Paws Atlanta. Lend a hand at the veterinary clinic, walk and socialize dogs, spend time with cats and kittens, help with outreach and clerical work. 5287 Covington Highway, Decatur. 770-593-1155. www.pawsatlanta.org.
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Children and youth
Family Volunteers at Egleston Children's Hospital. Assemble activity bags and package food that will be delivered to patients at Egleston. 1405 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. email@example.com. www.choa.org.
Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta. Empower girls around the Atlanta area through role modeling and guidance. 461 Manget St. SE, Marietta. 770-422-0999. www.girlsincatl.org.
Jacob's Ladder. Assist with community events that help children with developmental delays. 407 Hardscrabble Road, Roswell. 770-998-1017.www.jacobsladdercenter.com.
On a recent Thursday afternoon in October, Ryan Peterson organized clothing items for sale at the Lost-n-Found Thrift and Consignment shop in Atlanta where he works. Peterson came through the Lost-N-Found youth program. The thrift store is the main way the youth program is funded. (Curtis Compton / firstname.lastname@example.org)
Credit: Curtis Compton
Credit: Curtis Compton
Lost-n-Found Youth. Help provide a safe place for LGBTQ youth in the Metro area to find resources, mentors, skills coaches and referrals. 2585 Chantilly Drive, Atlanta. 678-856-7824. www.lnfy.org.
Make-A-Wish Georgia. Help grant wishes for children that have life-threatening illnesses and medical conditions around the state. 1775 The Exchange SE, Suite 200, Atlanta. 770-916-9474. www.georgia.wish.org.
Atlanta History Center. Lead tours around the historic houses and exhibits, maintain the gardens or help out at special events. 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. 404-814-4000. www.atlantahistorycenter.com.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Volunteer as a greeter, theater attendant, forest restorer, facilitator, animal care assistant, outdoor interpreter or piano player. 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. www.fernbankmuseum.org.
Georgia Aquarium. Lead tours, volunteer as an educator, greet visitors and inspire Aquarium guests. 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta. 404-581-4000. www.georgiaaquarium.org.
The Woodruff Arts Center. Become a patron service greeter or help out for special events, marketing, graphic design, education or photography. 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-4200. www.woodruffcenter.org.
Environment and gardening
Chastain Park Conservancy First Saturday. Plant native grasses, remove invasive plants, pick up trash, remove graffiti and beautify Chastain Park. 4001 Powers Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. 404-237-2177. www.chastainparkconservancy.org.
Grant Park Conservancy. Help control weeds, pick up litter and protect the beauty of Grant Park. 458 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-521-0938. www.gpconservancy.org.
Piedmont Park Conservancy. Pick up trash and debris around Piedmont Park as an effort to keep the park clean and beautiful for the community. 1320 Monroe Drive NE, Atlanta. 404-875-7275. www.piedmontpark.org.
Trees Atlanta's spring break camp gives kids the chance to bike the Beltline and learn about its surrounding trees.
Credit: Trees Atlanta
Credit: Trees Atlanta
Trees Atlanta. Spread mulch, remove invasive plants from green spaces, maintain the BeltLine Arboretum and plant and tend to local trees. 225 Chester Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-681-4896. www.treesatlanta.org.
Truly Living Well Wednesdays. Help with recycling efforts, assist with composting and harvest crops. 3353 Washington Road, East Point. 678-973-0997.www.trulylivingwell.com.
Komen Atlanta. Help with a variety of tasks to make Komen Atlanta's annual events and public education endeavors possible throughout the year. 3525 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta. 404-814-0052. www.komenatlanta.org.
Shepherd Center. Interact with patients at the Shepherd Center, assist for special events and help with clerical work. 2020 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta. 404-352-2020. www.shepherd.org.
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory. Volunteer with hospitality, clerical work, help at the welcome desk or become a front desk musician. 1365-C Clifton Road NE Atlanta. 404-778-1900.www.winshipcancer.emory.edu.
Hunger and homelessness
Atlanta Community Food Bank. Greet guests at galas, collect donations at major League Baseball games or help with the Hunger Walk/Run. 732 Joseph East Lowery Blvd. NW, Atlanta. 404-892-9822. www.acfb.org.
Atlanta Women's Community Kitchen. Serve lunch to low-income and homeless women and children around the city. 458 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-881-1991. www.actionministries.net
Children's Restoration Network. Help homeless youth around Atlanta by taking part in many year-round programs and initiatives. 11285 Elkins Road, Suite C-4, Roswell. 770-649-7117. www.childrn.org.
Open Hand Atlanta. Package meals, drive meal delivery routes, work with wellness programs or lead teams of volunteers. 181 Armour Drive NE, Atlanta. 404-872-2707. www.projectopenhand.org.
Grace Community Food Pantry. Sort food items, stock shelves, organize and unpack deliveries and monitor freshness and quality of the pantry. 4215 Wendell Drive, Atlanta. 404-553-6716. www.volunteer.handsonatlanta.org.
Meals on Wheels. Deliver meals once or twice per week to home-bound seniors. 1705 Commerce Drive NW, Atlanta. 404-351 3889. www.mealsonwheelsatlanta.org.
Serving Seniors at A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab. Provide enrichment activities to seniors, including crafts, games, parties and visits. 350 Boulevard SE, Atlanta. 404-245-4111. www.agrhodes.org.
Second Wind Dreams. Visit with seniors, assist with activities and help with administrative tasks. 10892 Crabapple Road, Suite 300, Roswell. 678-624-0500. www.secondwind.org.
The Alchemy Sky Foundation. Assist in a music program for veterans by setting up and tearing down equipment, logging attendance and working with clients. 1097 Rhomboid St. NW Atlanta. 404-228-7079. www.alchemysky.org.
Veterans Empowerment Organization of Georgia. Visit with local veterans by playing basketball, trivia, chess, lawn games, bingo and board games. 373 West Lake Ave. NW, Atlanta. 404-889-8710. www.veohero.org.