Mayor’s Office of Communications
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2016
Mayor Kasim Reed to Host Clinton Foundation “Day of Action” with Atlanta Falcons Players Patrick DiMarco and Matt Ryan
Volunteers to focus on food access and security throughout Atlanta ahead of CGI America meeting
ATLANTA - On Saturday, June 11, Mayor Kasim Reed and the Clinton Foundation will bring together volunteers for a “Day of Action” for the City of Atlanta. Ahead of the 2016 CGI America meeting, the “Day of Action” will promote food access and security throughout the City of Atlanta. Volunteers will work with several community-based organizations on activities ranging from planting trees, to sorting fresh fruits and vegetables, to gardening in communal lots.
Volunteers will serve the community at several sites throughout the city including: the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Covenant House Georgia, Thomasville Recreation Center, Trees Atlanta and Truly Living Well Center.
This will be the 31st “Day of Action” overall. Founded and led by Chelsea Clinton in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Clinton Foundation “Day of Action” program seeks to create service opportunities and mobilize thousands of volunteers to give back to their communities. To date, the “Day of Action” program has mobilized more than 6,000 volunteers and donated more than 25,500 volunteer hours.
Saturday’s “Day of Action” will kick off the 2016 CGI America meeting in Atlanta, which will bring together nearly 1,000 leaders from across sectors to develop Commitments to Action – new, specific, and measurable plans and projects – that encourage continued economic growth, support long-term competitiveness and increase social mobility in the United States. For more information, visit cgiamerica.org.
Volunteers for “Day of Action” can learn more and sign up to volunteer at https://www.clintonfoundation.org/get-involved/take-action/attend-an-event/day-action-atlanta.
Follow Day of Action and join the conversation using #DayofAction on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Press must RSVP to attend this event. To RSVP for any of the below activities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Transportation information to the various sites will be provided to those who register.
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8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Kick-off event with remarks by Mayor Reed, Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl Fullback Patrick DiMarco, and guest appearance by Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan
Historic Fourth Ward Park
680 Dallas Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30308
9:45 AM – 1:45 PM: Volunteer work at various sites
Atlanta Community Food Bank
procures more than 60 million pounds of food and groceries each year and distributes it to more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies serving families and individuals in 29 metro Atlanta and North Georgia counties. Volunteers at this site will package and sort donated food items to be distributed to those in need.
732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Covenant House Georgia
provides hot meals, showers, clean clothes, shelter, medical services, and a safe place for homeless youth. Volunteers at this site will pack sack lunches and transfer plants to boxes and label boxes.
1559 Johnson Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Thomasville Recreation Center – Center of Hope
is one of the City of Atlanta’s recreation centers that serves as a safe haven for the City’s young people to receive academic enrichment, engage in physical fitness activities and learn character-building skills. Volunteers at this site will landscape the children’s garden, paint, pack healthy living kits, and pack school supply kits.
1835 Henry Thomas Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
is a nationally recognized non-profit citizens' group that protects and improves Atlanta’s urban forest by planting, conserving, and educating. Volunteers at this site will mulch and water newly planted trees.
1295 Donnelly Avenue SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
Truly Living Well Center
serves the Atlanta community by using natural, GMO-free food production as a catalyst to creating jobs, healthier adults and children and building a safer inner city oasis for families and community to gather. Volunteers at this site will weed and mulch the garden, set up and organize the summer camp area, build garden beds, and help construct a pavilion.
324 Lawton Street
Atlanta, GA 30310
About Clinton Global Initiative America
Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America brings together leaders from the business, philanthropic, nonprofit, and government sectors to develop solutions that encourage economic growth, support long-term competitiveness, and increase social mobility in the United States. CGI America’s annual convening is designed to be a working meeting that promotes collaboration. Each CGI America participant makes a Commitment to Action: a new, specific, and measurable plan that supports increased economic growth and opportunity. To date, CGI America participants have made more than 500 commitments, which have improved the lives of nearly 2.4 million people.
About the Clinton Foundation
The Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for girls and women, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change. Because of our work, more than 31,000 American schools are providing kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; more than 105,000 farmers in Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania are benefiting from climate-smart agronomic training, higher yields, and increased market access; more than 33,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions are being reduced annually across the United States; over 450,000 people have been impacted through market opportunities created by social enterprises in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia; through the independent Clinton Health Access Initiative, 9.9 million people in more than 70 countries have access to CHAI-negotiated prices for HIV/AIDS medications; an estimated 85 million people in the U.S. will be reached through strategic health partnerships developed across industry sectors at both the local and national level; and members of the Clinton Global Initiative community have made more than 3,400 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.
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