As part of their community outreach program, employees of Smyrna-based Wade Ford wanted to give back to the homeless population of Atlanta - especially to help them through the cold winter months.
The employees set out to collect clothing, toiletries and other donations for Atlanta Mission’s shelter for women and children, My Sister’s Place.
On Jan. 27, Wade Ford brought the clothing, bikes, toiletries and monetary donations to My Sister’s House. They also served lunch to the residents at the shelter.
“It was great to see a local business come and be a part of our mission,” said Rachel Solid of the Atlanta Mission. “For a lot of these women, they have exhausted their resources and they have nowhere else to go. These donations help us tremendously because every woman who comes to our shelter gets a new set of toiletries and clothing.”
Wade Ford dedicated itself to bettering the community it serves. “Community support is an important priority of ours, particularly at this time of year,” said Steve Ewing, owner of Wade Ford. “The Atlanta area is home to over 7,000 homeless people who face tough conditions, especially during the winter months. We are proud to give back to our community and support the Atlanta Mission.”
As the local dealership gave back to the nonprofit, the community can also find ways to give back to My Sister’s House and Atlanta Mission. Volunteers are welcome to come serve meals; read to the children; host donation drives or life skills classes; or assist with the Mission’s thrift stores that support the nonprofit.
The Atlanta Mission is also hosting its annual Race to End Homelessness 5K on Feb. 20 at Centennial Olympic Park to raise money for the nonprofit and its programs.
“Our goal is to transform lives,” said Solid. “Having community partners like Wade Ford come in and meet our women and children allows them to see that the community has invested in them and cares about them.”
In other news: The Atlanta Community Food Bank got a facelift thanks to Atlanta-based Turner Construction during the company’s annual meeting. On Feb. 3, 115 company executives volunteered their time at the ACFB and packaged 42,752 pounds of food, equaling 34,000 meals; set handrails; worked in the community garden; painted offices; stocked shelves; and packaged food donations for delivery. Employees from Turner in Atlanta have also performed repairs and done renovations such as rebuilding the conference rooms, installing in new windows and more.
Who’s doing good?Each Tuesday, we write about charity events such as fun-runs, volunteer projects and other community gatherings that benefit a good cause. To suggest an event for us to cover, contact Devika Rao at doing.goodAJC@gmail.com