Lately, it’s easy to drown in discouragement, feeling beaten down by what seems to be a relentless deluge of bad news. It’s all too easy to slip into a pattern of assuming there’s nothing you can personally do to affect change. It often does feel that way in a world filled with billions of people, especially when we all do everything we can just to make it through our 24 hour days.
Nonetheless, giving of some of our time or resources is more important than ever, and if we all were to believe in the importance of our individual contribution, just imagine what we could catalyze.
We compiled a list of organizations right in our backyard that are doing significant work across a variety of platforms and issues. Read on to learn more, and to find a way to get involved in something that makes you tick.
An organization with deep Atlanta roots, The Giving Kitchen has a one-of-a-kind mission. Inspired by hard-working members of the hospitality industry, and the ways in which they serve their community. As some of Atlanta’s most dedicated workers, restaurant employees still did not have the social and welfare support that they deserved. That’s where Giving Kitchen stepped in — they have developed programs and partnered with other organizations to provide everything from mental health resources to job postings, support groups, grants and crisis intervention. You can volunteer and partner with The Giving Kitchen, or show your support through a donation.
Started in 1996, Tapestri advocates for immigrants and refugees affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and exploitation. By educating and advocating for these victims, Tapestri has created a community that the displaced can feel comfortable and safe within. The organization hopes that by working with and raising awareness of the prevalence of such issues, they can prevent the continuation of these “destructive norms.” Regardless of sexual orientation, language, culture, race or disability, Tapestri believes that everyone should have a place to go to seek help and support.
TRANScending Barriers has a mission that takes the center stage these days. This organization specifically focuses on serving the transgender and gender non-conforming community in Georgia. Founded in 2017 by two transgender women of color, who realized that transgender and gender non-conforming citizens did not have a sufficient place to turn in times of crisis or need. The organization believes that “those closest to the problem are closest to the solution,” and thus they provide a foundation for those closest to the problem to be empowered to make a positive change in the conversation surrounding transgender rights. Through support groups and gender and name change assistance, TRANScending Barriers is an organization worth contributing to as we try to change the stigma around gender non-conformity.