperature is below 35° or above 94° we will cancel the workday.

Attire:
Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended (rain boots are good) We also recommend that long hair be tied up and that loose jewelry not be worn. Please no heavy perfumes.

Being Prepared:
Please apply sunblock and bug spray BEFORE arriving. We try to keep some on hand, but it is a good idea for your group to bring those items with you. Every person in your group must have a water bottle.

435 Oakview Rd., Decatur, GA
Please park on the street clear of driveways and mailboxes. The site Coordinator, Halley, will meet you at the back picnic tables.

Wednesday 4/18 (10am – 12 noon)

A.G. Rhodes

You will volunteer in Music Therapy during that time so it’s a more contained group (though really fun!)

Music therapy incorporates musical activities to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals. Activities such as singing, moving or listening to music can help improve speech, motor skills, memory and balance.

Wednesday 4/18 (From 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM)

Hawk Hollow

a native plant restoration site offers many unique opportunities for digging in the dirt. We do everything from mulching to planting to weeding.
Because gardening is so seasonally dependent, it is hard to predict exactly what we will be doing on each work day, but we can promise you some hard work and getting dirty!

2304 1st Ave., Atlanta, GA
Hawk Hollow is the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta and looks like a neighborhood park. Please park on the garden side of the street. Tamara will meet you in the garden

Hands On Leader: Tamara Jones

Thursday 4/19 (9:00 am – 11:00 am)

Books for Africa

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

volunteers will sort and pack the books for our shipments.

Early Day Shift

Thursday 4/19 (6:30pm to 8:30pm)

4 Sarah

4Sarah is a nonprofit faith based organization that empowers change in the life direction of women and girls working in the sex industry as a stripper, prostitute, escort, porn star, or victim of sex trafficking.

Work in the call center looking up ads on “Backpage” and calling to offer help for girls in the sex industry. Training will be provided prior to call placements.

Friday 4/20 (10am-12pm)

Ronald McDonald House

The mission of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities is to nurture the health and well-being of children and families. Since 1979 our Atlanta Ronald McDonald Houses have served more than 48,000 families with ill and injured children receiving medical care nearby. Our Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest.

795 Gatewood Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
404.315.1133 | Fax: 404.315.7873

Be a part of the “Bakers Club” at Ronald McDonald House. On Friday April 20th, bake a sweet or savory treat for the families at the Gatewood House. All treats must be baked on site. Team will have access to the Gatewood House kitchen and utensils. (10am-12)

Saturday 4/21 (7:45 am – 10:30 am)

Brown Bag for the Elderly

We will be packing brown bags that will be distributed to low income Senior Citizens in the city of Savannah. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

2501 E President St, Savannah, GA 31404

Saturday 4/21

Closing Ceremony

Health, Hope & Healing

Offering hope to the exploited by bringing donations of care items needed for outreach and safe-houses. This is an ongoing need and a great ways to get involved with helping women and girls in transition. #4sarah

Fellowship through a fun activity game of volley ball or softball, shop with vendors and enjoy healthy cuisine. We will conclude with acknowledgment and offering our donations to representatives of 4Sarah.

CLS Family Fun Day
Member only kickoff for National Volunteer Week.
MEMBER ONLY EVENT

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING

Sunday 4/15

VIRTUAL 

SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS

The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it.
Individuals can embrace their voices to show their support for survivors, stand up to victim blaming, shut down rape jokes,
correct harmful misconceptions, promote everyday consent, and practice healthy communications with children.

SPREAD THE WORD
Share on your social media outlets to encourage others to #sexualassaultawareness and #stopsexualassault #classlivingsocietyagainstsexualassault

Monday 4/16

VIRTUAL 

CHILD ABUSE AWARNESS

During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country.

SPREAD THE WORD
Share on your social media outlets to encourage others to#childabuseprevention #childwelfare and #classlivingsocietychildabuseprevention

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

Tuesday 4/17

VIRTUAL 

WORLD HEMOPHILIA DAY 2018

A person living with #hemophilia or other types of #bleedingdisorders, can bleed longer inside or outside of the body. However, the most common types of bleeds are into the joints and muscles. Many use the following words to describe what internal bleeding feels like: intense pain, burning, bubbling, or tingling (like when a body part “falls asleep”).

SPREAD THE WORD
Share on your social media outlets to encourage others to #bleedingdisorders and #BleedingDisordersAwareness #classlivingsocietyspreadsawareness

The World Federation of Hemophilia will focus on the importance of sharing knowledge. The bleeding disorders community is filled with the first-hand knowledge and experience needed to help increase awareness, as well as to improve access to care and treatment.

Wednesday 4/18

VIRTUAL 

ALCOHOL AWARNESS 2018

To increase awareness and understanding to those who struggle with alcoholism. It is also about reducing the stigma and negativity surrounded around being called an alcoholic (because let’s face it, it hurts, especially when the name caller doesn’t even begin to understand what the struggle actually is like) and doing so by encouraging local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.

SPREAD THE WORD
Share on your social media outlets to encourage others to #alcoholawareness and #classlivingsocietystopaddiction

Thursday 4/19

VIRTUAL 

THANK YOU EDUCATOR

Founded in 1871, the Fulton County School System is one of the oldest and largest school districts in Georgia. With a focus on student achievement and a commitment to continual improvement, Fulton has earned a reputation as a premier school system.

Starting Monday April 16th, write a letter of thanks to an educator for the invaluable work they do as public servants. Bring your letters to our culminating event on Saturday April 21st. These letters will be hand delivered to employees at Fulton County Schools.

Friday 4/20

VIRTUAL 

4 SARAH

4Sarah is a nonprofit faith based organization that empowers change in the life direction of women and girls working in the sex industry as a stripper, prostitute, escort, porn star, or victim of sex trafficking.

PO Box 82685
Conyers, GA 30013
Email: 4Sarahinc@bellsouth.net

Collect items to be included in “reach bags” for ladies in the sex industry. Bring collected items to our culminating event on Saturday April 21st. List of required items to come.

Saturday 4/21

VIRTUAL 

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

Show your Volunteer Spirit today by initiating a random act of kindness.

Examples are:
– paying for coffee for the person behind you.
-assisting an elderly neighbor with a chore
-drop off a clothing donation at a local church

Saturday 4/21

VIRTUAL

POP TABS

Support Ronald McDonald House Charities through collecting pop tabs.
Remove the pop tabs from every aluminum can and collect them in a convenient container (coffee cans, milk jugs, plastic bags, etc.) Drop off your Pop Tabs at one of our two Houses.

Drop off your Pop Tabs at one of our two Houses:

Our House near Egleston
795 Gatewood Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
404-315-1133

Our House near Scottish Rite
5420 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30342
404-847-0760

Monday – Friday

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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