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Volunteer Opportunities in Decatur

There are plenty of ways you can give back by helping at events such as this weekend's Decatur Wine Festival.

City of Decatur Volunteer Coordinator LeeAnn Harvey sent this email with a list of volunteer opportunities in Decatur.

Decatur Wine Festival

Saturday, Nov. 3

Decatur Court Square

Due to some last minute cancellations, there are still a number of volunteer openings for the Decatur Wine Festival. If you’re interested, call me at 678-553-6548 or email leeann.harvey@decaturga.com and let me know your name, email address and phone number. The festival is a fundraising event for the Decatur Arts Alliance (the folks that bring you the Decatur Arts Festival and the Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival).

Woodlands Garden Fall Workday

Saturday, November 3, 9am - 12 noon

932 Scott Boulevard, Decatur 30030

There's still time to sign up for the upcoming workday.  Tasks include planting 60 trees and shrubs, chopping firewood for a warm winter in the Pavilion, cleaning up brush piles, and putting wood chips on the trails. We'll greet you with a roaring fire and warm drinks in the Pavilion, and our Trees Atlanta trained leaders will show us all the right way to plant a tree - the Trees Atlanta way. Students from Georgia Tech will be joining us for their TEAM Buzz service day.

Please contact Ruby Bock at 678-641-2966 or ruby@woodlandsgarden.org to rsvp for this workday.  We are ready to sign you up! Visit www.woodlandsgarden.org for more information.

Agnes Scott College Hosts:

Great South Athletic Conference & Volleyball Tournament Volunteer Opportunities

Agnes Scott College

141 E. College Ave., Decatur

The Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) soccer and volleyball tournament will be hosted by Agnes Scott College from Friday, November 2 through Sunday, November 4.  The top five teams in the conference based on regular season standings will qualify for Conference tournament play. Highlights of the weekend will include a canned food drive hosted by the Agnes Scott Lacrosse team on Friday evening and a visit from the Georgia Special Olympics team on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Spectator parking will be available in the parking deck on S. McDonough Street and golf cart shuttles will be provided to the gym.  Admission tickets will be sold each day at the door and will be valid for the full day. A day pass for Friday is $5 at the door, a day pass for Saturday is $10 and a day pass for Sunday will be $5.  10% of the ticket sales will be donated to the Georgia Chapter of the Special Olympics.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the tournament sign up online, http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054BA5A82CA75-gsac, or contact Mary Chind, mchind@agnesscott.edu or (404) 471-6362. Visit http://agnesscott.edu/featured-events/2012%20/11/gsac-soccer-volleyball.html for more information.

On The Same Page Shoe Auction and Shoe Drive

Through Saturday, November 3rd

Little Shop of Stories

133A East Court Square, Decatur

Who wants stinky smelly old sneakers? You might—if they belonged to the unstoppable Chipper Jones! Following the example of baseball legend Clyde “Sweet Feet” Livingston in Holes, the Atlanta Braves have generously donated sneakers for On The Same Page to auction off! You can be the proud owner of a pair of cleats worn by Chipper Jones, Freddie Freeman, Tommy Hanson or Kris Medlen.

On The Same Page is hosting a web auction on eBay running from Thursday, October 25th through Saturday, November 3rd. You can stop by Little Shop to see these humongous shoes in person. All proceeds will benefit Our House, a child care and support center for homeless families, as well as On The Same Page.

In conjunction, On The Same Page is hosting a shoe drive to benefit Our House. Please bring new and gently used shoes to Little Shop of Stories, 133A East Court Square in Decatur, before November 3rd to be given to families at Our House. This is a great opportunity to give back to our community and just another way that we gain inspiration from this year’s book selection.

To learn about On The Same Page, visit http://weareonthesamepage.org. To find out more about Our House, visit http://www.ourhousega.org.

disABILITY LINK  Doggie Day

Saturday, Nov. 3, 10am – 1pm

Commerce Plaza Parking Lot

755 Commerce Dr., Decatur

 disABILITY LINK  is hosting its first annual fundraiser, Doggie Day, on Nov. 3.  Admission is free and includes a Silent Auction (10am to noon); kids activities all morning; training tips for tips; emergency preparedness for you and your companions; and dog contests (register by 11am, $5 per entry) for best costume, dog/owner look alike, and best trick. There are volunteer opportunities available to help set-up, direct people for parking and to various vendors, and clean-up.  We will begin setting up at 8:30am on the 3rd and the event lasts from 10am until 1pm.  Clean-up will follow until around 2pm.  If you would like more information about disABILITY LINK, or the event, please go to www.disabilitylink.org or contact Barbara Adle at badle@disabilitylink.org or 404-687-8890, ext. 112.

A Season of Giving/Christmas Decatur

A Season of Giving/Christmas Decatur is now in the 18th year of this community volunteer initiative of neighbors helping neighbors. This program is a grassroots volunteer effort to have caring neighbors and community members help low-income children and senior citizens enjoy the holidays.  Last year, contributors made the holidays brighter for over 600 children and senior citizens.

Here are the ways you can help:

  • Have a Wish List sent to you and buy gifts for a specific child or senior.  Spend approximately $100.  You will receive a list of items with specific sizes and wishes.  If a child needs a warm winter coat, please make that your first purchase.  We want every child to receive a book.  If you purchase your book at Little Shop of Stories, they will donate 20% of your purchase to A Season of Giving/Christmas Decatur. Please bring your wish list with you.
  • Send a check and one of our volunteers will do the shopping.  Make the check in any amount payable to A Season of Giving/Christmas Decatur and mail it to A Season of Giving/Christmas Decatur g, P.O. Box 220, Decatur, GA  30031. Any amount is appreciated.
  • Volunteer in our distribution center between December 1 and December 8. There are opportunities for those who are familiar with children’s clothing and toys to help us check the gifts. Volunteer opportunities also include logging the gifts in and out and helping to organize the gifts.

Consider working with your neighbors, co-workers, club, or other organization to purchase gifts.  Gifts are due on December 1 – only weeks away! Thank you so much for your support of this important program to our community. For more information or to have wish list(s) sent to you, please email aseasonofgiving@decaturga.com or leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or call (404) 378-8068.

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