Georgia Avenue Community Ministry
November 30, 2010
I am a freelance writer and have been working on a volunteer basis with Atlanta nonprofit organizations. I was introduced to the Georgia Avenue Cooperative Ministry's Food Coop through my husband, who is on the Board of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. When I heard about the Coop, I thought GACM would be an organization I would like to help. I visited the Coop just before Thanksgiving, and witnessed the strong spirit of community among the members. For a small fee, families are able to put food on their tables with pride. The members contribute not only money, but they gather at GACM on their assigned food distribution days, and when the truck arrives with the food, they distribute food to each family. All the while, there is a sense of faith and camaraderie. Chad Hale, the Executive Director, does a wonderful job coordinating all this, and he is the driving force for this important organization.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
When I visited GACM in November, I witnessed the distribution of turkeys and other food to families that would otherwise not have food for Thanksgiving. A beautiful impromptu hymn was sung and prayers were said. It was clear that the members share a sense of belonging to a network that provides not only much needed food, but also friendship. It was a heartwarming experience.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Provide more funding for the Coop program to expand.
Volunteer & I have offered to help Chad Hale with future newsletter/writing projects.