New Year’s Resolutions for a Thriving Community

Starting off 2018 with big goals to give, advocate and volunteer — but don’t know where to start? It’s a new year, and there are new ways to get involved, give back to Greater Atlanta and deepen your connections with your community.


Know the child well-being score for your zip code

As Ida B. Wells said, “The people must know before they can act.” At our State of the Children press conference in March 2017, as we announced the launch of the new Child Well-Being Index, WABE’s Rose Scott quoted Ida B. Wells as a reminder that to improve the well-being of our community, first we have to know the data.

What are the obstacles that keep Greater Atlanta’s children from thriving? With its 14 measures of child, family and community well-being, the Child Well-Being Index gives us insight into where our community stands presently — and how we can improve its future. And here’s the coolest part: Our interactive Child Well-Being Map makes it easy to get informed on the issues facing the communities where you live, work and play! Just enter your zip code to see how children are doing in your region.


Download the VolunHere app

Did you know that United Way of Greater Atlanta has a new mobile app? We’re making it easier than ever to volunteer when, where and how you want! So, download the VolunHere app to identify local volunteer opportunities and put your time and talent to work for your community. And, as always, you can also stay up-to-date on the latest volunteer opportunities via our website, or by following us on Facebook.


Join the Westside Volunteer Corps

In 2017, we partnered with the Westside Future Fund​ to launch the Westside Volunteer Corps — uniting residents, community members and business leaders who are committed to investing in the future of the historic neighborhoods on Atlanta’s Westside. Want to help revitalize the Westside? Become a member of the Westside Volunteer Corps to give your time on an ongoing basis, or you sign up for a one-time volunteer event like the upcoming Westside Volunteer Corps MLK Day of Service.


Become a community VIP

Did you know that United Way of Greater Atlanta’s nonprofit board training initiative, the Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP), has equipped more than 2,200 diverse volunteers to become effective board leaders? VIP participants build leadership skills throughout a 10-week, 40-hour training program that includes workshops on fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and financial and legal decision making. Applications are currently being accepted for United Way VIP’s spring 2018 training session!


Join a group

United Way of Greater Atlanta’s engagement groups and leadership giving societies allow you to make a positive impact on our region while also building your personal and professional networks. These caring communities of donors and volunteers drive sustainable improvements in the well-being of children, families and individuals in the 13 counties of Greater Atlanta. Learn more about joining a United Way group.


Share your why

What’s your “why”? What drives you to give, advocate and volunteer for the good of Greater Atlanta? Whatever it is — that’s your “why.” And we want to hear it! You can share your story with us online, or keep your eye out for our Share Your Why booth at upcoming United Way of Greater Atlanta events. In the meantime, check out Share Your Why videos from like-minded donors, advocates and volunteers to get inspired!