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.

The Packaged Good Coloring

Volunteers can swing by during designated drop-in hours, set up an appointment to come with a group, or attend monthly spotlight programs devoted to a specific need. 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! Click here to get involved with The Packaged Good or to learn how you can give back to them.

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. 

Packaged Good Box
 

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 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. 

Painting With A Purpose

Several times throughout the year, Painting With A Twist hosts events where they use their paintbrushes for a noble cause. This holiday season they are working alongside Kendra Scott to raise money for breast cancer patients with low income, and also partnering with the City of Dunwoody and the Dunwoody Police Department for Christmas for Kids. Come to one or all of these Painting With A Purpose to have fun while helping others.

Painting With A Purpose Events

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Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta - Teen Community Service Program


MJCCA Teen Community Service

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


Dunwoody Woman's Club Garden

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:

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!