August 10, 2019
Keonda M. Banks
On Saturday, August 10th, 2019, 45 YPL (Young Professional Leaders) members and other United Way volunteers had the opportunity to visit the newest United Way Kids Home Initiative site in South Fulton. On this bright and sunny Saturday, volunteers descended on to the Regency Park Apartments with hundreds of school supplies and treats to support a back-to-school event that can only be described as deliciously generous.
The brunch spread that was provided was nothing short of yummy! It would delight even the most seasoned of “Sunday-Brunchers” (sans rosé and mimosas) and put bright smiles on the faces of even the littlest of critics.
While the kiddos enjoyed their treats, got face paintings and had fun, volunteers organized the kaleidoscope of brightly colored backpacks and stuffed them with pencils, paper, crayons, folders and more. Parents and adults could visit tables that featured community resources and other local opportunities. At the end of the event 75 students and their families were impacted and left feeling prepared and more excited for the first day of school.
During the event, YPL members were also given an exclusive tour to visit the Kids Home Initiative office in the complex, where we talked with Tosha Settles, the site’s Community Coordinator, about the program’s successes to date and future opportunities. The space had tables for students to complete homework, a kitchen for snacks and colorful educational posters and art on the wall that completed a great learning environment. Ms. Settles’ positive attitude and enthusiasm for connecting with children was on full display. When asked what her biggest need for the program was, with a smile, she simply replied “volunteers”.
Through the generous investment of $100K by YPL and our partners at the Night for a Brighter Tomorrow Gala this event was made possible, and is the first of many inspirational, warm and exciting opportunities to get involved.
If you and your network have a love for connecting with youth and being a positive influence in building thriving futures, join YPL members as volunteers to support Kids Home Initiative.
For more information about how to get involved, please connect with us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.unitedwayatlanta.org/program/kids-home-initiative.