5 ways to give back to your community this week

by: Wilton Jackson Updated:

ATLANTA - If you are looking to give back or find ways to get active in your community, take a look at some of the opportunities that will take place over the next couple of weeks.

STAND UP FOR STAND DOWN TOILETRY DRIVE: Now – Aug. 11

Veterans can sometimes be forgotten or overlooked in society. Help show Georgia’s veterans they have not been forgotten by donating much-needed toiletries and personal care items to fill comfort bags for the Stand Up for Stand Down toiletry drive. Donations will be given to veterans in need, and the items can be dropped off at any Georgia Cancer Specialists location. For locations and a list of items needed, click here.

MAGNOLIA RUN & WALK FOR EPILEPSY:  – Aug. 19

The 2017 Magnolia Run will celebrate it’s 34th year on Saturday, August 19th.

 

The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia is the only health agency in Georgia dedicated to serving more than 150,000 Georgians who have epilepsy and seizure disorders statewide. To support the cause, come out and participate in the 5K Run and 1-mile walk beginning at 8 a.m. The run and walk will take place at Perimeter Mall located at 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd. For more information about the event, click here.

SPIRIT WALK: – Aug. 19

Photo: The Spirit Foundation

The Spirit Foundation will host its 5K Run & Walk for Hope at the historic Grant Park. Proceeds from the event will provide free cervical cancer screening and treatment for the homeless and uninsured women in Atlanta. Registration for the walk will begin at 7 a.m., and the race will start at 8: 30 a.m. The event will take place at 840 Cherokee Avenue SE in Atlanta. For more information about the walk, click here.

COX CONSERVE HEROES: Now – Aug. 21

Cox Conserves Heroes is an awards program created by Cox Enterprises and The Trust for Public Land (TPL).

 

Help us find the next Cox Conserves Hero by nominating a stellar green volunteer in your community. In partnership with the Trust for Public Land, a total of $20,000 will be donated to local nonprofits on behalf of the winner and finalists. A judging panel of civic and environmental leaders will select heroes who are creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor spaces. For more information, click here.

ATLANTA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK 

Volunteers help sort canned goods at the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank relies on more than 15,000 volunteers every year in various capacities. Individual volunteers and volunteer groups lend support to day-to-day operations as well as helping to staff special events and other opportunities. Schedule your volunteer time by visiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank website.