Atlanta Dream Center supports victims of human trafficking. We partnered with them last year and were able to provide some much needed appliances. They were able to help 35 women last year thank you to help from clubs like ours. They expect at least that many this year to be helped by our donations.
On Saturday, August 24, 2019, our club sponsored and participated in the Hot Pursuit 5K walk/run organized by the Brookhaven Police Department. The club, through its Foundation, donated $1000 to sponsor 10 running spots for the 5K Run. The funds raised through the 5K run are used by the Brookhaven Police Department to help officers participate in the "Shop with a Badge" program where policemen take a needy child or children shopping before Christmas. Our club member, Chief Gary Yandura, reports that the Shop with a Badge program is an extremely rewarding and successful community relations program for his Police Department.
In addition to providing food, we will be collecting clothing for the Covenant House. Their needs are mainly for young men. Several members have offered to donate product.
During COVID-19, our goal is to provide meals for the Covenant House for approximately 25 kids, once per month. This is spearheaded by Tom Kent and is in conjunction with his church.
Cross Keys is opening a safe center for students to encourage 9th and 10th graders to stay in school and eventually graduate. The Brookhaven Rotary Foundation approved a $10,000 donation.
Our Goal is to collect donations of school supplies in other to support the new SAFE Zone at Cross Keys High School, a local high school that houses many underprivileged families.
Our Club partners with the North Atlanta Rotary Club to volunteer for the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign during the Christmas season. Our two clubs "staffed" the full day (10am-6pm) for two locations at Lenox Mall on Saturday, December 14. Ourr efforts resulted in cash collections for the Salvation Army of over $700. The funds collected go to support the Salvation Army's social programs which help the homeless, the needy youth in the community, as well as fight human trafficking. In addition, the "ringing of the bells" provides great public awareness for the good works that the Salvation Army provides to our community year round, and provides public awareness of the good works of our Rotary clubs.
As we have done in years past, at least 3 times during the year we will greet the returning and outbound troops headed to and from the Middle East. We will staff the USO podium at the top of the escalator (from the arrival gates) to greet troops, direct them to the USO facility upstairs, and staff the USO kitchen to provide troops food, beverages, and a warm and appreciative greeting, and maybe someone to talk to. Our club provides Chick-fil-A biscuit, and lunch sandwiches. We will provide these services from 9:00 am until appx 4:00 pm.