Not everyone wants to be recognized for their contributions. How can anonymous gifts supercharge our Atlanta community? Here are a few examples of how anonymous donors made an impact in 2018:
Grant Park Conservancy received funding to renovate three new ADA accessible picnic areas with heavy steel trash receptacles and coal. Each picnic area will have a base of pavers or pulverized granite to fight erosion and provide a clean, appealing base under each table. Created in 1883, Grant Park is Atlanta’s oldest and fourth largest park. Today, Grant Park welcomes more than two million visitors annually. Grant Park is surrounded by a very diverse group of residents and businesses who fondly refer to the park as “The People’s Playground.” The park encompasses 131.5 acres, including Zoo Atlanta, a thriving farmers market, popular sports facilities, a children’s playground and pavilions that host more family reunions than any other Atlanta park.
Global Growers received a new delivery van, which bolstered the organization’s winter restaurant sales strategy, ultimately increasing monthly sales and revenue to support the organization’s work with farmers. Global Growers started in 2009 as a project of Refugee Family Services and responded to the growing demand among international farmers, many of whom came to Atlanta as refugees, and were seeking to reconnect to their agricultural heritage. Within the context of community gardening, Global Growers specializes in providing comprehensive agricultural support, including farmland acquisition and management, aggregation and distribution services that facilitate increased market access and sales for partner farmers, as well as providing education and technical assistance in organic fruit and vegetable production.
Metro Atlanta Urban Farm (MAUF) received support for its mobile farmers market. MAUF promotes healthy living education through sustainable, high-quality gardening and agricultural production. Research studies have shown that most urban residents live a minimum of one mile away from a full-service grocery store and are relegated to selecting less healthy choices from their corner stores, which do not generally provide produce. The mobile farmers markets enable MAUF to continue to fulfill the organization’s mission and help address critical health issues facing many urban communities such as nutrition and health problems related to poor diets and improper cooking techniques.
Reach Out and Read received funding for 3,748 developmentally appropriate books to be distributed during the well-child check-ups of eligible children from birth through five years of age in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties. As the only early literacy nonprofit that works through pediatricians, Reach Out and Read has unparalleled access to young children, many of whom are not enrolled in high-quality early education programs, and their parents. For many families, especially for families living in poverty, these are the earliest, and often only, regular contact with a child development professional.
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