GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Gwinnett County Public Schools is a school district operating in Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States. GCPS is the largest school system in Georgia, with 139 schools and an estimated enrollment of 178,000 students for the 2016-2017 year. GCPS is estimated to be the 14th largest school district in the U.S. The district has its headquarters in an unincorporated area near Suwanee.
GCPS was the winner of the 2010 Broad Prize for Urban Education. In 2014, GCPS was nominated for the Broad Prize for Urban Education once again, the first school district to have won the Broad Prize before and be nominated again in its first year eligible to win the prize.
The Gwinnett County schools who are partnering with us for this event include: Louise Radloff Middle School, Lilburn Middle School, Sweetwater Middle School, Meadowcreek High School & Berkmar High School.
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES
Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing the health and well-being of children and families. The Ronald McDonald House helps keep families close to their children receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals, allowing the caregivers to spend more time with their child and interact with their medical team. The two Atlanta Houses have provided a home away from home to more than 46,000 families of ill and injured children since the first Atlanta House opened in 1979.
At the Ronald McDonald House, families can enjoy many of the comforts of home, receive nourishing meals prepared and served by volunteers and obtain emotional support through contact with other families experiencing similar situations. No family is turned away if they cannot afford the small $20 requested contribution and many of these families stay at the Ronald McDonald House for weeks, and sometimes months, while their children receive medical treatment. For more information, visit www.armhc.org, follow Atlanta RMHC on Twitter (@ARMHC) or like Atlanta RMHC on Facebook (Facebook.com/Atlanta RMHC).
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF METRO ATLANTA
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
As the largest one-to-one mentoring organizations in the Southeast, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA) currently serves over 2,000 youth. Our staff of approximately 40 employees supports our city’s children and their families through friendships with caring adult volunteers.
We assist children and families in all 12 metro Atlanta counties – the bulk of children come from Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb and Gwinnett counties.
F.R.E.E – FRIENDS OF REFUGEES
F.R.E.E. collaborates with individuals, groups and organizations, to conduct fundraisers. We also transport and distribute donations all thru the efforts of a 100% volunteer staff from several different backgrounds.
F.R.E.E. began by providing parochial school tuition, busing, and lunches for refugee children in an environment where they can get the individual attention, they require. A parochial school educational environment shields them from the gang activity, bullying and violence present in the local public school system. Subsequently we became aware of the great physical and emotional needs in their community as well. F.R.E.E. strives to meet these needs by soliciting and distributing donations of money, food, services, and gently used goods (including clothing, furniture, bedding, shoes, toys, bicycles, baby supplies and common household items. F.R.E.E. also provides fun learning activities in the Clarkston community to increase the children’s knowledge of the society in which they now live. Importantly, F.R.E.E. also provides transport to/from medical and legal appointments in urgent situations. (F.R.E.E.) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (EIN #47-1667780).
AMANI WOMEN CENTER
Amani Women Center (AWC) is a safe haven for refugee women of all cultures who are seeking a space for spiritual, mental and physical healing.
Amani Women Center has established a successful track record, delivering unique and culturally sensitive workshops, programs & services for immigrant and refugee communities for their overall development, wellbeing and championing an improved quality of life to our target communities. Our vision and mission is to provide a safe haven for refugee women of all cultures who are seeking a space for spiritual, mental and physical healing. AWC’s holistic approach is to cater to the health of the community through a variety of hands-on programs sensitively tailored to specific needs. We are and want to continue to educate and empower refugee women with culturally sensitive tools that contribute to their overall well-being.
Amani is “Swahili” for peace. “Peace” is what every refugee woman and family are seeking when fleeing their war-torn countries and resettling in America. Please visit our website for more information and to get involved.
UNICEF – GACS CHAPTER
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects.
The mission of the GACS UNICEF Chapter is to educate, advocate, and fundraise in order to help attain the sustainable human development goals adopted by the world community and to provide opportunities for students as well as the general population to develop a better understanding of international suffering.
For 70 years, UNICEF has worked to improve the lives of children and their families. Despite remarkable challenges around the world, UNICEF staffers fight for the rights of every child seeking safe shelter, nutrition, protection from disaster and conflicts, and equality.
FULL CIRCLE FARM SANCTUARY
We advocate on behalf of animals who cannot speak for themselves. An all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization, we make it a priority to provide a wonderful lifetime home for abused, neglected and exploited farmed animals in need. We also work to educate and inform the public as to the inherent worth of all sentient beings and advocate for their compassionate treatment. Promoting ethical veganism stands as the crucial core of our outreach efforts.
Located just outside the quaint, historic small town of Warm Springs, GA in bucolic Meriwether County just south of Atlanta, Full Circle Farm Sanctuary opens its doors to the voiceless farmed animals who otherwise would have no sanctuary from abuse and exploitation. We rely on public support to continue our ongoing work of providing safe haven to rescued farmed animals in need.
Full Circle Farm Sanctuary has a very small staff to manage administrative tasks as well as daily animal care. However, we are always looking for volunteers to assist with the care and love of the animals as well as other tasks that ensure the smooth daily operations of the sanctuary. For more info please visit our website.
UNION OF VIETNAMESE STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS OF THE SOUTHEAST
The Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of the Southeast (UVSASE) is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization, established in 2015 with a commitment to unify Vietnamese youth organizations in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee to create a solid regional network. Our mission is to foster the growth of leaders, support organizational development, and advancement, and promote cultural awareness amongst our constituents.
UVSASE’s organization goals include:
- Bringing together young leaders to build unity and solidarity amongst Vietnamese American youths in Southeast region
- Encouraging and advancing the professional and leadership development of young leaders
- Promoting awareness of the Vietnamese culture, language, and history
- Serving as the central connection and facilitating the interaction and sharing of resources amongst Vietnamese youth organizations within the Southeast states
- Fostering organizational growth and sustainability of established VSAs in the Southeast region
- Encouraging participation and cross-promotion of regional events
INDIAN FRIENDS OF THE SOUTH
Atlanta area is one of the major hubs for Indian Community and there are various organizations in Atlanta area serving the community in different capacities. IFA has noticed a gap with regard to organizations working together to serve the community, and we want to bring every organization together to show the TRUE strength of our community. Our community is advanced in all areas like Culture, Social, Engineering, Medical, IT, Small and Large Business and growing into the Public sector. But we are still missing the togetherness to show our strength, IFA believes in bridging all organizations and providing more effective services to the community. We at IFA will also strive hard to involve in local activities to become part of American Living and lay a great cultural foundation for our Next Generations. This can be achieved by preserving the best of Indian culture while creating mutual respect for both cultures based on American values of freedom, individual liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Indian Friends of Atlanta (IFA) was formed in 2014 partnering with various different Indian organizations to fill in the gaps in community services, focusing mainly on the services along with spreading the culture and traditions of different Indian dialects. After its Inception in 2014, IFA has conducted different seminars in different aspects like Immigration, College Planning, Financial Planning, and the team also decided to conduct more medical seminar.
SAMARA’S ANGEL FOUNDATION
Samara’s Angel Foundation actively works with immigrants from Haiti throughout Atlanta & teaches vocational skills to young men and women in Haiti through a Saturday Enrichment Program. They also conduct summer camps in Haiti for impoverished children.
In 2008, Samara Gracia returned to Haiti after 25 years. After visiting several impoverished areas in Haiti, Samara decided to make a difference. she first worked at Mission Polyvalente in Ca-Ira, Leogane then later when the earthquake devasted Haiti in 2010, Samara quickly responded by organizing drop centers where people can donate items and delivered these items to numerous locations in Haiti herself.
AS FLOWERS BLOOM
AFB is a mentoring society for girls ages 5-15. The organization is geared towards developing a group of well-rounded young girls physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially while they bloom as an individual and learn to successfully connect with other girls just like them. Our organization follows age appropriate themes, groups, and programs; while working with the girls to develop a positive self-image, character, distinction, and grace.