Goodwill Industries International will receive a $7.3 million grant as part of Pathways Out of Poverty, a funding opportunity authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This grant brings $1 million of federal monies to metro Atlanta. Through the grant, Goodwill Industries of Northwest Georgia, Atlanta Technical College and nine additional community-based organizations will implement work-readiness and occupational-skills training programs that prepare low-income and disadvantaged Georgians to work in green jobs. The local project entitled, Goodwill Goes Green, proposes to serve 200 low- income and disadvantaged people facing barriers to employment living in South DeKalb, providing them with green job-skills training leading to entry-level and pre-apprentice occupations that provide pathways to gainful employment. In addition to Atlanta Technical College, DeKalb Workforce Development, DeKalb Technical College, Radiance Solar, Handcrafted Homes Inc., Greater Atlanta Home Builder Association, Georgia Trade Up, Southface Energy Institute, St. Philip AME Church and Housing Authority of DeKalb County will work on the Goodwill Goes Green initiative in Georgia. For more information: (404) 225-4604.
On Sunday, March 28, Park Tavern, at the corner of Monroe Avenue and 10th Street in Midtown, will host Pamoja Penda – a green music and arts festival that will benefit the Ugandan American Partnership Organization’s (UAPO) work with refugee communities in Northern Uganda and help to raise awareness for grass-roots organizations in Africa and Atlanta. Pamoja Penda’s goal is to connect communities in Atlanta to Africa by bringing family and friends together in an eco-friendly celebration of arts, music and culture. All of the proceeds from the festival will benefit the UAPO. The Pamoja Penda Festival will be filled with a variety of bands, a barefoot soccer match organized by Grassroots Soccer, a sustainable arts and crafts market and more. Tickets are available online by visiting www.pamojapenda.org.
Fashionable Notes has unveiled its second collection of eco-friendly, fashion- inspired market bags for men. The collection consists of five new logos: GreenIs the New Black; Fashionista Gone Green; I Carry Hermes, Kors and Vuitton but Never Paper or Plastic, and for the fashion-conscious man, Hunter Gatherer and Real Men Don’t Carry Paper or Plastic. The bags are natural-colored and made of 100 percent cotton canvas. Price ranges from $20 to $22 per bag. The collection can be purchased at Traders in East Atlanta Village, 485-B Flat Shoals Ave., or online at www.fashionable-notes.com.