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Class of 2018: Welcome to Atlanta, Welcome to Emory.

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Volunteer Emory is excited to announce the first annual

Freshman Day of Service!

September 6th, 2014


NOTE: MORE family members must register through the link sent by email from Andrea Grant, NOT through the links on this page.

Modeled on Volunteer Emory's other highly successful university-wide days of service, Freshman Day of Service will bring the Class of 2018 to perform service at sites all across Atlanta. We are excited to work with our amazing community partners to introduce the Class of 2018 to the culture of service and social justice that is so strong at Emory and in the Atlanta community.

Registration is now LIVE! Deadline to register is 5pm on 9/3

Project space is limited and spots are going fast!

Choose from among the options below.


Project List:

Center for Pan Asian Community Services

CPACS promotes self-sufficiency and equity for immigrants, refugees, and the underprivileged through comprehensive health and social services, capacity building, and advocacy. Volunteers will assist in maintenance of the outdoor area.

Oakland Cemetery (Historic Oakland Foundation)

The Oakland Cemetery not only is used as a burial site for many historical figures but is also a valued green space of Atlanta. Volunteers will assist in general garden maintenance.

Park Pride – Benteen Park

Park Pride works with communities to develop and improve their parks.  Volunteers will use various hand tools to clear invasive and unwanted plants from the forested area of Benteen Park, in Southeast Atlanta, as well as collect any trash or litter found. Clearing the overgrowth in this park is essential to increasing the safety of the park and adjacent areas for local residents.

Wylde Center

Wylde Center thrives to cultivate vibrant greenspaces and inspire communities of environmental stewards. Volunteers will assist in general garden maintenance.

Berea Mennonite Church - Oak Leaf Mennonite Farm

Berea Mennonite Church is a historic peace church in the Anabaptist tradition, committed to meeting the needs of our members, those who worship with us, and the community around us. Volunteers will assist in garden work and small construction projects.

Truly Living Well

TLW is a non-profit organization based in Atlanta. TLW uses quality local food production to connect people to their food and the land, creating better communities through education, economic development and environmental improvement. Volunteers will assist in garden work.

Atlanta Food & Farm, LLC

Atlanta Food & Farm is a social enterprise consulting group providing experienced community food systems planning as well as urban agriculture project development, installation, and management services in the metro-Atlanta area. Volunteers will assist in the installation of a community garden under supervision of professional landscape architects.


WonderRoot is an Atlanta-based non-profit arts and service organization with a mission to unite artists and community to inspire positive social change. By providing production facilities to Atlanta-based artists and coordinating arts-based service programs, WonderRoot empowers artists to be proactive in engaging their communities through arts-based service work. Volunteers will assist with organizing our storage spaces, weed the garden, and deep cleaning some of our studios.


Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition FULL

The Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, Inc. (AHRC) is a community-based, wellness organization committed to improving the overall health and wellbeing of marginalized individuals and communities. Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition  provides education, risk reduction programs through partnership programs, empowerment to adults, and diagnosis and treatment of substance use, HIV/AIDS, STIs, Hepatitis, and other communicable diseases. Volunteers will work on outreach activities, gardening work, supply preparation, and a community tour.

Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House FULL

The Hospitality House has strived to provide a "home away from home" to outpatients and relatives of patients hospitalized in 21 Atlanta area hospitals. Volunteers will assist in cleaning as well as cooking meals for guests of the Hospitality House.

Clarkston Community Center FULL

Through a strategic focus on community building and the arts, Clarkston Community Center programming works to bring together refugee and non-refugee populations. Volunteers will assist in preparing children’s books and art materials for Student Success Programs.

Emeritus FULL

Emeritus is a senior living community that assists retired and elderly men and woman.  Volunteers will assist in a community yard sale.

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) FULL

FODAC’s mission is to provide durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs and hospital beds at little or no cost to the disabled and their families. Volunteers will help organize medical supplies and donations.

Habitat for Humanity DeKalb FULL

Habitat for Humanity – DeKalb seeks to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. Volunteers will either be helping build an entirely new home or assist in repairs of a current home.

Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless FULL

Hosea examines and raises public awareness about the many problems facing families and individuals that are living in poverty or are at-risk of slipping into poverty, and then mobilizes products, volunteers and financial resources to solve those problems. Volunteers will assist making emergency food boxes, sorting donations, and distributing food to those in need.        

International Rescue Committee FULL

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Volunteers will assist in the resettlement shop.


PAWS Atlanta is a private, not-for-profit animal welfare organization founded in 1966, originally as the DeKalb Humane Society. Volunteers will assist in walking dogs and helping maintain the facility.

Literacy Action FULL

Literacy Action provides high quality, sustainable literacy programs that break the cycle of intergenerational low-literacy and empower students to reach their highest potential and propel them to self-sufficiency. Volunteers will create adult learning material.

Concrete Jungle FULL

Concrete Jungle was started in 2009 and is a volunteer-run, Atlanta-based organization that helps to distribute unused food to the hungry. Volunteers will assist harvesting crops.

Lifeline Animal Project FULL

Lifeline strengthens the entire animal welfare community by promoting homeless pet adoption, providing affordable spay/neuter services, increasing public awareness, and advocating for lifesaving public policy. Volunteers will assist in dog walking and kitty enrichment (play time).

Global Growers FULL

Global Growers Network connects international farmers who now live in Georgia to agriculture, by growing good food, training farmers, and creating economic opportunities. Volunteers will assist in preparing a massive dinner that will help support the organization and increase its exposure.

Latin American Association FULL

The Latin American Association helps Latino families achieve their aspirations for their academic, social and economic advancement. Volunteers will organize and take inventory of all donations.

Gaia Gardens FULL

Gaia Gardens is a certified organic farm, and consists of 5 acres, including hillsides, forest fragments, and an acre spring-fed pond. Volunteers will assist in general farm chores.

Urban Health Initiative Community Garden FULL

Urban Health seeks to improve the health of and decrease disparities among diverse and underserved populations in Atlanta. Volunteers will assist in promoting healthy living and will be introduced to the cultivation of organic foods.

Atlanta Community Food Bank - Product Rescue Center FULL

The Product Rescue Center (PRC) is the area of the Food Bank where all food drive and salvaged food items are brought to be inspected and packaged by volunteers for distribution to more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies. Volunteers will inspect, sort, and pack quality grocery donations. This project is not appropriate for those who cannot do moderate lifting (5-40 lbs) or stand for prolonged periods. 

ICM Food Pantry FULL

The Intown Food Pantry is the emergency food program of Intown Collaborative Ministries. The Pantry's aim is to help alleviate hunger by providing nutritious food and social service information to those who need them. Volunteers will help to check in guests, fill orders and visit with guests during the first hour of service. From 2-3pm the volunteers will help to clean up the pantry. This will include removing all the food from the shelves and cleaning the shelves, clearing out refrigerators, putting up chairs, and cleaning the kitchen.

Clyde Shephard Nature Preserve FULL

The Nature Preserve is a 28 –acre sanctuary for wildlife and plant life along the South Peachtree Creek. Volunteers will assist in trail maintenance.

Gateway Center FULL

The Gateway Center is designed to serve as the “gateway” to the community continuum of care that helps individuals move out of homelessness. Volunteers will assist in yard work, kitchen prep, and organizing donations.

Action Ministries FULL

Action Ministries' hunger relief programs relieve people of the burden of searching for their next meal, enabling them to shift their focus from survival to finding a lasting means of supporting themselves and their families. Volunteers will fill boxes of food to be donated to families in need. 

FDOS Schedule:

11:30am - check-in begins on McDonough Field

12:30pm - buses depart for service sites

1:00-3:00pm - service projects

3:00-3:30pm - on-site reflection

4:15pm - volunteers back on campus

Contact Neil Dhruv ( with any questions or issues regarding registration,

or Arianna Robbins ( for general inquiries about Freshman Day of Service.

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