Each year Maggie’s Giving Group chooses one or two organizations to be the beneficiary of an annual event. Please take a moment to learn more about some of our past partners.
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 weave house 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 weave house volunteers. With a stable salary, 100 percent healthcare coverage, and opportunities to engage in the operation of the weave house, employees gain financial foundation leadership skills and a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
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.
Like other public defenders nationwide, Atlanta lawyer Jonathan Rapping had few resources and worked in a criminal justice system that often doesn’t treat the poor and minorities fairly. In response Rapping created Gideon’s Promise, a nonprofit that gives public defenders the resources, winning strategies and national network that supports them and fosters collaboration. Gideon’s Promise is dedicated to making America “a nation where every person has access to zealous, outstanding representation necessary to ensure ‘equal justice for all’ in the criminal justice arena.”
The nonprofit school Mommy and Me Family Literacy, located in Clarkston, offers English as a Second or Other Language classes to mothers while their children attend early childhood development classes. Mommy and Me Family Literacy’s curriculum includes parent-child sessions, during which mothers and children learn literacy skills through arts, crafts, songs and stories. This readies the children for school and empowers mothers to interact in English with their children’s teachers.
Our House breaks the chains of homelessness by providing quality early childhood education and comprehensive support services for families that are experiencing homelessness.
Foreverfamily works to ensure that all children have the opportunity to be surrounded by the love of family, no matter their circumstances. They focus their efforts on some of the most marginalized children in our society—those with an incarcerated parent or parents—and support them as they, their parents, caregivers and extended families work to remain a family.
The nonprofit organization Charis Circle, created by Charis Books & More, the oldest and largest feminist bookstore in the nation, creates a forum for free thought, independent voices and unique expression. All programming is created with a commitment to sustainability via diverse and innovative funding sources, by nurturing partnerships across communities and geographies, and with an eye toward technical innovation to create and support accessible feminist communities everywhere.
Atlanta-based Full Radius Dance is a modern dance company of physically integrated (dancers with and without disabilities) professional performers. One of only a handful of physically integrated dance companies in the nation, Full Radius Dance is part of a small but growing artistic movement that began in the mid-1980s in Britain and America. The company’s core belief is that providing inclusion in the performing arts creates power, beauty and inspiration.
Georgia Justice Project defends people accused of crimes and, win or lose, stands with them while they rebuild their lives. GJP does this by offering free legal services coupled with a full range of social and employment services. In their words: “Most of society sees an arrest as the end to a promising life. For clients of GJP, we see it as the beginning. GJP is an unlikely mix of lawyers, social workers and a landscape company. GJP provides justice, opportunity and hope to poor people accused of crimes and, win or lose, we stand with our clients while they rebuild their lives. We believe this is the only way to break the cycle of poverty and crime.
Located in Decatur, the Global Village School helps adolescent refugee girls who are survivors of war get the education they need to succeed. Many of these teenagers speak little or no English, and previous formal educated was interrupted. In public schools most of these girls fail. The three-year-old school helps them learn to communicate in English, and bridges the culture gap. Some girls go on to high school, while others get their GEDs and apply to college.
New American Pathways serves refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, Violence Against Women Act cases, and low-income immigrants. Annually, up to about 70,000 refugees (less than 1% of the world’s refugee population) are resettled in the United States through a U.S. humanitarian program. Refugees enter the U.S. legally and are on track to become U.S. citizens within 5 years. New American Pathway’s vision is that refugee families will become stable, financially independent and productive members of the community, while preserving the ethnic and cultural identity that supports their dignity and self-esteem. Their immediate goal is to enable families to become economically self-sufficient.
SisterLove’s mission is to eradicate the adverse impact of HIV/AIDS and other reproductive health challenges upon women and their families through education, prevention, support and human rights advocacy in the United States and around the world. SisterLove, Inc., founded in July of 1989, grew out of the efforts of a group of volunteer women seeking to educate the women of Atlanta about AIDS prevention, self-help and safer sex techniques.