by Gloria Webb, Circle of Joy
The Circle of Joy giving circle in Atlanta held its second annual grant awards ceremony on February 4, 2012. The circle’s mission is to pool members’ time, talents, and treasures to partner with agencies that are positively impacting youth in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. This year’s recipients were All Grown Up, Inc. and FCS Community Economic Development. Both organizations are happy to receive the grants and allow Circle of Joy members to volunteer our services with them.
After interviewing five grassroots organizations, we selected these organizations because they fulfill our mission statement and provide an opportunity for the Circle of Joy members to be involved with the organization. We always look for grassroots organizations. We were impressed with their goals of helping young people develop skills and positive work ethics.
All Grown Up, Inc (AGU) mentors middle school and high school girls, which is always necessary. Mentoring helps them build self-esteem, confidence, set goals for college, and learn financial literacy. AGU is allowed to meet in the schools but it is not funded by the school system. We can certainly volunteer our time and talent with the young ladies of this organization. Tangi Gantt and Shari Ponder are the founders of the organization. Jan Johnson, Program Director, attended the event and shared information about AGU.
FCS Community Economic Development is the umbrella organization for Pride for Parents and the South Atlanta Bike Shop which serve the youth of South Atlanta. The goal of FCS is to provide employment for the South Atlanta Community. Both of these organizations, teach job skills, work ethics, and mentor the students who participate in the programs. Our grant to FSC Community and Development was its largest grant ever. The grant will go to the divisions dedicated to working with and providing for youth in the South Atlanta Community.
Jeff Delp, Executive Director of FCS, was on hand to receive the grant. Andrej Ciho, the South Atlanta Bike Shop’s founder, also attended and shared information about the operation. He told success stories about participants, as well as how students have bonded with community volunteers who teach in the shop.
Circle of Joy members shared their ideas of philanthropy and encouraged the audience to find ways to get involved with their communities through philanthropy.