Reaching Out and Giving Back to Our Communities

Current and Upcoming Community Service Projects

2011 Black History Month Lift Every Voice and Read
In observance of Black History Month, we hosted a book club party and ice cream social for teens at the Carrie Steele Pitts Home in Atlanta, Georgia in February 2011. Each teen received a copy of One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia donated by the book club. They also enjoyed a literary discussion of One Crazy Summer followed pizza and an ice cream social. The evening culminated with games and door prizes. View 2011 Lift Every Voice and Read photos

2010 Holiday Jingleread
We hosted a holiday book club party for all the teenagers residing at the Carrie Steele Pitts Home in Atlanta, Georgia. Each teen received 2 free books, non-literary related gifts, food, beverages and refreshments. They also enjoyed playing games and listening to holiday music. View Jingleread 2010 photos

BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2002, 2000
We collected school supplies and books to help children of disadvantaged families get off to a good start for the new school year. Members contributed notebook paper, tablets, pencils, rulers, calculators, and clothing to students in need.

Past Community Service Projects

Voter Registration Drive - 2008
Through year 2008, Sisters and Brothers of Hotlanta members participated in voter registration drives to ensure the people of our community had voices in 2008 Presidential election.

Thanksgiving Adopt A Family - November 2006 - 2008
Our book club donated fresh and non-perishable food times to a needy family identified by the Fulton County Department of Family and Childrens Services during Thanksgiving 2006-2007. In November of 2008, we gave a gift of food items to another family identified by the club experiencing job loss during the 2008 economic recession.

Hurricane Katrina Relief - August 2005 -present
Our book club members are actively involved in providing relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
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A Cup of Conversation with Denise Nicholas to benefit the Hammonds House Galleries - October 15, 2005
Our book club hosted a reading and book signing for Emmy-award winning actress and author of Freshwater Road, Denise Nicholas. A portion of the proceeds benefited
Hammonds House Galleries and Resource Center of African American Art, a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt organization that generates a broader awareness of African American art history and appreciation.
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Holiday 2004
Our book club put smiles on the faces of a needy family during the 2004 holiday season. The single parent headed household received books, toys, and shoes, and warm clothing to make their holidays bright. Mom was also treated to clothing and toiletries.
We also extended special thanks to the following Friends of Sisters and Brothers of HotLanta who donated generously to the holiday outreach intiative
Tameka George
Lisa Sullivan
Shana Chapman
Vonetta Truitt

Thanksgiving 2004
Members of our club delivered a delicious Thanksgiving meal and a bountiful basket of non perishable food items to a family of 4 in the Metro Atlanta area.

2004 was very important election year for many Americans. The book club encouraged people to get out and vote by making voter registration materials available at its monthly meetings. Click if you would like to register to vote anywhere in the United States by mail.

Several of our members are registered to volunteer at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. As volunteers they help add to the quality of health care and render valuable aid by helping to promote understanding in the community of the hospital's aims and services.

In 2004 we donated new and gently used books to prisons in the Metro-Atlanta area.

Recognizing that long-term unemployment as a result of the poor economy has had a devasting impact on many families during the 2003 holiday season, the book club donated food, healthcare items, grocery coupons and helpful books to aid in job searchers to families whose primary income earners were laid off.

In 2003, we donated new and gently used books to prisons in the Metro-Atlanta area.

During the 2003, 2002 and 1997 holiday seasons, we adopted five families and made charitable contributions of food, clothing, books, art supplies, games, and toys. We delivered the items to the families one week prioir to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Adopted families that were selected from Fulton County's Department of Family and Children's Services.

November 1999-2002 We made sure that a needy family enjoyed a warm and hearty Thanksgiving Holiday. Our book club donated a bountiful gift basket complete with turkey, canned foods, dairy products, fresh vegetables, cereal, baking needs and much more to a families of 4 and 6.

August 2002, August 2001, August 2000. Each year we collect school supplies and books to help children of disadvantaged families get off to a good start for the new school year. Members contribute notebook paper, tablets, pencils, rulers, calculators, and clothing to the families to needy children.

February 2002, February 2001. The book club sponsors a Black History Month book report and essay writing contest in February of each year. Children between the ages of 5 and 17 are invited to select books for a list compiled by the book club, read them, and prepare book reports or essays about the books. The book reports and essays are judged by the members of the book club. Grand prize winners receive gift certificates to movies, book stores, and fun restaurants.

In October 1999, our book club caught the spirit of community volunteerism and participated in the annual HANDS-ON-ATLANTA DAY! We sorted files, stuffed envelopes, and prepared test results for mailing at the Cascade Atlanta branch of the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation. Afterwards, we enjoyed coffee and donuts and a fun picnic with General Colin Powell as the guest speaker at Centennial Olympic Park.

In October 1998, we sponsored a community forum on issues concerning single parents. The guest speaker was Omar Tyree, author of Single Mom. Vistors and guests donated items of food, clothing, toiletries, books, and toys to a single mother and son who experienced a recent tradgedy. Omar Tyree also presented an autographed copy of Single Mom to the mother. The event was held at Atlanta's Shelf Expressions Pottery Studio. Book club members and guests mingled, enjoyed assorted teas, and had their books autographed by Omar Tyree after the forum.

Sponsored a holiday party in December 1998 for the 4th grade class of the Atlanta's L.O. Kimberly Elementary School. To earn the party, all students in the class were required to read at least 10 books by the second week of December 1998. The students met the requirements and enjoyed a fun holiday party complete with pizza, soda's, cookies, chips, candy and music. Two students who read the most books were awarded dictionaries, posters and autographed copies of Evelyn Coleman's book entitled The Legend of Oseola McCarty.

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