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Advocacy & Human Rights
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta’s mission is to protect and promote the civil and human rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in Georgia and the Southeast through policy advocacy, legal services, organizing & civic engagement, and impact litigation.
Black Lives Matter is committed to collectively, lovingly and courageously working for freedom and justice for all Black people (and by extension all people) regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender expression, economic or educational status, ability or disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration or incarceration status or location.
Council on American-Islamic Relations goal is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
The Organization for Human Rights and Democracy (OHRD) engages in multi-issue, grassroots, radical, intersectional organizing to transform communities and the world using Metro-Atlanta as the model. We prioritize working class people of color and the conditions they experience to build movements and an institution for change.
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights connects the American
Civil Rights Movement to today's Global Human Rights Movements.
The Southern Center for Human Rights provides legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenges human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeks through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocates for criminal justice system reforms on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States.
The AWARE Wildlife Center rehabilitates Georgia’s injured and orphaned native wild animals and educates the community about peaceful coexistence with wildlife.
For almost 20 years, Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends has worked to create a world where every pet matters. They strive to help homeless pets find homes and help pets stay with their families for their whole lives.
Atlanta Humane Society Location: Atlanta and Alpharetta
Atlanta Humane Society serves about 30,000 animals each year, and places approximately 9,000 dogs and cats into forever homes. AHS is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets.
Furkids runs the largest cage-free, no-kill cat shelter in Georgia, as well as a large no-kill dog shelter.
PAWS Atlanta believes that people and pets bring out the best in each other. Their mission is to build a community of caring, by people helping pets and pets helping people.
Releash Atlanta is a 501c3, not for profit, 100% volunteer run, GA Department of Agriculture licensed charitable organization that works tirelessly to save dogs from high kill shelters throughout the state of Georgia.
Arts & Culture
Atlanta Contemporary engages the public through the creation, presentation and advancement of contemporary art.
MOCA GA’s mission is to collect and archive significant, contemporary works by the artists of the state of Georgia. To place our artists in a global context, the Museum’s exhibitions include Georgia artists and artists from around the world.
Paint Love Location: Decatur
Out of that need, grew Paint Love’s mission:“connecting artists & nonprofits for a positive impact on youth.” Since its inception, Paint Love has enjoyed fulfilling its mission by bringing art classes and donations to organizations throughout metro Atlanta.
VSA arts of Georgia provides access to the arts for people with disabilities and those with low income. We are a statewide resource working with artists and organizations to fulfill our vision of an inclusive community that encourages everyone to enjoy and participate in the arts.
WonderRoot is an arts organization that works to improve the cultural and social landscape of Atlanta through creative initiatives and community partnerships. Programs include artist fellowships, public art initiatives, community dialogues, and more.
The Woodruff Arts Center is one of the largest arts centers in the world, home to the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre, the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and the High Museum of Art, the leading art museum in the Southeast. The Woodruff produces outstanding theater, music and exhibitions for nearly one million patrons each year.
Children & Youth
Children's Restorative Network Location: Roswell
CRN offers opportunities for everyone in the family to play their role in helping Atlanta’s homeless youth break the cycle of homelessness.
Foreverfamily works to ensure that children of incarcerated parents or family are surrounded with love & resources.
At Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta our mission is to empower all girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow into strong (healthy), smart (educated) and bold (independent) adults.
Pajama Program understands deeply how many children in this country are affected by instability in their lives. To these children we pledge our unwavering commitment to their inherent right of every one of them to have a comforting bedtime and restful good night as the start of a positive, empowering good day.
Lost-n-Found Youth is an Atlanta-based nonprofit (501c3) that exists to end homelessness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) and all sexual minority youth.
Make-A-Wish Georgia helps grant wishes for children that have life-threatening illnesses and medical conditions around the state
Education & Literacy
Everybody Wins! Atlanta Location: Downtown Atlanta
Foreverfamily works to ensure that children of incarcerated parents or family are surrounded with love & resources.
One child. One mentor. One book at a time. Everybody Wins! Atlanta improves literacy for children through powerful mentor relationships.
Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency Location: Edgewood
ACSS provides workforce readiness, job placement, and life stabilization services to homeless and financially vulnerable men and women, including veterans, to empower them to reach their goals for self-sufficiency
Back On My Feet Location: Downtown Atlanta
Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources.
This program, an expansion of United Way’s Opportunity Youth work, is a comprehensive workforce development initiative that helps youth ages 15-24 start on a path to a sustainable career.
In the area of workforce development, The Atlanta Women’s Foundation has launched a new program called the Women’s Pathway to Success Program. The transformative program will result in job creation, reduce
poverty, and eliminate barriers to employment for women in metro Atlanta.
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Location: Near GA Tech
CRK relies on volunteers to help monitor water quality in urban streams by taking weekly samples. To help with weekend cleanups, volunteers can paddle on the river in canoes or kayaks or stay on shore. CRK also needs office help and volunteers at festival booths. Register and complete a waiver online.
Earthshare Georgia Location: GA
EarthShare Georgia works to ensure that, one day, the land, air, and water of Georgia is abundant and healthy. The organization addresses issues such as climate change and energy, environment and health, water, wildlife protection and many more.
Georgia Organics Location: GA
Georgia Organics connects individuals with farms, farmers markets, or good food businesses in Georgia. The organization believes in a healthy farm system where agriculture works hand in hand with the natural environment.
Park Pride helps ATL communities enhance parks and greenspace through advocacy, volunteerism and capital improvements. We strive to help every community achieve their vision of a great park.
Working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
The Nature Conservancy in GA Location: State-wide
The Nature Conservancy is a big organization with a big vision. We work in the most critical places so that we can have a lasting impact. Nowhere is that more true than right here in Georgia. For decades, committed supporters like you have helped us protect more than 338,000 acres, safeguard the rivers that traverse our state, and care for our envied coast.
Trees Atlanta Location: Atlanta
Dedicated to protecting Atlanta’s urban forest through planting, conservation, and education
Health & Medicine
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Location: ATL
At Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the doctors, nurses and staff are specially trained to care for children under the age of 21. From colorful, friendly waiting rooms to equipment that fits patients of all sizes, every detail is designed specifically for kids.
Grady Health Location: Downtown Atlanta
For more than a century, Piedmont Healthcare has been a recognized leader in delivering expert care.
Homeless & Housing
Atlanta Mission Location: ATL
Since its 1938 beginnings, this Christian nonprofit ministry has grown from a small soup kitchen to a multi-facility organization serving Metro Atlanta’s large homeless population. Today, Atlanta Mission provides emergency shelter, rehab and recovery services, vocational training, services, and transitional housing.
Gateway Center Location: Downtown ATL
Open every week providing rent and utility assistance, employment assistance, financial planning, emergency food, medical care and so much more.
Justice and Legal
Department of Juvenile Justice Location: Downtown Atlanta
DJJ's Mission is to protect and serve the citizens of Georgia by holding young offenders accountable for their actions through the delivery of services and sanctions in appropriate settings and by supporting youth in their communities to become productive and law-abiding citizens.
Southern Center for Human Rights Location: Downtown Atlanta
The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is working for equality, justice, and dignity in our criminal justice system. The mission of SCHR is to end capital punishment, mass incarceration, and other criminal justice practices that are used to control the lives of poor people, people of color, and other marginalized groups in the Southern United States.
People with Disabilities
Focus + Fragile Location: Edgewood
FOCUS + Fragile Kids is here to help children who are medically fragile or have significant developmental and/or physical disabilities. We comfort with hospital visits and support groups, offer hope by information and education, provide fun activities for parents and kids and help to make equipment available to children in need.
Frazer Center Location: Druid Hills
The heart of Frazer’s mission is inclusion. They are committed to fostering educational, vocational, and social opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, recognizing the gifts and talents of every individual, nurturing an appreciation for diversity, and creating a stronger, more inclusive community.
L'arche Atlanta Location: Decatur
At L'Arche Atlanta house, people with or without disabilities are welcomed with open arms. No person is viewed as a client, patient, or recipient of services. They view one other as ambassadors for belonging — people who passionately contribute their gifts and experiences for the good of society.
Lekotek of Georgia Location: NE Atlanta & Surrounding Cities
Lekotek provides a place for children with disabilities to gain new skills and self-esteem through playtime with adapted toys, computers, and iPads. Volunteers help with Computer Club, provide Spanish translation for some families, and assist with special events. Most volunteer opportunities are during the weekend.
A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab Location: Atlanta & Cobb
A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab, Atlanta’s and Marietta’s top nursing home provider of senior rehab services and long-term care. As one of Atlanta’s oldest nonprofit organizations, they have the opportunity to provide the highest standard of care, which includes post-surgical recovery, therapeutic rehabilitation, and skilled nursing.
Meals on Wheels Atlanta Location: Atlanta
1 in 6 seniors is unable to afford or prepare their own meals. At Meals On Wheels Atlanta, they are dedicated to supporting senior independence through meals, shelter, education, and community.