Westside Volunteer Corps Celebrates #MLKDay2018

Three projects, two locations, one great day of service!

The Westside Volunteer Corps proudly answered Dr. King’s call to serve with its January #MLKDay of Service.

More than 500 Atlantans participated in the festivities, which included three projects across two locations, including Dr. King’s alma mater, Booker T. Washington High School.

Westside Future Fund’s executive director, John Ahmann, greeting volunteers at the Washington High School project site.

As hundreds of volunteers sorted school supplies for Historic Westside community schools in the high school’s cafeteria, upstairs, dozens of others hosted nearly 100 area high school students for the #SecureTheBag College and Career Workshop.

The workshop included a Career Exploration Panel, featuring SunTrust Bank’s Joe Arnold, Goodie Nation’s Joey Womack, Lifestyle Publications’ Michele Willis, Village Micro Fund’s Nathan Jones and Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation’s Shameka Dixon, followed by speed mentoring with more than 40 real-world professionals.

A few miles away, 300 more volunteers revitalized The Salvation Army’s Bellwood Boys And Girls Club in English Avenue. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms even stopped by to offer thanks and lend a hand! This project was presented in partnership with The Mission Continues and Starbucks.

Special thanks to the resident, community and corporate groups who joined us, including students from Spelman College, Morehouse College and Oglethorpe University; employees from Chick-fil-A, Georgia Power, Gas South, UPS, and King & Spalding; and members of community organizations, such as Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.

Click here to view our full gallery of images from the day!

Photos by Tabia Lisenbee-Parker and Bonnie M. Morét.