Voting Now Open for 2017-2018 Finalists

Thank you for your interest in the ACG Atlanta Community Service Award. Our committee have narrowed all applicants down to these three deserving Atlanta Area Non-Profits.

The Drake House -

The Drake House provides a short-term crisis and affordable housing program for homeless single mothers and their children in North Metro Atlanta. Our educational, empowerment, and mentoring programs provide assist families in becoming financially self-sufficient and contributing members of the community.

Our goals:

•             Help families remain in the community

•             Keep the children in their original schools

•             Keep the family unit intact (boys 12 and over remain with the family, not sent to a men’s shelter)

•             Help improve financial stability with employment

Since 2006, our agency has served 420+ families and 770+ children with a cumulative success rate of 80%.

Proposed Use of Grant:

With the acquisition of sixteen additional apartments, we need to extend the Career Coaching hours. The Drake House families, in the short-term housing program, often come in unemployed or under-employed. Our Career Coach works 1=1 each week with those mothers and hosts Career Workshops each week. Additionally, she is working with The Drake Village moms on moving up within their employers. By living at The Drake Village for an additional 24 months, the Career Coaching services will be vastly expanded from sixteen to 25 hours per week. The salary of $22/hour for the additional nine hours per week = $10,290.00.

Your consideration would allow our Career Coach the additional time to process all of the needs for both The Drake House and The Drake Village moms. Additionally, it will all afford her two to three hours per week in development to expand our corporate employment partners. These partners are key to the success of our moms as they are specifically targeted because of scale, diversity of skill sets, as well as accessible to public transportation. Our moms have a very high success rate in employment and growth when our Career Coach is able to train and counsel our residents.

Hands On Atlanta  -

At Hands On Atlanta, we connect changemakers to nonprofit organizations and schools in need, while engaging socially responsible companies to help make a difference in our community. We focus on education, youth and family support and child hunger to make a lasting impacting on Atlanta’s greatest needs and move the needle forward. We believe that volunteers have the power to make a difference, giving of their time and resources to drive change. Annually, we engage 20,000+ volunteers to serve 150,000+ hours. We support over 100 non-profit partners and 50 schools in Metro Atlanta to deploy volunteers to #dosomethinggood.


Proposed Use of Grant:

Hands On Atlanta will leverage ACG’s Community Service Award to benefit economically-disadvantaged Atlanta students through our educational programming in public schools, which launched in 1990.  

In 2017-2018, Hands On Atlanta’s educational programming will serve approximately 1,200 economically disadvantaged students at 8 partner schools around Greater Atlanta. The suite of programs included in Hands On Atlanta’s educational programming includes: 

  1. Volunteers provide tutoring, STEM, financial literacy, fitness/nutrition and field trips to over 700 students in grades K-5.
  2. Volunteers work with teachers and instructional coaches to provide small-group reading tutoring during school hours for students in grades K-3. 
  3. Early College Readiness: Volunteers conduct social and emotional learning curriculum and a leadership development course for at-risk students in all Atlanta Public Schools high schools.
  4. Social and Emotional Learning: Volunteers conduct workshops and group discussions with9th and 10th graders using the School-Connect curriculum, an evidence-based 60-lesson multimedia curriculum designed to improve high school students' social, emotional, and academic skills.
  5. Meals 4 Kids: Volunteers pack backpacks with weekend meals for 225 students, identified by teachers and counselors, suffering from weekend hunger from five partner elementary schools. The backpack meals include nutritious, non-perishable items to combat weekend hunger. To date, we have packed over 25,000 meals for over 400 students

Odyssey Atlanta -

Odyssey is an educational non-profit organization partnering with the Atlanta Public Schools to serve students in grades 1-12 from economically disadvantaged communities. Odyssey’s mission is to expand the ambitions of Atlanta students and empower them on a successful journey to college and a fulfilling career. Odyssey serves nearly 400 students with an innovative Project Based Learning curriculum, rich with STEAM and career readiness opportunities. With a motto of “A Quest for Knowledge and a Path to College,” Odyssey’s program, packaged to feel like “summer camp fun,” is carefully designed to prepare students for academic success.
Proposed Use of Grant:

It is estimated that by 2020, more than 60% of job openings in GA will require some form of post-secondary education. Yet in APS schools, only 77% are graduating High School on time and only 27% of students enrolled in college are completing in four years. Odyssey’s activities are designed with the goal of ensuring that Atlanta students graduate on time and pursue a higher degree. Odyssey provides each student 250 hours of instruction on core academic subjects of math, writing, and reading, during the summer months when most students lose academic ground.

Odyssey’s operating budget is $1,138,000. While the costs of the program are significant, Odyssey provides these services, including meals and transportation, to families free of change. A grant from the ACG will cover the costs of 4 students and allow us to expand college counseling, and deepen our impact with high school students and their families with year-round programming that will address such topics such as Early College Exposure; Internship and Career Coaching; or Family Financial Planning for College. Periodic evening and weekend seminars will help students and their families to map a course for high school graduation and college matriculation.

VOTE HERE for the 2017-2018 award