A Special AAP Invitation

Message from AAP Cabinet Morehouse Men

We are writing to extend a special invitation to an exciting opportunity coming up on October 18—A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett at Morehouse College. You may know that Peter is the son of investor Warren Buffett. More importantly, Peter has an inspiring story to tell about making your own path. He is:

– Author of New York Times Bestselling book, Life is What You Make It

– President of NoVo Foundation, which is working to advance the rights of adolescent girls and end violence against girls and women around the world

– An advocate for racial and gender equity

Learn more about Peter Buffett here.

Additionally, Morehouse students will be present to participate in a rich dialogue about the issues facing our local communities and their ideas for philanthropic solutions.  Come join in the conversation, sharing your wisdom and unique perspective.

We hope to see you there!

Bryan Vinson, ’03, United Way of Greater Atlanta

Ricky McLeod, ’99, Comcast

Jesse Owens, ’98, Southern Company Gas


Board Members Needed!

It’s time to put your VIP skills to work! As summer comes to a close, there’s no better time to engage with one of these excellent organizations working to create a thriving community in Greater Atlanta.

To find out more about these opportunities, contact vip@unitedwayatlanta.org.


Initiative for Affordable Housing

Mission: To provide permanent, affordable housing to homeless and low-income families. Also committed to providing individualized social services and employment that empower families to reach personal goals and achieve independence.
Meets: Meets six times per year. 4th Thursday of meeting month (May, June, August, October, January, March) 6:30 -8:30 p.m.
Skills: Fundraising, PR/Communications, Marketing, Advertising, Business Planning
Budget: $2,800,000
Financial Commitment: $1,000


Second Helpings Atlanta, Inc.

Mission: Driving out hunger one mile at a time. Since 2004, our volunteer army of drivers have been picking up surplus food from restaurants, grocery stores, corporate dining halls, farmers markets and schools and delivering it to the front-line agencies that feed the hungry every day in the Metro Atlanta area.
Meets: Meets six times per year in Sandy Springs (Wednesday evenings)
Skills: Open
Budget: $330,000 Cash; 1.5mm pounds donated food.
Financial Commitment: $2,500 directly, or through solicitations of friends, to SHA income; minimum personal contribution of $100 by July 1st.


Engineering for Kids of Metro Atlanta

Mission: To provide a high quality and enriching educational experience that targets 21st century student outcomes for elementary and middle school students in the Metro Atlanta area. As a result, students will be equipped with strong core knowledge and skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
Meets: Six times per year
Skills: Open to all.
Financial Commitment: Make an impactful personal contribution to the organization.

Chris Sizemore is Leaving a Legacy

“I’m often asked, ‘why United Way?’ To answer that question, I use lyrics from a song:

Life is not tried it is merely survived if you’re standing outside the fire.

What’s that mean? Well, it’s easy to stand outside the fire and judge and say someone should do ‘this’ or ‘that’ or ‘I would have done ‘this’ instead.’ But it takes special individuals, special groups and special organizations to advocate and have the courage to jump inside that fire and push back those flames that are hindering our neighbors and the overall Child Well-Being of our communities.

United Way of Greater Atlanta is our community firefighter who’s doing just that.

United Way is a voice for those who feel they have no voice. They are THE non-profit that is creating generational change across our communities.

I am proud to stand alongside United Way while we extinguish those flames.”

This is why I decided to become a Legacy Leader with United Way. Allowing me to ensure my passion for creating generational change in our communities will continue for generations to come.

Chris has included United Way of Greater Atlanta in his estate plans through a gift of a life insurance policy. To inquire confidentially about including United Way in your plans, please contact Eve Powell, at epowell@unitedwayatlanta.org or 404-527-7215.

Share Your Why: Abby Challas

Grady High School junior Abby Challas was looking for a way that she could contribute to the community issues she saw every day – but she wasn’t finding opportunities for high school students. Finally, she found her fit with Youth United of Atlanta.

Youth United is a student-led group that creates leadership opportunities for high school students ready to engage with their communities and make a difference. Know a student who is ready to get involved? Tell them about Youth United of Atlanta – or send them the Youth United board application!

To learn more about Share Your Why and how you can inspire other donors, advocates and volunteers with your story, head to our Share Your Why page.

Share Your Why: Brandon Fields

For Brandon Fields of Deloitte, mentoring youth and building up the next generation is just part of being a good member of your community. Today, hear why he believes in investing in child well-being:

How do you give, advocate and volunteer? Share your story and inspire others just like you! At United Way of Greater Atlanta, we want to hear your “why.” Learn more.

Share Your Why: Dori Balser

As Maya Angelou said, “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”

Dori Balser, Riverwood International Charter School senior and Youth United of Atlanta board member, recognizes the privileges she grew up with, and is doing her part to give back to her community. Today, hear her share what being a part of Youth United means to her and how she’s a part of the child well-being movement.

What’s the purpose that drives you to give, advocate and volunteer? We all have a story to tell. Share yours with United Way of Greater Atlanta and inspire others across our region! Learn more about Share Your Why.

Share Your Why: Shari Henning

Shari Henning, Chief Development Officer at Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and member of United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Tocqueville Women’s Leadership Council, says hands-on volunteer work is one of her favorite ways to make an impact. Today, hear why!

Inspired by Shari? You can be a community champion too! Get involved in a United Way of Greater Atlanta group or as a volunteer to be a part of the work we’re doing to improve child well-being in our region. You don’t have to wait until next National Volunteer Week to make an impact – we offer ways to volunteer, advocate and give back to your community all year long.

To learn more about Share Your Why, click here.


Share Your Why: Christina Brunson

Christina Brunson’s “why” started 2 years ago, at the Leading a Life of Purpose event hosted by United Way of Greater Atlanta’s women’s leadership groups. At that event, Christina saw firsthand the passion, purpose and leadership of Dr. Johnetta B. Cole and other United Way women, including the Tocqueville member who had invited her. That example ignited Christina’s own drive to give back. Today she says, “Once you know more, you should do more.”

Since the Leading a Life of Purpose event 2 years ago, Christina has graduated from the United Way of Greater Atlanta Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP), a board training program, and has become a Women of Cole cabinet member.

What ignites your passion to give, advocate and volunteer? United Way of Greater Atlanta wants to hear from child well-being champions from across our 13 counties. Share your story – and help to spread the movement!


“As the Secretary of the Youth United leadership board, I’m able to educate my community and peers on issues through volunteering and community projects. I’ve learned how to efficiently plan service projects, secure in-kind donations and manage volunteers. I especially enjoy volunteer projects dealing with education, which is the most important issue to me personally. Without education, a person can only survive, not live. My family has always reminded me of how far an education can take you and the great things that you can achieve. Being a part of a school system where students are passed on and over, I have an inside perspective and it drives me to want to make the system better. Giving back to the community gives you a joyous feeling; the greatest thing I can do is make an impact on someone else’s life. I’ve always wanted to be a person who is making a difference, who is being the change that I want to see – and Youth United allows me to do that. It links me with like-minded people and gives me the freedom to think creatively about solutions and how to get others involved. I plan to continue my work building communities after I start college, by constantly volunteering in local organizations and schools. And maybe I will even have my own organization one day!”

Share Your Why: Jada Milligan

Jada Milligan, senior at Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, has big plans for a career of community service – and Youth United is helping her get there. As a Youth United of Atlanta board member, she takes a leadership role in planning and participating in volunteer projects, and encourages fellow high school students to do the same.

Why do you give back? Whether you’re just getting started in your journey of community service or are a longtime United Way donor, advocate and volunteer, we want to hear what drives you to be a champion for progress in Greater Atlanta. Share Your Why with United Way of Greater Atlanta!