On Saturday, February 2, I had I took my eldest for the monthly Lift Up Atlanta Bless The Homeless event. Lift Up Atlanta is a non profit organization that is dedicated to helping the homeless and feeding the hungry. They offer services, both directly and via referrals, to address the needs of homeless women and children in the Atlanta area. These include hot meal programs, tutoring and after school programs, life skills training, recreational activities for families with children and much more.
Every month they meet and distribute coats, warm wear and clothing to homeless men, women and children. Volunteers bring basic necessities items (toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, lotion, shaving cream and razors, hair brush, combs, soap, conditioning shampoo, and feminine hygiene products and distribute them in "blessings bags" among the homeless population.
It was incredible inspiring to watch so many young volunteers help out during the event. We love when our youth embrace philanthropy and social responsibility. Teaching social responsibility to our children at an early age helps them find out who they are and what they can do and where they fit in our world.
Volunteering with children can be a very effective way to pass down philanthrophic values. Shared volunteer experiences often stay with children and make it easier for parents to discuss philanthropy with their children in the future. Younger generations are now identifying themselves and exploring causes they feel deeply about and then educating in many cases their non-philantropic parents and peers.
LiftUp Atlanta is always looking for volunteers. If you would like to volunteer and help us make a better community please visit http://www.liftupatlanta.org/.