Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Announces Call for Volunteers

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Announces Call for Volunteers

Volunteers Needed for Festivals, Clean-Ups, Speaking Opportunities, and More!

Upcoming Opportunity: Atlanta BeltLine Corridor Clean-Up in Preparation for Southwest 5K

ATLANTA (June 19, 2012) The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP) announces a call for volunteers to support the diverse needs of the non-profit organization responsible for raising awareness and support for the Atlanta BeltLine. ABLP raises funds through private and philanthropic sources, and serves as a catalyst to mobilize these resources for addressing social concerns raised by new development around the Atlanta BeltLine – all with a limited staff of just four employees. This is possible only with the support of the more than 1,000 volunteers who have invested countless hours helping with critical areas such as:

  • Awareness: Helping raise awareness of the Atlanta BeltLine at Atlanta events and festivals, and through the Ambassador Program, which is responsible for grassroots communications across communities
  • Education: Presenting information to the public via the Atlanta BeltLine Speakers Bureau
  • Clean-Ups: Helping clean litter, debris and invasive growth around the Atlanta BeltLine. In addition to many organized neighborhood clean-ups, the Adopt-the-Atlanta BeltLine program – initially designed for groups to take ownership of segments of the Atlanta BeltLine – is expanding this year to offer individuals the opportunity to engage as well.
    ***Volunteers are needed for the Saturday, June 23rd Atlanta BeltLine Corridor Clean-Up from 9 a.m. to noon in preparation for the Atlanta BeltLine Southwest 5K taking place on July 14th. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Kroger parking lot at 590 Cascade Ave., Atlanta, GA. To participate, volunteers should RSVP at atlantabeltlinecleanup.eventbrite.com.***
  • Additional information on the program is available at Volunteer.BeltLine.org.

“The beauty of Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Volunteer Programs is that Atlantans can truly engage in and contribute to the progress of a project that is changing the face of Atlanta,” said Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Executive Director, Valarie Wilson. “Volunteers also enjoy the growth and leadership opportunities available through their ongoing involvement.”

A number of Atlanta BeltLine volunteers have transformed their involvement into leadership roles and even paid positions working with the Atlanta BeltLine. With more than five years of Atlanta BeltLine volunteer work under her belt, former Atlanta BeltLine volunteer-turned-employee Jenny Pittam parlayed her professional marketing expertise coupled with her in-depth knowledge of the project into a full-time communications position with Atlanta BeltLine Inc. “I became fascinated with the Atlanta BeltLine because of its huge scope, undeniable ability to modernize our city, and the creation of desperately-needed parks and commute alternatives provided by transit and trails,” said Pittam. “I first volunteered for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s local festival program, then began working with volunteers and marketing as part of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, and now I am fortunate to support my passion for the project as a full-time employee.”

 

About the Atlanta BeltLine

The Atlanta BeltLine is a $2.8 billion redevelopment project that is building a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment projects currently underway in the United States. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI), formed by the Atlanta Development Authority, is the entity tasked with planning and executing the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine in partnership with other public and private organizations, including City of Atlanta departments.

 

About the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP) is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds from private and philanthropic sources to support the Atlanta BeltLine, working with the community and partners to raise general awareness and support, and serving as a catalyst to mobilize resources to address social concerns. For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine, please visit www.BeltLine.org.

Busy week leading up to a busier weekend

Westview is cleaning for the May 7th Open house home tour!
Meeting in front of KIPP STRIVE (1444 Lucile Ave) at 9 am. Bring your gloves and get ready to work! Dumpster on Muse and Lucile!
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Just one week before a day of very exciting events happening in Southwest Atlanta. In case you missed it, May 7 is going to be a huge day for the neighborhood! In Westview, we will be partnering with Adair Park to host our first ever “Open House” (http://thebeltlineteam.com/open-house-events.asp). Think of it as a Tour of Homes for houses for sale. This is an opportunity for potential home owner’s to take a look at some of the great homes in our neighborhood. Beginning on May 6, West End will be holding their annual West Fest (http://www.atlantawestfest.com/). This event includes an outdoor concert, market festival, and Tour of Homes.

See below for more information on the May 7 event, but that’s not why I’m writing now. Of course, just as your mother taught you, we should clean-up before we have visitors. So this Saturday, April 30, from 9 – 12 pm we will have a clean-up of a few streets in the neighborhood that will have homes open for viewing. We need neighbors ready to pick up light and heavy trash. We also need anyone with a pick-up truck who can drive around that day. We will meet in front of KIPP STRIVE located at 1444 Lucile Avenue at 9 am.

We will be targeting the Lucile corridor, Rogers Ave (1600 block), Altoona Place (400 block), Inman (400 block) and East Ontario (400 block).

Special Thanks to C.T. Martin’s office who has donated a dumpster for the day.

You can reach me directly at agabriel1908@yahoo.com if you have any questions or need more information. Otherwise, hope to see you Saturday!

– Ayana

BeltLine Photo’s

Photo’s taken by:Roxana Price Tenacious Twelve (T12) “Amicus hamani generis” Hands on Atlanta
www.handsonatlanta.org

THANK YOU!!!

BridgeYou would think we were in the rain forest lol..I really like this picture- see the person within? You can not get a small idea of how grand this site is.. and this is just ONE site zoned for clean up…

Trash Removal Crew this and more was causally thrown to rot and contaminate our earth…

Trash Removal Crew 2 I was really in shock! I could not believe the things we pulled out of the dirt. See the metal fan?

Fearless Helpers!

Look at our fearless crew!! And this was a steep hill of construction debris. Most of it was either wood, rotten sheet rock, tiles, and some wood planks with rusty nails !That did not deter these volunteers- they climbed up, and loosened some of the harder pieces for us below to grab and bag.

One of the key moments which stick out most in mind is that all of us thought we were volunteering for vine cutting and removal- NOT trash removal. When it  said “We are the Trash Removal Crew” by our coordinator Ayana (sp?) for a moment everyone was said “what?” then one person said- “Well, let’s get to cleaning..” and another pulled a pail out of the wheel barrel and started picking up trash… it was ON…. It was wonderful to have shared the same space, and worked with these people, even for a little while. THAT was very encouraging, in the midst of all that is going on in the world we were united.

I have a few more, some of the reception as well. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend that- I had to run to a home buyers seminar I spoke at in Washington Park.

BeltLine Cleanup day was

Amazing…

Uplifting

Encouraging

It was awesome to see SO many volunteers to help kick off the clean up in the West End, Westview section of Atlanta. I, as a resident, am truly thankful to all who do not live in this area that ventured out to help. I had NO clue what to expect…. especially being assigned to the Trash Pickup group……yikes! *I thought I signed to cut down vines* LOL… but hey, I go with the flow. It’s MY community right? Apparently it is MY community and the home to MUCH hidden construction debris. Would you believe right on Langhorn, hidden in the Kudzu we found house doors, bathroom tile (in tack- 1/4th of a wall) several car batteries, MUCH molded sheet rock,rusty paint cans, huge plastic primer cans, counter tops-granite (* hidden treasure lol) brooms and the list could go on and on- to summerize- we found a HOUSE..lol.. or what WAS a house. It was amazing..and I didn’t get grossed out by picking up all the rusty stuff (with gloves) lol.. which, if you know me,the thought of rust next to me freaks me out.

I might have some pictures to post later- one of the volunteers said she would email me a few.. 🙂 Hope to get those to you soon!