This year 23 wonderful charities were nominated for our annual event, each offering creative, dynamic solutions to challenges communities everywhere face. The services these nominated organizations offer are diverse—gun safety, community-based farmers markets, animal welfare, and housing, social and artistic programs for disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities, among many other good works. After careful consideration, the board has chosen two charities to receive this year’s fundraising: STE(A)M Truck and re:loom, both based in Atlanta.
Representatives from the charities will attend our annual holiday party on December 2 at the historic DeKalb Courthouse on the square in downtown Decatur. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with a catered buffet, wine and beer. A DJ will spin tunes for dancing.
STE(A)M Truck is an innovative, award-winning program that gives children access to hands-on building, tinkering and creative learning. The nonprofit’s curriculum increases access to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) careers by helping children build the skills critical for success. The tools, expertise and time needed to foster STEM learning are usually unavailable in public schools, especially in schools serving low income communities. STE(A)M Truck provides K-12 students the tools, materials and expert knowledge during the school day directly on school campuses. Part of the maker movement, STE(A)M Truck’s mission is to give all students equal opportunities to learn through an experiential maker approach.
Part of the Initiative for Affordable Housing, a Decatur-based nonprofit that provides permanent, affordable housing to homeless and low-income families in metro Atlanta , re:loom is a weavehouse where adults who have struggled to secure and maintain jobs create beautiful, useful items for sale to the public. re:loom helps people address obstacles to employment through paid on-site job training and leadership opportunities. Weavers design and produce handmade products and lead a team of weavehouse volunteers. With a stable salary, 100 percent healthcare coverage, and opportunities to engage in the operation of the weavehouse, employees gain a financial foundation, leadership skills, and a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
Other Good Works
Every year a new group of volunteers joins MGG to select one or two charities that have been nominated by Maggie’s clients, and again this year there were many wonderful nominees. Please take a moment to visit their websites and consider them in your annual gift giving plans.
Atlanta Audubon Society
Through education, conservation, and advocacy, the Atlanta Audubon seeks to protect birds and their habitats. Current conservation efforts include habitat restoration at The Confluence and at Emma Wetlands located inside the perimeter. In addition, Atlanta Audubon offers adults and youth educational programs and monitors urban Atlanta centers in an effort to make the city safe for birds.
Georgia Interfaith Power and Light
Decatur-based Georgia Interfaith Power & Light engages communities of faith across the state to become good stewards of the Earth. The nonprofit employs a religious response to global climate change, resource depletion, environmental injustice and pollution, among other global initiatives.
Best Friends Animal Society
Best Friends Animal Society works to bring about a time when there are no more homeless pets. Their mission is to help end euthanasia in America’s animal shelters by building community programs and partnerships nationwide.
Lifeline Animal Project
LifeLine Animal Project takes a holistic approach to improving the standard of care for animals in Atlanta through management of the county shelters, adoption programs, spay and neuter clinics, and community outreach efforts.
Everytown for Gun Safety
For years gun regulation has been stalled in Washington, D.C. but a movement is afoot. More than 3 million mayors, moms, cops, teachers, survivors and gun owners have come together in Everytown for Gun Safety to end gun violence and build safer communities.
Compassionate Atlanta is a grassroots movement that seeks to raise awareness about the benefits of compassionate action in the Greater Atlanta area. The nonprofit was instrumental in getting the City of Atlanta designated as a Compassionate City, making it the second largest metro area in the country to become a compassionate city.
Moving in the Spirit
Moving in the Spirit is a nationally recognized youth development program that uses the art of dance to positively transform the lives of Atlanta children and teens. Through programs that integrate high-quality dance instruction with performance, leadership and mentor opportunities, Moving in the Spirit positively impacts over 200 children and teens annually.
Citizen Advocacy of Atlanta and DeKalb
Citizen Advocacy of Atlanta & DeKalb is a diverse community-based organization that creates and supports relationships between those who live a “good life” and people with developmental disabilities who are vulnerable to isolation or exploitation. Friendship, social support and social change can all emerge from these intentional relationships.
Community Farmers Markets (CFM) manages six neighborhood-based farmers markets in the Atlanta area. In addition to valuing and supporting local farmers and artisans, CFM offers extraordinary community outreach programs, including educating people about food, teaching them how to prepare healthy recipes, and making healthy food available to low-income families.
Malachi’s Storehouse is dedicated to addressing food insecurity for those in need of emergency support in Metro Atlanta. The nonprofit, an outreach ministry of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, feeds 765 people a week with free groceries and hot meals. It also gives them access to a free thrift closet.
Southern Center for Human Rights
The Southern Center for Human Rights is a nonprofit, public interest law firm dedicated to providing legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenging human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeking through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocating for criminal justice reform on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States.
American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue
American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue Inc. is a nonprofit that strives to save dogs from abuse, neglect and homelessness. The group relies on donations to get the dogs medical care and food, then places them in foster homes until they are permanently adopted by families nationwide.
Create Your Dreams
Create Your Dreams is a long-term youth development program dedicated to nurturing the talents and dreams of students living in underserved areas of Atlanta. They provide the resources, opportunities and relationships children living below the poverty level require to reach their potential and break the cycle of generational poverty.
Children’s Restoration Network
Children’s Restoration Network offers hope and support for homeless Atlanta children and their mothers. Through various programs the nonprofit helps children receive basic necessities, from food and school supplies to adult guidance and scholarships, and supports their transition through homelessness.
Clifton Sanctuary Ministries
Clifton Sanctuary Ministries is an emergency shelter and two-year transitional housing program. The organization gives homeless men shelter and offers them comprehensive life skills training.
L’Arche, “the Ark” in French, is an international federation of over 140 communities worldwide that builds communities with people of all abilities. L’Arche pairs three adults with intellectual disabilities with three assistants to share life together like a family in small homes.
New American Pathways
New American Pathways was created in 2014 through the merger of Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta and Refugee Family Services. New American Pathways serve the refugee community by offering initial resettlement, literacy, employment, youth education, and immigration and citizenship assistance.
My Buddy & Me
My Buddy & Me serves Metro Atlanta area teens and young adults with special needs between the ages of 13 and 25 by providing a safe, healthy and loving environment where they can thrive. They organize activities that immerse participants in experiences typical to all teens and young adults, assist them in establishing some independence in their daily routine and hygiene, and provide families with additional support beyond school hours.
Georgia Cares is the single, statewide coordinating nonprofit agency that connects services and treatment care for child victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Georgia Cares serves any and all youth who have been victimized in the state of Georgia, ensuring that they receive quality care and help they need.
Path to Shine
Path to Shine helps connect groups of caring adults with children who need mentors. Path To Shine seeks to inspire underserved children to achieve hope-filled dreams, while motivating adults to volunteer and make a difference in a child’s life.
South West Atlanta Growers Cooperative
The South West Atlanta Growers Cooperative is a farmer-based membership cooperative that aims to develop and maintain a healthy and secure food system that is environmentally and economically sustainable. The nonprofit offers educational and economic opportunities and resources that enhance the productivity and viability of farming enterprises in historically marginalized and limited resource communities with little access to fresh, healthy and affordable food.