MLK Day of Service: 2017 Project Descriptions

2017 MLK Day of Service Project Descriptions:

Bright Futures promotes the spiritual, academic and physical well-being of its youth and their families through discipleship and education, resulting in personal accountability, positive career direction and lifelong achievement. Volunteers will assist with landscaping projects that support facility maintenance and upkeep. Examples include clearing brush, doing yard work, and trimming hedges. **This is an outdoor project.** For more information about Bright Futures, visit http://www.brightfuturesatl.org. 

Friends of Refugees' mission is to empower refugees through opportunities that provide for their well-being, education, and employment. This project is in partnership with Georgia Tech's Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain. Participants will serve in a specific Clarkston neighborhood that lies outside the Clarkston city limits and lacks regular public maintenance. Currently, the sidewalks and walking paths that are used by the children walking to and from school (both Indian Creek Elementary and Clarkston High School) are not maintained. GT students, faculty, and staff will work together with youth leaders in the refugee community to rebuild one of the central walking routes in order to make it safer and more accessible, Additionally the project will highlight the larger issues of transportation and pedestrian safety with county leadership while modeling the act of taking responsibility for the immediate solution in the midst of seeking a permanent change. For more information about Friends of Refugees, visit https://friendsofrefugees.com/.
Note - This project is an all-day project. Lunch will occur on site and the project will continue until 3:00pm

The Historic Oakland Foundation partners with the City of Atlanta to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery with the public as an important cultural resource and as an island of tranquility in the heart of the city. Oakland is a historic site on the National Register as well as a City of Atlanta park with over 50,000 visitors annually. Participants will engage in various types of gardening or garden-related projects, such as planting, raking, or mulching. No experience is required. Participants will work in teams of 12-15 with an Oakland volunteer who will show them everything they need to know. The Historic Oakland Foundation is working to restore the 48 acre site and these projects will help to restore and protect the historic fabric while also making Oakland a more beautiful and enjoyable place to visit. For more information about The Historic Oakland Foundation, visit http://www.oaklandcemetery.com/​.

Trees Atlanta is a nationally recognized group of citizens protecting and improving Atlanta's urban forest through planting, conserving, and educating. Volunteers will help plant street and yard trees, dig holes, loosen tree roots, mulch, and water the trees. For more information about Trees Atlanta, visit https://treesatlanta.org/. This year's Day of Service will include two sites with Trees Atlanta: Brook Run Park & Atlanta Center for Medical Research.  

The West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA) is a community-based non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life within the West Atlanta Watershed by protecting, preserving and restoring our community’s natural resources. WAWA represents African American neighborhoods in Northwest and Southwest Atlanta that are most inundated with environmental stressors, but are least represented at environmental decision-making tables. Participants will assist with a beautification project that prepares the Outdoor Activity Center for Spring K-12 field trips, the spring break camp, and much more. They will help community volunteers clean up the office, clean out the storage closets, and generally make the Center look great indoors and outdoors. Outdoor projects may include invasive plant removal, preparing garden beds for spring, outlining new trails and mulching existing trails, and removing trash and debris. For more information about WAWA, visit http://wawa-online.org.

HELP Org Inc seeks to improve the quality of life of in-place residents by mobilizing its ​community-driven land trust program, Westside Atlanta Land Trust, affectionately called WALT by its members. The mission of WALT is to organize the community's power for self-determination. Participants will help beautify a public green space and specifically, to beautify an outdoor classroom and learning garden. This will include removing debris, kudzu and other items and may include painting. For more information about WALT, visit http://www.helporginc.org/walt-2015.html. 
Note - this project is a part of the SPS MLK Retreat and is only open to SPS students.