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22nd AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run Raises $850,000 and Counting

22nd AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run Raises $850,000 and Counting

ATLANTA -- Atlanta’s support for AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run has resulted in $850,000 raised and counting. The 2012 AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run on Sunday, October 21 in Piedmont Park has grown to be the largest AIDS-related fundraising event in the Southeast with more than 10,000 participants, including over 1,000 runners. Donations will continue to be accepted through Friday, November 30.

"Donations are still coming in from teams as well as individuals who can give at www.aidswalkatlanta.com,” says Mark B. Rinder, Chairman of the Board of AID Atlanta. “We are on track, based on last year's pace, to achieve our goal of raising $1 Million."

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

More than 2,000 JROTC cadets from 30 metro Atlanta high schools
to participate in historic fundraising effort

On Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, visitors to metro Atlanta Kroger stores are likely to be met by a smiling, uniformed JROTC cadet with an Empty Stocking Fund logo, as more than 2,000 cadets representing 30 metro Atlanta high schools’ JROTC programs will be working outside metro Kroger stores to raise awareness of and contributions for The Empty Stocking Fund, an Atlanta-based, Atlanta-serving non-profit organization that has been providing holiday gifts to Atlanta’s neediest children since 1926. 

Fulton County’s Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility celebrates 10th anniversary

Fulton County’s Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility celebrates 10th anniversary

ATLANTA -- The Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility is celebrating 10 years of service to Intown Atlanta Seniors.  The Fulton County facility, named for Atlanta native and community activist Helene S. Mills, opened on Tuesday, September 17, 2002.

A 10th Anniversary celebration scheduled for Friday, September 21, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. will feature an elegant evening of dining and dancing.  The Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility is located at 515 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Open from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, the facility offers a low cost breakfast and lunch, classes and social activities, aerobics/arthritis therapy, aquatics and other services that enrich the minds, bodies and spirits of seniors age 55 and over.  All Fulton County seniors are eligible to use the facility regardless of where they live.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

ATLANTA -- Georgia students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards program began searching for its next batch of honorees this week. Recipients of the award are young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

"We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 and still, every year, we're amazed by the stories of exemplary community service," Prudential chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. "We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better."

Eat out, raise money, help kids

Eat out, raise money, help kids

ATLANTA -- You can do your part this week to curb Georgia's high school dropout rate. All you need to do is eat at one of your favorite restaurants.

On Thursday, Aug. 23, proceeds from restaurants across the state will be donated to Communities in Schools of Georgia, an organization that encourages young people to complete their education and succeed in life.

The sixth annual Dine Out for Kids event hopes to exceed last year's total of $30,000 for children in the state.

Communities in Schools, which has chapters across the country, provides mentoring and after-school services, including parent education, literacy programs and youth leadership opportunities.

Participating Dine Out for Kids restaurants in Atlanta and Decatur include:

Agave
* 242 Boulevard SE

Atlanta Commission on Women to host free Women's Health & Safety Forum Wed. 8/22

Atlanta Commission on Women to host free Women's Health & Safety Forum Wed. 8/22

The Atlanta Commission on Women (ACW), in partnership with various organizations including self-defense/protection company Practical Combat Applications, Atlanta Police Dept., and Health, Fitness & Life Coaching--will host a free Women's Health and Safety Forum, Wed. Aug. 28, 12PM noon at Atlanta City Hall.

Focusing on the topics: self-defense, diabetes, heart disease, fitness/nutrition, HIV/AIDS, obesity and preventive care; the free forum will take place in the old city hall chambers (3rd floor, city hall tower) on 68 Mitchell St, Atlanta. The public is invited.

The event will also feature: the Atlanta Fire Dept, AID Atlanta, Cynthia Jameson, Independent agent for health insurance and durable medical equipment, Pulse by Kayt Wolfe, and Sonali Sadeqee Nutrition and Lifestyle consultant.

Agape Community Center Launches Backpack Drive

Agape Community Center Launches Backpack Drive

Agape Community Center puts out the call to collect over 1,000 backpacks for students in need in Atlanta.

Agape Community Center has launched a campaign to collect and distribute 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to children of all ages in economically challenged neighborhoods. Agape is calling on the community, through neighborhoods, corporations, book clubs, churches, sports teams and social groups, to donate 1,000 backpacks for the kids by July 25.

First Montessori School of Atlanta, located at 5750 Long Island Drive, will serve as one of the drop-off locations.