If you're new to IG, here's a summary of our past events:

April 26, 2008 - Kennedy Middle School

HandsOnAtlantaWe decided to host our kick-off event with Hands on Atlanta to help improve the atmosphere at Kennedy Middle School.  With an outstanding attendance of 26 volunteers, the group painted murals of various pictures, designs and colors to hang along the walls of the school.  We also cleaned up the school grounds by picking up trash from the playgrounds and sidewalks.  Overall, our first event was successful as we were able to contribute to one of the most important parts of these students' lives.




July 13, 2008 - Gateway Center

GatewayCenter Our second event was held downtown at the Gateway 24/7 Center, a rehabilitation center which helps the homeless get back in       society. Our members helped with sorting clothing donations, cleaning throughout the facility, and interacting with clients and children while sharing snacks and playing board games.  The team was also able to learn a little more about the process and projects the Gateway Center performs, as well as the services they offer to their clients.



September 20, 2008 - Ek Shaam

RakshaWorking with Raksha, a Georgia-based non-profit organization for the South Asian community, the third event involved volunteering at their annual fundraiser, Ek Shaam. Indian Givers began working with Raksha in July. We helped spread the word about the event, promote ticket sales and solicit for ads. The night of the actual event, we had a turnout of over 25 volunteers to assist with welcoming and ushering the guests, registering the performers, backstage management, ballot collections, ticket sales and other various activities.




February 6, 2009 - Refugee Family Services

RFSTo kick off the new year, IG wanted to provide a financial contribution to a local organization in need.  Selecting Refugee Family Services, located in Stone Mtn, IG raised money by getting people together for a social outing at Sutra Lounge and receiving a generous contribution.  IG was able to donate $600 to RFS to support the efforts of refugee women and children by providing education and economic opportunity.  The IG board was able to receive a tour of the RFS facility and learn more about the services they provide.  Katie Olliff, the volunteer coordinator at RFS, said "Atlanta offers a safe haven to a small number of millions of violently displaced people around the world, and refugees come to our community hoping to build a new life.  Your support is vital as RFS continues in its mission to support the efforts of refugee women and children to achieve self-sufficiency in the U.S. by providing education and economic opportunity.  We are honored that you have chosed to support RFS' vision."




 April 18, 2009 - Trees Atlanta

TreesAtlantaIn an effort to improve the development of Atlanta, IG volunteered with Trees-Atlanta for an opportunity to assist with Atlanta's new Beltline project.  The Atlanta Beltline is a 22-mile project that will connect historic rail segments around core areas of Atlanta.  As the city is in the initial stages of clearing out certain segments of Atlanta, IG participated in an event to remove invasive plants and remove trash from the West End area near Gordon White Park.  We were able to bring 10 volunteers to this event and successfully complete all assigned tasks.  We thank Trees Atlanta for allowing us to become a part of what will eventually be a historic tourist attraction in Atlanta.



 August 22, 2009 - Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald

Putting our house skills to work, IG visited the Ronald McDonald House on Emory's campus to prepare a meal for the families and serve them dinner.  Twelve IG members arrived, all contributing $5 towards the food that was purchased. Kicking off the night with the normal slicing/dicing, boiling and mixing, the volunteers served a wonderful Italian meal including of pasta & meatballs, salad, garlic bread and desserts.  After dinner was over, IG cleaned up, received a tour of the house and also got acquainted with some of the family members.




 September 26, 2009 - Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


IG brought superheroes to life by volunteering at Camp Children's for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta of Scottish Rite.  We set up a superhero based fun-room where the children were able to come play bingo, create masks and capes, and play hot potato.  This was the first time CHOA has done a camp on a Saturday and the turnout was great.  Eight IG members came out to set up this event and entertain the kids so they could escape from their everyday hospital rooms.




 December 18, 2009 - Chuckles for Charity


In light of the Christmas holidays rolling around the corner, IG hosted a stand-up comedy night to benefit Toys-for-Tots.  It was the first event IG put together independently and it was a great success.  With the help of Tushar Singh, IG had over 10 comedians come and volunteer their time and jokes to perform 10-15 minutes of stand-up comedy.  Over 100 guests arrived, donating over 90 toys and with generous sponsorships, IG was able to raise money for Atlanta Toys for Tots and to apply for our official non-profit status.


 February 20, 2010 - Senior Citizen Services: Homes


For the first event of the year, IG participated in one of the events as part of Disney's Give A Day, Get A Disney Day program.  Working with the Senior Citizen Services Homes organization, 13 IG volunteers traveled to a senior citizen's house near Langford Parkway to do yard work.  After a few hours of hard labor, we transformed a land full of leaves into a beautiful backyard.  As part of the Disney program, each volunteer received a free Disney ticket to any of the theme parks.



 April 25, 2010 - Cafe 458


Working with the Samaritan House of Atlanta, IG volunteered at Cafe 458 in Edgewood.  Ten members contributed their time working with other restaurant volunteers to serve brunch to the public; duties included of cleaning, cooking, serving, hosting and managing the cash register.  All the profit that is made from Cafe 458 is donated to the Samaritan House. IG had a great time putting their restaurant skills to the test and hanging out with the other workers.



June 12, 2010 - Foster Care


The Foster Care Support Foundation has free clothes, toys, and infant equipment for Georgia’s basic-care foster children. IG volunteers were given an introduction to the organization and had a chance to watch a video filled with stories of children Foster Care's work was benefiting. Volunteers then sorted through donated clothing based on size and gender, and packed them for future season use.  After being impressed with the large workspace, volunteers were even more surprised when they took the packed clothes to yet another storage area, separated by size, gender, and style, stacked over 6feet high!  The true realization about the condition of some foster care families was understood when they were told that those stacks would be gone in a very short period of time.


August 21, 2010 - Project Open Hand


Project Open Hand is the only community-based nonprofit organization addressing Comprehensive Nutrition Care by preparing and delivering healthy, home-delivered meals for home-bound seniors and individuals struggling with a chronic, critical or terminal illness.  IG volunteers split up into teams of two, with each team having a list of places to deliver meals to, the meal checklist and directions to each location.  The three teams were able to cover over 30 homes and delivery a healthy meal to those in need.



October 16, 2010 - Safe Ride


SafeRide America is a social enterprise program that effectively provides a proven, practical and affordable answer to stopping impaired driving incidents before they happen. At the 2010 Decatur Beer Festival, SafeRide setup a booth to spread the awareness of their program.  IG worked at the booth to educate the local community about drinking & driving and how SafeRide can help.  Our biggest attraction was a breathalyzer machine where guests could guess their alcohol content level and win a prize.  Donations were collected and went to family/children who have been affected by drunk driving accidents.


December 11, 2010 - Rockdale Cares


Rockdale Cares is a volunteer organization dedicated to filling the gap that most developmentally challenged citizens fall into; namely, the gap between simply surviving, and enjoying the same positive experiences that other citizens enjoy. IG assisted Rockdale in their Christmas party by helping the guests with drinks and food, helping get the kids pictures with Santa, and just socializing and interacting with the guests.



February 19, 2011 - Hospital Art


Putting our artistic skills to the test, IG went to the Atlanta Mission Shepherd's Center to paint murals that will be placed in Hospitals all over the world.  Since 1984, The Foundation for Hospital Art has been dedicated to softening the hospital environment with colorful paintings, wall murals and ceiling tiles. Volunteers paint pre-drawn, color-coded designs which are touched-up and then donated to needy hospitals on behalf of the sponsor.



May 14, 2011 - AJC Peachtree Junior 3k


As part of their annual tradition, the Atlanta Track club joined up with the AJC to host their 2011 AJC Peachtree Junior 3K race in Piedmont Park.  To help allow kids to experience the fun of Peachtree in a safe and non-competitive environment, IG volunteered  to motivate and encourage the kids throughout the park as they run the race.




August 6, 2011 - Habitat 4 Humanity


Teaming up with one of the largest volunteer organizations, IG brought members to a Habitat 4 Humanity building event in Jonesboro.  This phase of the build involved painting the final layers of the house, completing the gutters, and installing all the base hardware. IG members participated in constructing the kitchen cabinets and mounting them on the wall and in the floor.





October 8, 2011 - Atlanta Parent Magazine


Atlanta Parent Magazine hosted it's 8th annual Family Block Party to benefit the Families of Children Under Stress and Pebble Tossers.  Family Block Party brings together families, local businesses, volunteers and non-profit organizations from around our community for a day full of fun! IG volunteers assisted in managing different activities such as the bounce castles, pumpkin toss, obstacle courses and prize wheels.  It was quite a learning experience of how to keep a bunch of kids under control!




January 7, 2012 - Bids for Kids Fundraiser

BidsforKidsTo end 2011, IG held their annual fundraiser to benefit The Frazer Center.  The event begin with a date auction where individuals were bid off for a 3-course dinner date the same evening.  Followed by the date auction, there was a silent auction that included of getting your taxes done, car wash, restaurant gift certificates and other various services.  The night ended with a live DJ and cash bar.  In the end, IG raised $1,200 to donate to the Frazer Center, a not-for-profit organization that provides exceptional services to infants, preschoolers and adults with physical and developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome, sickle cell anemia, autism spectrum disorders and other genetic anomalies. They teach and motivate individuals to reach their full potential through family and community based services, research and training.




March 10, 2012 - St. Baldrick's Foundation


As their first joint event, IG and NetIP volunteered with the St. Baldrick's organization at Meehan's Public House to help raise money for childhood cancer research.  This process included of having people collect donations to shave their head - IG had 4 members participate in this!  Our sponsor, Seema Patel, raised our awareness for this cause and we were able to volunteer our time to coordinate the event the day of. 



May 20, 2012 - Homeless Pets Foundation


The Homeless Pets Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1998 by Dr. Michael Good, an Atlanta veterinarian who saw a need to create an organization that could assist animal shelters and pet owners in need. As part of their weekly adoption event, IG volunteered for HPF at PetSmart to help find the dogs a good home and owner.  While doing so, IG volunteers were able to play with all breeds of dogs, taking them on walks and feeding them. 



April 20, 2013 - Wine Tasting Fundraiser


For our 2012 fundraiser, IG hosted a wine tasting event at D'Vine Wine Bar in Dunwoody to raise money for Strong Hold Atlanta, a center for women who have been victims of domestic violence. Attendees had a chance to learn and taste 4-5 wines, sample a variety of cheeses and crackers, and purchase their own wine bottles. IG also presented their official t-shirts that volunteers could purchase and wear for future events.



May 11, 2013 - Ronald McDonald House


Having such a great experience from the last RMH event in 2009, IG re-visited the Ronald McDonald House on Emory's campus to prepare a delicious brunch for the families and kids. Items included of pancakes, eggs frittata, muffics, grits, hashbrowns and french toast casserole.



June 8, 2013 - Atlanta Food Bank


Atlanta Community Food Bank procures over 35 million pounds of food and groceries each year and distributes it to more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies serving families and individuals in 29 metro Atlanta and north Georgia counties. IG volunteers helped make this possible by sorting, inspecting and packing donated items for these groups.



December 1, 2013 - Metro Atlanta Task Force


Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless has a mission to advocate with and to represent the dignity and rights of people who are homeless in our society, toward the goal of preventing homelessness and seeking appropriate and affordable housing for all. IG conducted a toiletry drive to collect unopened, travel-sized toiletries from October through December. Multiple bags/boxes full of toiletries were donated from people throughout Atlanta to help make this a successful donation.



March 7, 2014 - Historic Oakland Cemetery


Located less than a mile from the heart of downtown Atlanta, this garden cemetery, founded in 1850, is the final resting place of many of Atlanta’s settlers, builders, and most noted citizens like Bobby Jones, Margaret Mitchell, and Maynard Jackson. It is also a showplace of sculpture and architecture, and a botanical preserve with ancient oaks and magnolias. In an effort to continue preserving Atlanta's history and making it beautiful, IG volunteers assisted the foundation in planting flowers, laying bark, and trimming bushes.



April 19, 2014 - Center for Children & Young Adults


The Center for Children & Young Adults (CCYA) is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment with comprehensive services for homeless youth and young adults who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or are at risk. In an effort to continue with the upkeep of CCYA's housing facility, IG Volunteers assisted in cleaning out and organizing their storage units, assembling brand new bikes for the kids and re-decorating the music room.






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