02-29-2020 · African-American Partnership


Demar walks into a large classroom around the corner from the gymnasium at the Welcome All Recreation Center in South Fulton. As he cracks the door open, the smell of fresh pizza wafts through the air, and he sees a stack of books at table next to the food.  

He comes up to the Welcome All Rec Center just about every day. And he spends most of the evenings there with his friends practicing basketball and waiting for his parents to arrive home from work to take him back to his house.  

Demar goes to an elementary school just up the road. He spends some part of every day at the rec center. But today he wanted to stop by this classroom — he came for the pizza, but he grabbed a handful of books with his other hand and made his way to a table.  

The literacy program is held at Welcome All, but it’s hosted by Atlanta CARES, a nonprofit that partners with United Way of Greater Atlanta’s African-American Partnership to offer its literacy program at multiple locations across the South Fulton area. 

Brenda Coleman is the executive director of Atlanta CARES, and she says she chose this location for the literacy program because the rec center was reported previously by United Way to be in a zip code with a low child well-being score.  

The grant funds provided by AAP give students at Welcome All, and across Greater Atlanta, access to new reading, writing and other learning materials.  

AAP launched June 2000 under the African-American Initiative moniker by Conchita Robinson and Charles Stephens with the purpose of increasing financial participation and volunteers from our community.  

AAP is open to donors with shared affinities for philanthropy, leadership and service, and members of AAP donate $1,000 a year or more to United Way of Greater Atlanta. 

The program Atlanta CARES provides gains new students every day. By just getting them in the doors, they open up a world of opportunities for these students. You can help provide access and materials to students like Demar. You can help kids like him reach their full potential.  

Don’t you want to be a part of that change?  

Join AAP today to help more kids like Demar. Email aap@unitedwayatlanta.org to learn more.