The Community Foundation has a goal to help our donors fund 100% of the wishes from our 2017 fall Extra Wish catalog. There are four nonprofits whose wishes still remain. These outstanding requests represent tangible needs that will help each organization to better fulfill their mission and serve their constituents. Learn more about these needs below:
Arts Clayton is in the forefront locally with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education, and over the next year it plans to build an even stronger program. Its ArtVan initiative, which serves 31 after-school locations and 28,500 elementary-age students every month, offers creative approaches to reading and applied learning, such as STEAM project-based arts learning. For example, when students paint through a straw using a mix of tempera colors and bubble solution, they experience the science of bubbles and how hyperbolic pressure creates a round shape. The ArtVan’s certified instructors are now to the point where they must have sets of basic tools for STEAM projects to meet expectations of school principals and administrators in order for Arts Clayton and its STEAM initiatives to continue to grow.
16 EZ view organizers: $1,817
16 basic tools (class set): $2,938
Park Pride Atlanta
When you stroll through a park in Atlanta, you momentarily escape the pressures of the city. You notice the seasons in the continually changing landscape, you hear the birds, you get some exercise and you might even see a neighbor. What you might not notice are the thousands of volunteer hours it takes to plan and maintain that park. Since 1989, Park Pride has been the only nonprofit offering Atlanta and DeKalb County communities the funding and leadership they need to develop and improve parks and greenspaces. Last year, 6,300 volunteers contributed to 370 projects thanks to the agency, which lends these workers the tools they need to remove invasive plants and clean stream beds, both critical to keeping Atlanta’s parks safe and clean.
4 fishing waders: $523
20 trash grabbers: $476
5 uprooters: $908
Trees Atlanta’s vision is to create a thriving urban forest. One of its newest programs, the Youth Tree Team, is a special way to connect young people with the environment. High schoolers work summer jobs and participate in leadership training and environmental education, but the teens also must be equipped to make the most of this opportunity to help protect Atlanta’s tree canopy. Gift cards will pay for food for the teens during teambuilding and education sessions. Bicycles will be used to pedal to project sites, where tree pruners are needed to do the job. The Youth Tree Team is one of the ways that this tireless organization, which has planted and distributed more than 119,000 trees in metro Atlanta since 1985, educates people about the role trees play in keeping our city cleaner, safer and sustainable.
7 Costco cash cards: $1,400
25 hand pruners: $540
6 women’s bikes: $1,393
Voices for Georgia’s Children
A hands-on, interactive experience that cultivates interest in science and technology is what Voices for Georgia’s Children hopes to offer 100 student participants next summer. Through its Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network, Voices supports quality programming and coordinates a five-week STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program for middle schoolers each summer called Georgia Zero Robotics. In 2018, students will work in teams to learn about computer programming, robotics and space engineering at one of eight summer learning sites, with priority given to populations underrepresented in STEM careers. Voices seeks funding to engage summer students in project-based STEM learning through one-day visits to the innovative, award-winning STEM Truck. It also hopes to deliver an experiential activity for the students by providing a rocket launcher at each of the sites next summer.
8 STEM Truck visits: $4,000
8 Super Bottle Rocket launchers: $280