This is the time of year where we reflect on goodness - the good people and good things of the world. In turn, this is also the time of year for us to create goodness by giving back to something or someone other than ourselves. So many organizations here in Dunwoody do their part all year round to serve others. Take a look at what’s being done, and then take the initiative to give back yourself! To do good is to feel good, and who doesn't love to feel good?
The Packaged Good - Giving Back Made Easy
After the loss of her husband, The Packaged Good Founder Sally Mundell wanted to focus on the important things in life – her kids, and making a difference in the world. She noticed a void while searching for volunteer organizations that were both kid-friendly and convenient, so she decided to create her own. Finding the right charity isn't always an easy task and neither is finding time within your busy schedule. The Packaged Good eliminates all of that by packing connection, convenience, and consciousness together in order to create an engaging experience for families while helping those in need. Seeking to instill the desire to give back in children, the Packaged Good provides a fun, inspirational atmosphere where kids and community groups can decorate and personalize care packages for those in need.
Volunteers can swing by during one of their monthly Do Good Events, or even do their part from home! Yes, giving back is really THAT easy. The Packaged Good partners with charities within their four causes - armed forces, the elderly, the homeless, and children. This way volunteers can select whatever charities resonate most within their heart and not worry about the logistics. Thanks to donations, everything you need to create and stock your package is already conveniently provided. All you have to do is show up with a giving heart!
How You Can Help The Packaged Good:
Other Partners Playing Their Part:
The giving keeps going in Dunwoody this time of year. Here are some other community partners getting in on the goodwill:
Dunwoody Police Department - Christmas For Kids
The Dunwoody Police Department Christmas for Kids (CFK) program began in 2009 with the goal of bringing our community together to collect new and unwrapped toys and gifts for Dunwoody's under-privileged children between the ages of newborn to 15 years old. The drive kicks off the weekend before Thanksgiving and runs through the December 25.
Officers work together with I Care Atlanta, Inc. to hold a Christmas celebration at a local facility where Santa and his Elves (along with a toy soldier or two!) arrive to greet deserving kids and their parents and enjoy a festive celebration complete with gifts and activities for the kids as well as snacks for the whole family.
The event is the second week of December so please don't wait...they need those toy donations! New, unwrapped toys and gifts can be dropped off during this time at Dunwoody Police Headquarters.
Please note: The Dunwoody PD will continue to collect toys and gifts at Dunwoody Police Headquarters through Christmas Day to distribute to local charitable organizations.
Painting With A Purpose
Several times throughout the year, Painting With A Twist hosts events where they use their paintbrushes for a noble cause.
Painting with a Twist is partnering with the City of Dunwoody and the Dunwoody Police Department for a night of painting, fun, and giving back to our community! Admission is $35 per person and a portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the Dunwoody Police Department's Christmas for Kids program. It's also BYOB! (Beer & Wine Only).
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta - Teen Community Service Program
The MJCCA's Teen Community Service Program (TCS) provides Jewish middle and high schoolers throughout metro Atlanta with meaningful, hands-on service opportunities. Through community service projects and partnerships, TCS generates a strong connection and commitment to Jewish values. TCS also proudly supports Project GIVE, an MJCCA community service program that identifies local charitable organizations and matches them up with current MJCCA programs for agency-wide projects. Click here to view their calendar of upcoming service opportunities.
Dunwoody Woman's Club
The Duwnoody Woman's Club is a service organization of women joining to expand their skills and apply their abilities as community leaders whose contributions help shape the Dunwoody and North DeKalb County communities. They support six major program areas, with dozens of committees, projects, and activities that provide key service and support to both communities. Whether your interest is in the arts, education, or even international outreach, the Dunwoody Woman's Club provides opportunities for you to engage and support platforms that mean the most to you.
WAYS YOU CAN GIVE BACK TO DUNWOODY:
The services our Dunwoody partners provide are only made possible with support from visitors and residents alike! If you love our community as much as we do, then here are some featured community partners you can give back to:
Support the Arts & Nature Conservation
Be sure to keep checking our events calendar throughout the year for annual fundraisers. And remember that there are countless ways you can do good! Whether it's through donation, volunteering, promotion, or attendance at any of Dunwoody's events and attractions, we are thankful for your support. Thank you for keeping Dunwoody in your heart, in your mind, and in your travels!