By Kate Atwood

As our charitable acts continue into the month of December, so does my goal to help you connect to a cause.  In the spirit of making lists around the holidays, I’ve created a list of 10 community-based organizations that are great places to support.

While there are many worthy causes beyond this list, these suggestions all offer services that are particularly relevant in 2010, and all carry a unique capacity for citizens to get involved.

Furthermore, I have selected them for their commitment to create local impact in our community, and their viability to be successful in carrying out their mission.

10. Operation Homefront Georgia: Our military families are adapting to a new normal – one centered on sustaining a lifestyle of active duty for more than nine years.  Especially around this time of year, the support of our soldiers and their loved ones is needed. www.operationhomefront.net/georgia

9: One Love Generation: A unique grassroots program that empowers Atlanta’s youth to inspire positive social change through art, service and awareness. onelovegeneration.org

8. Partnership Against Domestic Violence: One in four women experience domestic violence in their lifetime. PADV works to end the crime of intimate partner violence and empower its survivors.  Everyone deserves love and peace around the holidays and all year-round. www.padv.org

7. Safe Haven 4 Pets: For all the animal lovers out there, this is the pick for you. www.safehavenforpets.org

6. VOX Communication: I think we can all greet it has been a tough year for our teens. VOX is dedicated to giving teens the skills and resources to raise their voices about issues that matter. I also appreciate community it creates for youth to build critical life skills such as compassion, empathy and self-efficacy.  www.voxrox.org

5. Kate’s Club: Come on, it had to make the list. One in 20 children are navigating the holidays with grief apart of their life, coping with the loss of mom or dad during this time of year is particularly challenging. Kate’ Club offers special programming for these families over the holidays at no charge.  www.katesclub.org

4. Trees Atlanta: Trees are such a symbol of celebration around the holidays; let’s make sure we continue to plant more so our traditions can continue. www.treesatlanta.org

3. CURE Childhood Cancer: For advocates and activists this is a great organization to support as it sets out to end pediatric cancers through research and education. www.curechildhoodcancer.org

2. Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency: This past spring, the Samaritan House of Atlanta merged with the Atlanta Enterprise Center to form this new entity that carries the mission to break the cycle of homelessness by enabling people to transform their lives through sustainable employment and income. During these tough times, our neighbors need our support more than ever and ACSS is providing the tools for individuals to build themselves back up in life and in spirit. atlantacss.org

1. _____________: The blank is for you to fill in your favorite cause.  My number one cause for you to support this holiday season is the one most important to your own life.  I just encourage you to do something to help others.

Even if you are in the midst of a tough time in life, and giving is the last thing you would think to do, I am encouraging you to do so. It will bring amazing joy to someone else this holiday season, while bringing joy into your life as well.

For more information about Kate Atwood and her nonprofit, visit www.katesclub.org.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

2 replies on “Charity in the City: Kate’s Holiday List”

  1. Angels with Faith Ministries 501c3 non-profit charity located in Winder,GA 30680 announces that our annual Christmas Angels Program will kickoff on November 1st to provide Christmas gifts,holiday food baskets & warm clothing to children in need &their families all over Georgia.You can adopt a family for Christmas & either meet & work with them personally or through us,either way it is tax deductible for every cent that you spend.You can also donate toys(new & lightly used),warm clothing,shoes,coats,baby needs,Food for holiday baskets,Bikes,gift cards,electronics,working computers of all kinds,or make monetary donations via paypal on our websites or by mail or in person.We have volunteers available to pickup donations in georgia. Each year we receive 100s of families in dire need of Christmas assistance from DFCS,Toys for Tots,Salvation Army,Operation Christmas Child,The miltary,Empty stocking,etc ,schools,Churches,businesses,caring neighbors & some who come to us themselves,once the bigger charities either stop taking applications in october or get full they start sending families to us.Since we receive no funding at all & rely strictly on the tax deductible donations of angels we truelly need your help this year. We do not turn anyone in true need who lives in Georgia & isn’t receiving Christmas help from anywhere else(we do check) away because every child deserves to have a wonderful Christmas,food & warm clothing.We are a small group of volunteers working hard to make a difference in the lives of families in true need,crisis or after disasters & since we do not have any overhead costs & our volunteers do all of our promotional,website & other work we can give 100% of ALL donations directly to helping those in need.ALL donations are tax deductible our federal EIN number is 27-1972461.Our websites built & run by volunteers are angelswithfaithministries.beep.com & angelswithfaithministries.org Please be a Christmas Angel this year & adopt or sponsor a family or families in need in Georgia for Christmas or make a tax deductible donation to help us provdie Christmas to 100s of Georgia children email angelswithfaithministriesgeorgia@yahoo.com Phone Lori (director) 678-754-1541 Rev Michael Tuck 678-754-2337 or volunteer Avis at 678-887-1988

  2. Angels with Faith Ministries 501c3 non-profit charity located in Winder,GA 30680 announces that our annual Christmas Angels Program will kickoff on November 1st to provide Christmas gifts,holiday food baskets & warm clothing to children in need &their families all over Georgia.You can adopt a family for Christmas & either meet & work with them personally or through us,either way it is tax deductible for every cent that you spend.You can also donate toys(new & lightly used),warm clothing,shoes,coats,baby needs,Food for holiday baskets,Bikes,gift cards,electronics,working computers of all kinds,or make monetary donations via paypal on our websites or by mail or in person.We have volunteers available to pickup donations in georgia. Each year we receive 100s of families in dire need of Christmas assistance from DFCS,Toys for Tots,Salvation Army,Operation Christmas Child,The miltary,Empty stocking,etc ,schools,Churches,businesses,caring neighbors & some who come to us themselves,once the bigger charities either stop taking applications in october or get full they start sending families to us.Since we receive no funding at all & rely strictly on the tax deductible donations of angels we truelly need your help this year. We do not turn anyone in true need who lives in Georgia & isn’t receiving Christmas help from anywhere else(we do check) away because every child deserves to have a wonderful Christmas,food & warm clothing.We are a small group of volunteers working hard to make a difference in the lives of families in true need,crisis or after disasters & since we do not have any overhead costs & our volunteers do all of our promotional,website & other work we can give 100% of ALL donations directly to helping those in need.ALL donations are tax deductible our federal EIN number is 27-1972461.Our websites built & run by volunteers are angelswithfaithministries.beep.com & angelswithfaithministries.org Please be a Christmas Angel this year & adopt or sponsor a family or families in need in Georgia for Christmas or make a tax deductible donation to help us provdie Christmas to 100s of Georgia children email angelswithfaithministriesgeorgia@yahoo.com Phone Lori (director) 678-754-1541 Rev Michael Tuck 678-754-2337 or volunteer Avis at 678-887-1988

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