Volunteer Opportunities In Decatur

Here are some great ways to give back to the community.

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Volunteer at the Decatur Old House Fair!

Saturday, February 18, 9am to 5pm

Courtyard by Marriott at 130 Clairemont Ave.

We are very excited that the Old House Fair will be held on Saturday, February 18th from 9am – 5pm.  There are some new speakers and seminars added this year along with short bite presentations and great guest speakers.  Visit http://decaturoldhousefair.com/about for more information. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

There are still a couple of very important volunteer opportunities remaining for the two Historic Wood Window Restoration workshops. The workshop volunteers assist the wood window restorations specialist. Must be handy with tools and good at showing people how to use tools. 

Please contact Joy Provost at JPROVOST@travelers.com and let her know whether you prefer to volunteer during the early afternoon or late afternoon workshop (or both). Volunteers receive a complimentary ticket to attend the Old House Fair.

Southern Order of Storytellers Presents 30th Annual Festival

Feb. 17 and 18

Various Decatur Locations (see online schedule)

When the Southern Order of Storytellers opens its first Decatur-based festival, the programming will include something to please just about everyone. Headlining the two-day, family-friendly festival is Bill Harley, a two-time Grammy award-winning musician and NPR commentator. Enjoy storytelling by and for children and adults, family-friendly stories in concert from favorite local and regional tellers, and workshops for adults and children.

For full festival schedule and bios of features storytellers; prices for tickets & festival passes; venue and parking information, visit our web site www.southerorderofstorytellers.org. If you would like to volunteer with the festival—taking tickets, helping direct patrons or staffing a merchandise sales table, please contact SOS board member Margaret Edinburgh, rose_marje@yahoo.com.  


Oakhurst Wine Crawl

February 25th 4-7 pm

The Crawl does not have a start or stop point.  You simply pick up your glass and start visiting the approximately 25 businesses participating. The wines selection will be available in the Wine Crawl Program available at time of registration.

The Fur Bus runs every 15 minutes from Harmony Park to Wahoo and other businesses on College Avenue. The FurBus is FREE. Go to the WineCrawl app on your smart phone, this will help you navigate the event. The Wine Crawl is advertised on the front cover of the SavvyShopper magazine (SavvyCoupons.com website and phone app).

The main sponsor for this year’s Wine Crawl is Oakhurst Neighborhood Association in conjunction with the support of the local Oakhurst businesses (OBA). The proceeds from the Wine Crawl event support specific neighborhood projects such as the Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival, Decatur Education Foundation, Decatur Preservation Alliance, and Oakhurst Community Garden.

Support the community that supports you back. Don’t drink and drive. The Fur Bus is here to keep us all safe! For more information, visit www.Oakhurstga.org.


Musical Bookings – Free Concert

Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 pm—8:00 pm

Decatur Library, Lower level auditorium, 215 Sycamore Street

Musical Bookings and Diversity in DeKalb "One County Many Voices" present The Manga African Dance Company in celebration of Black History Month.  This dance troop's high-energy repertoire includes dances and rhythms from Ghana, Senegal, Guinea, Liberia, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa and Niger. Join us for a night that will be jubilant, festive and entertaining! 

Funding provided by the Friends of the Decatur Library. For more information, contact Gina W. Jenkins, Decatur Library Coordinator, jenkinsg@dekalblibrary.org or 404-370-3070, ext. 2008.


Decatur Touch-a-Truck

Saturday, March, 10am until 1pm

Callaway Building Parking at 120 West Trinity Place at Commerce Drive

Join Decatur Active Living on Saturday, March 3rd from 10am until 1pm for the annual Touch-a-Truck Event. This fun community event gives children of all ages an opportunity to touch, explore and see their favorite trucks or equipment on wheels.  The City of Decatur and DeKalb County dump trucks, fire trucks, tractors, police cars and motorcycles and many other types of vehicles will be on display.

New this year: Ride your bicycle to the event. Decatur Police will be on hand to register your bicycle. In the event that it is lost or stolen, registration will aid in its safe return.

Touch-a-Truck takes place in the Callaway Building Parking lot located at 120 West Trinity Place, Decatur. In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 21. For more information, contact Cheryl Burnette 678-553-6541 or cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com. Be sure to visit www.beactivedecatur.com for up to date information on all Active Living programs throughout the year.


Glenn Creek Nature Preserve Work Days

March 10th & 24th, 9am-12pm

Located at the end of Fairview Road, off Sycamore Drive in Decatur

Decatur High School will be helping on the 10th and the Mu Gamma Phi and Mu Gamma Psi step teams from Mundy Mill High in Clayton on 24th. We like when young people get their Nature on! Neighbors are welcome, especially adults that can help lead a team. Visit www.glenncreeknaturepreserve.org. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Neil Norton at nilo@mindspring.com or 404-378-7939.


disABILITY LINK Seeks Volunteer Office Assistant

755 Commerce Dr. Suite 105

Volunteer to make phone calls and do computer research on potential employers for disABILITY LINK consumers. Days and times are flexible. Contact Janie Yorker at 404-687-8890 x115 or jyorker@disabilitylink.org or Hilary Elliott at 404-687-8890 x106 or hilarye@disabilitylink.org. For further information on disABILITY LINK, go to www.disabilitylink.org.


DeKalb Rape Crisis Center Seeks Hotline Volunteers

The DeKalb Rape Crisis Center (DRCC) is looking for dedicated volunteers to staff our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline and serve as hospital companions to survivors of sexual assault. Volunteers provide critical services to survivors in need and save DRCC an average of $300 per day.

Volunteers are required to complete 38 hours of training to prepare them for responding to sexual assault survivors on the crisis hotline. Once trained, volunteers sign up for at least two 12-hour shifts monthly. While on call, volunteers may go about their regular routines as long as they are free to take calls or go to the hospital, if requested.

Two training session are planned. The first session begins February 21 and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 3. The second begins September 18 and also runs for 7 weeks. Training takes place in Decatur.

For more information or to sign up for training, please contact Jamaila Winn at 404-377-1429 (ext. 4) or jamaila@dekalbrapecrisiscenter.org. Applications are available on our website at www.dekalbrapecrisiscenter.org.


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