Volunteering

All of the listed organizations play a significant role in Clarkston life.  Some physical facilities, however, may be based in other Metro Atlanta communities.  We attempt to provide the most up-to-date information on Clarkston’s rich and diverse volunteer opportunities, but please contact your organization of interest directly for the latest details.

Amani Women’s Center – 770-255-0539 / 678-793-0466
Help provide a safe haven for refugee women of all cultures through programs that promote spiritual, mental, and physical healing
– Provide interpretation and translation services.
– Conduct community outreach (especially in nursing and casework).
– Donate books, office and school supplies, and holiday gifts.

Barn Owl, Tyto alba, 4 months old, portrait and close up against white backgroundAWARE (Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort) – 678-418-1111
Champion orphaned and injured wildlife throughout Metro Atlanta.
– Rescue, transport, and/or help care for wild animals.
– Coordinate education programs.
– Staff the wildlife hotline, provide clerical help, or maintain facilities.
– Be a photographer, videographer, or Web developer.
– Collect wish-list items, including un-frayed towels for animal care.

CDF: A Collective Action Initiative – 404-736-6602
Assist an organization devoted to strengthening and empowering local community.
– Assist with special projects, meetings and events.
– Call 404-736-6602 for current opportunities.

Catholic Charities Atlanta (refugee resettlement agency) – 404-920-7785
Help Metro Atlanta’s newest refugees adjust and thrive.
-Teach life skills.
– Mentor a family.
– Provide administrative support.

Center for Pan Asian Community Services – 770-936-0969
Assist with social services, housing, education, and advocacy programs.
– Contact CPACS for current volunteer options.

City of Clarkston – 404-296-6489
Support the city that supports America’s most diverse zip code.
– Participate in stream clean-up days.
– Assist with special event set-up and coordination.
– Help with office and administrative duties.

City of Clarkston: Forty Oaks Nature Preserve – 404-296-6489
– Help develop Clarkston’s own ten acre nature preserve.
– Work with Friends of the Park.
– Help out at Clarkston International Garden.

City of Clarkston: Friendship Forest – 404-296-6489
Channel your inner forest ranger.
– Help with plantings and general care of the forest.
– Assist with communications, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and more.

City of Clarkston: Milam Park – 404-296-6489
Befriend Clarkston’s newly renovated city park.
– Support periodic clean-up and beautification efforts.

Clarkston Branch, DeKalb County Public Library – 404-370-8450, x.2240
Help librarians to manage Clarkston’s space for reading, technology, and events.
– Clean and shelve books and help create displays.
– Help users with computers.
– Assist with fundraising and other support projects.

Clarkston Community Center – 404-508-1050
Join forces with the center that has become the heart of Clarkston.
African Boy holding Minitablet PC, ABC Illustration– Work in the community garden.
– Assist at the Farmer’s Market.
– Volunteer at the Caring 4 Clarkston Food Bank/Pantry.
– Teach or tutor refugee children and adults.
– Help with kids’ summer camps and activities.
– Assist with lawn care and building maintenance.
– Support special events.

Clarkston Green Team
 Help beautify Clarkston’s parkland, forested areas, streets, and more.
– Assist with sidewalk cleanups, painting, stream protection, and other projects.

Clarkston Senior Connection
Are you 55 or older?  Help organize social events, community service projects, educational workshops, and other initiatives with Clarkston Senior Connection. Contact gclark.csc@gmail.com for more information. (Clarkston Senior Connection is not affiliated with Senior Connections, Inc.)

Culture Connect – 404-920-3844
Help linguistically and culturally diverse residents get quality access to healthcare.
– Assist with workshop development for Breaking Boundaries in Healthcare.
– Administer oral exams to participants.
– Help with data, marketing, and recruitment.

DeKalb County Animal Services – 404-294-2996
Find permanent families for DeKalb County shelter animals.
– Assist potential adopters.
– Transport animals and work at adoption events.
– Take pictures and videos of shelter animals.
– Perform general maintenance projects.
– Walk dogs or play with shelter dogs.

DeKalb County: Family Protection Center – 404-299-2185
The center serves victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, child abuse/neglect, elder abuse/exploitation, and human trafficking. Hours are Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:00 pm, Location is1950 West Exchange Place, Tucker. Walk-ins are welcome
– Help connect the community to this vital resource.

disABILITY LINK – 404-687-8890
Advocate for the human rights of people with all abilities.
– Help in the office.
– Assist with special events and projects.
– Participate in advocacy.

Family Heritage Foundation – 404-299-7756
Offer services to refugee families through a religion-based nonprofit.
– Be an after-school tutor.
– Lead a children’s Bible club.
– Provide administrative help.
– Assist with nutrition services.

50 Cents Period – 678-596-4358
Empower refugee women and girls.
– Raise funds to buy sanitary products for newly arrived refugees.

Friends of Refugees – 404-292-8818
Help refugees build a new life.
– Tutor children and adults.
– Support community gardens.
– Help distribute food and clothing.
– Be a summer camp counselor.
– Donate toys and staff Christmas store.

Friends of Refugees: Café Clarkston – 770-367-2830
Support Clarkston’s popular refugee internet café.
– Coach computer skills.
– Help job applicants create resumes and search for work.

Friends of Refugees: Embrace – 404-292-8818
Help pregnant women navigate childbirth in America.
– Mentor an expectant mom.
– Assist with childbirth education.
– Become a doula.

Friends of Refugees: Family Literacy – 404-323-0260
Support “Mommy & Me” literacy classes for moms with small children.
– Help provide childcare for students.
– Teach PACT, a class that helps mothers teach preschool skills to their children.

Fugees Family – 678-358-0547
Support an organization that offers soccer, schooling and tutoring to refugee child survivors of war.
– Tutor students.
– Help fundraise.

Global Growers 
Help connect refugee farmers to American agriculture through a network of community gardens.Vegetables in wicker basket
– Assist in farmscaping, planting and harvesting (individuals and groups.)
– Offer your carpentry and woodworking skills to Network projects.

Global Frontier Missions – 770-676-2851
Learn about short-term religious mission experiences in the Atlanta area.

Global Village Project – 404-371-0107
Support a school devoted to educating adolescent refugee girls.
– Tutor
– Assist in classroom
– Help with afterschool enrichment activities.

Hands on Atlanta – 404-979-2800
Enter “30021” in the box marked “Find Volunteer Opportunities,” and discover the projects available in our community, from simple two-hour assignments to longer-term commitments.

Home Sweet Home – 404-296-6483
Imagine arriving in a country with few belongings.  Help new refugees create a home in America through this program of Clarkston International Bible Church.
– Collect new or gently used furniture and housewares.

International Women’s House – 770-413-5557
Support an organization that offers safe haven to immigrant and refugee women and children survivors of domestic violence.
– Work with children.
– Answer crisis phone line.
– Sort donations.

I Care Volunteer Drivers for Seniors – 678-615-3341
Help older adults and people with disabilities maintain health and independence.
– Drive participants to medical appointments on weekdays that are convenient for you.

International Rescue Committee (Refugee resettlement agency) – 404-292-7731
Help refugees adapt to their new community.
– Mentor families
– Tutor children and assist with adult literacy and civics classes.
– Assist in computer lab.
– Help in the agency “shop.”

K.D. Moore Community Development Center, Inc. – 404-292-5686, x311
Address the physical, educational, and financial wellness of Clarkston’s children, youth, seniors, and families in this program of Clarkston First Baptist Church.
– Contact the center for volunteer opportunities.

Keep DeKalb Beautiful – 404-294-2010
Keep our roads, sidewalks, and green spaces clean and inviting.
– Organize a neighborhood community cleanup.
– Encourage your civic group or business to adopt a road.
– Promote cigarette-litter prevention.
– Collect storm water and mark curb drains.

The Learning Center – 240-483-5975.
Volunteer at a free afterschool program serving elementary and school aged children in this program of Clarkston International Bible Church.  Contact Tom or Grace Mercer at capihan@gmail.com or call 240-483-5975.
– Supervise and tutor.
– Help with food service and transportation.

Literacy Action – 404-377-7323
Coach adult beginning readers and English language learners.
– Tutor.
– Serve as a classroom teacher or assistant.

Lutheran Services of Georgia (refugee resettlement agency) – 404-875-0201
Help empower new refugees in Metro Atlanta.
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– Be an employment coach.
– Provide transportation.
– Tutor and teach.
– Provide administrative support.

Multicultural Center for Health, Education, and Community Development
404-216-1606
The Center offers free after-school tutoring, ESL classes, medical transportation, interpretation services, energy assistance, and community education workshops.  Call to find out how you can help.

New American Pathways (refugee resettlement agency) – 404-299-6099 
Work with newly arrived refugees by providing various services that support our new Americans from arrival all the way through citizenship.
– Provide administrative support.
– Tutor refugee youth in our afterschool programs.
– Help set up apartments.
– Be an employment coach.
– Assist refugees in learning English.
– Stock culturally appropriate food items in the homes of newly arriving refugees.

Peace of Thread – 678-768-5729
Every locally handcrafted bag made through Peace of Thread holds the promise of job skills, English practice, and self-sufficiency for Clarkston- and Memphis-area women from around the world.
– Mentor refugee women.
– Help cut fabric and perform similar tasks.
– Assist with sales events and promotions.

Positive Growth Inc. – 404-298-9005
Support a Clarkston mental health service agency that provides residential and community based services to adolescents and adults.
– Tutor or mentor agency clients.

Proskuneo School of the Arts – 404-989-3296
Make music, teach music to children or provide technology expertise.
– Teach or perform music.
– Interpret.
– Help in the office.
– Provide video or sound tech expertise.
– Perform graphic design or computer help.

Refugee Sewing Society
Help refugee women create marketable goods.
– Sort fabric, beads, yarn and supplies.
– Donate supplies, perform quality checks, build and paint shelves.

Refugee Women’s Network
Support business and leadership development for women. For volunteer and internship information call 404-437-7767 or email – director@riwn.org.
– Help provide education and leadership training to refugee women.

Sagal Radio Services: The Voice of New Americans – 404-464-8570
(To hear broadcasts, turn to 1420 am, dial 832-551-5083, or click on the website link.)
Sagal Radio, which broadcasts in Somali, Swahili, Amharic, Bhutanese, Karen, and English, has several exciting roles for volunteers.
-Be an on-air announcer in one of five languages.
-Produce programs.
-Develop and/or maintain the website.
-Raise funds or plan special events.
– Recruit other volunteers.

african daughter pushing senior mother on wheelchairSenior Connections, Inc. – 770-455-7602
Improve DeKalb County seniors’ quality of life through nutrition, wellness, and other services.
– Answer calls, greet visitors, and help with data entry.
– Deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound adults.
– Pack meals on a weekday or recruit a Saturday group.
– Lead or assist with senior center projects.
– Serve on a special-events team.

Somali American Community Center (SACC) – 404-296-1308
Support a Clarkston organization that offers refugee family and youth services, advocacy and translation.
– Work directly with clients.
– Support administrative staff.

Tapestri – 404-299-2185
If you can commit 10 to 20 hours a week, consider volunteering for an organization that counsels foreign born survivors of violence and oppression.
– Development internship
– Direct services volunteer

Women Watch Afrika, Inc.
Assist with leadership education, civic engagement, and social justice programs for women from African nations. Services include case management, housing, employment, and legal assistance.

World Relief Atlanta (refugee resettlement agency) – 404-294-4352
Help welcome new refugees.
– Greet families at the airport.
– Mentor and provide transportation.
– Help set up apartments.
– Tutor and teach life skills.

Other Service Opportunities
African Community & Refugee Center – 404-298-3144
Georgia Somali Community – 404-292-1113
Somali Bantu Community Organization – 404-216-1606
Spearman Ovbije International Leadership Soil Foundation – 404-431-4922

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