Brenda Coleman

Derrick participated in one of the Build-A-Library sites funded by United Way of Greater Atlanta through the African-American Partnership affinity group. AAP provided books and other learning materials. “The success I witnessed was the students’ enthusiasm about books in all of our partner organizations,” Brenda says. “One of the students… stated, ‘I like reading these brand new books with pictures of my people.’”

Dr. Tene Davis

A student looks to Dr. Tene Davis during a group discussion at Booker T. Washington High School in Fulton County — he appears dejected as he tells Davis that he struggles with planning and time management. The teenager was joined by 15 other students like him at an after-school session held at the high school. The program was a result of a grant funded by United Way of Greater Atlanta’s African-American Partnership.

Gene & Elaine Norman

“We started dancing, and right after we started, it felt like the lights came on for the event to be over,” Elaine says. Gene didn’t want his time with Elaine to end, though. He asked her if she wanted to go out for coffee and dessert at Café Intermezzo. “We talked and talked, and at some point, they actually came and tapped us on the shoulder to say it was closing time,” Gene says. The two were married about a year and a half later. “We’ve been dancing together ever since,” Elaine says. 

Aaron McLeod

“To see the quality of work that has transpired over the years — the community vision that I was fortunate to be a part of — is still in fruition today is humbling,” McLeod says. “When you work with quality people, have a top-notch vision that is rooted in selflessness and this whole notion of pooling our resources together, and if you do something for someone along the way, your living won’t be in vain.”