Community Spotlight: Three Ways to Give Back in Metro Atlanta This Holiday Season

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“We rise by lifting others.” These insightful words once spoken by American thinker Robert Ingersoll hold true in our daily operations at The Reserve at the Ballpark.

It is important to the community team at The Reserve to find ways to band together to make a difference for the neighborhood they know and love. While that is a year-round endeavor, it becomes a priority during the holiday season.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to give back locally:

Sort and distribute food from a local food bank

Time may already be at a shortage during the months ahead, but so is everything else. The demand for food, shelter and other basic necessities grows higher during the cold winter months, often with less people available to help out.

Setting aside a little time to volunteer can have a profound impact on organizations like the Atlanta Community Food Bank and The Salvation Army.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank relies on more than 15,000 volunteers annually to support its daily operations and help with special events.

Helping on the grocery floor is one way for individuals to volunteer on weekday mornings. Volunteers select grocery items, keep the shelves stocked, and load groceries into agency vehicles. Elsewhere in the product rescue center, volunteers come together to inspect, sort, and pack quality grocery donations.

“Volunteer service combined with financial support truly makes a difference in our community as we work to end hunger,” said Sarah Fonder-Kristy, chief development officer for ACFB.

The organization partners with more than 600 nonprofit organizations to help more than 755,000 people get healthy food each year.

Get involved with Hands Across Atlanta, Hands On Atlanta

How you spend your time volunteering may vary a bit more at Hands Across Atlanta, a local charity striving to feed the homeless.

“What started five years ago with just 20 bologna sandwiches has grown into an impactful grassroots organization that has fed tens of thousands of people in the Atlanta area,” the web site reads, and all of that was done by volunteers.

Every second Sunday of the month, volunteers walk through downtown Atlanta providing food, clothing and a testament to the power of human compassion for those in need, the web site reads.

“We plan to continue to bring sunshine to the world of those who live in darkness, as well as help anybody we can get back on their feet,” said Marcus Acosta, president and founder of Hands Across Atlanta.

Not to be confused with Hands Across Atlanta, Hands On Atlanta offers another option for volunteers in the area. By partnering with more than 150 local nonprofit organizations and schools, Hands On Atlanta connects changemakers to tackle some of the city’s toughest challenges.

Volunteers can sign up for a project on their calendar, where Hands On Atlanta has opportunities posted every day, join one of its impact programs or annual days of service, or serve alongside fellow employees on a corporate project.

"At Hands On Atlanta, we partner with more than 150 nonprofits and schools across Metro Atlanta, providing fun and impactful volunteer opportunities every day," said Tim Adkins, director of marketing and communications for Hands On Atlanta. "So whether you're new to the city and want to meet people or you just want to roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty with one of your favorite nonprofits, we've got you covered."

The Reserve at the Ballpark: Welcome Home

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And the spacious and open concept studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartment homes are finished with only the finest details.

To learn more, or to apply, call (770) 955-5335 or visit us online.

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