The holiday season is upon us and with that, so is the season of giving. The spirit of the holidays is directly rooted within the spirit of giving and there is plenty of both right here in Dunwoody! We know several organizations in the community who are doing their part to give back while also inspiring others to do the same. Take a look at what's being done, and then take the initiative to give back yourself!
The Packaged Good - Giving Back Made Easy
After losing her husband In 2013, The Packaged Good founder Sally Mundell sought out to focus on the important things in life - her two kids and making a difference in the world. She noticed a void while looking for both kid-friendly and convenient volunteer opportunities, so she created her own.
Sometimes the obstacle in finding ways to give back is the extra legwork involved. 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 designated drop-in hours, or they can set up an appointment to come with a group. 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:
The Packaged Good requests for volunteers to donate any supplies that are in need or bring in $5 to cover the cost of bags and packaging supplies.If you are interesting in going beyond this simple request, there are other ways you can help. Larger monetary donations are absolutely welcome or you can volunteer to become a Packing Partner by helping them host/set up events and drop-in periods.
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:
The Dunwoody Nature Center - Wildcat Creek Restoration
The Nature Center is often referred to as the crown jewel of Dunwoody parks, and Wildcat Creek is the shining gem of that crown. The creek is literally the introduction point for thousands of children to the wonder of nature and to an understanding of their small place in the larger world. Unfortunately, deteriorating bank conditions during major storm events has created extensive scouring and erosion along the creek banks to such a degree that the beech, hickory, and poplar trees that shade the creek are now in danger of falling into it.
Beginning on November 14, the Nature Center in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Five Star and Urban Waters Grant will complete a comprehensive renewal that began in 2012 when a $60,000+ investment was made by the Nature Center, and 21 other community partners, to reinstate the meadow as Dunwoody's central gathering place for communal learning and cultural activity. The total value of the restoration is estimated at $125,000 and will serve to ensure that future generations of park visitors have a sustainable experience as they are inspired by the beauty of Wildcat Creek. To support the Dunwoody Nature Center, click here!
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 during the first week of November and runs through the second week of December. New unwrapped toys and gifts can be dropped off 24/7 during this time at Dunwoody Police Headquarters as well as I Care Atlanta, Inc. 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.
Once enough toys are collected, officers will work together with I Care Atlanta, Inc. to hold a Christmas celebration at their facility where Elves (along with a toy soldier or two!) arrive to greet deserving kids and their parents. It's a festive celebration complete with gifts and activities for the kids as well as snacks for the whole family. Registration is open from December 1 - December 14. To volunteer, please click here!
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. Click here to get involved.
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:
Spruill Center for the Arts
- Contribute to the Spruill Donation Page or Annual Fund
- Attend the Artistic Affair Annual Fundraiser on March 18, 2017 (Keep checking our events calendar for details and location)
Dunwoody Nature Center
- Contribute to the DNC Annual Fund
- Attend the Monarchs, Margaritas, and Moonshine Annual Fundraiser on April 29, 2017 (Keep checking our events calendar for details and location)